View our January 12, 2021 panel "Complicating Beauty: A Look at How Women Look"

February 2, 2021

Watch a recording of the Pembroke Center virtual panel “Complicating Beauty: A Look at How Women Look.” The panel featured five distinguished Brown alumnae and faculty who together explored the idea of beauty, including: how and why it changes over time; the unique role of the beauty pageant; and the ways that society’s morphing definitions of “a beautiful woman” collide with race, class and gender.

Panelists included sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, visiting assistant professor of education at Brown, and author of the book “Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America;” Marjon Carlos ’05, a journalist, editorial director and former Senior Fashion Writer at, where her work explored the intersection of style and culture; Kathy Peiss ’77 AM, ’82 PhD, a scholar of gender and sexuality and the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols professor of American history at the University of Pennsylvania; and Deborah Saint-Vil ’10, who was Miss Rhode Island 2010, and has been a judge in the Miss America Organization. Marcia R. Ely ’80, director of programs at the Center for Brooklyn History and a Pembroke Center Advisory Council member, moderates.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Pembroke Center and the Pembroke Center Advisory Council.