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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    Wearing simple, loose curls in her hair, the first Miss America, Margaret Gorman, from Washington, D.C., dons a large Statue of Liberty crown and a striped cape in Atlantic City, N.J., 1921. The Miss America Pageant was created as a way to extend the summer tourist season in the beach-front town.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    Miss America 1938, Marilyn Meseke from Ohio celebrates her new title in a short, tightly curled hair style. Aside from her gorgeous hair, <a href="http://www.missamerica.org/our-miss-americas/1930/1938.aspx#">Meseke</a> used her rhythmic tap dancing skills during the pageant's first mandatory talent portion to successfully win the crown.
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    As the number of winners grew, the size of the contestants' hair did too. With full, voluminous curls, Miss America Rosemary Laplanche, from Los Angeles, poses on a city rooftop, wearing her sash and holding a scepter, 1941. After Laplanche's win, the organization instituted a rule that contestants could not compete more than once, since she had been the first runner-up in 1940.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    In a hairstyle reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe's, Miss America 1957, Marian Ann McKnight, 19, of South Carolina, is crowned by the retiring Miss America of 1956, Sharon Kay Ritchie, Atlantic City, N.J. The theme of Marilyn Monroe was even present during the pageant when McKnight imitated Monroe during the talent competition.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    Besides hairspray and bobby pins, flowers can also be a great addition to any Miss America hair style. Miss America 1964, Donna Axum, waves from a convertible with a flower crown on her head in the National Cherry Blossom Festival 'Parade of Princesses,' Washington, D.C., April 11, 1965.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    Talk about hairspray! In this group portrait of six Miss America contestants, representing California, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Illinois, it's easy to see that big, flowy, Farrah Fawcett hair was in during the pageant in 1975.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    With a crown on top of her carefully coiffed updo, Gretchen Carlson, from Minnesota, tearfully takes her first walk as Miss America 1989. Carlson has since traded in her pageant hair for a cropped, straight hairstyle while co-hosting "Fox and Friends," on the Fox News Channel.
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    Sometimes simple is better. Wearing her hair in a chic, blond bob, Miss Oklahoma Shawntel Smith is crowned by the outgoing Miss America 1995, Heather Whitestone, during the 75th anniversary of the pageant.
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  • Miss America Pageant Through The Years

    Pageant hair has come a long way from the flowing, loose curls of 1921 to the modern hair styles of the millenium. The current Miss America, Mallory Hytes, from New York, chose to pull her hair back in a low bun and instead let her stunning chandelier earrings steal the show during the 2013 Miss America Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas.
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