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Miss America 1979 - Kylene Barker (VA)

Miss America 1979 - Kylene Barker (VA)

Margaret Gorman Cahill, 15, won the first Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J. in 1921. Her formal title was queen of Atlantic City's "Inter-City Beauty Pageant," which later became the Miss America Pageant.

Margaret Gorman Cahill, 15, won the first Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J. in 1921. Her formal title was queen of Atlantic City's "Inter-City Beauty Pageant," which later became the Miss America Pageant.

(Actual schedule used by a 1950s housewife.) Comparing Myself to a REAL1950's Wife - Women Living Well

(Actual schedule used by a 1950s housewife.) Comparing Myself to a REAL1950's Wife - Women Living Well

1927: The first Miss America from Illinois was the one who kept the title the longest, from 1927 to 1933. Her extended reign had less to do with her "pulchritude" (a word that turns up a lot in old Miss America news stories) than with the pageant's cancellation due to complaints that the contestants not only exposed their flesh but also wanted some compensation for participating. But Lois Delander, who was only 16, just wanted to finish high school. She did, later married and lived in…

1927: The first Miss America from Illinois was the one who kept the title the longest, from 1927 to 1933. Her extended reign had less to do with her "pulchritude" (a word that turns up a lot in old Miss America news stories) than with the pageant's cancellation due to complaints that the contestants not only exposed their flesh but also wanted some compensation for participating. But Lois Delander, who was only 16, just wanted to finish high school. She did, later married and lived in…

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