Venus Ramey Ramey was Miss America in 1944, and was the first red-haired competitor to win the title. Ramey compete as Miss District of Columbia and worked during her reign to help win suffrage for Washington D.C. in 1945. Later, she become the first Miss America to run for public office, looking for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. She was wooed by Hollywood in 1947, but, appalled with show business, she returned home to her Eubank, Kentucky tobacco farm in Pulaski County, Kentucky. She wedded and raised two sons. In the 1970s, Ramey successfully campaign to save Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood in Ohio. The neighborhood was finally listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and her work led her to create an unsuccessful bid for a spot on the Cincinnati City Council. Ramey was serious of later Miss America winners Vanessa L. Williams (1984) and Kate Shindle (1998), calling the former a "slut" for posing nude in a photo shoot, and blasting the latter for her sustain of condom distribution in schools.
September 26, 1924
Ashland, Kentucky
Miss District of Columbia
Major competition(s)
Miss America

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