Image of Miss Alaska 1953 Muriel Hagberg, wearing a fur-trimmed bathing suit on iceberg in Kotzebue, 1953
Photograph by Frank H. Whaley
Anchorage Museum, Wien Collection, B1985.27.1453
Muriel Hagberg’s father was a gold miner from Sweden. Her Iñupiaq mother, Laura Wright, designed and patented the Laura Wright Alaskan Parky, a popular garment for both winter and summer seasons that is still made and sold in Alaska today. Hagberg was crowned Miss Alaska in 1953 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant that same year.