There she is, Miss America. But where is she now?

Daryl Paranada Sep 16, 2013

There she is. And there she goes?

Over the years, more than 80 women have worn the Miss America crown . This past Sunday, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, became the most recent inductee to the Miss America club at the 87th pageant. She beat 52 other contestants for the title and is the first Miss America of Indian descent. As Miss America, Davuluri can look forward to a year of travel — covering approximately 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours, according to the Miss America Organization.

So what are Miss America’s origins? It actually started out as a marketing idea. The Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City wanted to develop a plan to keep tourists in the area beyond Labor Day. They organized a Fall Frolic, which was held on September 25, 1920. Among the events held that day was a parade of young women being pushed along the Boardwalk in rolling chairs. The next year, Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City noticed that East Coast newspapers had begun to sponsor beauty pageants judged on photograph submissions, and decided to capitalize on the idea. They invited the winners of these newspaper beauty contests to the next Fall Frolic to compete in a beauty contest. On September 8, 1921, 100,000 people came to the boardwalk to watch the contestants, and witnessed 16-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C. being crowned the winner. The following year, when she returned, she was draped in the American flag and called “Miss America.”

Gorman went on to marry a real estate man and continued to live in Washington D.C. But what about the other women who have worn the Miss America crown? Did they all become motivational speakers? TV hosts? We decided to take a look at where our post-2000 Miss America winners have ended up — and chances are you might see them at a public speaking event near you.

Year Winner State Where are they now?
2014 Nina Davuluri New York University of Michigan graduate
2013 Mallory Hagan New York Aspiring global marketing director
2012 Laura Kaeppeler Wisconsin Performer, advocate, entrepreneur, aspiring lawyer
2011 Teresa Scanlan Nebraska Motivational speaker, aspiring lawyer, performer
2010 Caressa Cameron Virginia HIV/AIDS activist, motivational speaker, singer
2009 Katie Stam Indiana Public speaker, advocate, vocalist, author, product developer
2008 Kirsten Haglund Michigan Founder of a foundation, Fox News contributor
2007 Lauren Nelson Oklahoma Speaker, worship leader, host
2006 Jennifer Berry Oklahoma Motivational speaker, leadership consultant
2005 Deidre Downs Alabama Aspiring physician, children's advocate
2004 Ericka Dunlap Florida Aspiring country music artist, Singer, performer
2003 Erika Harold Illinois Attorney, candidate for state congressional office
2002 Katie Harman Oregon Performer, entrepreneur, speaker
2001 Angela Perez Baraquio Hawaii Motivational speaker, TV host, emcee, teacher
2000 Heather French Kentucky Designer, public speaker, artist, author

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