Miss America got its start back in 1921 when Atlantic City Pageant officials awarded Margaret Gorman the title after winning multiple pageants earlier in the year.
Relive the history of the pageant with all 88 of the past Miss America winners before meeting this year's contestants.
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1921 - Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC (Photo/Miss America Organization)
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