Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
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Walentyna Niedzwiedzka: Vice-Miss Shanghai 1942 and 1944



Shanghai's crowned beauties, left to right:
Top row: Zhou Shuping (1929), Elsie Kwok (1929), Takeko Inouye (1931), Helen Sloutsky (1931), Nina Barsamova (1933).
Middle row: Tamara Labutina (1935), Marina Homiakoff (1937), Margaret Venevsky (Benevsky) (1938), Galina Soldatenko (1940), Faina Hablieff (1941).
Bottom row: Wang Meimei (1941), Wang Yunmei (1946), Zhang Yuqing (1947), Olga Guy (1947), Ruth Wachsmann (1948).

This collage of old Shanghai's beauty queens is included in my article on the Miss Shanghai pageants in the years 1929–1948. The pageants of the wartime years were relatively poorly documented, but here is an online image that introduces a new face: Walentyna Niedzwiedzka (Валентина Недзвецкая, aka Valentina Nedzevtsky), who was a runner-up, or a "Princess", in the Miss Shanghai beauty pageant twice – in 1942 and in 1944:

Image: source.

It is well-known that Miss Shanghai winners enjoiyed the backing of male patrons before the pageant and beyond, and Miss Walentyna was no exception: she was a young paramour of Anatoly Isaakovich Beerbrayer, b. 1898, a married jeweler who assisted the Soviet Trade Mission in disposing of jewelry exported from the USSR. (SMP Files-62). Miss Valentina resided at 22E Route Say Zoong,

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Tags: 1940s, 1942, 1944, beauty pageant, miss shanghai, shanghai, women
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