Miss America Pageant

16 Stories

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 »

Miss Va. Is New Miss America

Caressa Cameron won her state's pageant on fourth try

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Virginia woman who said she once thought her only talent was singing is the nation's newest Miss America. Caressa Cameron, the first black Miss America since 2005, is a broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University with an eye on a master's degree and becoming a news anchor.... More »

Watch Rush Limbaugh Dance

The talk show host boogies to Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face'

(Newser) - The man is no conservative on the dance floor. In this video, Rush Limbaugh boogies to Lady Gaga's Poker Face "while doing the Jersey Shore fist pump," notes TMZ . "Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds." Limbaugh is a celebrity judge in some sort of competition... More »

There He Is: Miss America Judge Rush Limbaugh

Glenn Beck needs something really great to upstage this

(Newser) - The perennially publicity-hungry Miss America Pageant will shake up the judges' panel for the January event by adding a lightning rod: Rush Limbaugh. The right-wing titan isn't the first political blowhard to serve as a judge—MSNBC's Chris Matthews did a stint in 2007—but the pageant "has... More »

Where to Find Real America

(Newser) - Travel writer Gary McKechnie helps USA Today round up some of the best places to get a taste of old-fashioned Americana:
  • Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pa.: The end-of-August tradition is free.
  • Mark Twain America, Hannibal, Mo.: Be like Tom Sawyer and go on a guided cave tour.
  • All-American Soap
... More »

16 Stories

AROUND THE WEB