An heiress to the Anheuser-Busch brewery fortune who’s working for the Democratic nomination to the US Senate from Missouri was crowed queen of a whites-only magnificence pageant within the Seventies, according to a new report by the Intercept.
Trudy Busch Valentine received the “Queen of Love and Magnificence” crown on the St. Louis Veiled Prophet Ball in 1977 — throughout a time when the competitors particularly banned folks of coloration and Jews from taking part.
Pictures unearthed by the outlet present Busch Valentine, who entered the Senate main on Monday, subsequent to the pageant’s titular “veiled prophet,” who donned a white sheet over his head much like Ku Klu Klan garb.
The pageant was denounced by “The Workplace” actress Ellie Kemper last June when it was revealed she had received the identical crown in 1999.
“The century-old group that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist previous,” Kemper mentioned on the time.
Whereas Kemper claimed ignorance of the group’s historical past, two civil rights protesters had been arrested for demonstrating towards the ball the 12 months Busch Valentine received, the Intercept reported, including that the occasion went off underneath extraordinarily tight safety.
Busch Valentine informed The Submit she “failed to totally grasp the state of affairs” when she participated within the ball.
“I consider within the significance of working collectively and therapeutic divisions — and that begins with acknowledging my very own previous shortcomings,” Busch Valentine mentioned. “I ought to have identified higher, and I deeply remorse and I apologize that my actions harm others. My life and work are approach past that, and as a candidate for Missouri’s subsequent US Senator, I pledge to work tirelessly to be a power for progress in therapeutic the racial divisions of our nation.”
Busch Valentine apparently went again to the ball not less than twice after profitable the Queen of Love and Magnificence crown, together with as soon as in 1990 regardless of years of protests from civil rights advocates.
Busch Valentine is working for the open Senate seat vacated by Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who introduced his retirement in March 2021. She is the daughter of longtime Anheuser-Busch chairman and former St. Louis Cardinals proprietor August Anheuser “Gussie” Busch Jr. and the great-granddaughter of Anheuser-Busch’s German-born co-founder Adolphus Busch.