1927 Miss America contestants.  Miss America 1927, the seventh Miss America pageant, was held at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 9, 1927.  The winner was 16-year-old Lois Delander who competed as Miss Illinois. She won the Miss America title on her parents' twentieth wedding anniversary.  This marked the last pageant to be held in the 1920s, the next Miss America competition would not be held until 1933

1927 Miss America contestants. Miss America 1927, the seventh Miss America pageant, was held at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 9, 1927. The winner was 16-year-old Lois Delander who competed as Miss Illinois. She won the Miss America title on her parents' twentieth wedding anniversary. This marked the last pageant to be held in the 1920s, the next Miss America competition would not be held until 1933

Miss America 1980s Pageant Gillette Beauty Products Gillette Company Ad Kylene Barker Miss America Winner Sponsorship Fashion Magazine Ad by RetroPapers

Miss America 1980s Pageant Gillette Beauty Products Gillette Company Ad Kylene Barker Miss America Winner Sponsorship Fashion Magazine Ad

Miss America 1980s Pageant Gillette Beauty Products Gillette Company Ad Kylene Barker Miss America Winner Sponsorship Fashion Magazine Ad by RetroPapers

Bathing beauties: These pretty bathers participated in the annual beauty contest in Coney Island in 1923; the winner went on to the Atlantic City Miss America Pageant

Stunning pageant photographs show the first ever Miss Americas and bathing beauties from the 1920s

Bathing beauties: These pretty bathers participated in the annual beauty contest in Coney Island in 1923; the winner went on to the Atlantic City Miss America Pageant

Miss America statues Just down the road from the former Townley's (now Brauma's) milk bottle and the Gold Dome is Oklahoma City University. And welcoming students and visitors to the campus, there they are: your ideal, the dreams of a million girls -- a trio of statues dedicated to the school's three Miss America winners, Jane Jayroe, Susan Powell and Shawntel Smith.

Miss America statues Just down the road from the former Townley's (now Brauma's) milk bottle and the Gold Dome is Oklahoma City University. And welcoming students and visitors to the campus, there they are: your ideal, the dreams of a million girls -- a trio of statues dedicated to the school's three Miss America winners, Jane Jayroe, Susan Powell and Shawntel Smith.

Miss America 1941. According to their research, the BMI scores were more in line with the average American woman, and even in same range, in the 1940s and ’50s. Since then, however, the average winner’s BMI scores have dipped into the underweight range. | This Is How Miss America Winners' Bodies Have Changed Since 1921

This Is How Miss America Winners' Bodies Have Changed Since 1921

Miss America 1941. According to their research, the BMI scores were more in line with the average American woman, and even in same range, in the 1940s and ’50s. Since then, however, the average winner’s BMI scores have dipped into the underweight range. | This Is How Miss America Winners' Bodies Have Changed Since 1921

Nina Davuluri wins Miss America 2014 as first Indian Miss America (Photos) #MissUSA #America #Nina #Indian #Bollywood #Dance

Nina Davuluri wins Miss America 2014 as first Indian Miss America (Photos) #MissUSA #America #Nina #Indian #Bollywood #Dance

Beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 that spurred 1st wave feminism, the perception of women in America has always been complex & fluid. While it is theoretically possible that Miss America could evolve into a purely academic scholarship organization at this point in time the notion that beauty pageants are about anything other than outer beauty is belied both by the continued existence of the swimsuit portion & the fact that I'm expected to answer this question in just 20…

Beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 that spurred 1st wave feminism, the perception of women in America has always been complex & fluid. While it is theoretically possible that Miss America could evolve into a purely academic scholarship organization at this point in time the notion that beauty pageants are about anything other than outer beauty is belied both by the continued existence of the swimsuit portion & the fact that I'm expected to answer this question in just 20…

A 1938 winner basks happily in her glory in what appears to be a shiny romper. I dig. | The First Miss America Pageants Are Shockingly Different From Today's

The First Miss America Pageants Are Shockingly Different From Today's

A 1938 winner basks happily in her glory in what appears to be a shiny romper. I dig. | The First Miss America Pageants Are Shockingly Different From Today's

Inter-city beauties Ethel Charles (hostess, Miss Atlantic City), Nellie Orr (Miss Philadelphia) and Margaret Gorman (Miss Washington, D.C.) at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Gorman would be crowned winner at the very first Miss America pageant.Source

Inter-city beauties Ethel Charles (hostess, Miss Atlantic City), Nellie Orr (Miss Philadelphia) and Margaret Gorman (Miss Washington, D.C.) at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Gorman would be crowned winner at the very first Miss America pageant.Source

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