- The first Miss America pageant was held on September 8, 1921. It originally started as a way to keep tourists in Atlantic City after Labor Day.
- It’s now a huge organization that prides itself on handing out scholarships.
- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s pageant was pushed back until December 2021.
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While this year’s Miss America was pushed back to December 2021, the competition has traditionally been held the weekend after Labor Day, commonly signaling the end of summer and beginning of fall.
Miss America first took place in 1921. Designed to attract tourists to Atlantic City, New Jersey, there weren’t many rules (yet) — in fact, winners were partially judged on applause. Back then, only a handful of women participated, but the pageant grew quickly. In the almost 100 years since, it has become a huge organization that provides scholarships to women, and encourages female empowerment.
The Miss America pageants of the ’20s are a far cry from what they are today. Keep scrolling to see what some of the very first Miss America pageants looked like, from funny costumes to modest swimwear.
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