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BeBe Shopp's Crowning Moment

70 years in the making, this moment proved to be worth every minute of the wait. When BeBe Shopp was named Miss America in 1948 she did not actually receive a crown. The Miss America Organization did not have the resources to provide it's winner a crown, and thus BeBe's father purchased her a tiara to wear at appearances. Now, BeBe would be the first to tell you that it is not about the crown, and she is right; however, crowns do make things a bit more fun. Especially the iconic Miss America crown. Check out the full video story: A Grande Dame: The Story of Minnesota’s 1st Miss America from Zandolee Media on Vimeo.

Fast forward 70 years and a small group of individuals decided that there was no better way to pay tribute to BeBe's 70th anniversary as Miss America than by providing her with her very own crown. Also, there was no one better to crown her than the reigning Miss America, Cara Mund. Enter the Crowns & Gowns Ball. BeBe came home to Minnesota to celebrate this momentous anniversary, the crowning was kept a surprise, and friends and family from across the country gathered. Brought onstage for what she believed was to be a speech, BeBe was greeted with something much more. She finally received her crowning moment.

The pictures reflect the utmost of emotions. Shock and surprise coupled with joy and triumph. There was not a dry eye in the room, and somehow time stood still. A tribute fitting for an icon. Can't get enough? Us either. Take a look at the crowning moment photos and experience the chills all over again.