The First Lesbian Miss America Made A Startling Decision – And Fans Were Left Floored

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Deidre Downs could never be described as your average Miss America. For starters, the Alabama native only began entering beauty pageants in order to pay for her medical school studies. And while Downs managed to hold onto the crown for a record-breaking three calendar years, in 2018 she made an announcement that left many who’d followed her career in shock.

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Downs had first caught national attention in 2004, when she had qualified to represent her home state of Alabama in the annual Miss America competition. And the hopeful made a big impression almost from the start by winning the Quality of Life Award in the initial stage of the contest.

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