Maud Coleman Woods was declared the most beautiful blonde in America in 1901 and is considered the first Miss America.
Considered a scandal during her time, Woods’ photos were submitted to a contest without her knowing. The contest winner would serve as a model on the logo for the World’s Fair. She won!
Embarrassed by the attention, Woods went to a family estate on the James River. There, she contracted typhoid and died. She died one day after her 24th birthday.
She is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia.