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Ann J. Simonton (born 1952) is an American writer, lecturer, media activist, and former fashion model. She founded and
coordinates the non-profit group "Media Watch", [1] which challenges what they see as racism, sexism, and violence in the
media through education and action. Simonton has published two autobiographical chapters, I Never Told Anyone and Her
Wits About Her. She has also written and produced two educational videos, one of which, Don't Be a TV: Television Victim,
received a Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Video and Film Festival in 1995.
Simonton began as a fashion model in Los Angeles and vaulted to the top of the modelling world in New York City in the
early 1970s. [2] On June 24, 1971, she was gang raped at knifepoint in Morningside Park on her way to a modeling
assignment. This event informed her activism to help end sexual assaults on women.
Simonton became a radical feminist activist, and has been arrested and jailed 11 times for
committing acts of non-violent civil disobedience. In the 1980s, she and Nikki Craft led the                             External images
"Myth California" protests, a series of counter-pageants which accused the Miss California
                                                                                                                  Simonton's Sports Illustrated
pageant of contributing to "the objectification of women and the glorification of the beauty                      Swimsuit Issue cover from
myth." [3] Simonton wore various meat outfits in these protests: one of baloney in 1982,                          January 28, 1974
skirt steak in 1985, and turkey slices in 1987. In 1987 she shaved off all her bleached
blond hair in front of the pageant venue in San Diego to protest "racist attitudes" in the pageants. [4] The protests garnered
international attention, and were partially responsible for the Miss California pageant relocating from Santa Cruz to San Diego,
California. [5]
Simonton lectures nationally on university campuses with a presentation entitled, "Sex, Power and the Media." She has been
a guest on Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and CNN's Crossfire.

Simonton worked as a Ford fashion model in the 1970s. [6]

   1. ^ De Mellow, James (2010-07-01). "A Picture and 1,000 Words" . Columbia Sports Journalism.
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   3. ^ Lieber, Jill (1989-02-07). "The Woman Warrior: Ann Simonton fights for feminist issues--and against the SI swimsuit issue"                .
      Sports Illustrated.
   4. ^ "A Beauty Bristles"      . Life Magazine. 1987-09.
   5. ^ Spearnak, Catherine M. (1989-06-10). "Here She Comes: Pageant Still the Object of Protest" . Los Angeles Times.
   6. ^ Faludi, Susan. (April 1988). "Miss Teen Covina's revenge"            . Mother Jones 13 (3): 32–34, 52–55     . (Responses by Nikki Craft
      and Ann Simonton, Mother Jones 13(5):4,7 (June 1988).)

External links
       Media Watch
       Media Watch         channel at YouTube
       Radio Interviews by Ann Simonton
       Slow Sex: Moving Toward Informed Pleasure                by Ann Simonton,, February 9, 2008.
       Sports Illustrated cover      , January 28, 1974.
       "The Woman Warrior"           by Jill Lieber, Sports Illustrated, February 7, 1989.
       "Radical Body Politics for Women"           by Kirsten Anderberg, 2003.
       "Getting results with low-budget media activism"            by Michael Stoll, Grade the News, January 21, 2004.

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                Lena Kansbod · Maria Joao · Christie Brinkley ·
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 1970          Kay Hughes · Kathy Loghry · Ann Peterson · Cheryl Tiegs · Paula Warner ·

 1971          Cynthia Korman · Tannia Rubiano · Carmen Luisa Vela ·

 1972          Samantha Jones · Annette Molen · Pixie Petersen · Shelia Roscoe · Maggie Smith · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1973          Barbra Ehn · Jane Gill · Dayle Haddon · Libb Otis ·

 1974          Carol Latimer · Libby Otis · Ann Simonton · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1975          Christie Brinkley · Margaux Hemingway · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1976          Christie Brinkley · Yvette & Yvonne Sylvander · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1977          Lena Kansbod · Barbara Minty · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1978          Christie Brinkley · Maria Joao · Monique Moura de Carvalho · Cheryl Tiegs ·

 1979          Christie Brinkley · Barbara Carrera · Apollonia van Ravenstein ·

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