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Miss America Comes Under Fire For Interning At Planned Parenthood

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kira Kazantsev has been Miss America for only two days, but she's already taking a stand on issues that don't usually make their way in...

Is the Miss America Pageant Proto-Feminist?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

There's nothing wrong with fighting for a cause and looking good while doing it, if looking good happens to be your thing. And there are, after all, worse things in the world than wanting some world peace.

This Is The Pageant You SHOULD Have Watched This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.15.2014 | Comedy

Everyone saw the Miss America pageant this weekend and watched a lot of confident, outgoing young women show off their many talents. But you probably ...

The Wrong Way To Talk About Domestic Violence, Presented By The Miss America Pageant

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

There are many questions worth asking about domestic violence, something that one in four women and one in seven men will experience in their lifetime...

'Miss America' Gets Creepy

www.vulture.com | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment

The "Miss America" pageant is always full of ridiculous moments, and this year's was brought to us by Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart, the show’s first ven...

WHOOPS! Huge Mistake On 'Miss America' Broadcast

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.15.2014 | Style

Looks like someone at the "Miss America" pageant is lacking a little sense and sensibility. During Sunday night's broadcast, bits of trivia about e...

Miss America 2015!

AP/HuffPost | Posted 09.18.2014 | Style

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America on Sunday night. This is the third year in a row that the contestant from New York has won. ...

Why Did Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison Wear Her Insulin Pump During Competition?

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

This past July, right before she was about to go onstage at the Miss Idaho competition, a contestant named Sierra Sandison, who suffers from diabetes, was nervous and conflicted about wearing her insulin pump in such a public arena.

Miss America Pageant Shaming: A Feminist Trap

Taylor Marsh | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Taylor Marsh

There a lot of people, mostly women, many of whom are feminists, willing to opine on the ills of the Miss America Pageant without knowing a thing about the girls who enter them, let alone the money you can make. This is nothing new.

Former Child Beauty Queen: Pageants Helped Me Overcome My Eating Disorder

OWN | Posted 08.21.2014 | OWN

From the time she was 4 years old, Mari Wilensky had been a pageant girl. With her mother's encouragement, the child competed in beauty pageants ar...

Why Vanessa Williams Never Thought She'd Win Miss America

OWN | Posted 07.11.2014 | OWN

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. In her interview for "Oprah's Master C...

Seeing is Believing: Role Models Inspire Student Achievement

Stephen M. Coan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Coan

There she was: Miss America, certainly one of the best-known personalities in the United States, if not the world. Once judged on certain "finishing ...

More Than One Healthy Body: Former Pageant Queens Weigh In

Shannon Oliver | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style
Shannon Oliver

I may have been overjoyed with how amazing my body looked, but I never felt as though I was "living."

Former NBA Star & Miss America support Anti-Bullying Campaign

Darryl Roberts | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must learn how to recognize it.

Even in the Face of Oppression and Intimidation, Beautiful Things Can Happen: A Q&A With Former Miss Universe Brook Lee

Michael Chang | Posted 11.07.2013 | Celebrity
Michael Chang

The 2013 Miss Universe® pageant is just around the corner (Saturday, November 9th on NBC), and I had the chance to catch up with the winner of the 19...

Dark Skin = Un-American?

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Reef Karim, D.O.

Apparently being American means being white and having a name everyone's familiar with.It means being comfortable with what you know and who you know. It means being fearful of the unknown. And it means not having dark skin.

Hillary Clinton and Ray Kelly Remember Sept. 11

Tom Murro | Posted 12.22.2013 | New York
Tom Murro

The 6th Annual Voices of September 11 "Always remember'' Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC on October 16th. Voices is an organization that helps fa...

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.

Changing The Job Description From Bullying to Supporting Our Peers

Amy Crain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Crain

Should being a teenager or simply existing "come with the job" of being bullied?

Miss America Nina Davuluri Speaks About Need for Diversity at Anti-Bullying Symposium

Darryl Roberts | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

The most impressive thing to me about this 20 city anti-bullying symposium is that it came to fruition as a result of a 17-year-old girl speaking up and a multi-billion-dollar company listening.

Solidarity for Women of Color in the Public Eye

Atima Omara | Posted 09.27.2013 | Women
Atima Omara

Instead of dismissing Nina Davuluri because she participated in a beauty pageant, why not stand with her when she asserts a woman of color's right to be who she is and exist no matter what the context?

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.

Beauty Pageants and High School Queens: Is it Psychologically Good for Us?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Anne Speckhard

For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?

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.

Both Sides Now: 'Pickett's Charge' as GOP Votes 42 Times Against Obamacare But Zero on Guns

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgShrum & Erickson debate why the GOP House votes repeatedly to defund Obamacare but not once to defend people from nuts with guns. While Erick scoffs at diplomacy deterring Iranian nukes, Bob thinks that bipartisan sanctions and Obama's Syrian saber-rattling are working.