Mexican beauty pagent

Somos de Wichita/We are Wichitans

Mexican beauty pagent

Courtesy Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

In the 1950s, Mexican American youth participated in many of the same traditions as the larger community including attending high school and holding beauty contests. Many worked to try to fit in, finding Hispanic cultural traditions embarrassing holdovers from their parents and grandparents.

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