Here’s A Picture Of The First Ever Miss America Pageant

This is a photo of the first ever Miss America pageant, held in 1921 in Atlantic City. Back then, it was called the “Inner-City Beauty Contest,” and was conducted in order to boost tourism to the area. According to the Miss America website, the “judging was largely based on their general appeal in appearance, personality, conversations with the judges, and interactions with the crowds.”

I don’t know about you, but I am sort of in love with this motley crew. They look like a cross between a group of flappers and Peter Pan’s Lost Boys. It’s certainly refreshing as compared to today’s Miss American contestants, who are shellacked, waxed and buffed to within inches of their lives. To wit:



Photo of first-ever Miss America pageant via Buzzfeed

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    • Meghan Keane

      Think I just found my next Halloween costume.