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La Joven Moderna in Interwar ArgentinaGender, Nation, and Popular Culture$
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Cecilia Tossounian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401162

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401162.001.0001

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Embodying the Nation

Embodying the Nation

(p.94) 5 Embodying the Nation
La Joven Moderna in Interwar Argentina

Cecilia Tossounian

University Press of Florida

Chapter 5 turns to modern girls who were called to serve the nation through their beauty. Beauty contests, such as Miss Universe, functioned as an arena for debates about Argentina’s ideals of womanhood and its national identity. Beauty contestants embodied an ideal that valorized whiteness as it emerged from the intermingling of diverse “white European races,” and promoted a mollified version of the upper-class modern girl figure. At the same time, in forging images of argentinidad and representing a modern Argentine femininity, the winners of these contests embodied values of nationhood that symbolized the progress Argentina was achieving, as well as its potential among nations.

Keywords:   Beauty Contest, Womanhood, National identity, Whiteness, Argentinidad, Miss Universe, Femininity, Race, Argentina

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