The power of physical beauty, individual and cultural, and its ephemeral nature, is the focus of this thesis. Through paintings, sculpture, and installation, the artwork discusses beauty pageants, a deteriorating tradition that once epitomized the ideal American female. The thesis exhibition explores the psychology of the individual contestant through exposure of private domestic space. The paper discusses humanistic theories and developmental evidence of the relevance of physical beauty, the history of beauty in society and its subsequent reflection in art history, the evolution of pageantry, the influence of feminism on American culture, contemporary artistic influences, an art making process description, and an explanation of the thesis exhibition. This thesis and exhibition reveal an inquiry into a specific subculture, and reflects its influence on the personal identity of the artist.