Latina Beauty Queens

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Latina Beauty Queens


Beauty contestants
Beauty queens
Mexican American women


Latina Beauty Queens is a digital archive that has preserved photographs from the Emilio Sarabia collection, along with beauty advertisements, columns, and more from American-Hispanic newspapers. The collection highlights how gender roles and expectations affected the growing upper middle class Hispanic-American women in the 20th century.


Sarabia, Jose
Heart, Alicia


Sarabia Collection, Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage
Hispanic American Newspapers


Sarabia, Emilio


Copyright Arte Público Press






Still Image




San Antonio, Texas

Collection Items

El Concurso de Belleza y Simpatía
Announcement of beauty competition with images of the contestants.

Bellezas Mexicanas
Cover of Gaceta Mexicana with black and white photograph of Señorita Elena Santander. There is a a sticker or label at the bottom that reads "Future Mrs. Curtis Farrington."

[Photograph of a queen with roses]
Several women in costume. May be a pageant, possibly related to benefit society. The label reads: "Crowning of Queen, Note: Mayor Louie Welch"

[Photograph of María Teresa I]
The published announcement of María Teresa winning the paegent. María Teresa is pictured throughout this collection.

[Photograph of two women in costume]
Two woman in costume and crowns. On the left is a woman with fair skin and on the right woman with dark skin, possibly May 1966.

[Photograph of a queen being awarded]
Several woman are dressed in paegent costumes. The queen is awarded something with her court in background.

[Photograph of a queen being crowned]
Woman in costume with crown, roses, septor, and cape. She is not pictured in the collection again.

[Photograph of Leticia Reyna]
Two women, with the middle women holding roses, and wearing a crown and a long cape. Woman on the left is wearing a sash that says "Benito Juarez." Unidentified male on the right, likely a date or dance partner.

[Photograph of Disecliva 1984-85]
Multiple older people surround a woman wearing a crown in the middle. Multiple woman are wearing a sash and gold ribbons.

[Photograph of people dancing ]
Possibly a debutante ball. Multiple woman are wearing crowns and dancing with their dates.
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