Miss America 1965, Vonda Kay Van Dyke, authors a self-esteem manual aimed at teen girls. Van Dyke’s Miss America claim to fame is that she is the only winner of both Miss Congeniality and Miss America titles. The advice ranges from good grooming to friendships and is very generic. There is also a sprinkling of scripture to inspire girls to make the “right” choices and develop an inner beauty. Nothing particularly inspiring, but my impression was that this Miss America never struggled with doing the right thing.
I watched the Miss America pageant faithfully when I was a young kid in the 1960s. I think it was the pretty dress and the crown that were the selling points. These days, beauty contests just seem like a relic from the olden times. If it were up to me, beauty contests would be a thing of the past. Given the news, maybe Miss America is on her way out.