22 Of The Most Bizarre Beauty Queens Of The 1950s And ’60s

What’s more American than a beauty queen?

Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957

Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957

Lee A. Merlin was crowned Miss Atomic Bomb, coinciding with Operation Plumbbob, a super-controversial series of nuclear bomb tests in the Nevada desert.

Don English / Las Vegas News Bureau / Las Vegas Sun

Catfish Queen, 1954

Catfish Queen, 1954

Gail Hooper from Memphis was selected “Miss National Catfish Queen,” holding a 56-pound catfish at the Hotel New Yorker.

Al Pucci / New York Daily News / Getty Images

Sweater Queen, 1952

Sweater Queen, 1952

The 1952 Sweater Queen, Jeanne Davis of Alabama, won the annual Sweater Queen Contest sponsored by the Wool Bureau and National Knitted Outerwear Foundation.

Hank Olen / New York Daily News / Getty Images

Laugh Queen, 1961

Laugh Queen, 1961

Kathleen Townsend from Minneapolis was chosen in 1961 as the official Laugh Queen, a title dedicated to the promotion of a national sense of humor.

Tom Watson / New York Daily News / Getty Images


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22 Of The Most Bizarre Beauty Queens Of The 1950s And ’60s

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