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Picture This:  Miss Universe
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Shandi Finnessay (Miss USA) and Jennifer Hawkins (Miss Australia)
just before the final decision in favor of Hawkins.
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Tuesday night, more than half a billion people worldwide watched as Australian surfer girl Jennifer Hawkins became Miss Universe 2004. Judges chose the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Miss Australia as the best of 80 beauty queens from as many nations.

Many people consider such pageants frivolous--but that doesn't stop hundreds of millions of others from tuning in. Bottom line: beauty sells. And in one way or another, most of us are buying, whether from the drug store, the salon, or, these days, the plastic surgeon. But what really makes someone beautiful? Is it all in the eye of the beholder?

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Beauty: Who Measures Up?

Believe it or not, many scientists think that we have a biological preference for symmetry. Studies show that even as babies, we prefer gazing at people with even features.

For the birds, you say? You're right! Animals, such as birds, show the same preference. When researchers clipped the tails of male swallows to make them asymmetrical, female swallows proved far less amorous. There is some kind of natural beauty, it seems, in balance.

But could a more precise equation for beauty exist? The Greeks thought so. Plato, under the influence of Pythagoras, believed that beauty, architectural and otherwise, was expressed by a mathematical formula called the Golden Section. The formula demanded that the ratio of the shorter part of a given unit to the longer part equal the ratio of the longer part to the whole. And this perfect ratio boils down to 1:1.61803 (about the length of your hand relative to the length of your forearm).

Phidias, Greece's most acclaimed sculptor, applied the Golden Section to his statues of the gods, with divine results. In 1509, Leonardo da Vinci's close chum, the mathematician Luca Pacioli, wrote a three-volume book called De Divina Proportione, which argued that the equation was the cornerstone of all aesthetic endeavor. Some art scholars even believe that Leonardo's Mona Lisa conforms to a version of the formula called the Golden Rectangle.

The 1:1.61803 ratio refuses to go away. In the 1860s, German psychologist Gustav Theodor Fechner put ten rectangles varying in their length-to-width ratios in front of people and asked them to select the most pleasing one. Guess which rectangles ruled? In 1994, a London-based orthodontist updated the experiment, measuring the faces of fashion models. He determined that they satisfied the Greeks' perfect ratio far more closely than the average face.

The latest, most user-friendly incarnation of the theory belongs to retired plastic surgeon Stephen Marquardt. He's devised a mask for applying the Greeks' Golden Section to the face. The closer your features conform to the lines of the mask, the prettier your face, supposedly. As you might imagine, supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista fit gorgeously. Other folks don't fare so well.

Science is divided over the idea of the Golden Section. Many researchers have shown that people asked to choose "beautiful" faces from photos preferred composites of average faces, regardless of their mathematical ratio. But even in these studies, people consistently prefer certain characteristics: higher cheek bones, a thinner jaw, and large, wide eyes--the very features that cosmetic surgeons now make more and more bucks to create. Yep, there's gold in beauty somehow.

Claire Vail
June 3, 2004



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Jennifer Hawkins is already being associated with pornography.  This is a turn for the worse, really.  Miss America contestants are not usually that far gone before entering Miss Universe competition.  This is a disappointment.  Alas, the world has never enjoyed quite the same "Puritan" background of America.  In this case, Miss "Down Under" remains true to the nickname.
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Get a load of this!  Maybe Indians are "black."  There is certainly no evidence of psychological, political, logical, or cognitive verbal difference in this ultra-liberal editorital.

Miss USA’s costume offends Native viewers

June 09, 2004
by: Jim Adams, Associate Editor, Indian Country Today

QUITO, Ecuador - Some calling it "worse than the Grammys," Native viewers are taking offense at Miss USA Shandi Finnessey’s war bonnet version of a national costume in the June 1 NBC broadcast of the Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Finnessey, who finished as first runner-up to Miss Australia, paraded in body-length war-bonnet style regalia, furnished with fluffy white plumes. She also wore straps studded with circular metal medallions, and apparently little else.

The imitation headdress particularly offended Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians and chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. "We only use the war bonnet for war or for a chieftain’s duties or for spiritual ceremonies," he said. "It is never worn by a woman."

In her pageant presentation, Finnessey invoked the inspiration of her North Dakota grandmother, a connection that provoked Hall. "Indians are seven to eight percent of the population in North Dakota," he said. "You would think that she would have been more understanding and more aware of the traditional importance of the war bonnet."

Finnessey’s costume reminded many of the outcry over the performance by the hip-hop duo OutKast at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. Hall said that neither the Grammys nor CBS ever made more than a tepid apology for the scanty green-dyed imitation Indian outfits worn by the backup singers. He said that OutKast members had "made somewhat of an apology" later in a personal conversation with the Native rapper and actor Litefoot, but they had never delivered on a promise to give a performance for Indian youth.

Hall said NCAI would demand an apology from the Miss Universe Organization and the broadcaster NBC.

The Miss Universe broadcast is a partnership of NBC and casino mogul Donald Trump, who owns the contest. It started half a century ago as a local bathing beauty contest in Long Beach, Calif., sponsored by Catalina Swimwear. With its global focus, it now gives a special award to the "delegate who displayed her country’s pride and spirit best in costume." Finnessey did not receive it.

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I was able to find this picture on the net.   It's in the same category of "entertainment" as the Outkast costumes during the grammies, indeed.   What I deem worthy to point out here is the fact that the Rez Dog Clothing use of Indian girls as soft porn models raises no objections from these same professional "liberal" Indians, like the writers of Indian Country and other Indian writers.   I say they're Indian pride is deeply lacking, and they are deluded, moreover, into thinking they are expressing their pride when they object to Shandi's costume.


Shandi Finnessey, Miss Universe National Costume competition, 2004.  Getty Images, ®

Furthermore, Martyne Woods, Miss Oklahoma 1940, wore such a costume.  Much more realistic, but it included a marvelous white war bonnet.  Miss Woods was "of Choctaw descent," and the bonnet was made by Woodrow Wilson Crumbo, a famous Pottawalonis Oklahoma Indian artist (1912-1989)


Martyne Woods, Oklahoma A & M  (now OSU) coed, 1940.

I normally don't post such things (as "skin pictures"), but the inconsistency of these "liberal" Indians is archtypical, as well as their professed ignorance.   They are perfectly happy to have Indian girls used for soft porn models--which is an utterly "white" or non-Indian thing to do, yet they object when a non-Indian wears an Indian costume as her chosen "national costume" for the Miss American representation in the Universe contest.  I think I'm rather proud.   Thank you, Shandi, for all the error of ways here, you at least knew what the American national costume is!  Bravo--just for the idea alone!
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How weird.  A new Cher costume?

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Uh, that would be "Cherokee Cher?"   It's always safe to claim Cherokee, if you're going to claim anything.   That was such a huge, huge tribe, with such "civilized" ways.  There really were a lot of intermarriages, particularly with Scots!  

I do not intend to post "skin pictures" of Cher, mind you.   This was an exception. for "political" reasons.  :;):
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I tried to find the most 'appropriate' photo. ???

At last year's Miss Universe, this was Canada's traditional costume display. It made me think a lot about what is Canada's traditional costume.


Miss Canada at Miss Universe 2003
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Wow!   That really is spectacular.  Yet, it looks non-specific, like, certainly non-Indian.  It's just spectacular, that's all.  

A couple of years ago there was a major winter fashion show, and it was all about indigenous designs.  Mostly western hemisphere.  I'll look that up.  We definitely have to go there.

I may have an article on FrontPageMagazine.com on the Shandi's Indian costume.  I'll note it here when it's posted.
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Congratulations Dr. Y! I see your comments on the Miss Universe controversy are on Indianz.com today. The good doctor's voice is being heard. Batten down the hatches and expect a few malcontents to visit us with their objections.

Meanwhile Dr. Yeagley - march on, Sir, march on!


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Hey, thanks for the heads-up.   (I've really got to be more carerful with those phonetically misspelled words, like "new" instead of "knew.")

I admit, I'm not averse to encouragement!  While I'm motivated by deep inner intuitions, it certainly feels good to get a pat on the back once in a while!
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