Miss America Pageant

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Miss America's Purge of State Leaders Widens

The move stems from a summer revolt against pageant head Gretchen Carlson

(Newser) - The Miss America Organization has widened its purge of state officials who have opposed the national leadership, terminating the licenses of New Jersey, New York and Florida. So far, eight states could have their pageant leadership replaced. The AP obtained revocation letters from two of the states and confirmed with... More »

The States Revolted, and Miss America Punished Them

Licenses are terminated following calls for Gretchen Carlson's resignation

(Newser) - Cross Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper at your peril, apparently. As individual states called for the two leaders of the Miss America Organization to step down in advance of last month's pageant , little was said by the women, who act as the chairwoman and CEO, respectively. Now, action: Four... More »

New Miss America Glad Swimsuit Contest Is Gone

'I'm more than just that,' says Nia Franklin

(Newser) - The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to. Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, says the changes in the 98-year-old pageant are... More »

Pageant Officials in 46 States Want Gretchen Carlson Out

Revolt brews as Miss America pageant begins

(Newser) - The post-swimsuit era for the Miss America pageant begins Wednesday night. It does so amid a revolt by state pageant officials unhappy with the way the decision to drop swimsuits was made, and who are demanding that top leadership, including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, step down. The current Miss America, Cara... More »

Gretchen Carlson: Miss America's Letter Cost Us $75K

Scholarship money was lost, though Carlson doesn't specify how

(Newser) - Miss America Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her have led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. In a Twitter post Sunday night, the... More »

Miss America Has Harsh Words for Gretchen Carlson

Cara Mund claims Carlson, CEO Regina Hopper silenced and bullied her

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson was installed as chair of the Miss America Organization's board of directors earlier this year in the wake of a scandal that forced out the organization's CEO and other executives after "unacceptable" emails were revealed about past winners. Now, drama of her own for Carlson... More »

In a First for Miss America, All Top Spots Held by Women

Women hold the top 3 leadership positions after email scandal

(Newser) - The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. The organization tells the AP it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of... More »

New Miss America Is First Winner From Her State

Miss North Dakota doesn't like Trump's climate policy

(Newser) - Miss North Dakota, a 23-year-old who says President Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 on Sunday night in Atlantic City. Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants. In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump... More »

Former Miss America Contestant Dies After Crash

New Jersey's Cara McCollum was in an accident a week ago

(Newser) - A former Miss America contestant who was in a car accident last week died from her injuries Monday morning, reports People . Cara McCollum, 24, competed in the pageant in 2013 after winning the Miss New Jersey title that year. She was critically injured on Feb. 15 when her car spun... More »

New Miss America's Talent Involves Red Plastic Cup

Kira Kazantsev wins after non-traditional talent performance

(Newser) - Miss New York Kira Kazantsev didn't exactly showcase a traditional talent last night in Atlantic City—but she was still crowned Miss America, despite what the AP calls a social media "furor" over her performance. Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" ... while sitting on the floor banging... More »

'Too Old' Beauty Queen Sues Miss America Pageant

Longacre seeks $500K, return of Miss Delaware crown

(Newser) - The 24-year-old beauty queen stripped of her Miss Delaware title for being too old is suing national and local pageant organizers to get her crown back. Amanda Longacre will still be 24 when the Miss America pageant is held in September, but she turns 25 the next month and says... More »

At 24, Miss Delaware Is Too Old, Say Officials

Amanda Longacre stripped of crown over age mistake

(Newser) - Yet another beauty pageant scandal: Less than two weeks after Amanda Longacre was crowned Miss Delaware, she's been stripped of the title because pageant officials say she's too old. Longacre is 24, and will still be 24 when the Miss America pageant is held in September—and she... More »

Miss America Crowned, Hit With Racist Tweets

Nina Davuluri is first winner of Indian heritage

(Newser) - For the first time, we have a Miss America of Indian descent. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," said Nina Davuluri in a press conference after winning last night. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a... More »

Miss NY Calls Miss America 'Fat As..."

Nina Davuluri's alleged remarks revealed

(Newser) - Drama alert: A new Miss America will be crowned Sunday ... and Miss New York allegedly thinks it's about time. Sources tell the New York Post that Nina Davuluri was recorded as calling current Miss America Mallory Hagan "fat as [bleep]." It allegedly happened back on July 16,... More »

Miss America Contestant: A Sergeant With Tattoos

Theresa Vail won't be covering up at this weekend's pageant

(Newser) - The Miss America pageant runs this weekend, and it's already drawing more attention than usual for three good reasons: Theresa Vail and her two tattoos. Vail, otherwise known as Miss Kansas, will be putting both tattoos on display in the bikini contest, proudly. One is a military insignia—she'... More »

Here She Is, Miss America...

Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan wins beauty pageant

(Newser) - Miss New York tap-danced her way through a James Brown classic on her way to grabbing the Miss America crown last night. Mallory Hytes Hagan is a 23-year-old Brooklynite who the AP notes "deftly" answered a question about gun control, and will make her platform child sexual abuse, an... More »

New Miss America: Miss Wisconsin

Opera-singing Laura Kaeppeler nabs 2012 crown

(Newser) - Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler sang opera, wise-cracked, spoke candidly about being the child of a convict, and refused to get drawn into politics en route to grabbing the 2012 Miss America crown last night. Kaeppeler, when asked if beauty queens should bare their politics, responded: "Miss America represents everyone,... More »

Miss America's WikiLeaks Answer Made No Sense

Teresa Scanlan gave a 'rambling,' somewhat incoherent response

(Newser) - By now you’ve probably heard of Teresa Scanlan, the 17-year-old Nebraskan who was crowned Miss America on Saturday. But you may not have heard that Scanlan's answer during the question category is one for the books . When asked about WikiLeaks—how to balance government security with the people’s... More »

Just 17, Nebraskan Wins Miss America

Teresa Scanlan takes the crown

(Newser) - There she is, Miss America: Teresa Scanlan can't legally vote, the AP notes, but the 17-year-old Nebraskan won enough to take the crown home to the Cornhusker state for the first time. "I want to be there making sure that I stand up for what's right, stand up for... More »

The Beauty Pageant Is Dead

Miss Universe is all business, no fun

(Newser) - Beauty pageants used to be “a hoot and a holler and a half,” but last night’s Miss Universe competition hailed their death. “Even as a gay man, I couldn't find joy or fun in last night's monument to wax figurines and Donald Trump,” writes Louis... More »

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