The Oldest Beauty Pageant in America, first televised in the 1950's. Provides thousands of dollars in scholarship to young women ages 18-25 every year. Often put down by feminists and blockheaded men and other members of the populace who don't understand the pageant or know anything about what they're talking about.
Vanessa Williams was crowned the First African American Miss America in 1984; she was replaced by Suzette Charles (the second African American Miss America). Bess Myerson of New York was the First Jewish Miss America, Crowned in 1945.