MANNERS & MORALS: Stairway to the Stars


In staccato shots from the publicity mills last week came news dear to the hearts of the tabloids. In Long Beach, Calif., the commercially sponsored (e.g., Max Factor cosmetics, Catalina swimsuits) contest for Miss U.S.A.—presumably the prettiest unmarried woman in the country—was nearing its climax. Fifteen finalists stood out, having shown more good looks than their 29 sisters representing the beauty of their respective areas. Poured into white bathing suits, the girls swiveled decorously down a runway under the judges' fastened, clinical eyes. Then, with the pomp of a St....

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