The Combination Calendar Girl Pageant presents 6th Annual The Twelve Choice of Beauty Contestants… [cover title of 1975 African American women’s beauty pageant program]
Well-illustrated program for the Black women’s beauty contest or “Calendar Girl Pageant” sponsored by The Combination, an African American magazine published in Oakland California. The Staff Director of the pageant was Brackeen McCarty, editor and publisher of The Combination and owner of the Bay Area Printing Company.
A full-page portrait of each female contestant is accompanied by her statistics (age, height, weight, torso measurements), educational background, career goals and hobbies. The winner would reign throughout 1976; posed photographs of the contestants from the previous year are also included. The program includes an inspirational poem (“Success”), portraits of the pageant’s staff and judges, and ads for Black-owned businesses or businesses that catered to persons of color. The music was provided by the band “Grand Thief.”
As with his magazine, pageant Staff Director Brackeen McCarty (seen here as Brackeem McCarty) saw the pageant as an opportunity for social uplift and improvement, in this instance for Black women: “It is our hope that each of you will accept increasing responsibilities to become a fully functioning person in our society, and that you will devote energy and effort to your beliefs and ideas. ... If you can hold onto these fundamentals principles and even carry them as a torch, you will be the great hope of those who believe in the aims of a better tomorrow.” (p)
Description: The Combination Calendar Girl Pageant presents 6th Annual The Twelve Choice of Beauty Contestants… [cover title of 1975 African American women’s beauty pageant program]
El Cerito, California: Combination Calendar Girl Pageant, . pp. Program. 11 x 8½ inches. Printed, yellow stiff-paper wrappers; stapled. Half tone portraits. Advertisements. Faint toning at spine; Near Fine.
Ref. Guide to The Combination Magazine Collection [Oakland Public Library: African American Museum and Library at Oakland] accessed online.