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Miss America Celebrates 99 Years!
The “Atlantic City’s Inter-City Beauty Contest,” known as the first Miss America Pageant, was started by local businessmen in an effort to extend the shore tourism season past Labor Day. On September 8, 1921, sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman was crowned the “Golden Mermaid.” It wasn’t until 1922 that the Boardwalk contest formally became “Miss America!”
Today, the Miss America Organization is a nationally recognized non-profit and serves as one of the largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women in the world. The mission to prepare great women for the world and prepare the world for great women comes to fruition through the thousands of young women across America working to better their communities through service and scholarship.
Click through to meet Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier!
Preparing great women for the world.
Preparing the world for great women.
The public perception of Miss America is often that it’s a one-night telecast, but in reality it’s so much more. This unique program is a year-round opportunity for women to earn scholarships, grow their networks, learn valuable life and career skills, and make a difference in their communities. For nearly 100 years, we have been committed to empowering the advocates and leaders of tomorrow. To continue providing these valuable opportunities, we need your help. If you believe in the purpose of the Miss America Organization, will you make a personal commitment to support its future?