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Past Pageant Winners: Where Are They Now?

01/11/2013 12:26 pm ET

If you tune into the 92nd Miss America pageant this Saturday, make sure you take the contestants and their talents seriously –- you could be looking at the next Oprah.

Before becoming America’s media queen, 18-year-old Oprah was a beauty pageant contestant who strut and sang her way to a Miss Black Tennessee title in 1972. She went on to compete in Miss Black America, until her blossoming news career cut her pageant days short.

Some of our favorite post 50 celebrities -- including Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathie Lee Gifford and Diane Sawyer -- first caught the nation's attention in beauty pageants as well. And decades later, they are still dominating their respective fields with the grace and poise befitting a pageant queen.

What other celebrities were past pageant winners? See our slideshow below.

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