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Miss America 2013

Post-Pageant: What's 'America's Choice' Doing Now?

Susan Kraus | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Susan Kraus

Vail was not a typical contestant. She could take apart an engine (she was also a mechanic for a few years) more easily than she could do hair or make-up. She was an expert marksman, but dance skills? Not so much.

Now What?

Crystal Mei Yuk Lee | Posted 11.24.2013 | Hawaii
Crystal Mei Yuk Lee

Deep down I'm competitive. I don't like letting anyone down, especially my own state. Throughout the competition I stayed very focused. I knew who I was, what I was there for and what I wanted to do as Miss America.

Miss America or Miss 7/11?

Vishakha N. Desai | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Vishakha N. Desai

The truth is that it's one thing to accept Indian-Americans or brown skin people in professional fields, like medicine, computer science, or finance. But when it come to ideas of beauty and national concepts of beauty, old habits die hard, if at all.

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

Dear World, Nina Davuluri Is 'American Enough'

Munmun Khan | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Munmun Khan

Doesn't Nina also represent "what is best of America"? Her parents immigrated here 30 years ago, her dad is a physician, she graduated from a top university and she is headed to med school.

Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Asha Rangappa

The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian.

Colbert LOLs At Miss America's Racist Critics

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy

When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America and made history as the first Indian-American to hold the title, the racist corner of the Internet predict...

Miss America 2008: I Think Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Anticipated The Backlash

Posted 09.17.2013 | Style

Miss America 2014, the newly-crowned Nina Davuluri, won her title on Sunday night to many cheers... and several unfortunate Twitter jeers. Davuluri, t...

I'm Celebrating the New Miss America.. And It's Not Why You Think

Riddhi Shah | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Riddhi Shah

Whatever my feelings toward beauty pageants and all the ways in which they make young women feel inadequate, at least this time, the world's most influential country is showing my people that a deep velvet brown complexion is nothing to be ashamed of.

You Don't Need To Be Blonde To Be Miss America, Folks

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion

Twitter erupted in a flurry of indignation as Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned as this year's Miss America, with some of the milder Tweets cl...

Miss America 2014 Is...

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2013 | Style

Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Miss New York, the second Miss America...

AWESOME: Miss America Contestants Actually Do Their Own Hair And Makeup

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 09.16.2013 | Style

Pageant contestants always have a slew of beauty secrets up their sparkly sleeves, from using Scotch tape to remove unwanted eye shadow to applying bu...

Former Miss America: Pageant Contestants Today Are Too Skinny

Posted 06.19.2013 | Style

The Miss USA 2013 pageant stirred up chatter this week because of Miss Utah's infamously flubbed answer in the Q+A portion. But others took notice of ...

Miss America And 9 Other Celebrities Who Love CrossFit

Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

On Sunday night, as the Miss America organization crowned their new queen, Mallory Hagan, we started to learn more about this Alabama-native, turned B...

WATCH: Miss America Discusses Life In NYC

Posted 01.15.2013 | New York

Following an impressive tap-dancing routine to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing" on Saturday evening, 23-year-old Brooklynite Mallory Hagan was...

PHOTOS: Miss America!

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2013 | Style

Tears! Glitter! Tiaras!

Miss America's Secret Weapon: Butt Glue

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.11.2013 | Style

Wait, what?

Miss America 2013 Votes for STEM

Sam Haskell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Sam Haskell

Our hope is to help shift girls' attitudes about STEM and boost the percentage of women employed in STEM-related industries. It's not just the right thing to do, but it is also the smart thing to do for America's future and our economy.

Miss America's Favorite Things From 2012

Laura Kaeppeler | Posted 02.05.2013 | Style
Laura Kaeppeler

I can't believe it's been almost a year since I was crowned Miss America 2012. Since last January, I have been on the road almost every day visiting all corners of the country and meeting the most inspiring people.

Kelsey Beck: An Ivy League Beauty With Pageant Roots

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Hilary Levey Friedman

Kelsey used a bathing suit she already owned and drew from her experience packaging herself as a stellar collegiate student-athlete (Harvard, like all Ivy League schools, recruits for their sports teams, but they do not offer athletic scholarships) to prepare for the interview portion of the pageant.