List of Miss America winners
Miss America is an American beauty contest. It is an annual competition open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 24. Contestants are judged on talent and interviews in addition to their physical attractiveness. It is run by the Miss America Organization, a non-profit organization based in Linwood, New Jersey. The corporation has developed the "Miss America Scholarship Program", which awards educational scholarships to successful competitors.
The contest began in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1921. It was an idea of newspaper reporter, Harry Finley, to increase newspaper sales and to promote Atlantic City.:12 The first competition had eight entrants.:14 The entrants were selected by their local city newspapers and their prize was a holiday in Atlantic City, and to take part in the "Intercity Beauty Contest". This was held as part of the second annual Atlantic City Pageant. Margaret Gorman, "Miss Washington D.C.", a school girl from Washington D.C was selected by the Washington Herald. She won the "Inter-City Beauty, Amateur" and "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America" contests. She was given the Golden Mermaid Trophy. Because these were awkward titles, in 1922 Gorman was renamed as "Miss America".
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- Riverol, A. R. (1992). Live from Atlantic City: The History of the Miss America Pageant Before, After, and in Spite of Television. questia.com. Bowling Green State University Popular Press. ISBN 0-87972-557-5. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "Miss America : 1921". missamerica.org. 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
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