The ageless beauty was the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant in 1986, then later went on to compete for Miss World, where she came in sixth.
The unofficial queen of everything won the title of Miss Black Tennessee in 1972 and earned a scholarship to Tennessee State University.
The supermodel kick-started her career participating in dozens of beauty pageants. Before her instant fame from being the Doritos girl in a 1998 Super Bowl commercial, Landry held the title of Miss USA 1996.
As Vanessa Minnillo, the starlet was crowned Miss Teen USA in 1998 before she started her modeling career and married one of our favorite boy-band hunks.
Before becoming governor of Alaska and running for VP of the United States, Palin practiced her public speaking when she won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant in 1984.
Looks like this California girl was popular on and off the screen; the blond beauty was crowned Senior Princess of her high school in 1979.
Before becoming a longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, the television personality won the title of Miss South Dakota in 1970.
This firecracker won the title of Miss Chicago in 1946 along with a scholarship she used to study at the Actors Studio in New York, which launched her career.
This Desperate Housewife was a stunner from the start, holding the title of Miss Corpus Christi in 1998.
Wonder Woman was a badass before she even put on the cape! Carter won the title of Miss World America in 1972, paving the way for her career in television.
This little princess stole the show way before she became a Disney phenom. Demi started her pageant career at a young age, winning the Texas State Cinderella Miniature Miss contest back in 2000.
Ciao bella! The stunning Italian actress was only 14 when she competed in her first pageant in 1949. The classic beauty immediately caught everyone's attention earning her bit parts in local productions before she went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
The blond bombshell showed off her California-sun-kissed locks at the 1978 Miss Orange County pageant.
The triple threat got her start winning the title of Miss America in 1984, though she was later forced to step down after it came out that she had posedfor Penthouse magazine.
This journalist has beauty and brains! After winning the Junior Miss beauty pageant in 1963, Sawyer used her prize to pay for her first year of college.
The 1960s-era international sex symbol was crowned Miss Fairest of the Fair at the San Diego County Fair in 1957.
The I Dream of Jeannie star won the title of Miss San Francisco in 1951.
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