Alternative Miss World

A fancy dress contest inspired by Crufts (a British dog show), established by Andrew Logan in 1972



In the early 1970s, Andrew Logan — the artist who adorns one of Accent’s AW16 covers  — had an idea for a party. It would not be about beauty, it would be about transformation. The Alternative Miss World would allow anyone to enter: men and women on equal footing: racial parity in a pre-cosmopolitan London; sexuality set free in a million guises. And everyone would be judged on the same criteria as the dogs at Crufts: poise, personality and originality.

Since the first event in Andrew’s flat in Hackney, in 1972, the Alternative Miss World has set the stage for some of the world’s most creative spirits to gather — with past guests, hosts and competitors including everyone from Derek Jarman, David Hockney and Zandra Rhodes to Grayson Perry, Divine, Leigh Bowery and the stars of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Issue two pays tribute to this long-running celebration of self-expression by unearthing some gems from the photo archive. Here we feature some of the highlights through the years.


Kinky Gerlinky Cabaret, AMW Imperial Fantasy/Royal Imperial, 1991 
Robyn Beeche


Miss Holland Park Walk (Eric Roberts), the winner in 1973
JD Matthews


Divine, a host in 1978


Fat Gill and Leigh Bowery, AMW Earth, 1986
Robyn Beeche


Andrew as host in 1991. The theme was Air
Robyn Beeche


Miss Yorkshire, the very first winner of the competition in 1972
JD Matthews


David Hockney and Celia Birtwell on the judging panel, AMW Wild, 1975


Miss Frozen Assets, AMW Imperial Fantasy/Royal Imperial, 1981
Robyn Beeche


Miss Aldershot (Michael Haynes), winner of AMW Imperial Fantasy/Royal Imperial, 1981
Robyn Beeche


Luciana Martinez de la Rosa, AMW Circus, 1978
Robyn Beeche

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