This Was The First Miss America Pageant, Held In 1921.  While i no longer thing the Miss America Pageant is anything but a waste of time, this picture is neat

This Was The First Miss America Pageant, Held In 1921. While i no longer thing the Miss America Pageant is anything but a waste of time, this picture is neat

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Sashed: 1921  very first miss america winner on the right!

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Sashed: 1921 very first miss america winner on the right!

Miss America 1924 Society's standards of "what is deemed beautiful" may have changed, but your standards should not. Don't fall victim to the day; stay beautiful.

Miss America 1924 Society's standards of "what is deemed beautiful" may have changed, but your standards should not. Don't fall victim to the day; stay beautiful.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Miss America statues - A trio of life-size bronze statues on pedestals honors Oklahoma City University's three Miss America winners.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Miss America statues - A trio of life-size bronze statues on pedestals honors Oklahoma City University's three Miss America winners.

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…

Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America, 1921. Source: Library of Congress

Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America, 1921. Source: Library of Congress

No joke, this was the swimsuit portion of the first Miss America contest. | The First Miss America Pageants Are Shockingly Different From Today's

No joke, this was the swimsuit portion of the first Miss America contest. | The First Miss America Pageants Are Shockingly Different From Today's

Margaret Gorman (August 18, 1905 – October 1, 1995) is best known for being the first Miss America, from the year 1921.

Margaret Gorman (August 18, 1905 – October 1, 1995) is best known for being the first Miss America, from the year 1921.

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