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…
Miss America 1951 (1950), Yolande Betbeze from Mobile, Alabama. In 1950, it was decided that since the majority of Miss America's year of service fell in the next calendar year, the woman who won in 1950 would become Miss America 1951. This process remains in effect today. Yolande Betbeze of Mobile, Alabama was crowned Miss America 1951 in the pageant held in 1950.
A Look Black: Vanessa Williams' Historic Miss America Crowning In 1983
September 17, 1983 - Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America 1984, becoming the first African American to win the title. On July 23, 1984 she resigned after nude photos of her surfaced (taken before her pageant days).