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The Miss America pageant has been the most illustrious event of its kind since its creation in 1921. Margaret Gorman was the first contestant to win the crown, and the success of the event led to it becoming an American tradition. The only years that the contest didn’t take place were from 1928 to 1932, and that was due to the Great Depression.
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In order to become Miss America, you have to first win a pageant in your city, and then win either your state’s pageant or your territory’s pageant. The pageants are held over the course of the calendar year, and the winners of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands converge to find out who will be the next Miss America.
All Miss America competitors must be between the ages of 17 and 24. Gorman was 16 when she won the first Miss America, and Marian Bergeron won the crown at the age of 15 in 1933, but the organizers have changed the age limit since that point.
We have seen some big changes in the format of Miss America over the last couple years. The biggest news was the removal of the swimsuit competition. Organizers finally decided to get with the times and do away with that portion of the contest, and the contestants are no longer compelled to wear evening gowns either. Now, contestants have live interactive sessions with the judges, where they can discuss their dreams and goals. These young women can dazzle onlookers with their brains as well as their beauty.
The reigning Miss America ultimately becomes an icon of culture in the United States. Miss America often serves as a public speaker or the face of various charity events, and she becomes a minor celebrity during her year-long reign. Whereas the representatives from their own state only deal with events inside of their own state, Miss America makes frequent stops across the country.
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The most famous Miss America winner in the long history of this pageant is Vanessa Williams. Williams became the first African-American woman to win the crown in 1984, and she also became the first winner to resign her title. A scandalous publication discovered compromising photos of Williams, and their decision to run the photos led to the organizers pressuring her to step down.
Williams went on to have a very successful career despite the setback. She ended up becoming a popular singer and actress, and she has starred in plenty of movies and television shows over the last three decades. The CEO of the Miss America Pageant officially apologized to Williams back in 2016.
In recent years, it’s been great to hail from the Empire State. For the first time ever, there were three straight winners from the same state when someone from New York was crowned Miss America in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and Nia Franklin became the fourth winner from New York this decade in 2019. Her win helped New York break a tie with Oklahoma, California, and Ohio as the state with the most (7) Miss America winners.
Although this competition has been around for nearly 100 years, there are still plenty of states that have never seen a winner. Populous states like Nevada, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Washington have never produced a Miss America, and neither Puerto Rico nor the Virgin Islands have crowned a national champion. Expect that to change sometime in the next decade though.
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