90 Years of Miss America: Contestants Then & Now

The 2016 Miss America Pageant will take place on Sept. 13. Meanwhile, take a look at past winners and contestants from the annual competition that began in 1921.

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Vanessa Williams, right, was the first African American Miss New York to compete and win in the Miss America Pageant.
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Ruth Malcomson, the Miss America of 1924, and her mother, pay a visit to President Coolidge at the White House.
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Miss America contestants posing in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept. 4, 1945.
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Miss America 1951, Yolanda Betbeze, waves after winning the title, Sept. 10, 1950 in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Miss America Pageant Contestants pose in Atlantic City, N.J., 1953.
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Lee Ann Meriwether, representing California in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City Sept. 8, 1954, won the bathing suit competition and later the Miss America title.
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Miss America of 1960, Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez, is crowned by outgoing Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, both of Mississippi, Sept. 12, 1959, in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Young women competing for the Miss New York City title for the Miss America contest at the Grace Darwin Airline Hostess School in 1963.
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Miss America 1967, Jane Jayroe, poses with some U.S. GIs in Vietnam, Aug. 1967.
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Pamela Anne Eldred, from Michigan, is crowned Miss America of 1970 by outgoing Miss America, Judith Anne Ford, in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 6, 1969.
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Rebecca Ann King, of Denver, Co., walks down the runway after she is crowned Miss America 1974.
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Cheryl Prewitt , Miss America for 1980, is crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 8, 1979.
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Susan Powell, Miss America 1981, takes her winning walk at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept. 6, 1980.
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Miss New York, Vanessa Williams, was the first African American to compete and win in the 1983 Miss America Pageant.
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Susan Akin, of Meridian, Missi., wins the 1986 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 1985.
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Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner of Missouri throws her arms up after winning the competition in Atlantic City, N.J. Sept.16, 1989.
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Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, reacts after winning the competition in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 20, 2003.
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Miss Virginia, Caressa Cameron, reacts after being crowned Miss America by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam on Jan. 30, 2010 in Las Vegas.
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Last year's Miss America winner, Nina Davuluri, during the Miss America Pageant arrival ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Contestants compete in the swimsuit preliminary of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City N.J. on Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014.
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