This year’s pageant was back in the place where it started and pushed the standards, overcame hardships and made history all in one night. Hosted by Lara Spencer and Chris Harrison it was a spectacular night of beauty and talent.
Miss America represents the highest ideals. She is a real combination of beauty, grace, and intelligence, artistic and refined. She is a type which the American Girl might well emulate.”
The Miss America started in Atlantic City, The “Inter-City Beauty” Contest. It was judged in stylish afternoon attire by the judges, but and the public alike, who shared in 50 percent of the final score. Undoubtedly personality played a large role in the voting as masses of people surrounded each entrant to get to know her better and throw questions at them throughout the event. Later, the entrants were escorted and presented on the stage of the Keith Theatre on the Garden Pier. It was held in NJ for 85 years then went for eight years to Vegas. This year it returned to the famed boardwalk.
The Winner made show history by being the first Indian heritage winner, Nina Davulari. She wowed me with her Bollywood fusion inspired dance and handled the controversy that was caused by her win with grace. The 24-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., wants to be a doctor and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant title. Davuluri’s pageant platform was “celebrating diversity through cultural competency.
One of the standouts was Miss Florida,Myrrhanda Jones suffered a completely torn ACL and a partially torn MCL in her right knee after a fall during her talent rehearsal Thursday morning. Medics took her offstage on a stretcher and rushed her to the hospital. She returned with a brace on her knee and determined to perform, she placed third place in that pageant. I give her so much admiration for pushing forward and competing when she was in pain.
A controversial contestant named ” America’s Choice” was Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail who works with the Kansas Army National Guard’s Medical Detachment, she pushed the standards by daring to show off her prayer which was the serenity prayer. In the past contestants would always cover up their tattoos with body crème that would hide the tattoos from the judge’s view. This was a bold move and she represented women and stood up against the old standards.