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What's Next for Dethroned Miss Florida Elizabeth Fechtel?

Dethroned Miss Florida: 'I'm Going to Be Fine'

Originally posted 06/30/2014 07:30PM

It's a call that every pageant winner dreads.

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Miss Florida Loses Her Crown in Another Beauty Pageant Mix-Up

Miss Florida Elizabeth Fechtel Loses Her Crown in Another Beauty Pageant Mix-Up

Originally posted 06/28/2014 05:45PM

Beauty pageant winners in Delaware and Florida lost their crowns this week in separate, unrelated mix-ups.

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Ex-Miss Delaware to Keep Prize Money After Losing Crown for Being Too Old

Ex-Miss Delaware Gets to Keep Scholarship Money After Losing Crown for Being Too Old

Originally posted 06/28/2014 03:30PM

Amanda Longacre, who was stripped of the title of Miss Delaware 2014 on Tuesday after pageant officials determined that she was too old, has received some good news – she's getting to keep the scholarship money she won along with the title.

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Miss Delaware Stripped of Crown for Being Too Old

Miss Delaware Stripped of Crown Because Officials Say She Is Too Old

Originally posted 06/27/2014 12:55PM

Age is not just a number for beauty queens.

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Miss America Asks School Not to Punish Boy Who Asked Her to Prom

Miss America Asks School Not to Punish Boy Who Asked Her to Prom

Originally posted 04/21/2014 08:40AM

Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

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Teen Suspended for Asking Miss America to Prom During School Talk

Teen Suspended for Asking Miss America to Prom During School Talk

Originally posted 04/19/2014 11:40AM

A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to the prom during a question-and-answer session at school.

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Djuan Trent, a Former Miss Kentucky, Comes Out as 'Queer'

Djuan Trent, a Former Miss Kentucky, Comes Out as 'Queer'

Originally posted 03/07/2014 07:40AM

Djuan Trent, who won the crown of Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 10 of the Miss America competition in 2011, has made history by coming out as a lesbian – the first national pageant contestant to do so.

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Nina Davuluri Becomes First Miss America of Indian Heritage

Nina Davuluri Becomes First Miss America of Indian Heritage

Originally posted 09/16/2013 02:00AM

Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.

The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.

"I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she said in a press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.'s Boardwalk Hall. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."

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Miss America Gets a Makeover: Meet the Contestant in Army Boots with Tattoos

Miss America's Sgt. Theresa Vail Is First Contestant to Expose Tattoos

Originally posted 09/10/2013 12:05PM

The Miss America Pageant won't know what hit it when it lays eyes on Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail.

Once the competition's preliminaries begin in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Vail will be the second contestant in the military to compete (Miss Utah 2007 was a combat medic in the Army National Guard).

But when she struts down Boardwalk Hall in her bikini, she'll be breaking a long-standing taboo with her two giant tattoos – the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer running down her right side.

"Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" Vail says. "My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can't do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all."

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5 Things to Know About Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan

Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan: Five Things to Know

Originally posted 01/13/2013 04:00PM

The new Miss America is an Alabama-bred blonde beauty who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and loves '80s pop music. But Mallory Hytes Hagan is more than just a pretty face who tap-danced her way into the judges' hearts on Saturday.

Here are five things to know about the new Miss America:

1. Modern Day Rags to Riches?
At 18, Hagan moved to New York with only $1,000 in her pocket. "I just didn't know that $1,000 wasn't enough money," she told PEOPLE. "I look back at my parents now for letting me do it and I think, 'Are you crazy?' " I genuinely think they thought I'd be there for three weeks and move back. I hit the ground running and had three job offers in first day."

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