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Terri Utley from Arkansas, Miss Arkansas USA and Miss USA 1982 the same year as Elizabeth Ward Miss America 1982. Arkansas has some beautiful women. The Arkansas Highway signs entering and leaving this great state told the world Arkansas was "Home of Miss America and Miss USA"!

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Toni Georgiana, Miss New Jersey 1985 during the Miss America 1986 pageant week (Sept. 1985).