1981 Miss America Pageant

1981 Miss America Pageant

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Miss America 1981 Susan Powell
Miss America 1981 Susan Powell, Miss Oklahoma
  • Miss America 1981: Susan Powell, Miss Oklahoma
  • 1st runner-up: Paige Phillips, Miss Alabama
  • 2nd runner-up: Donna Pope, Miss Mississippi (tie)
  • 2nd runner-up: Therese Hanley, Miss New Jersey (tie)
  • 4th runner-up: Lencola Sullivan, Miss Arkansas

Interesting facts about the 1981 Miss America pageant ...

  • Lencola Sullivan, Miss Arkansas, was the first African-American contestant to make the top five at Miss America.  She also was the first woman of color to win the preliminary swimsuit competition.



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