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This group of scantily clad women represent the first competitors in the history of the Miss America pageant. To these ladies, we say: please cover up and show a little dignity.
Back in 1921, it was actually the second annual Atlantic City Pageant and the winner was Margaret Gorman (third from left). Gorman won over a 50-50 split between a panel of judges and the general public to take home the clunky titles of "Inter-City Beauty, Amateur" and "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America." Her prize: the Golden Mermaid trophy.
When she came back the next year, her official title was changed to the much easier to remember Miss America. She remains the only title winner to ever have received her crown at the conclusion of her winning year.