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Miss America Pageant

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."

WATCH: Miss America... With Drag Queens?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The 2013 Miss America pageant takes place on September 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but the real show takes place a week later when drag queens ta...

What Is It Like To Compete in the Miss America Pageant?

Quora | Posted 09.01.2013 | Women
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Jen Corey, Miss District of Columbia, 2009 It's the most amazing experience any girl co...

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 ...

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

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Gay 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...

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...

Beauty Queens Heat Up Las Vegas For Miss America Competition

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 03.14.2013 | Style

Sin City just got hotter!

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.

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...