Table of Contents

Introduction.
Making up white Southern womanhood : the democratization of the Southern lady.
Shop talk : ritual and space in the Southern black beauty parlor.
Homegrown royalty : white beauty contests in the rural South.
Thrones of their own : body and beauty contests among Southern black women.
Bodies politic : beauty and racial crisis in the civil rights era.
Conclusion. Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South