Historic Black and White Photos in Stunning Color - Miss America, 1924 (Image 13 of The styles sure were different back in the roaring twenties. Ruth Malcomson, who ran as Miss Philadelphia in won the Miss America crown over 82 other competitors.
This Was The First Miss America Pageant, Held In 1921
Norma Smallwood Bruce was a full blood Cherokee Indian from Tulsa, Oklahoma. While a student at Oklahoma State University, she entered the Miss America Pageant in 1926 & was crowned the first Native American to win the title.
Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March known professionally as Vanessa L. Williams or Vanessa Williams, is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In she became the first African-American Miss America.