In 1970, the Miss World pageant took place in London, hosted by American legendary comedian Bob Hope. At the same time, the contest was the most watched TV show on the planet, with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that a beauty contest demeans women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement gained fame overnight by invading the stage and interrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, but when the show resumed, the result caused a stir: the winner was not Miss Sweden’s favorite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. Within hours, a global audience witnessed stage-led patriarchy and Western beauty ideals turned upside down.

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