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Miss America contestants visit Andrews Air Force Base in 2003
Miss America contestants visit Andrews Air Force Base in 2003

The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The first-prize winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of "Miss America" for one year. Miss America is the name of two Golden Age patriotically-themed comic book superheroines. ... Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, who competed as Miss Tennessee USA Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, who competed as Miss Kentucky USA Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, who competed as Miss North Carolina USA Not to be confused with Miss America. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1998x833, 360 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Miss America ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1998x833, 360 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Miss America ... Emblem of the AFDW Andrews Air Force Base (ICAO code KADW) is a United States Air Force base near Washington, DC and the home base of the U.S. presidential aircraft, Air Force One. ...


The pageant originated as a beauty contest in 1921, but now prefers to avoid this term since Swimsuit and Evening Wear only comprise 35 percent of the overall score used to judge contestants. The pageant began in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was held there each year in September through 2004 (except for the year 2000, when it was held on October 14). Mrs. ... Atlantic City redirects here. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In January 2006 the pageant moved to its new home and time in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pageant presents itself as a "scholarship pageant," and the primary prizes for the winner and her runners-up are scholarships to the institution of her choice. The Miss America Scholarship program, along with its local and state affiliates claims to be the largest provider of scholarship money to young women in the world, and in 2006 made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.[1] Since most of the contestants are college graduates already, or on the verge of graduating, most of their prize money is devoted to graduate school or professional school, or to pay off student loans for courses already taken. For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A profession is a specialized work function within society, generally performed by a professional. ...


Some feminists object to the Miss America pageant. Stephanie Abrams of Ohio University contends that Miss America hurts women by "forcing monolithic, racist, often unattainable standard of beauty into the nation's consciousness."[2]

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Competition

Miss America 2002, Katie Harman signs a USO poster, while performing her community service work
Miss America 2002, Katie Harman signs a USO poster, while performing her community service work

Miss America is connected to various subsidiary programs throughout the U.S.A. Local contests select local representatives (e.g., "Miss Mobile, Alabama") who go on to participate in state pageants (e.g., for "Miss Alabama"). The founder, Megan O'Brien stated that, "Miss America pageants are not about popularity, looking sexy in a bikini, or anything like that. They are about strong, sophisticated women competing to represent the women of America." The winners of the various state pageants (plus pageants for "Miss District of Columbia" and "Miss Virgin Islands") go on to compete for the title of "Miss America" at an annual national competition. Miss Virgin Islands competed for the first time in the 2004 pageant. Thus far, there has not been a "Miss Puerto Rico" or a "Miss Guam" representing. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1216x922, 276 KB) Subject: Katie Harman, Miss America 2002 and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England Source page url: http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1216x922, 276 KB) Subject: Katie Harman, Miss America 2002 and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England Source page url: http://www. ... While serving as Miss America 2002, Katie Harman signs a USO poster, while performing her community service work Katie Harman from Gresham, Oregon is a classical vocalist and stage actress; who is most well known for being Miss America 2002. ... The United Service Organizations The United Service Organizations Inc. ... ...


Contestants for Miss America and the various state and local pageants are selected by panels of judges based on a set of five competitions:

Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951
Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951
1) Private Interview In the Private Interview portion of the competition each contestant converses with the judges on a variety of topics, from frivolous trivia to serious political and social issues. The contestant is awarded points for being well spoken, polite, articulate, and confident. This competition is less known by the general public than other aspects of the pageant, since unlike the other three, it does not take place on a theater stage, nor is it usually televised. The Private Interview counts for 25 percent of the contestant's overall score.
2) Talent In the Talent portion of the competition the contestant performs on stage before the judges and an audience. The most common talents are singing or dancing, but a variety of other talents may be exhibited at the contestant's choosing; some have demonstrated juggling, playing musical instruments, ventriloquism, quick-draw painting; one even chose to demonstrate the proper way to pack a suitcase. The Talent portion of the competition counts for 35 percent of the contestant's overall score
3) Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit In the Swimsuit portion of the competition contestants walk on the stage in swimsuits and high-heeled shoes. The Miss America pageant regulates certain minimum standards of modesty the swimsuit must comply with. Judging for this portion of the competition focuses on overall physical fitness, poise and posture. Until recently, the contestants were required to wear identical, somewhat dated, one-piece suits. Recently, the organization has allowed contestants to choose their own more revealing two-piece suits, bikinis, or more modern one-piece suits. In 1996 the pageant held a phone-in poll asking the public to weigh in on whether or not the Swimsuit competition should be continued. A staggering 87 percent voted to retain the swimsuit portion. The Swimsuit competition counts for 15 percent of the contestant's overall score.
4) Evening Wear In the Evening Wear portion of the competition, the contestants are judged on poise and bearing as they walk across the stage. The Evening Wear portion of the competition counts for 20 percent of the contestant's overall score.
5) Onstage Question During the Evening Wear competition the contestants are asked a random question from a pre-determined list that they must then answer onstage with no preparation. Questions are topical and usually involve current events. The questions require the contestant to have knowledge of the event and provide an opinion. The Onstage Question counts for five percent of the contestant's total score.

A casual wear section was added to the Miss America competition in 2003, and was filtering down to state and local competitions; however, the "casual wear" section was canceled in 2006 and is no longer in use at any level of the Miss America Program. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3000x2408, 667 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Miss America Yolande Betbeze ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3000x2408, 667 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Miss America Yolande Betbeze ... Yolande Betbeze Yolande Betbeze born 1929 in Mobile, Alabama was Miss America 1951. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Juggling is a form of skillful, often artful, object manipulation. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For the Batman villain, see Ventriloquist (comics). ... For other uses , see Painting (disambiguation). ... A typical suitcase A suitcase is a narrow box-shaped bag, usually made of cloth or vinyl that more or less keeps its shape, has a handle at one end and is used mainly for transporting clothes and other possessions during trips. ... A swimsuit, bathing suit or swimming costume is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ...


A community service platform became a requirement of Miss America contestants beginning with the 1989 pageant. Platforms promoted by previous Miss Americas have included AIDS awareness and prevention, diabetes awareness, outreach for homeless veterans, domestic violence awareness, encouraging volunteerism in teens, and support for terminal breast cancer patients. For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ...


Prizes are given at local, state, and national level, consisting most commonly of scholarships for use in higher education, sometimes supplemented with money and merchandise donated by sponsors. Many young women pay for their entire college education simply by competing several times in local and state pageants. This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ...


History

Margaret Gorman was the very first Miss America Pageant winner in 1921.
Margaret Gorman was the very first Miss America Pageant winner in 1921.

The Miss America competition originated on September 7, 1921, as a two-day beauty contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event that year was still called the Atlantic City Pageant, and the winner of the grand prize, the 3-foot Golden Mermaid trophy, wasn't even called "Miss America" until 1922, when she re-entered the pageant. The pageant was initiated in an attempt to keep tourists in Atlantic City after the Labor Day weekend. ImageMetadata File history File links Margaret_Gorman_2. ... Margaret Gorman (1905-1995) is best known for being the very first Miss America, from the year 1921. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Atlantic City redirects here. ... This article is about the holiday in the United States. ...


In 1935, Talent was added to the competition.


Starting in 1950, the winner's title reflected to the following year (Miss America 1951), so there was never a Miss America 1950.


In the early years of the pageant, a beauty competition of the women wearing bathing suits was the main event. When pageant officials decided to make this a less important part of the competition, swimsuit-making sponsors started their own separate pageant, Miss USA. Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1951, refused to pose for publicity pictures while wearing a swimsuit, citing that she wanted to be recognized as a serious opera singer. Catalina swimwear, one of the Miss America sponsors, withdrew and created the Miss USA/Universe pageants. Womans bathing suit, 1920s, USA A swimsuit (also swimmers), bathing suit (also bathers) or swimming costume (sometimes shortened to cozzie) is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ... Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, who competed as Miss Tennessee USA Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, who competed as Miss Kentucky USA Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, who competed as Miss North Carolina USA Not to be confused with Miss America. ... Yolande Betbeze Yolande Betbeze born 1929 in Mobile, Alabama was Miss America 1951. ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... Catalina is one of the oldest apparel manufacturers in California and one of the best known names in the swimwear industry. ... Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, who competed as Miss Tennessee USA Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, who competed as Miss Kentucky USA Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, who competed as Miss North Carolina USA Not to be confused with Miss America. ... Miss Universe is an annual international female beauty contest, and the title for the winner of the contest, founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. ...


In 1955, the awards were televised for the first time; that year's winner was Lee Meriwether. In 1959, Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon, Mississippi won the Miss Mississippi title and then went on to win the Miss America pageant. The next year, her successor as Miss Mississippi (Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez) also went on to win the Miss America title. The only states to have produced Miss Americas in consecutive years are Pennsylvania (1935 and 1936), Mississippi (1959 and 1960), and Oklahoma (2006 and 2007). Mary Katherine Campbell, Miss Columbus, Ohio, won in both 1922 and 1923 before the rules were changed to limit an entrant to participating in only one year. Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is Miss America 1955, and an American actress, appearing in movies, soap operas, game shows and television, best known for her roles as Buddy Ebsens daughter-in-law and crime-solving partner, Betty Jones, in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mary Ann Mobley (born February 17, 1939 in Brandon, Mississippi) was Miss America in 1959, and later appeared in movies, including two with Elvis Presley; and on such television shows as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. ... Brandon is stupid. ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ...


The pageant has been nationally televised since 1954. It peaked in the early 1960s, when it was repeatedly the highest-rated program on American television. It was seen as a symbol of the United States, with Miss America often being referred to as the female equivalent of the President. The pageant stressed conservative values; contestants were not expected to have ambitions beyond being a good wife (there is also a Mrs. America pageant). For decades it was, practically speaking, a pageant for young white women, though by the 1980s black women were winning the crown. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Mrs. ...


In 1964, the Miss America pageant that year took place just weeks after Atlantic City hosted the Democratic National Convention. The 1964 Democratic National Convention took place at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 24 - 27, 1964. ...


With the rise of feminism and the civil rights movement the pageant became a focus of protests each year, and its audience began to fade. The 1968 protest, in which a group of feminists on the Atlantic City boardwalk crowned a live sheep Miss America and threw various beauty accouterments (including bras) into a trash can, shocked many people and was the source of the myth that feminists "burned bras." In the 1970s it began to change, admitting blacks and encouraging a new type of professional woman. This was symbolized by the 1974 victory of Rebecca Ann King, a law student who publicly supported legalization of abortion in the United States while Miss America.[3] Feminists redirects here. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Rebecca Ann King (b. ... Abortion in the United States is a highly-charged issue involving significant political and ethical debate. ...


Still, ratings flagged. In an attempt to create a younger image, Bert Parks, the pageant's famous emcee from 1954 to 1979, was dismissed. Parks had virtually became an American icon, singing the show's signature song, "There She Is, Miss America" as the newly-crowned Miss America took her walk down the ramp at the end of each year's pageant. His dismissal prompted public criticism; in protest, Johnny Carson organized a letter-writing campaign to reinstate Parks, but it was unsuccessful. Bert Parks (December 30, 1914 - February 2, 1992), an American actor, singer, and radio and television announcer and host, is remembered best as the longtime, iconic host (1955-1980) of the annual Miss America Pageant telecast, live from Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ...


In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America, but resigned from her duties in scandal. The job was subsequently filled by runner-up Suzette Charles who carried out the remaining seven weeks as Miss America 1984. Both women are now included on the canonical list of Miss America laureates; Williams is officially designated Miss America 1984a and Charles is officially designated Miss America 1984b. For other persons of the same name, see Vanessa Williams. ... Suzette Charles (born March 2, 1963) is an American singer and entertainer. ...


Many Miss America winners live on in relative anonymity, but Vanessa Williams has made a nationally prominent career as a singer selling millions of albums worldwide and achieving critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television. Others who have had prominent careers in such fields as show business include Bess Myerson, Mary Ann Mobley, Lee Meriwether, Phyllis George, and Katherine Shindle. 1989 winner Gretchen Carlson went on to have a career in television journalism. Interestingly, Myerson was the first Jewish Miss America, and she was selected in 1945, the year that all the Nazi atrocities against the Jews had been revealed. Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ... Cover of Miss America, 1945: Bess Myersons Own Story by Susan Dworkin Bess Myerson (born July 16, 1924, Bronx, New York) in 1945 became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant. ... Mary Ann Mobley (born February 17, 1939 in Brandon, Mississippi) was Miss America in 1959, and later appeared in movies, including two with Elvis Presley; and on such television shows as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. ... Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is Miss America 1955, and an American actress, appearing in movies, soap operas, game shows and television, best known for her roles as Buddy Ebsens daughter-in-law and crime-solving partner, Betty Jones, in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Katherine Shindle (b. ... Gretchen Carlson (born June 21, 1966) is a co-host of Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel, which she joined in June 2005. ... “Shoah” redirects here. ...


In the 1990s, the pageant was reformed into The Miss America Organization, a not-for-profit corporation with three divisions: the Miss America Pageant, a scholarship fund, and a Miss America foundation. This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ...


Since the pageant's peak in the early 1960s, its audience has eroded significantly. In 2004, when its audience fell to fewer than 10 million viewers, its broadcaster, ABC, decided to drop the pageant. "Broadcasters show data proving that the talent show and the interviews, the pageant's answers to feminist criticism, were the least popular portions of the pageant, while the swimsuit part still had the power to bring viewers back from the kitchen. So pageant officials - who still require chaperons for contestants when they are in Atlantic City - are thinking about showing a little more."[4] This article is about the American broadcast network. ...


In 2005 the pageant announced a new television agreement with cable network Country Music Television rather than MTV which didn't see the need for beauty pageants on their network (this is before MTV bought CMT).(CMT), a switch in the pageant's schedule from September to January 21, 2006, and a move away from Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall after 85 years to another location that has casinos: the Las Vegas Strip and the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Aladdin Hotel-Casino. The show was hosted by James Denton, a star of the television show Desperate Housewives. The pageant remained in Las Vegas for 2007 and was again broadcast on CMT. In March 2007, it was announced that CMT had chosen to no longer broadcast the pageant from 2008.[5] Country Music Television, or CMT as it usually called, is an American country music oriented cable television channel. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Boardwalk Hall, also known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall is an arena which served as the primary convention center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, until the 1997 opening of the Atlantic City Convention Center. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... The Theatre for the Performing Arts is a 7,000 seat theater located in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. ... Aladdin hotel and casino. ... James Denton James (Jamie) Denton (born January 20, 1963) is an American actor. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios - The Walt Disney Companys main television studio - and Cherry Productions. ...


Due to the altered schedule, Miss America 2005, Alabama's Deidre Downs, reigned for 16 months instead of the usual 12. She was only the second longest-reigning Miss America: in the early days of the pageant, Mary Katherine Campbell from Ohio won the pageant twice, in 1922 and again in 1923. Campbell was also first-runner-up in the 1924 pageant, and when the judge's scores revealed that she had almost won the crown third time, the pageant created a new rule that a contestant may only win the title of Miss America once (but still allowed a contestant to complete more than once.) Later on, the rule was changed so that a contestant may only compete in the Miss America pageant once, whether or not they win the title. Miss America 2005/Miss Alabama 2004 Deidre Downs The Miss Alabama competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Alabama in the Miss America pageant. ... Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005. ... Mary Katherine Campbell (1907- 1990) was Miss America in 1922 and 1923. ... Melanie Murphy, Miss Ohio 2006 The Miss Ohio Pageant selects the representative for the U.S. state of Ohio in the Miss America pageant. ...


In the last 50 years of Miss America, 12 winners have been brunette, 26 were blond, 3 were red haired, and nine were black haired. The average number of steps that a contestant takes during a pageant day is 8939, according to organizers.


National Sweetheart

Though not officially connected with the Miss America pageant, since the 1940's, first runners-up from Miss America's state pageants have been invited to the National Sweetheart pageant in Hoopeston, Illinois. The National Sweetheart is a United States pageant with no official ties to the Miss America pageant. ... Hoopeston is a city located in Vermilion County, Illinois. ...


Criticism

The Miss America pageant has long attracted criticism for much the same reasons as the criticism attracted by other beauty contests, mainly that such practises are demeaning to women and force them to conform to certain aesthetic ideals. The first protests against the Miss America pageant were held at Atlantic City in 1968, when the televised event was disrupted by a group of protesters. Others counter this argument on the basis that the Miss America Organization is a prominent provider of scholarships for women in the world.


Miss America 2007

Main article: Miss America 2007

In 2006, it was announced by the Miss America Organization and CMT that the latter would air the reality television series Pageant School: Becoming Miss America in the days leading up to the January 2007 pageant. It was produced for CMT by PB&J Television in Santa Monica, CA. Lauren Nelson is crowned Miss America 2007 by outgoing titleholder Jennifer Berry Miss America 2007, the 82nd Miss America, pageant, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 29, 2007. ... // This article is about the genre of TV shows. ... PB&J Television is a Santa Monica based television production company. ...


Miss America 2007 was held at the Aladdin Resort and Casino on Monday, January 29, 2007. It marked the first time that the pageant was held outside the traditional Saturday night. Aladdin hotel and casino. ... is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On March 30, 2007, CMT announced they would not be televising the pageant anymore. This means the pageant may continue but it is currently looking for a television outlet to broadcast it.


In April of 2007, Miss America Lauren Nelson teamed up with the hit Fox TV show America's Most Wanted to help lure in suspected child predators so Suffolk County, New York police could take them down.[6] Lauren Nelson is a beauty queen from Lawton, Oklahoma who is Miss America 2007. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... For the professional wrestling tag team, see Americas Most Wanted (professional wrestling). ... Suffolk County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ...


On August 14, 2007 it was announced that the 2007 pageant would air on the TLC Network. TLC is a cable TV network in the US and Canada, that carries a variety of informational and reality-based programming. ...


Winners

Current Miss America Lauren Nelson wearing her crown
Current Miss America Lauren Nelson wearing her crown
Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry
Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry
Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs
Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs
Ericka Dunlap holds the Miss America crown she won in 2004
Ericka Dunlap holds the Miss America crown she won in 2004
Year Miss America From
1921 Margaret Gorman Washington, D.C.
1922 Mary Campbell Columbus, Ohio
1923 Mary Campbell Columbus, Ohio
1924 Ruth Malcomson Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1925 Fay Lanphier Oakland, California
1926 Norma Smallwood Tulsa, Oklahoma
1927 Lois Delander Joliet, Illinois
1933 Marian Bergeron West Haven, Connecticut
1935 Henrietta Leaver Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1936 Rose Coyle Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1937 Bette Cooper Bertrand Island, New Jersey
1938 Marilyn Meseke Marion, Ohio
1939 Patricia Donnelly Detroit, Michigan
1940 Frances Marie Burke Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941 Rosemary LaPlanche Los Angeles, California
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Tyler County, Texas
1943 Jean Bartel Los Angeles, California
1944 Venus Ramey Washington, D.C.
1945 Bess Myerson New York, New York
1946 Marilyn Buferd Los Angeles, California
1947 Barbara Jo Walker Memphis, Tennessee
1948 BeBe Shopp Hopkins, Minnesota
1949 Jacque Mercer Litchfield Park, Arizona
1951 Yolande Betbeze Mobile, Alabama
1952 Colleen Kay Hutchins Salt Lake City, Utah
1953 Neva Jane Langley Macon, Georgia
1954 Evelyn Margaret Ay Ephrata, Pennsylvania
1955 Lee Meriwether San Francisco, California
1956 Sharon Ritchie Denver, Colorado
1957 Marian McKnight Manning, South Carolina
1958 Marilyn Van Derbur Denver, Colorado
1959 Mary Ann Mobley Brandon, Mississippi
1960 Lynda Lee Mead Natchez, Mississippi
1961 Nancy Fleming Montague, Michigan
1962 Maria Fletcher Asheville, North Carolina
1963 Jacquelyn Mayer Sandusky, Ohio
1964 Donna Axum El Dorado, Arkansas
1965 Vonda Kay Van Dyke Phoenix, Arizona
1966 Deborah Irene Bryant Overland Park, Kansas
1967 Jane Anne Jayroe Laverne, Oklahoma
1968 Debra Dene Barnes Moran, Kansas
1969 Judith Anne Ford Belvidere, Illinois
1970 Pamela Anne Eldred West Bloomfield, Michigan
1971 Phyllis Ann George Denton, Texas
1972 Laurie Lea Schaefer Columbus, Ohio
1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen De Pere, Wisconsin
1974 Rebecca Ann King Denver, Colorado
1975 Shirley Cothran Fort Worth, Texas
1976 Tawny Elaine Godin Yonkers, New York
1977 Dorothy Kathleen Benham Edina, Minnesota
1978 Susan Perkins Columbus, Ohio
1979 Kylene Barker Galax, Virginia
1980 Cheryl Prewitt Ackerman, Mississippi
1981 Susan Powell Elk City, Oklahoma
1982 Elizabeth Ward Russellville, Arkansas
1983 Debra Maffett Anaheim, California
1984 Vanessa L. Williams Watertown, New York
Suzette Charles Mays Landing, New Jersey
1985 Sharlene Wells Salt Lake City, Utah
1986 Susan Akin Meridian, Mississippi
1987 Kellye Cash Memphis, Tennessee
1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Monroe, Michigan
1989 Gretchen Carlson Anoka, Minnesota
1990 Debbye Turner Mexico, Missouri
1991 Marjorie Judith Vincent Oak Park, Illinois
1992 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp Kona, Hawaii
1993 Leanza Cornett Jacksonville, Florida
1994 Kimberly Clarice Aiken Columbia, South Carolina
1995 Heather Whitestone Birmingham, Alabama
1996 Shawntel Smith Muldrow, Oklahoma
1997 Tara Dawn Holland Overland Park, Kansas
1998 Katherine Shindle Evanston, Illinois
1999 Nicole Johnson Roanoke, Virginia
2000 Heather French Augusta, Kentucky
2001 Angela Perez Baraquio Honolulu, Hawaii
2002 Katie Harman Gresham, Oregon
2003 Erika Harold Urbana, Illinois
2004 Ericka Dunlap Orlando, Florida
2005 Deidre Downs Birmingham, Alabama
2006 Jennifer Berry Tulsa, Oklahoma
2007 Lauren Nelson Lawton, Oklahoma

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Fay Elinora Lanphier (12 Dec 1905 - June 21, 1959) was a model most noted for becoming Miss California in 1924 and Miss America in 1925. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Norma Descygne Smallwood (1909 – May, 1966) was Miss America in 1926. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tulsa, Osage, Rogers Government  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area  - City 186. ... Lois Eleanor Delander (February 14, 1911 – May, 1985) was Miss America in 1927. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... Marian Bergeron (ca. ... West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ... Henrietta Leaver (ca. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Rose Coyle (born c. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Bette Cooper was Miss America in 1937. ... Bertrand Island, New Jersey, is a small peninsula in Lake Hopatcong, part of the community of Mt. ... Marilyn Meseke , (b. ... Marion is a city started by Napoleon Bonoparte and currently ruled by Hitler it is a strong supporter of France and is starting a revolution to become an independent city state in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Marion CountyGR6. ... Patricia Donnelly was Miss America in 1939. ... Detroit redirects here. ... Frances Marie Burke was Miss America in 1940. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Rosemary LaPlanche (born c. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Jo-Carroll Dennison (born December 16, 1923), was a beauty queen and actress originally from Tyler, Texas. ... Tyler County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... Jean Bartel was Miss America in 1943. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Venus Ramey was Miss America in 1944. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Cover of Miss America, 1945: Bess Myersons Own Story by Susan Dworkin Bess Myerson (born July 16, 1924, Bronx, New York) in 1945 became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Marilyn Buferd was Miss America in 1946. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Barbara Jo Walker was Miss America in 1947. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... BeBe Shopp from Hopkins, Minnesota was Miss America in 1948. ... Hopkins is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... Jacque Mercer from Litchfield, Arizona was Miss America in 1949. ... Litchfield Park is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. ... Yolande Betbeze Yolande Betbeze born 1929 in Mobile, Alabama was Miss America 1951. ... It has been suggested that List of people from Mobile, Alabama be merged into this article or section. ... Colleen Kay Hutchins from Salt Lake City, Utah was Miss America in 1952. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... Neva Jane Langley (born January 25, 1933) from Macon, Georgia was Miss America in 1953. ... Macon is a city located in central Georgia, USA. It is among the largest metropolitan areas in Georgia, and the county seat of Bibb County, It lies near the geographic center of Georgia, approximately 75 miles (129 km) south of Atlanta, hence the citys nickname as the Heart of... Evelyn Margaret Ay from Ephrata, Pa. ... Ephrata is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 38 miles (61 km) south east of Harrisburg and about 57 miles (91 km) west by north of Philadelphia. ... Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is Miss America 1955, and an American actress, appearing in movies, soap operas, game shows and television, best known for her roles as Buddy Ebsens daughter-in-law and crime-solving partner, Betty Jones, in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby... San Francisco redirects here. ... Sharon Ritchie (born c. ... Denver redirects here. ... Marian McKnight (born 19 December 1936 in Manning, South Carolina) was Miss America 1957. ... Manning is a city in Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States. ... Marilyn Van Derbur was Miss America in 1958. ... Denver redirects here. ... Mary Ann Mobley (born February 17, 1939 in Brandon, Mississippi) was Miss America in 1959, and later appeared in movies, including two with Elvis Presley; and on such television shows as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. ... Brandon is stupid. ... Lynda Lee Mead (born c. ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... Nancy Fleming won the Miss America crown in 1961. ... Montague is a city in Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Maria Fletcher was Miss America 1962. ... Not to be confused with Ashville. ... Jacquelyn Mayer won the Miss America crown in 1963. ... Location within the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Founded 1816 Government  - Mayor Area  - Total 22. ... Donna Axum was Miss America 1964. ... El Dorado (pronounced to rhyme with tornado (IPA: [εl doˈreɪdoÊŠ] or [εl dəˈreɪdÉ™])) is a city in Union County, Arkansas, USA. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,467. ... Vonda Kay Van Dyke was crowned the 1965 Miss America on September 13, 1964. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Deborah Irene Bryant, from Overland Park, Kansas, was Miss America 1966. ... Location within the state of Kansas Coordinates: County Johnson County Government  - Mayor Carl R. Gerlach Area  - City 147. ... Jane Anne Jayroe (born c. ... Laverne is a town located in Harper County, Oklahoma. ... Debra Dene Barnes from Pittsburg, Kansas, was Miss America 1968. ... Moran is a city located in Allen County, Kansas. ... Judith Anne Ford, a native of Belvidere, Illinois, was crowned Miss America in 1969. ... Belvidere is a city in Boone County, Illinois, United States. ... Pamela Eldred from Bloomfield, Michigan, was Miss America 1970. ... West Bloomfield Township is a charter township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... Laurie Lea Schaefer (born c. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... Terry Meeuwsen, the Miss America winner in 1973, is a television host with the Christian Broadcasting Network. ... De Pere is a city located in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... Rebecca Ann King (b. ... Denver redirects here. ... Shirley Cothran was the 1975 winner of the Miss America pageant. ... Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tarrant, Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City 298. ... Tawny Elaine Little (also known as Tawny Godin) was born 15 September 1956 in Portland, Maine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dorothy Benham (born 1957) from Edina, Minnesota, was Miss America 1977. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: , Country State County Hennepin Founded 1860s Incorporated 1888 Government  - Mayor James Hovland Area  - City  16. ... Susan Perkins from Middletown, Ohio, was Miss America 1978. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... Kylene Barker from Galax, Virginia, was Miss America 1979. ... Galax is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Cheryl Prewitt (Miss America 1980) From Early On. ... Ackerman is a town in Choctaw County, Mississippi, United States. ... Susan Powell Miss America 1981 Susan Powell is currently the host of Home Matters, her own one-hour series on The Discovery Channel, recently completing its ninth season. ... Elk City is a city in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. ... Elizabeth Ward Gracen is an American actress known almost as much for her off-screen activities as for her movie and television roles. ... Russellville is a city in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. ... Debra Sue Maffett was Miss America 1983. ... Anaheim redirects here. ... For other persons of the same name, see Vanessa Williams. ... Watertown is a town in Jefferson County, New York. ... Suzette Charles (born March 2, 1963) is an American singer and entertainer. ... Mays Landing is a census-designated place located in Atlantic County, New Jersey. ... Sharlene Wells Hawkes from Salt Lake City, Utah, was Miss America 1985. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... Susan Akin from Meridian, Mississippi, was Miss America 1986. ... Meridian is a city located in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. ... Kellye Cash from Memphis, Tennessee, was Miss America 1987. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (born August 26, 1963 from Monroe, Michigan) is best known as the winner of the 1998 Miss America pageant. ... Monroe is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Gretchen Carlson (born June 21, 1966) is a co-host of Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel, which she joined in June 2005. ... Anoka is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. ... Debbye Turner was born September 19, 1965 in Honolulu, where her father was serving in the military. ... Mexico is a city located in Audrain County, Missouri. ... Marjorie Judith Vincent from Oak Park, Illinoisthe daughter of Haitian immigrants was crowned Miss America 1991. ... Downtown (Oak Park Avenue) Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park, Illinois Lake Theater and shops along Lake Street. ... Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (b. ... Kona redirects here. ... Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett (born June 10, 1971 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia; raised in Jacksonville, Florida) was crowned Miss Florida 1992 and Miss America 1993. ... “Jacksonville” redirects here. ... Kimberly Aiken Kimberly Clarice Aiken (born in Columbia, South Carolina) was Miss America 1994. ... For other uses, see Columbia (disambiguation). ... Heather Whitestone McCallum (born February 24, 1973 in Dothan, Alabama) is a beauty queen who was the first deaf Miss America title holder, having lost her hearing at the age of eighteen months. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State Counties Jefferson, Shelby Incorporated December 19, 1871 Government  - Type Mayor - Council  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (Current) Larry Langford (Mayor-Elect) Area  - City 151. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Muldrow is a town located in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. ... Tara Dawn Holland from Overland Park, Kansas, was Miss America 1997. ... Location within the state of Kansas Coordinates: County Johnson County Government  - Mayor Carl R. Gerlach Area  - City 147. ... Katherine Shindle (b. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... Nicole Johnson (born circa 1974) was the winner of the 1999 Miss America pageant, and is now a diabetes advocate. ... Nickname: Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Government  - Mayor Nelson Harris Area  - City  43 sq mi (111. ... Heather French Heather Renee French won the title of Miss America in 2000, continuing a tradition of dominance by Southern contestants in the Miss America pageant. ... Augusta is a city located in Bracken County, Kentucky, along the Ohio River. ... Angela Perez Baraquio (aka Angela Baraquio Grey) was born on June 1, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... While serving as Miss America 2002, Katie Harman signs a USO poster, while performing her community service work Katie Harman from Gresham, Oregon is a classical vocalist and stage actress; who is most well known for being Miss America 2002. ... Gresham (IPA: ) is a city located in Multnomah County, Oregon about 18km east of Portland. ... Categories: People stubs | Miss America ... Urbana (pronounced ) is the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United StatesGR6. ... Ericka Dunlap (below) is crowned Miss America by outgoing queen Erika Harold Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... Miss America 2005, the 80th Miss America, pageant, was held in Atlantic City on September 18, 2004 following a week of events including the preliminary competition. ... Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State Counties Jefferson, Shelby Incorporated December 19, 1871 Government  - Type Mayor - Council  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (Current) Larry Langford (Mayor-Elect) Area  - City 151. ... Miss America 2006, the 81st Miss America, pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on January 21, 2006. ... Jennifer Berry holding the Miss America crown. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tulsa, Osage, Rogers Government  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area  - City 186. ... Lauren Nelson is crowned Miss America 2007 by outgoing titleholder Jennifer Berry Miss America 2007, the 82nd Miss America, pageant, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 29, 2007. ... Lauren Nelson is a beauty queen from Lawton, Oklahoma who is Miss America 2007. ... Lawton is a city in Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States. ...

See also

Miss America Wins By State. ... Miss Americas Outstanding Teen is an American scholarship pageant. ... Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film/thriller film directed by Donald Petrie, starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ...

References

  1. ^ Participate and Earn Scholarships. www.MissAmerica.org. Retrieved on 2007-05-27.
  2. ^ Stephanie Abrams (May 1993). Images of Women. Miami University. Retrieved on 2007-05-27.
  3. ^ American Experience / Miss America / Transcript. PBS. Retrieved on 2007-05-27.
  4. ^ "???", 2005-04-09. Retrieved on 2007-05-27.  Note: Site requires registration to view.
  5. ^ Hennessey, Kathleen. "Miss America Loses TV Contract", The Guardian, 2007-03-29. Retrieved on 2007-03-29. 
  6. ^ Online Predator Sting: The Facts. America's Most Wanted (2007-05-01). Retrieved on 2007-05-27.

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