Miss Mississippi USA is the state pageant linked with Miss USA. Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant that serves as a qualifier for Miss America. The Miss America Organization's scholarship pageant began in 1934 and has been held in Vicksburg since 1958. It distributes more money than any other scholarship pageant in the Miss America Organization. In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, winners compete for other prizes such as cars, trips, and college scholarships. Miss Mississippi also holds a talent search competition called "Miss Star Search". This event was created by former Miss America Phyllis George. She wanted to find young women with exceptional talents who would otherwise have no opportunity to be seen or heard on television.
After winning the statewide competition, the winner travels to New York City where they are joined by their parent judges during the final stage of the competition. Winners can expect to earn between $100,000 and $250,000 after taxes if they choose to go to college or work instead of moving straight onto a career in entertainment.
The first Miss Mississippi pageant was held at the State Fair Coliseum in Jackson. Only twenty-one contestants competed for the title, which was won by fifteen-year-old Ann Stokes from Philadelphia, Mississippi. Since its creation, this state pageant has become one of the most important events on the national beauty scene. Between 1934 and 1969, thirty-two different states held the title.
The first pageant was held in 1960. Miss International is the world's fourth largest pageant in terms of the number of national winners who compete in the international competition. The first Miss International contest was held at the Tokyo Opera House with 12 candidates competing for the title.
Miss World and Miss Universe are the only two remaining major beauty contests that were not founded by Miss International. The first Miss World pageant was held in London, England in December 1952 while the first Miss Universe competition took place in Los Angeles, California a month later on January 15, 1953. Both events are currently owned by MCA Media Inc.
In September 2011, it was announced that the 2012 Miss International pageant would be replaced by a new global franchise system called "Global Beauty Queen." The winner of this year's contest will receive $50,000 and an opportunity to represent her country at the 2013 Miss World pageant. The runner-up will receive $25,000 and a chance to compete at next year's Miss International pageant. The new system was developed by Mike Jones who also managed previous editions of Miss International including its status as one of the top five most prestigious pageants in the world.
Under the new system, countries can apply to host regional competitions with the goal of selecting representatives to compete at global events.
Prior to 1983, a beauty pageant crowning Miss Teen USA was conducted in 1959 as a mail-in picture contest by Teen magazine. Throughout the 1960s, it became an annual live stage event, and in 1983, the pageant began to be staged yearly as part of the Miss Universe family of pageants.
In 1984, the name of the winner was not revealed on the show because of legal restrictions on revealing the identity of future titleholders. In 1989, the name of the winner was announced over television airwaves during NBC's The Big Event with Bob Costas.
In 1990, after threats from Donald Trump to not sponsor any more Miss Universes if the identity of the winner was made public, the board that governs the Miss Universe organization decided to go ahead with the tradition of revealing the winner's name. This is when Gretchen Wilson was announced as the winner at the end of the show.
Trump later apologized for his threat and said he had no intention of stopping the pageant from airing its winner's name. He also said that he had always wanted to see who won the title before it was cancelled in 2002. In 2015, Trump again threatened to cancel the pageant if they did not change their policy of announcing the winner before they went on stage. However, this time there were no legal repercussions because they were broadcasting the winner's name on television.
After a six-year stint in Sin City, the pageant reclaimed its title as an Atlantic City tradition in 2013. "Miss America" Debuts on Television In 1954, Miss America debuted on the new medium of television. The event was produced by Merv Griffin for the DuMont network.
How did they pick the winner? Before there was a state pageant system in place, all states participated in one grand national competition. The winner of this contest became known as "Miss America."
After the first "Miss America" contest in Atlantic City in 1953, the winner was crowned without any controversy or incident. This is probably because the winner was supposed to be a representative of their state and not someone who would compete against others for the title. However, as the popularity of the event grew over time, the decision was made to have the winner compete against other candidates in subsequent contests. The first non-Atlantic Coast contestant was from California. She won her segment of the competition and went on to win the whole thing.
The first "Miss America" contest was held at the Paramount Theater in New York City. Over 15,000 people attended the event which was broadcast live on the DuMont network. The winner was 16-year-old Heather Hart from New York City. She received a $15,000 prize money which at that time was a lot of money.