Miss Kansas, the tattooed Army sergeant, and the injured Miss Florida, wearing a bejeweled knee brace, were among contestants advancing to the semi-finals of Sunday’s Miss America finale in Atlantic City as the pageant returned home to where it all began in 1921.
As the pageant honored the victims of the 9/11 attacks a dozen years earlier, Miss America contestants from Oklahoma and Minnesota won the second night of preliminary competitions in the pageant on Wednesday. Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold won a $1,000 scholarship for the swimsuit competition.
Siri Freeh has been representing the state as Miss Minnesota for the past year.
Miss Minnesota was not chosen to represent the U.S. in the forthcoming Miss Universe Pageant. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nitaya Panemalaythong, of Savage, Minn., competed in the Miss USA Pageant.
On Saturday night, Miss Minnesota 2012 will compete for the title of Miss USA. Nitaya Panemalaythong comes from a big family in Savage; she has eight brothers and sisters.
The nation’s newest Miss America is a 23-year-old Wisconsin brunette who had long conversations with her family mulling whether or not to make her father’s jail time for mail fraud the heart of her campaign in the beauty pageant.
Maybe you’ve heard about this story of a pageant mom that gets her 8 year old daughter Botox treatments. “Good Morning America” did a story on it; Child Welfare Services is investigating it.