Miss America Swimsuit Winners






List of Miss Americas who have won the swimsuit competition…

Vanessa Williams, swimsuit competition winner, 1984 Miss America Pageant.

Vanessa Williams is among the Miss Americas who have won the swimsuit competition.

Winning the preliminary swimsuit competition trophy is traditionally considered to be a prerequisite to winning the Miss America Pageant. This view may – or may not – be true, but here is the list of Miss Americas who have won the swimsuit competition…

  • Miss America 1940 – Frances Burke
  • Miss America 1941 – Rosemary LaPlanche
  • Miss America 1942 – Jo-Carroll Dennison
  • Miss America 1943 – Jean Bartel
  • Miss America 1944 – Venus Ramey
  • Miss America 1945 – Bess Myerson
  • Miss America 1946 – Marilyn Buferd
  • Miss America 1948 – BeBe (Beatrice) Shopp
  • Miss America 1949 -  Jacque Mercer
  • Miss America 1951 – Yolande Betbeze
  • Miss America 1953 – Neva Langley
  • Miss America 1954 – Evelyn Margaret Ay
  • Miss America 1955 – Lee Meriwether
  • Miss America 1961 – Nancy Anne Fleming
  • Miss America 1962 – Maria Beale Fletcher
  • Miss America 1964 – Donna Axum
  • Miss America 1966 – Deborah Irene Bryant
  • Miss America 1968-  Debra Dene Barnes
  • Miss America 1969 – Judith Annie Ford
  • Miss America 1970 – Pamela Anne Eldred
  • Miss America 1971 – Phyllis George
  • Miss America 1972 – Laurel Lea Schaefer
  • Miss America 1973 – Terry Anne Meeuwsen
  • Miss America 1975 – Shirley Cothran
  • Miss America 1977 – Dorothy Katherine Benham
  • Miss America 1980 – Cheryl Prewitt
  • Miss America 1982 – Elizabeth Ward
  • Miss America 1983 – Debra Sue Maffett
  • Miss America 1984 – Vanessa Williams
  • Miss America 1985 – Sharlene Wells
  • Miss America 1986 – Susan Akin
  • Miss America 1987 – Kellye Cash
  • Miss America 1988 – Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
  • Miss America 1990 – Debbye Lynn Turner
  • Miss America 1991 – Marjorie Vincent
  • Miss America 1995 – Heather Whitestone
  • Miss America 1997 – Tara Dawn Holland
  • Miss America 1998 – Kate(Katherine) Shindle
  • Miss America 2002 – Katie Harmon
  • Miss America 2006 – Jennifer Berry
  • Miss America 2007 – Lauren Nelson
  • Miss America 2008 – Kirsten Haglund
  • Miss America 2009 – Katie Stam
  • Miss America 2010 – Caressa Cameron
  • Miss America 2011 – Teresa Scanlan
  • Miss America 2012 – Laura Kaeppeler
Katie Stam Miss Indiana wins Miss America swimsuit competition

Katie Stam Miss Indiana wins Miss America swimsuit competition (photo by Miss America Organization)

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