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Misbehaviour

Auditorium Soc. Dist. - Sunday 18 Oct 2020, 15:00

A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.


In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite, but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

UK 2020 Philippa Lowthorpe 106m


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