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Miss America, 1956, Colorado Tourism Brochure - Sharon Kay Ritchie, Miss Colorado of 1956 who became Miss America, is pictured inside the brochure.

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Miss Black America… A lot of people never even heard of it or knew the pageant even existed. Some people don’t agree with what “beauty pageants” consist of at all and thats understandable, but the origin of The Miss Black America Pageant and its intent is something to be admired and respected. It started in 1968, in Philadelphia, PA. by J. Morris anderson as a protest against the very popular “Miss America” Pageant for them having very few African-American women in their contest and no…

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Marjorie Vincent, Illinois, Miss America 1991. First Miss America of Haitian descent and first consecutive black Miss America winners.

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1927: The first Miss America from Illinois was the one who kept the title the longest, from 1927 to 1933. Her extended reign had less to do with her "pulchritude" (a word that turns up a lot in old Miss America news stories) than with the pageant's cancellation due to complaints that the contestants not only exposed their flesh but also wanted some compensation for participating. But Lois Delander, who was only 16, just wanted to finish high school. She did, later married and lived in…

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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…

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

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