By CAITLIN KNOX
Although other Georgetown College traditions have faded over time, Belle of the Blue is one that still remains. The college previously held pageants that crowned a “May Day Queen” and “Valentine’s Queen,” but in 1950 the Belle of the Blue yearbook began crowning a “Belle of the Blue.”
As said in the 1950 annual, “This southern lady exemplifies the ultimate in the qualities of refinement, culture and feminine beauty in the eyes of Georgetonians.”
The process began with the male student body nominating the girls, and after another elimination process, six potential “Belles” were announced. Their pictures were taken and sent to “an eminent authority on beauty for judging,” according to The Georgetonian in its Sept. 30, 1949 issue. It wasn’t until 1961 that Belle of the Blue took on the form of a scholarship pageant, which is the way we crown our Belle of the Blue today.
All pictures courtesy of Georgetown College Archives.