Lynda Lee Mead of Natchez, Mississippi, is crowned Miss America for 1960 (the pageant was held in September 1959). She is from the same sorority (Chi Omega) at the same school (the University of Mississippi) as the previous year's winner, Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon. (Photo shows Mead, left, and Mobley after Mead was crowned Miss Mississippi in August 1959.)
Time magazine takes note: "For the second consecutive year Miss Mississippi became Miss America: Natchez' brunette, green-eyed, 20-year-old Lynda Lee Mead (36-24-36, 5 ft. 7 in., 120 lbs.), successor and University of Mississippi Chi Omega sorority sister of 1959's brunette Mary Ann Mobley, 22 (34 1/2-22-35, 5 ft. 5 in., 114 lbs.)." Life magazine refers to the two as part of the "New Mississippi queen crop."
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* "All the Miss Americas, Then and Now" (from Life magazine): @
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