Each year one girl will walk away with a local crown, compete at Miss New York (possibly win!), and at the end of her year- she will pass the crown on to the next girl. But these amazing, smart, beautiful, and talented women should not be forgotten. They are an important part of the Miss New York legacy.
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1945 June Jenkins (Miss New York State)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA — Original caption: Veterans Preview “Miss America” Pageant. Atlantic City, New Jersey: June Jenkins “Miss New York State” (left) and Bess Myerson “Miss New York City” in the Atlantic City beauty pageant pose with PFC. Ernest Sardo of Elmira, New York., a triple amputee veteran at the England General Hospital where the veterans had a preview of the annual “Miss America” pageant today. Highlight of the preview came when patients selected their own “Miss America” from the flock of gorgeous contestants on the stage. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS