If you ever thought it was strange that a Miss America contestant’s talent during that portion of the competition was, say, a dramatic reading of “The Hazards of Nuclear Fallout” (Miss Massachusetts, 1965), a hillbilly impression (Miss New Jersey, 1960), or a ventriloquist interpretation of Laverne & Shirley (Miss Tennessee, 1981), then you really don’t know much about the history of beauty competitions.
The talent portion of the Miss America pageant is nothing in comparison to the odd beauty titles that have graced some stages over the past century.
Check out 5 of the most bizarre “beauty” titles — possibly ever:
Miss Sausage Queen, 1955 1 of 5Geene Courtney, National Hot Dog Week, Zion Meat Company
The USA National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as National Hot Dog Month, and the group offers etiquette tips on hot-dog eating.
She's a wiener, alright.
Miss Diaper Queen, 1947 2 of 5Betty Barrett is crowned at a convention for the Diaper Service Institute of America in Chicago.
At one time the Diaper Service Institute of America had member companies that "washed, sterilized and delivered 40 million diapers" weekly.
Cloth diapers for the win.
Miss American Vampire, 1970 3 of 5Jonathan Frid crowns New Jersey-native Christine Domaniecki, New Jersey
According to Dark Shadows in the Press, the producers of the film House of the Dark Shadows wanted to promote the film in advance by staging a Miss Vampire America contest.
Girls 18-25 "were invited to produce the most imaginative vampire look" in a pageant hosted by Regis Philbin.
She vants to vank the vacademy.
Miss Idaho Potato, 1935 4 of 5No potatoes were harmed in the taking of this photograph.
Miss NASA Beauty Queen, 1968 5 of 5For several years in the mid 20th century, NASA held beauty pageants at their centers to give women the opportunity to become Queen of Outer Space, according to Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator at NASA (via Teen Skepchick). It was a tradition that began in 1952 "with a spring dance that culminated with the coronation of a queen."
She's clearly out of this world.
All photos used with permission from Retronaut.com
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