Miss America through the years
A look back at memorable moments from the Miss America pageant.
Contestants in the first Miss America pageant in 1921 line up for the judges in Atlantic City in their swimwear.
Miss America beauty contestants on Atlantic City's seafront in 1921. The pageant was won by 16-year-old marbles champion Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C.
Margaret Gorman Cahill after she was crowned the first Miss America at age 16 in Atlantic City. (Sept. 14, 1921)
Margaret Gorman, of Washington, D.C., poses after winning the first Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September 1921.
Mary Katherine Campbell, 15, holds the scepter as she poses in the regal robe and crown after becoming Miss America 1922 at the second Miss America Pageant. The Columbus native won again in 1923, the only contestant to win twice.
Norma Smallwood, of Tulsa, Okla., poses in her bathing suit with trophies after becoming Miss America 1926. (Sept. 11, 1926)
Lois Delander after being crowned Miss America 1927.
Lois Delander holds her Miss America sash over her head after winning the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 1927.
Miss America contestant Ruth Burnham, of Great Lakes. (Sept. 9, 1929)
Rose Veronica Coyle, of Philadelphia, Miss America 1936, poses in a bathing suit.
Bette Cooper poses with her trophy after being crowned Miss America 1937.
Marilyn Meseke, of Marion, Ohio, is crowned Miss America 1938. (Sept. 10, 1938)
Detroit's Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939, crowns Philadelphia's Frances Marie Burke as Miss America 1940. (Sept. 7, 1940)
Jean Bartel, of Los Angeles, was crowned Miss America in 1943.
Miss America contestant Peggy Harden Payne poses at the New Yorker Hotel. Bess Myerson of New York won the pageant that year, according to the Miss America website. (Aug. 24, 1945)
Miss America Bess Myerson, of New York City, on a float during the victory parade in Atlantic City on Sept. 2, 1945.
Miss America contestants on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. (Sept. 4, 1945)
Yolande Betbeze, of Mobile, Ala., walks on the runway after she is crowned Miss America 1951 at Atlantic City, N.J. (Sept. 9, 1950)
Miss America 1951 Yolande Betbeze of Mobile, Ala., waves after winning the title. (Sept. 10, 1950)
Ten finalists in the Miss America pageant line up on stage. (Sept. 11, 1954)
Miss America 1960 Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez, Miss., takes the stage during the swimsuit competition at the pageant in Atlantic City. (Sept. 13, 1959)
Debra Dene Barnes, of Pittsburg, Kan., poses on the throne after being crowned Miss America 1968 in Atlantic City. (Sept. 9, 1967)
Ten semifinalists of the Miss America pageant pose in their swimsuits in Atlantic City. (Sept. 6, 1969)
The new Miss America of 1970, Pamela Anne Eldred of Michigan, poses with her court in Atlantic City. (Sept. 6, 1969)
Saundra Williams, 19, center, of Philadelphia, was crowned Miss Black America 1969 at ceremonies in Atlantic City. It wasn't until 1984 that an African American contestant won the Miss America crown. (Sept. 8, 1969)
Miss America 1971 Phyllis George is crowned by former Miss America Pamela Anne Eldred. (Sept. 12, 1970)
Miss America Phyllis George, of Denton, Texas, is a bit shaken as she holds her crown -- which slipped off her head and bounced on the walkway. (Sept. 12, 1970)
Miss America 1976 Tawny Elaine Godin, of Saratoga Springs, is crowned by Miss America 1975 Shirley Cothran. (Sept. 7, 1975)
Miss America 1981 Susan Powell, of Oklahoma, is crowned at the pageant in Atlantic City. (Sept. 6, 1980)
Vanessa Williams during her coronation walk after being crowned Miss America 1984 (Sept. 17, 1983)
Miss America 1984 contestants, including Vanessa Williams, pose on the beach in Atlantic City. (Sept. 12, 1983)
Three Miss America contestants, including Vanessa Williams, run in Atlantic City's surf. (Sept. 13, 1983)
Packages of Kellogg's Corn Flakes featured Miss America Vanessa Williams in 1984.
Vanessa Williams is crowned Miss America 1984 in Atlantic City. (Sept. 17, 1983)
Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, jumps for photographers on the beach in Atlantic City. She is the first black Miss America in the pageant's history. (Sept. 19, 1983)
Susan Akin, of Meridian, Miss., is crowned Miss America 1986. (Sept. 14, 1985)
Miss America 1997 Tara Dawn Holland, of Kansas, is crowned by former Miss America Shawntel Smith at the pageant in Atlantic City. (Sept. 14, 1996)
Thirteen of the fifty-one Miss America contestants stand in front of a mural of Atlantic City and wave to the crowd that gathered outside the Atlantic City International Airport as they arrived for the 77th annual pageant. (Sept. 1, 1997)
Miss Kentucky Heather Renee French, right, reacts after she realizes she has become Miss America 2000 during the pageant at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. (Sept. 18, 1999)
Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap, left, reacts after being named Miss America 2004. (Sept. 20, 2003)
Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap crowns Miss America 2005, Deidre Downs, during the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, N.J. (Sept. 18, 2004)
Miss Oklahoma, Jennifer Berry, is crowned Miss America 2006 by outgoing Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. (Jan. 21, 2006)
Miss Oklahoma, Lauren Nelson, is crowned Miss America 2007 by Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. (Jan. 29, 2007)
Kirsten Haglund celebrates after being crowned Miss America 2008 during the Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas. (Jan. 26, 2008)
Miss Indiana Katie Stam is crowned Miss America 2009 by Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund in Las Vegas. (Jan. 24, 2009)
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron of Virginia appears for a meet and greet at DSW Union Square in Manhattan. (Feb. 2, 2010)
Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan visits "Fox & Friends" at FOX Studios in Manhattan. (Jan. 17, 2011)
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, poses during a news conference after she was named the new Miss America during the 2012 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Jan. 14, 2012)