Casta Diva is a project documenting some minor beauty pageants in rich, bored provincial Italian communities.
With Berlusconi's commercial television inciting people's dream of fame, a particular (sub)culture has become a forced media dictatorship. This cultural involution, in which women are continually judged by their looks, has a specific effect: the manipulation and negation of female identity.

Thanks to Mauro Guglielminotti, editor of the quarterly Italian magazine Il Reportage, for having dared where others didn't.


Emanuele Cremaschi