Miss America winners through the years

By CNN Staff

Published December 20, 2019

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A new queen has been crowned Miss America. But do you know who else has claimed the title? Here's a look back at winners of the prestigious pageant.

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Camille Schrier, representing Virginia, is Miss America 2020. For the talent portion, she gave a science demonstration.

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New York's Nia Franklin was 2019’s Miss America. The opera singer has used her position to advocate for the arts.

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Cara Mund made history as the first contestant from North Dakota to take the 2018 crown.

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Savvy Shields, representing Arkansas, walked away as Miss America 2017.

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Betty Cantrell of Georgia won the title for 2016. Her platform was Healthy Children, Strong America.

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Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015, marking the third consecutive year a New York queen took the title.

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2014’s winner Nina Davuluri had a historic night when she became the first Miss America of Indian descent.

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New York’s Mallory Hytes Hagan won Miss America 2013. What was her special talent? Tap dancing.


Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012. Her platform was mentoring children of incarcerated parents.

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Teresa Scanlan, representing Nebraska, took home the title of Miss America 2011.

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Caressa Cameron of Virginia was Miss America 2010.

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Did you know...

Actress Vanessa Williams was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. However, she resigned after a nude photo scandal.


Suzette Charles, the runner up, took the 1984 title following Williams' controversy.


And Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone, who is deaf, became the first woman with a disability to win the title, according to the pageant's website.

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