Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone
Pageant Winners > Miss Americas Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995
Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995 (Miss Alabama), is the first woman with a physical disability ever to win the coveted Miss America title. As millions of viewers watched by live television, the gutsy Miss Alabama performed a classical ballet to Via Delarosa -- music she could not hear -- by memorizing the music's beats; then engaged in a extemporaneous interview with co-host Regis Philbin by lip-reading his questions, Heather Whitestone became the first profoundly-deaf woman to be named Miss America.
As the naming of the new Miss America was only moments away, and the final two contestants - Heather and Miss Virginia, Culen Johnson, awaited the announcement of which woman will wear the crown, doubt shadowed Heather's face, making it clear she was uncertain of whether she would be able to lip-read Philbin's announcement. Moments later, as Regis shouted that Culen Johnson, Miss Virginia, is the first runner-up and Heather the winner, Miss Virginia pointed her fingers at Heather and mouthed, "It's you!"
A beloved titleholder and inspiration to millions of Americans, Heather successfully promoted her platform, S.T.A.R.S. ("Success Through Action and Realization of your dreams) throughout her reign. She also had the distinction of being the first Miss America ever to be featured on a Barbara Walters' television special.
Pageant Winners > Miss Americas > Heather Whitestone - Miss America 1995Books: Heather has written three books:
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