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Betha Young, Miss New Mexico 1948 Finally Gets Her Crown

Betha Mount, Miss New Mexico 1948, waited nearly seven decades for this moment.

She was 22 when she won the pageant in 1948 -- but never received a crown nor her sash. Finally after almost seven decades she walked away with her crown and sash, but the proud crowning moment never happened.

According to the Miss America Organization Facebook page, it was due to the effects of the post-World War II depression. So, to rectify the situation, the current Miss America, Betty Cantrell, presented Young with her own crown and sash at an event in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Betha Young Miss New Mexico receives crown, sash 68 years later


Young told CNN affiliate KOAT that her sorority sisters at the University of New Mexico convinced her to enter the pageant all those years ago.

"I was sunbathing on top of the sorority house and they said I should do it. And so I said I would." She still remembers the shock she felt when her name was called: "I was quite surprised because I thought some of the other girls really wanted to win."

Betha Young, Miss New Mexico 1948

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