Miss Michigan Wins Tiara in Made-Over Pageant

Kirsten Haglund nabs 2008 Miss America crown
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 7:43 AM CST
Miss Michigan, Kirsten Haglund performs during the Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. Haglund was crowned Miss America 2008. (AP Photo/Jae...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Another year, another Miss America—it was Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund doing the delighted gasping as she donned her crown yesterday—and this time the pageant itself had a makeover. The 87-year-old competition is going for a hip new look and feel, adding doses of blue jeans and reality TV to draw in younger viewers, AP reports.

Tiaras still perched on well-coifed heads, and ball gowns still shimmered on the Las Vegas stage, but Haglund and her runners-up sported trendier (and racier) styles and struck sassier poses than in years past. TLC, which aired the show, premiered the series "Miss America: Reality Check" and introduced fan voting in one stage of the competition.