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Debbye Turner Bell


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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.

Ongoing passion

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.

Personal life

Turner Bell was married to husband, Gerald Bell, in 2008. They are parents to daughter, Lynlee Julia Bell, who was born in 2010.

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    September 19, 1965

  • Missouri, United States


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Pageant Platform

Youth Motivation

What is the Occupation of Debbye Turner Bell

News anchor and motivational speaker

Which School Did Debbye Turner Bell Attend?

Arkansas State University, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

FUN FACTS about Debbye Turner Bell

In 2002, Debbye garnered an interview with President & Mrs. Bush at the White House for a Pet Planet segment about the first family’s pets. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

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