Divine Miss deMeanor Beauty Pageant


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Flyer for Divine Miss deMeanor Beauty Pageant. “The fabulous Cockettes host a Private Benefit Soiree…Featuring The First Annual Miss deMeanor Beauty Pageant And dance With special Added Attractions LADY DIVINE Dancing ’til dawn to the sound of INFINITE MESSAGE and RIBBITT….Sat. July 15. House of Good. 1839 Geary, S.F….” Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches on pink card. According to Noehill, a resource focussed on San Francisco history with an archive of the Cockettes’ “Nocturnal Dream Shows” at the Palace, the Beauty Pageant advertised here lived up to the usual anarchy: contestants included Miss Conception, Miss Shapen, Miss Used and Miss Carriage who each performed a unique talent. The pageant’s host, Miss de Meanor (played by Divine) ranted and confessed to the Sharon Tate murders, and eventually stirred up a free-for-all in which the queens had to fight for the crown. From the appearance of the performers to the content of their shows, this flyer is part of a drag culture.

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