No longer judg­ing these books by their cov­ers

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

THE Miss Amer­ica beauty pageant is be­ing mod­ernised. Well, thank heav­ens for that.

The pa­rade of gor­geous young women in swim­suits and high heels is be­ing abol­ished to be re­placed one as­sumes by the trac­tor driver seg­ment for dun­ga­rees and boiler suits. At last, some­thing re­al­is­tic and im­prov­ing.

And the evening-gown seg­ment is also to go. To­gether those two el­e­ments oc­cu­pied 25 per cent of the beauty con­test.

They will be re­placed by con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the young women and the achingly cor­rect judges dur­ing which the con­tes­tants can demon­strate their men­tal supremacy and no­bil­ity of char­ac­ter.

Sounds about as jolly as the old Soviet march-pasts.

Pic­ture: GETTY

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