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Beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 that spurred 1st wave feminism, the perception of women in America has always been complex & fluid. While it is theoretically possible that Miss America could evolve into a purely academic scholarship organization at this point in time the notion that beauty pageants are about anything other than outer beauty is belied both by the continued existence of the swimsuit portion & the fact that I'm expected to answer this question in just 20…

Bert Parks-WW2-China/Burma/India Theatre (Singer/Radio/TV/Announcer-best known for hosting "The Miss America Contest")

from polygrafi

Miss Black America

Author and Producer Sunny Nash, 1970. The First African American Miss America contestant with the title of Iowa.

Miss America 1973 - Congratulations to the new Miss America who was just crowned tonight! Such an amazing organization of strong women!

from Mail Online

Stunning pageant photographs show the first ever Miss Americas and bathing beauties from the 1920s

three contestants, including Miss Coney Island winners from 1924 and 1925, look like naturals