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Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, Defends Nurse Monologue On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’


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Kelley Johnson, the Miss America contestant representing Colorado, has made headlines this week for her very different approach to the pageant’s talent contest. Johnson decided not to sing or dance, as is traditional, but performed a monologue. Dressed in scrubs, Johnson explained how her talent is nursing and how she had encountered one patient, Joe, who was very special to her.

Ellen DeGeneresEllen Degeneres at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards in January 2015.

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Miss America 2016 Toe Dip On The Beach

2016 Miss America , Betty Cantrell - Miss America 2016 Toe Dip on the beach in front of Boardwalk Hall at beach at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Monday 14th September 2015

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2016 Miss America and Betty Cantrell
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2016 Miss America and Betty Cantrell

Vanessa Williams Finally Receives An Apology From Miss America Pageant


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Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America pageant on Sunday (September 14th) as a guest judge, over 30 years after she resigned her crown following the publication of nude photographs in Penthouse magazine. At the ceremony, Williams received an official apology from pageant chairman Sam Haskell for the way she was treated by the organisation back in 1984.

Vanessa WilliamsVanessa Williams returned to the Miss America pageant on Sunday (September 14th).

“I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years,” Haskell said after Williams had finished her performance of ‘How the Years Go By”. “You have lived your life in grace and dignity and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned.”

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Miss America Officials Sorry For Stripping Vanessa Williams Of Title


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The Ugly Betty actress made history in 1983 when she became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, but she was forced to quit the role 10 months later when nude photographs taken before the competition were published in Penthouse magazine.

On Sunday (13Sep15), Williams returned to the organisation's annual event as the head judge of the pageant, during which she also received a long-awaited apology from Miss America CEO Sam Haskell.

During the telecast, he said, "On behalf of today's organisation, I want to apologise to you and to your mother, Helen Williams. I want to apologise for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are, and the Miss America you always will be."

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Vanessa Williams Opens The 2016 Miss America Competition

Vanessa Williams - Vanessa Williams opens the 2016 Miss America Competition held at Boardwalk Hall at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Sunday 13th September 2015

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2016 Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade

Atmosphere - 2016 Miss America "Show Us Your Shoes" Parade at Boardwalk Atlantic City at Boardwalk, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015

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2016 Miss America Preliminary Competition Day 3

2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev - 2016 Miss America Preliminary Competition Day 3 at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Thursday 10th September 2015

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2016 Miss America Preliminary Day 2 Winners

2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev - Miss Florida and Miss Louisiana Win Preliminary Awards on Day 2 of 2016 Miss America Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Wednesday 9th September 2015

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Vanessa Williams Returns To Miss America After Nude Photo Scandal


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The Ugly Betty actress made history in 1983 when she became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, but she resigned from the role 10 months later when nude photographs taken before the competition were published in Penthouse magazine.

Williams will now return to the pageant as head judge, joining Zendaya Coleman, country star Brett Eldredge, snowboarder Amy Purdy and Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, on the panel.

Miss America's chief executive Sam Haskell told the Associated Press he has been trying to get Williams involved for 10 years.

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Zendaya Coleman Chosen As Miss America Judge


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The Disney star is one of seven celebrity panellists who will decide the winner from 52 women representing their home states and territories.

Coleman, 18, says in a statement, "It's great to be part of a show that celebrates women who are in college or graduated, and striving to make the world a better place through their chosen platform, ranging from domestic violence and bullying to cancer research and female empowerment, while also embracing beauty and fashion."

Coleman joins country star Brett Eldredge and actress-turned-Paralympian Amy Purdy, among others, on the judging panel.

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Country Star Brett Eldredge Named As Miss America Judge


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The Don't Ya hitmaker will be one of seven celebrity panellists who will decide the winner from 52 women representing their home states and territories.

Eldredge tells People.com, "I get to judge Miss America! Are you kidding me? Talk about a dream come true. I can't wait to be a part of this."

Now in its 95th year, the 2016 Miss America pageant will take place on 13 September (15) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Miss World Organisation Decides To End Swimsuit Round Of 63 Year Old Competition


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The Miss World competition will no longer feature a swimsuit competition, the organisation announced on Thursday (18th December).

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Megan Young was crowned 2013's Miss World, photographed here at the 2014 competition in London.

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Nina Davulury On The Why, What And What Now Of Being Miss America


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Nina Davuluri – Miss New York and now, Miss America 2013, hasn’t let hate-filled and racist comments about her victory ruin her moment. In fact, the American beauty says for the New York Daily News that she didn’t expect to win, but she was prepared for the backlash that followed. “It was something I wasn’t surprised about,” Davuluri told the New York Daily News. “I’d experienced those same kind of remarks when I’d won Miss New York and I knew if I won Miss America it would happen again.”

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Davuluri's victory marks a significant shift for the pageant.

Of course, Davuluri’s victory as an Indian American woman represents a significant shift in the pageant’s tone, which ordinarily adheres to European beauty standards (with several notable exceptions, of course.) One of these exceptions was Vanessa Williams, who won Miss America exactly thirty years ago, in 1983. It’s no wonder then that out of all her supporters and mentors, Davuluri cites Williams as her biggest inspiration. “She had the similar response and backlash when she was crowned,” says Davuluri, who met Williams backstage at her Broadway show “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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Indian-American Nina Davuluri Is Miss America 2014, And America Is ANGRY


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Miss New York, the Indian-American model Nina Davuluri won the Miss America 2014 pageant on Sunday (September 15, 2013). The field was narrowed down to Davuluri - the second Miss New York winner in successive years - and Miss California, Crystal Lee.

Contestants were judged on a personal interview, a demonstration of a talent, an on-stage question and an appearance in both evening gown and swimwear. Davuluri impressed the judges with a Bollywood fusion dance and was asked about American television personality Julie Chen's plastic surgery on her eyes. The new Miss America noted that she was opposed to plastic surgery and that everyone's diversity should be celebrated.

As the winner, Davuluri will receive a $50,000 scholarship, which she will use to pay for graduate school.

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Sgt. Theresa Vail Breaks Miss America Stereotypes With Tattoos And Military Experience


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Tattoos, archery skills and a career in the military – doesn’t sound like your typical beauty pageant contestant. And yet there Sgt. Theresa Vail is, or at least she will be, in the Miss America pageant, representing Kansas and challenging stereotypes in what might be the most stereotyped competition in the world. The preliminaries began on Tuesday, September 10 in Atlantic City, when Sgt. Vail became the second servicewoman ever to compete in the pageant, and the very first to have her tattoos - the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer running down her right side – out on display.

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On first glance, Sgt Vail looks just like your average Miss America contestant. Until you look closer, that is.

Sgt. Vail explained her motivation for participating in Miss America in her video introduction (which you can watch below). In it, she says: “The two jobs might be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but they’re also very similar.”

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