Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The First Miss America was five feet five inches tall

I thought this was cool to know. A nice fun fact to throw at someone at the next summer bash.

The Miss America competition originated on September 7, 1921, as a two-day beauty contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event that year was still called the Atlantic City Pageant, and the winner of the grand prize, the 3-foot Golden Mermaid trophy, wasn't even called "Miss America" until 1922, when she re-entered the pageant. The pageant was initiated in an attempt to keep tourists in Atlantic City after the Labor Day weekend.

The first Miss America winner was Margaret Gorman and her measurements were: 30–25–32
she was five feet- five inches tall and only 16.

Here is an article about the crowning in 1921 published in the New York Times on September 10, 1922, Sunday.

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