New opera dresses characters as kids' favourites to portray citizens living in terror
Denise Darcel was a voluptuous actress and singer who appeared in several feature films in the early 1950s.
Where have the knobbly knees gone?
On the peeling, whitewashed wall of the dank Connemara cottage, there's a poster that bears the legend: "May you be half an hour in heaven afore the devil knows you're dead". It's a bit too late for that forlorn hope now, though. The two female characters in The Beauty Queen of Leenane dwell in a hell on earth of their own devising – a perverted symbiosis of mutual torture and resentment. Maureen Folan, the archetypally plain and lonely 40-year-old spinster, is bullied and bossed around by her selfish old mother who plots to thwart her daughter when a last chance of love shows up in the shape of personable local chap on a brief trip home from his navvying job in England.
Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez says it's clear in her mind who'll replace her as the world's top beauty queen.
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But despite a beauty pageant and changes to the law, the hijras still fear harassment and abuse
Beauty pageants may be relics of a bygone era, but the canine counterpart is more popular than ever, as evidenced by the sellout crowds who packed Madison Square Garden for the first day of the Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show.
Enhanced breasts, noses, and even toes: Hungary hosts a world first
It may seem odd to combine a traditional beauty contest with a green agenda, but not to the 62 contestants gathered in a hotel outside Coventry, hoping to win the chance to represent Britain at the world's third-largest beauty pageant
Linford Christie's niece Rachel tells Emily Dugan why winning – on the track and the catwalk – matters to her
A beauty queen whose opposition to gay marriage turned her into an overnight poster girl for America's conservative movement has been stripped of her hard-won tiara, after failing to properly discharge the onerous responsibilities of a reigning Miss California.
What this sport really needs are transparent costumes in dubious moral taste
It's long been known that pedigree dogs are more likely to suffer from health problems than their mongrel brethren. But a study by scientists at Imperial College, which featured in a BBC1 documentary last night, has revealed just how severe those problems are.
On the eve of London Fashion Week, Susannah Frankel meets the hot young designer Emma Cook – and we exclusively preview her latest collection. Styling by Gemma Hayward. Photography by Julia Kennedy