Miss America Pageant

 The Miss America Pageant is a competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours. She tours the nation, speaking about topics significant to her and those affecting the United States and the world.

During the 1930's, under the directorship of Lenora Slaughter, the pageant became segregated as rule number seven stated: "contestants must be of good health and of the white race." Rule seven was abolished in 1950. While there were Native American, Latina, and Asian American contestants, there were no African American contestants until 1970 when Cheryl Brown, Miss Iowa, competed. Miss New York Vanessa Williams was crowned the first African American Miss America in 1984. The current Miss America is Nina Davuluri and was crowned the winner on September 15, 2013 at the 87th pageant. She is the first Indian-American Miss America.

The 88th pageant will be held on September 14, 2014.

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