10 Notable Beauty Pageant Moments


Heather Makes History

Although a childhood illness left Heather Whitestone profoundly deaf, the strikingly pretty girl excelled in a school for the hearing impaired and began competing in local beauty pageants during college. In 1994, she danced a ballet routine to music she couldn't hear and aced the interview with Regis Philbin by reading his lips. Whitestone was crowned the first Miss America with a disability.