The Miss America pageant began in September 1921 and, in fact, gets its name from the first winner, Margaret Gorman (pictured below). When she arrived back in 1922 to defend her title she was draped in an American flag and was called “Miss America”.
The Miss America pageant began as a marketing idea of Atlantic City, NJ as a tactic to keep tourists in the area past Labor Day weekend. What started out as a “Fall Frolic” with many events, the parade of women being pushed down the boardwalk in rolling chairs was the most popular. From there our modern day Miss America pageant has evolved.
– First intention was that the winner of the contest was to be named “Golden Mermaid”.
– The original “rule number seven” of the pageant stated that “all contestants must be of good health and of the white race”.
– 1970 African Americans were allowed to participate. In 1984, the first African American won the pageant, Miss New York.
– In 1924 due to Miss Columbus, Ohio winning the competition in both 1922 and 1923 they made a rule in which the contestant may only complete in the Miss America pageant once, whether or not she wins the title.
– Competition has taken place in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada.
– Lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit
YouTube video of this year’s Miss America winner, Nina Davuluri’s talent, Bollywood dancing.
Questions that have been asked in the past:
– Why do you think one fifth of Americans cannot locate their country on a map?
– Do you believe that citizens of the USA should be granted universal access to health care as a benefit of citizenship?
– Do you believe that every state should follow Vermont’s lead and legalize gay sex marriage?
– What are your feelings on making euthanasia a legal practice?
– Why are you proud to be an American?
This competition awards scholarships to young women and promotes their work for a charitable cause of their choosing.