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Miss America 1951

Miss America 1951
Date September 9, 1950 (1950-09-09)
Presenters Bob Russell
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 54
Placements 16
Winner Yolande Betbeze
Miss Alabama

Miss America 1951, the 24th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 9, 1950. Based on the fact that the majority of Miss America's reign occurs during the year following her coronation, the pageant began referring to her title with the upcoming year. Thus, Yolande Betbeze, who was crowned in September 1950 would be called Miss America 1951. This continued until pageant activities moved from September to January in 2006. At that point, the queen would once again have the year of her title the same as the year in which she won. That change also marked the move away from its long-time base and point of origin, Atlantic City, to its new home in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2][3][4]



Final results Contestant
Miss America 1951
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
Top 15
Preliminary Talent winners Irene O'Conner (Miss South Dakota), Renee Dianne Roy (Miss Connecticut) & Sandra J. Stahl (Miss Washington DC).
Preliminary Swimsuit winners Yolande Betbeze (Miss Alabama), Mary Jennings (Miss Arkansas) & Joanne Durant (Miss California).


  1. ^ United Press International (1950-09-11). "Miss America Would Rather Go To School Than Get Married". El Paso Herald-Post. p. 10. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (1950-09-11). "Brown-Haired Alabama Beauty Wins Miss America Crown". Portland Press Herald. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2005-08-26). "There She Isn't: Miss America Pageant Leaves Atlantic City". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "1950 Yolande Betbeze". Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

Secondary sources

  • Saulino Osborne, Angela (1995). "Miss Americas and their Courts". Miss America The Dream Lives On. Taylor Publishing Company.  

External links

  • Miss America official website
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