Beatrice Bella Shopp
August 17, 1930
|Alma mater||Manhattan School of Music|
|Title||Miss Minnesota 1948|
Miss America 1948
|Predecessor||Barbara Jo Walker|
Bayard D. Waring (m. 1954)
After winning Miss America 1948, Shopp used her pageant scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music. She specialized in the vibraharp, and graduated with a degree in percussion in 1952. She sang with Share the Music and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus. She was active in community affairs, and headed the board of directors for Gloucester Stage Company.
Near the end of her Miss America reign while traveling in France, Shopp was asked about women wearing two-piece bathing suits to which she replied, 'I don't approve of Bikini suits for American girls...The French girls can wear them if they want to, but I still don't approve of them on American girls.'"
- "Bebe Back from Europe, Saw Beauties-All Over". The Miami News. 1949-09-01.
- Hendrickson, Dyke. "Bruins Prove to Quick for Thatcher Island Fans." June 18, 2011. Gloucester Times. Retrieved July 5, 2011: http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x1625120545/Bruins-prove-too-quick--Thacher-Island-fans
- Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
- Retrieved July 5, 2011: http://www.bikiniview.com/history.html
- "First Miss America from Minnesota, now 87, looks back on the trials of instant celebrity". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
|Awards and achievements|
Barbara Jo Walker
| Miss America
| Miss Minnesota
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