Release Date: 11/14/2011


Although beauty contests did not find favor in the Soviet Union until the late 1980s by 1991 before the collapse of the Soviet Union the soviet beauty queen had a become symbol of perestroika itself. These photo- graphs were taken 1988 - 1990 in Leningrad at various beauty contests and at the Leningrad Beauty Institute, an academy preparing aspiring beauty queens for competition and acquired in St. Petersburg by The Archive of Modern Conflict.

Soviet Beauty Queens
published by Dashwood Books from The Archive of Modern Conflict, 2011

edition of 500 copies
soft cover / 30 pages / 7 x 9.5 in