Miss America 1954

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Miss America 1954
Date September 12, 1953
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Entrants 52
Placements 5
Winner Evelyn Margaret Ay
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania

Miss America 1954, the 27th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 12, 1953. Though four women from the state had previously held the title (1924, 1935, 1936, 1940), Evelyn Margaret Ay was the first Miss Pennsylvania to be crowned Miss America, as the others had represented cities.[1][2]

Actress and princess-to-be Grace Kelly was one of this year's judges.

A top 10 finisher in this pageant, Miriam Stevenson, then competed in 1954's Miss USA pageant representing South Carolina, won it, then proceeded to be crowned Miss Universe 1954.

And similarly, Carlene King Johnson, unsuccessful as Miss Vermont in the 1954 pageant, would later become Miss USA 1955. A year thereafter, Carol Morris, who as Miss Iowa did not place among the finalists in the 1955 Miss America competition, captured the Miss USA 1956 crown.


Contestants of the Miss America 1954 swimsuit competition, held during September 1953


Final results Contestant
Miss America 1954
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Preliminary Talent Award
Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Miss Congeniality


  1. ^ "A Beaut Of A Victory". Toledo Blade. 1953-09-14. p. 2. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (1951-09-09). "Ephrata Beauty Reigns As Miss America". Lebanon Daily News. p. 1, 8. 

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