Norma Descygne Smallwood ~ Cherokee
Norma Descygne Smallwood, an art major in her sophomore year at Oklahoma State College, was the first Native American (Cherokee) to capture the Miss America title.
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Norma was the first Miss America to also win the award for “the most beautiful girl in evening gown” at the highly promoted National Beauty Tournament held during pageant week of the twenties. She proved to be an enormously popular selection.