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Myerson-Bess-1 - still image

Myerson-Bess-1 - still image

The first Jewish Miss America, Bess Myerson tranformed the fame bestowed on her because of her beauty into an illustrious public career. During her year as the reigning Miss America, she witnessed segregation in the South and experienced the humiliation of being turned away by a country club that did not admit Jews.

Institution: The Miss America Organization

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