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Former Miss America To Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

Former Miss America Erika Harold is set to run for Congress in 2014, mounting a primary challenge against Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in Illinois' 13th...

WATCH: Vanessa Williams Says Winning Miss America Hurt Her Career

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Vanessa Williams stopped by the HuffPost Live studios on Monday to discuss her new Tony-nominated Broadway play "The Trip To Bountiful." Talk turned t...

Lesbian Beauty Queen: Why My Miss South Carolina Run Is 'More About The People' Than The Crown

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nineteen-year-old Analouisa Valencia, the African-American and Latina lesbian who is competing in the Miss South Carolina contest, recently joined Huf...

Will A Lesbian Beauty Queen Take The Crown In South Carolina?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nineteen-year-old Analouisa Valencia, an African-American and Latina lesbian, is looking forward to competing in the Miss South Carolina contest in Ju...

Big Hair, Don't Care

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 03.14.2013 | Style

Vanessa Williams once said that "success is the sweetest revenge" -- and if her career is any indication, she must have a lot of enemies. The singer/a...

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?

Which Post 50 Celebrities Were Beauty Queens?

Posted 01.11.2013 | Fifty

If you tune into the 92nd Miss America pageant this Saturday, make sure you take the contestants and their talents seriously –- you could be looking...

See Miss America Pageant's First Contestant With Autism

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 01.14.2013 | Style

Finally a reason to really get behind these beauty competitions.

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.

A Look Black: Vanessa Williams' Historic Miss America Crowning In 1983

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.18.2012 | Black Voices

It was 29 years ago today that Vanessa Williams became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America--a fantastic feat that was sadly sh...

Beauty Pageants Helped Me Recover From My Eating Disorder

Salon | Posted 10.19.2012 | Women

Kirsten Haglund was thrust into the spotlight when she won the 2008 Miss America crown in front of more than 19 million viewers. But before she ever b...

An Outstretched Hand and a Firm Grip on the Future

Laura Kaeppeler | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Laura Kaeppeler

As Miss America, these last eight months of travel have allowed me to see the influence that mentors have on a child's life and now I remain more committed than ever to share my story.

Cops BUST In On Naked Miss Nevada

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.25.2012 | Crime

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies kicked in the wrong apartment door, pointed guns at a former Miss Nevada and her fiance, and watched as the beau...

Former Miss New Hampshire USA Accused Of Assault - AGAIN

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.12.2012 | Crime

She's a real knockout. Miss New Hampshire USA 2010 Nicole Houde was busted for allegedly assaulting a boyfriend -- for the second time in less than...

PHOTOS: Meet The New Miss California!

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 07.02.2012 | Los Angeles

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Miss California! Leah Cecil, a 22-year-old Orange County native who already held the title of Miss Southern Califo...

Why More Beauty Queens Are Running For Political Office

Slate | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women

"Do you think Miss America should be free to declare her political affiliation?" This was the question posed to Miss Wisconsin during the final int...

Miss America Advocates for Prison Reform on Park Avenue

Jim Luce | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

Recently I was surprised to meet Miss America following her rousing speech on the rights of prisoners and their families to a particularly well-heeled crowd at the church-turned-ballroom known as 583 Park Avenue.

Miss America's Own Story Drives Work With Kids Of Incarcerated Parents

Religion News Service | G. JEFFREY MacDONALD | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion

AUSTIN, Tex. (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler has a fantasy gig: traveling nonstop, wearing stylish new outfits each day and attracting TV crews in every city sh...

PHOTOS: The First 'Miss Black France' Is Crowned

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Black Voices

France has a new queen--beauty queen that is. Mbathio Beye has been crowned the first "Miss Black France" But there was a lot of hoopla surrounding...

A Hooker Beauty Pageant With Judge Dave Navarro

Susan Michals | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Susan Michals

First of all, it's not what you think, you dirty minded reader you. This event -- albeit with an eye-catching, titillating title -- is a celebration of art, of talent, of... sparkles on steroids. On

Feline Fatale

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

She was meant to be a companion for our cat Dizzy. She looked identical. The same kohl-rimmed eyes. The same silky, silver fur. The same sweet face. She was Dizzy's Doppelganger. But inside? A heart of darkness.

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.