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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

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

Evelyn Lewis, left, competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Washington in 1922 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200639/Stunning-pageant-photographs-Miss-Americas-bathing-beauties-1920s.html#ixzz3DaoXa2TM Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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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

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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…

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