Debbye Turner Bell is Miss America 1990 and the first Miss Missouri to be crowned Miss America.
Miss America Organization involvement
Turner Bell made history in the Miss America Organization as the first Miss America to win with a platform issue. Prior to 1990, most Miss America contestants did not have a specified issue that they advocated on. Turner Bell talked about the importance of youth empower and won over the judges to win the Miss America 1990 title. She was the first Miss America from Missouri and the third African-American Miss America.
Turner Bell is preceded by Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson and succeeded by Miss America 1991 Majorie Vincent.
Turner Bell joined the Miss America Board of Directors in June 2018, after the resignation of Miss North Carolina 1991 Jennifer Vaden Barth and Miss Maine 1980 Valerie Crooker Clemens from the board.
Dr. Turner Bell divides her time doing veterinary public relations, youth and adult motivational and Christian speaking, and television broadcasting. Although she is not currently in clinical practice in veterinary medicine, she has promoted responsible pet ownership and proper veterinary care for pets through public service announcements, news features, and workshops. Dr. Turner Bell has carried her message of pet care and motivation as far away as Rome, Italy, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Turner Bell was married to husband, Gerald Bell, in 2008. They are parents to daughter, Lynlee Julia Bell, who was born in 2010.