In 1970, London hosted the most-watched TV show on the planet, Miss World. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by disrupting the live broadcast. Once the show resumed the result caused an uproar: In a matter of hours, a global audience witnessed the patriarchy being driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty being turned on its head.
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused an uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage of the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.