The Mutinous Miss America 1951 Yolande Betbeze Fox Dies at 87
Miss America 1951, Yolande Betbeze Fox who was known for her revolutionary attitude at the bygone and conservative era, has bid adieu from this world. The lady lost the battle of life while coping with the lung cancer at the age of 87. The news was reported by her daughter, Dolly Fox. The rebellious, Yolande Betbeze Fox is supposed to be the cause of Miss Universe’s birth.
The convent educated, Yolande Betbeze Fox was born in Alabama. Being very outspoken, strong and ferocious, Miss America 1951, alarmed the Miss America organizers when she refused to grasp into the swimsuit for cheesecake photos. She publicly lambasted the pageant for excluding minorities, and besieged for civil rights.
Yolande lived a very nonconformist life. As a radically glamorous woman, she was an off-Broadway producer, sped off to Cuba with a rodeo, married a onetime Hollywood “wonder boy,” and was the longtime cohort of an Algerian revolutionary-turned-diplomat.
The beauty queen kept on saying: “I’m a Southern girl, but I’m a thinking girl.”
Raven haired and a model like statuesque, she was the air of revolution. While attending an Alabama Jesuit college, she won the campus title of “Miss Torch.” She was also a coloratura soprano, was well read in philosophers such as Arthur Schopenhauer and David Hume, and was determined to strap up her brains and beauty to advance her opportunities, not merely for herself but for the entire mankind.
When once asked about the reason behind entering Miss America pageant, the beaming beauty smilingly replied: “I entered the Miss Alabama contest because it was still a via aperta and because it was one possible way to get out of the South. I knew that I was really a very good singer and that I could do serious opera even though my braces made me sing German lieder with a pronounced lisp.”
However, her win at Miss America was not smooth. She didn’t mix well with the other contestants, whom she found both intellectually wanting and cutthroat. Even subsequent to winning Miss America, Yolanda infuriated a major sponsor, Catalina bathing suits. She abandoned to sign the standard contract obligating her to make promotional appearances modeling their new line of swimsuits. She boasted: “I’m a singer, not a pinup.”
This led the Catalina to start Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant. She rebuffed many movie offers too. She also was a volunteer with the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality and the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, which further lead to many races to partake in Miss America pageant.
Yolande will forever be remembered as a woman who flouted conventions with inadvertent consequences that changed the facade of pageantry entirely. May she rest in peace! Deep condolences to her friends and family.
Information Reference: The Washington Post