The Beauty Queen as Jewish Heroine

27 February 2019 (Wed), 6:30 PM
At Saga Common Lounge

About the talk:
Esther, perhaps the most remarkable woman in the Hebrew Bible, was neither a matriarch nor a prophetess. She was the first Jewish beauty queen, and it was her seductive looks that helped save the Jewish people from impending destruction, making the beauty queen an unlikely Jewish heroine. This session will explore the role of Jewish beauty queens in shaping Jewish identity, from Queen Esther of the Bible to Queen Esther of the Tel Aviv Purim carnival, from the ‘beautiful Jewess’ of the antisemitic imagination to Miss Judea (Poland) and, above all, Boske Simon (Miss Hungary 1929).