Kelly Dillard: The Birth of Miss America

June 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

A student at the University of North Texas, Kelly Dillard belongs to the school’s dance team, and she danced during the 2011 Super Bowl halftime show featuring the Black Eyed Peas. Additionally, Kelly Dillard has held titles such as Miss Teen Rowlett and Miss West Texas while competing in the Miss America system.

Showcasing women who represent the highest ideals, the Miss America pageant has served as a popular contest since its creation in the early 1920s. A progenitor of the event, known as the Fall Frolic, was developed in 1920 as a way for the city’s boardwalk merchants to extend tourism and sales after Labor Day. The following year, local newspapers began running photo contests inviting its readers to submit pictures, and the winners would receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Second Annual Fall Frolic. This second event also featured the Inter-City Beauty contest where young women were judged on appearance, personality, and other factors. The winner of this event qualified for The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America contest. In 1921, Margaret Gorman won both competitions. By September 1922, she was being called “Miss America,” and the title was adopted for the overall competition.

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