Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko

Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko




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Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae RafkoMiss America 1988, Miss Michigan, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
  • Home State: Michigan
  • Age: 25
  • Education: Registered nurse
  • Talent: Polynesian dance
  • Career Ambition: To continue nursing career specializing in hospice
  • Preliminary Awards: Won the swimsuit competition

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Notable Moments:
  • Rafko, a hospice nurse who had worked with the terminally ill and advocated for hospice during her year, is credited with inspiring the development of an official "platform" for Miss Americas to advocate for important social issues.  
  • Rafko's traveling companions pronounced her one of the most genuinely nice titleholders ever, claiming they had never once seen her in a bad mood during her entire year as Miss America.
  • In an article, ‘I just wanted to be me,' in Rafko's hometown newspaper,  she reflected on how her life had included both triumph and tragedy since her crowning as Miss America 1988.
  • Kaye Lani appears briefly in the Michael Moore documentary "Roger & Me" during an appearance in Michigan during her reign.
Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss America 1988.

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko takes her final walk as Miss America 1988 Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, gives up her crown.
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko takes her final walk as Miss America 1988.

Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, appears in Miami. Miss America 1988 takes her final walk
Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, appears in Miami, and gives up her crown.


Miss Michigan, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, of Monroe, Michigan, is crowned Miss America 1988.


Kaye Lani Rae Rafko performs in the talent competition of the 1988 Miss America Pageant.


Miss America Pageant 1988 Evening Gown. Kaye Lani Raye Rafko of Michigan won that year


1989 1988 Miss America Kaye Lani Ran Rafko was featured in a commercial for hospice.

Miss America interview requestsMiss America official site (official MAO website)



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