|Vanessa Williams Miss America 1984|
|Diane represented Kentucky in America's 1963 Junior Miss scholarship pageant and won.|
|Miss America 1971|
Being an astute, socially conscious and career oriented woman who loves the aesthetics of beauty is no longer mutually exclusive in today's world and nowhere is that more evident than in the Pageant Industry. Contestants now mush posses and display inner beauty as well as outer beauty. There is an expectation that she will give back to her Community, participate in Philanthropic endeavors, be well versed on current events and pursue and achieve her personal goals, while being a role model to her peers. Gone are the days of young Ladies lining up on the Atlantic Boardwalk while local businessmen huddle and select who they find most beautiful.
The Miss United States Organization lives by the motto, "Beauty with a Purpose," and celebrates Beauty in all its forms. Anyone, with the right Makeup, hair, wardrobe and lighting can be outwardly Beautiful. The inner Beauty from which kindness, warmth, compassion, empathy and a willingness to give of oneself is at the essence of the person themselves. There is nothing more Beautiful than someone possessing these traits and the Miss United States Organization Celebrators their manifestation.
|Miss Orange County, Ashleigh Pates, Sharrie Williams, Terri Bunch|
|Miss Teen 2016 Makayla Parks with Miss Teen 2015 Genesis Codina|
1958, Miss America contestants prepare for the evening gown competition.
San Francisco's Lee Meriwether was crowned, Miss America in 1955, when Bert Parks made his debut. "There She Is, Miss America" (the pageant theme song) was first introduced by singer Johnny Desmond on a Philco Playhouse production, which starred Lee Meriwether
I THOUGHT I WAS THE MARY AND SHE WAS THE RHODA... I was disqualified from the Miss Culver City Beauty Contest for trying out for a TV show called Room 222 in 1964.
|This gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. Gizmag.|
I entered Patricia Stevens Modeling School, where I learned to stand up tall with a big smile, looking sexy, at car shows and conventions. When that got old fast, I decided being an actress was more my style and found a private drama coach from MGM, where my grandfather, Andy Mac Donald had worked for 50 years... as boss over seven departments. When a new series was in development at the studio,
A talent scout saw me in a play called SEVENTEEN, and asked if I'd like to audition for a new TV Show, called Room 222.
Thinking I needed a quick tan, I stupidly baked in the sun from 9 to 5 and suffered a serious burn on my face, under my arms and in the tender part of my inner-thighs.
Barely able to wear anything on my skin, I was forced to go to the audition in extreme pain, with a beet red face. Not very attractive I can assure you.... and worst of all, I couldn't remember my lines and failed the audition....
|Here I am with my dad, Bill Williams, wearing the dress, Dec. 1965, |
I died my hair black and I looked like I was 35.
My dad knew the director at M.G.M. and asked him how I did. Not wanting to be unkind...I'm sure... he told my dad that I looked to mature to play a high school kid, even though I was a high school kid..... He said, because I was under age, I'd have to have special tutors and the producer didn't want to pay for it. They were looking for girls who were over 18 and looked younger.
I must admit I did look pretty mature, with my eyes overdone with Maybelline, and wearing a sexy black sheath with a low cut neckline, that Nana and my mom picked out for me. I may have looked 35 on the outside, but inside I was immature, insecure and unprofessional... and sadly, I didn't get the part. But the good news was the show was shelved for 5 years, so I guess the producers had a hard time funding it or finding the right talent. However, it finally aired in 1969 and became a very popular show.
announcement in the paper about the Miss Culver City Contest, I'm in
the middle, # 5, the only blonde.. My friend Sandy Block #6, won when I
Sharrie # 3, Sandy # 4 from left.
Sandy # 3 on top, Sharrie # 4, who is the cutest.....
Well the judges thought Sandy was the cutest and she won.
My big fat ego was deflated after being disqualified during the finals at the Miss Culver City Beauty contest.....for being a professional actress..... Because I was auditioning at MGM...It was humiliating, but, I learned that the more beautiful you are and the more privilege you come from, the harder it is to get a break.
It hurt me to be cut out of Room 222 and the Beauty Contest, but it taught me why my great uncle Tom Lyle Williams, founder of the Maybelline Company, wanted us kids to remain hidden from the world for our own protection and just be normal kids, with normal lives.