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Miss America Pageant

Proud Community, Proud Americans

Shai Baitel | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Shai Baitel

Through the "Russian American Person of Year" Awards, this social cohesion is paired with civic engagement as well as consciousness about the need to preserve and pass on language, culture, traditions.

Why Tom Bergeron Wasn't Invited Back To Host Miss America

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.22.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For one fleeting year, Tom Bergeron helmed the annual Miss America pageant. A massage and an inappropriate offer later, Bergeron found himself out of ...

Report: Miss America Was Kicked Out Of Her Sorority For Hazing

Jezebel | Posted 09.22.2014 | College

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors stu...

The Advice Miss America 2015 Wants To Give To College Students

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.18.2014 | College

Only a few days after being crowned Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, of New York, spoke out about being a domestic violence victim. In a HuffPost Li...

Amanda Terkel

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...

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 11.14.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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...

Ferguson Police Unhinged, Notes From a Former Miss Missouri

Taylor Marsh | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

There has always been a deep right-wing vein in Missouri, which has taken hold in recent years, seen through Todd Akin's "legitimate" rape lunacy.

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."

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.

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?

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.

PHOTOS: Boundary Breaking Beauties Meet!

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

Two women who broke color barriers and made history had the chance to meet for the first time on Wednesday. The first Indian American Miss America...

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.

Miss America 2014 Win Prompts Racist Twitter Backlash, Followed By (Some) Twitter Apologies

Posted 09.17.2013 | Style

Anyone who was watching Twitter as they watched the Miss America 2014 pageant saw a pretty ugly sight as the winner was announced. No, not winner ...

Stop Making Stupid People Famous

Dan Treadway | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Dan Treadway

Many of us, and this is a trap I often fall into, are desperate to put ignorant comments on blast in order to feel a sort of moral superiority. Doing so never actually makes us feel better, but rather just fills us with an anger that we secretly probably love because it reaffirms our own beliefs.

Are You Ready For A New Miss America?

AP | WAYNE PARRY | Posted 11.15.2013 | Style

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win th...

Miss America 2014: Looking for a Few Good STEMs

Sam Haskell, III | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Sam Haskell, III

There is so much talk about the importance of women and how to make the economy robust again at the Miss America Organization, the world's leading women's scholarship provider. We are doing something about it.

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...

10 Beauty Queen Lessons That Apply To Real Life

Michelle Hanson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Women
Michelle Hanson

I have memories of my judges smiles, and of the sound of my sweet teen yelling for me every time I stepped on stage. Photos are wonderful, but the memories are far more valuable. Live in the moment.

Will the Next Miss America Wear Combat Boots?

Susan Kraus | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Susan Kraus

There is a Miss America contestant this year whose platform is "Empowering Women: Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers."