Marjorie Judith Vincent is a former journalist and beauty contestant who was crowned Miss America 1991.
Vincent’s parents, Lucien and Florence Vincent of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti migrated to the United States in the early 1960s; Marjorie was the first of their children to be born in America. She grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, going to Catholic school and taking ballet and piano lessons. Vincent entered DePaul University as a music major, switching to business in junior year and graduating in 1988. Money from beauty pageants helped to pay for school.
After two unsuccessful pageant tries, at Miss North Carolina and Miss Illinois, she won Miss Illinois, allowing her to advance to Miss America. At the Miss America pageant, she performed the Fantaisie-Impromptu (Op. posth. 66) by Chopin, won the crown, and becameMiss America 1991 on 7 September 1990, succeeding Debbye Turner.
Vincent, who already had three years in law school at Duke University before becoming Miss America, returned to Duke, but left four credit-hours shy of graduation, and changed her goal from international law to television journalism, becoming a news anchor at WGBC inMeridian, Mississippi in October 1993. She later worked at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois, and the Ohio News Network in Columbus, Ohio, for the next six-plus years.
As of 2008, Vincent was completing her law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.