Miss America Pageant

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The Miss America Pageant also recognized as the Miss America Organization, is an annual competition that is open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 25 and is one of the largest providers of scholarships to women in the world. Originating in 1921 as a “bathing beauty revue”, the contest is now judged on competitors’ talent performances and interviews, and social impact platforms. The Miss America competition celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2021.

Year

Titleholder

State

Age

1921

Margaret Gorman

District of Columbia

16

1922

Mary Katherine Campbell

Ohio

16

1923

Mary Katherine Campbell

Ohio

17

1924

Ruth Malcomson

Pennsylvania

18

1925

Fay Lanphier

 California

19

1926

Norma Smallwood

Oklahoma

18

1927

Lois Delander

Illinois

17

1933

Marian Bergeron

Connecticut

15

1935

Henrietta Leaver

Pennsylvania

17

1936

Rose Coyle

Pennsylvania

22

1937

Bette Cooper

New Jersey

17

1938

Marilyn Meseke

Ohio

21

1939

Patricia Donnelly

Michigan

19

1940

Frances Marie Burke

Pennsylvania

19

1941

Rosemary LaPlanche

California

18

1942

Jo-Carroll Dennison

Texas

18

1943

Jean Bartel

California

19

1944

Venus Ramey

District of Columbia

19

1945

Bess Myerson

New York

21

1946

Marilyn Buferd

California

21

1947

Barbara Jo Walker

Tennessee

21

1948

BeBe Shopp

Minnesota

18

1949

Jacque Mercer

Arizona

18

1951

Yolande Betbeze

Alabama

21

1952

Colleen Kay Hutchins

Utah

25

1953

Neva Jane Langley

Georgia

19

1954

Evelyn Ay

Pennsylvania

20

1955

Lee Meriwether

California

19

1956

Sharon Ritchie

Colorado

18

1957

Marian McKnight

South Carolina

19

1958

Marilyn Van Derbur

Colorado

20

1959

Mary Ann Mobley

Mississippi

21

1960

Lynda Lee Mead

Mississippi

20

1961

Nancy Fleming

Michigan

18

1962

Maria Fletcher

North Carolina

19

1963

Jacquelyn Mayer

Ohio

20

1964

Donna Axum

Arkansas

21

1965

Vonda Kay Van Dyke

Arizona

21

1966

Deborah Bryant

Kansas

19

1967

Jane Anne Jayroe

Oklahoma

19

1968

Debra Dene Barnes

Kansas

20

1969

Judith Ford

Illinois

18

1970

Pamela Eldred

Michigan

21

1971

Phyllis George

Texas

21

1972

Laurie Lea Schaefer

Ohio

22

1973

Terry Meeuwsen

Wisconsin

23

1974

Rebecca King

Colorado

23

1975

Shirley Cothran

Texas

21

1976

Tawny Godin

New York

18

1977

Dorothy Benham

Minnesota

20

1978

Susan Perkins

Ohio

23

1979

Kylene Barker

Virginia

22

1980

Cheryl Prewitt

Mississippi

22

1981

Susan Powell

Oklahoma

21

1982

Elizabeth Ward

Arkansas

20

1983

Debra Maffett

California

25

1984

Vanessa Lynn Williams

Suzette Charles

New York

New Jersey

20

21

1985

Sharlene Wells

Utah

20

1986

Susan Akin

Mississippi

21

1987

Kellye Cash

Tennessee

21

1988

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko

Michigan

24

1989

Gretchen Carlson

Minnesota

22

1990

Debbye Turner

Missouri

23

1991

Marjorie Vincent

Illinois

25

1992

Carolyn Suzanne Sapp

Hawaii

24

1993

Leanza Cornett

Florida

21

1994

Kimberly Clarice Aiken

South Carolina

18

1995

Heather Whitestone

Alabama

21

1996

Shawntel Smith

Oklahoma

24

1997

Tara Dawn Holland

Kansas

23

1998

Katherine Shindle

Illinois

20

1999

Nicole Johnson

Virginia

24

2000

Heather Renee French

Kentucky

24

2001

Angela Perez Baraquio

Hawaii

24

2002

Katie Harman

Oregon

21

2003

Erika Harold

Illinois

22

2004

Ericka Dunlap

Florida

21

2005

Deidre Downs

Alabama

24

2006

Jennifer Berry

Oklahoma

22

2007

Lauren Nelson

Oklahoma

20

2008

Kirsten Haglund

Michigan

19

2009

Katie Stam

Indiana

22

2010

Caressa Cameron

Virginia

22

2011

Teresa Scanlan

Nebraska

17

2012

Laura Kaeppeler

Wisconsin

23

2013

Mallory Hagan

New York

24

2014

Nina Davuluri

New York

24

2015

Kira Kazantsev

New York

23

2016

Betty Cantrell

Georgia

21

2017

Savvy Shields

Arkansas

21

2018

Cara Mund

North Dakota

23

2019

Nia Franklin

New York

25

2020

Camille Schrier

Virginia

24

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