Irma Nydia Vázquez



Who is Irma Nydia Vázquez?

Irma Nydia Vázquez, Puerto Rico's representative as Miss Puerto Rico in the 1948 Miss America pageant was one of two contestants to break the so-called "color barrier" in the event. The daughter of an industrialist and sister of a future Puerto Rico Secretary of State, she was the first wife of Puerto Rican singer and composer Bobby Capó, a marriage initially opposed by her family but which lasted 25 years during which they had 5 children. Her parents were Pedro Vázquez, the founder of professional baseball in Puerto Rico, and Genoveva Vázquez, a seamstress who designed former First Lady Ines Maria Mendoza's dress during the White House gala hosted by President Kennedy at which cellist Pablo Casals performed.

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on July 23, 2013


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