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Brianna Mason first black woman to be named Miss Tennessee

Jun. 30, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An elementary school teacher has become the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee. News outlets report Miss Greene County Brianna Mason won the pageant at the University of Tennessee on Saturday night in her fourth attempt. The 23-year-old Mason is a Nashville...

Clemson student wins Miss South Carolina on first try

Jun. 30, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Clemson University student who is promoting science, technology, engineering and math education has won the Miss South Carolina competition. Morgan Nichols, as 22-year-old Lexington native competing as Miss Clemson, was crowned Saturday night in Columbia. She wins a $60,000...

Beauty pageant winner accuses ex-Gambia president of rape

Jun. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an announcement...

Helena woman crowned Miss Montana 2019

Jun. 24, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 22-year-old Helena woman will represent Montana in the Miss America Pageant in September. The Independent Record reports Mo Shea was crowned Miss Montana on Saturday, earning the title and a $5,100 scholarship out of a field of 11 contestants. Shea plans to raise awareness of skin...

Ole Miss grad from Hattiesburg wins Miss Mississippi title

Jun. 23, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — An Ole Miss graduate who promoted organ donation has won the Miss Mississippi competition. During a ceremony Saturday night in Vicksburg, local media report that Miss Riverbend Mary Margaret Hyer was crowned 2019 Miss Mississippi. This was her third time competing for the crown. Her...

Belmar native Jade Glab crowned Miss New Jersey

Jun. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Belmar native Jade Glab has been crowned Miss New Jersey 2019. The 19-year-old Brookdale Community College student won the title Saturday night at Resorts Casino Hotel. She will represent the Garden State in the Miss America competition. Glab, who entered this year's competition...

Lexington native Alex Francke named Miss Kentucky

Jun. 9, 2019 3:53 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The first runner-up in last year's Miss Kentucky pageant is now wearing the crown. News outlets reports Lexington native Alex Francke won the competition Saturday night at the Brown Theater in Louisville. Francke will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant later this year.

Amber Hulse of Hot Springs crowned Miss South Dakota

Jun. 8, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A Hot Springs woman has been crowned the new Miss South Dakota. Amber Hulse is a 20-year-old student at South Dakota State University where she is studying political science. Hulse was the first runner-up last year. She will represent South Dakota in the Miss America Pageant in...

First Miss Alaska reflects on her "Cinderella story'

Jun. 8, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first Miss Alaska in state history welcomed her birthday with a flurry of celebrations, but they weren't all for her. Stuart Sliter, née Johnson, turned 80 on May 26, but celebrated a day earlier to make room for other milestones. "My actual birthday, Sunday, was graduation,...

Woman with autism competing for Miss Florida title

Jun. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman with autism is competing for the title of Miss Florida. WFLA reports Rachel Barcellona will be the first contestant with an autism diagnosis to compete in the pageant, scheduled to take place later this month in Lakeland. She tells the television station that doctors said...