Ruth Malcomson

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Ruth Malcomson
Ruth and Augusta Malcomson.jpg
Malcolmson (left) with her mother (1925)
Born (1906-04-16)April 16, 1906
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died May 25, 1988(1988-05-25) (aged 82)
Title Miss Philadelphia
Miss America 1924
Predecessor Mary Katherine Campbell
Successor Fay Lanphier

Ruth Malcomson (April 16, 1906 – May 25, 1988) was Miss America in 1924, earning the title at age 18.[1]

Malcomson, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the amateur winner in the 1923 contest and returned to defeat incumbent Mary Campbell, who was seeking her third consecutive crown.[2] At the time, being only a couple of years old, the beauty contest was sometimes still referred to as "The Atlantic City Pageant," with the winner called "The Golden Mermaid."[3]

In a published article following the contest, Malcomson provided others with her 10 rules for beauty. Listed briefly, they are:

  1. Rise early.
  2. Eat a hearty breakfast.
  3. Exercise.
  4. No alcohol.
  5. Smoking is detrimental.
  6. Get outdoors.
  7. Eat a light lunch.
  8. Eat a satisfying dinner.
  9. Early to bed.
  10. Sleep.[4]


  1. ^ ""Miss Philadelphia" Designated "Miss America" for 1924". The Free Lance. 1924-09-09. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Miss America History 1924". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Miss America". The Pittsburgh Press. 1924-11-09. p. 5. 
  4. ^ N.E.A. Service (1924-09-15). ""How I Became Miss America" - Ruth Malcomson Gives Ten Rules For Beauty". The Rock Hill Herald. p. 7. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mary Katherine Campbell
Miss America
Succeeded by
Fay Lanphier
Preceded by
Marion Green
Miss Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Annette Jackson