ITALY: Beauties v. Sucklings

On his Day of the Mother & Child last week Benito Mussolini made Italian beauties wince by decreeing an end to all beauty contests as "unpatriotic." Instead there will be "child raising contests," prizes going to the mother who exhibits offspring of the best quality between six months and three years old.

Hitherto Il Duce has stressed quantity. No beauties were 92 women whom he feted fortnight ago in his lofty Palazzo Venezia. They were "champion mothers," the pride of Italy, with an average of 14 living children apiece—a total approximating that of an...

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