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Greg Ruffing November 10, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant

Greg Ruffing (b.1979, American) is a photographer based in the Midwestern United States, with an eye for the nuanced lives of everyday people in that region and beyond. His work has been recognized by the PDN Photo Annual and the Eddie Adams Workshop, and his photographs have appeared in a variety of publications including Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Spin and others. He has also worked in Eastern Europe, where he hopes to eventually return to Romania and finish a long-term project on his family’s roots in the Transylvania region. His work is represented by Redux Pictures in New York.

About the Photograph:

“The Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant began in 1963 to promote Texas pride, Western heritage and the professional sport of rodeo. Miss Rodeo Texas is open to girls ages 19-24, and the Miss Rodeo Texas Teen for girls ages 14-18. The pageant also just recently added a Miss Rodeo Texas Princess contest for girls ages 9-13. Contestants go through a week of horsemanship, interviews, speeches, dancing, modeling and presentations, culminating with the Coronation on the final evening. Judges then make their final decisions based on the criteria of horsemanship skills, appearance and personality. The winner of Miss Rodeo Texas goes on to represent the state in the yearly Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, as well as numerous other nationwide promotional appearances.”


1. Todd W. - November 10, 2008

“open to girls 19-24” GIRLS? Isn’t that word reserved for pre-teens, at best? I’m probably not the most progressive guy around, but I would have assumed that these “talent” pageants would at least pay lip service to the women’s movement. Gotta love Texas.

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