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The 2019 Miss America Pageant Live Stream: Watch The Show Online

Razzle, dazzle! The annual Miss America pageant is here, and 51 accomplished women will be competing for the coveted crown at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 10. Watch all the star-studded action from the comfort of your home at 9 pm ET!

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The will be taking place tonight, Sept. 10, inside Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 51 smart and beautiful contestants will be vying for the coveted 2018 Miss America title, representing their home states and the District of Columbia on the live broadcast at 9 pm ET. It will be a show of epic proportions, since Bachelor star, Chris Harrison, 46, will serve as this year’s pageant host for the ninth time. Joining him will be Sage Steele, 44, an ESPN host and commentator. The ladies will be evaluated on their performances in categories ranging from Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview to On-Stage questions. Don’t miss a second of the action by watching our live stream, below!

“I’m extremely happy to be sharing the hosting duties once again with my friend Sage,” Chris dished ahead of the highly anticipated event. “Sage is a true professional whose quick wit and charisma lights up the stage and the show.” The feelings are mutual, since both are beyond honored to be a part of such an influential competition. “These to millions across the country, including my own daughters, and yours truly,” Sage said. “I can’t wait to reunite with my friend Chris and the entire team in Atlantic City!” The 51 ladies will have to keep their cool under pressure while having the opportunity to showcase their skills for the world to see!

Miss America and Arkansas-native, Savvy Shields, 22, will at the end! During the competition, all of the contestants will have to display “intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service,” according to the Miss America website, and they will also be given a brand new personality question. Sitting at the judges table will be Jordin Sparks, 27, Molly Sims, 44, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, and country singer Thomas Rhett, 27. America’s Choice for the winner will also be considered and announced with the Top 15, so get your popcorn out and enjoy the show!

HollywoodLifers, who do you want to see as the next Miss America? Tell us, below!

Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Online Stream Live Everything you need

How To Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Online Stream Live Everything you need

 

It’s that time of the year again – when MTV’s Video Music Awards anoint the best music, artists and visuals of the year, and attempt to the awards show became infamous for in the ’90s and 2000s.

Below, read up on everything you need to know before the 2018 VMAs return to New York City this Monday.

When and where are the VMAs?

The 2018 VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on MTV, following a one-hour red carpet show.

How can I watch?

Not watching via cable TV? The show will also be streamed live on MTV’s app, which still requires a cable subscription. You can also stream the show live with a DirecTV Now subscription.

Who is hosting?

While MTV normally announces the VMAs host well in advance of the show, this year, the awards show is keeping potential viewers in the dark, with no host announced with less than a week to go before the show.  

Who are the nominees?

with 12 nominations, largely for That video will compete for video of the year against Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Ape,” and

earned Beyonce and Jay-Z eight nominations, landing the couple the second-most nominations after Cardi.

Gambino’s “This Is America” video earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who in his “God’s Plan” clip, also scored seven nods.

Who is performing?

Ariana Grande,Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, and Logic with Ryan Tedder are among the names confirmed to perform at Radio City Music Hall, while Nicki Minaj  will deliver a “special remote performance” from an unspecified location in NYC that will be simulcast during the event.

Before the show, Backstreet Boys, Bazzi  and Bryce Vine will perform at the VMAs red carpet preshow outside of Radio City Music Hall. Bazzi will reprise his performance alongside Jessie Reyez,  PrettyMuch, Hayley Kiyoko and Juice WRLD on the VMAs’ special PUSH Artist Stage dedicated to rising artists.

Who is this year’s Video Vanguard recipient?

Jennifer Lopez will be awarded the VMAs’ 2018, the awards’ version of a lifetime achievement award. The announcement angered some fans, who .

See the full list of nominations below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”

SONG OF THE SUMMER
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 Ft. Cards B – “Girls Like You (Remix)”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bazzi
Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

BEST COLLABORATION
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
The Carters – “Ape”
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

BEST HIP HOP
Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”
The Carters – “Ape”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

BEST LATIN
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

BEST DANCE
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence”
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

BEST ROCK
Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE 
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

BEST DIRECTION
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

BEST ART DIRECTION                
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

BEST EDITING
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
The Carters – “Ape”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

How To Watch Miss America 2019 Online Stream Live To Wear The Crown

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How To Watch Miss America 2018 Online Stream Live To Find Out Who’ll Be The Next To Wear The Crown, Be The Crown

The Miss America 2018

The Miss America 2018

The Miss America 2019 pageant will be the 92nd Miss America pageant, though the Miss America Organization will celebrate its 98th anniversary in 2018. This discrepancy is due to national pageants not being held from 1928–1932 or in 1934 because of financial problems associated with the Great Depression.

Watching the Miss America pageant is a time-honored tradition for some, but watching any program or event live on a television is too “traditional” for many folks in 2018. The 2019 pageant airs Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, if you can be in front of a TV by then. Fortunately, there are many ways to stream Miss America 2019 online if you can’t. Just because you prefer Netflix to primetime, might be on the go come Sunday, or don’t have access to a TV set, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the next coronation.

Co-hosted again by the powerhouse duo of Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, People reports that this year’s pageant includes Jordin Sparks and Tara Lipinski as judges. As of Sept. 7, the pageant is already taking place, and finalists have already been selected for most of the major scholarships. But the main event is still Sunday night and you won’t want to miss it. So here are a few ways to check it out:

With your cable login information, you can always stream ABC on their website — or app, if you’re on a device. Your cable company may have a mobile streaming option as well. Newer services like Sling TV and Hulu Live also offer the ability to stream television as it airs, without a traditional remote and tube situation.
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If you’re unavailable to watch the pageant final on Sunday and don’t have a DVR, check your OnDemand to stream it the next day. Hulu will likely either have the full show or clips up Monday night as well, either directly from the source at ABC or as highlights in entertainment news coverage. Youtube is a great resource as well, if you’re looking to stream clips and highlights after the fact.

If all else fails, keep your eyes on social media Sunday night. There are sure to be plenty of Instagrams, live tweets, clips, gifs, photos, and so many hot takes to make you feel as if you’re really there at the Miss America pageant in prime time.

Former Miss Americas call on state volunteers, fans to sign petition

With less than a month until the recently revamped Miss America competition kicks off in Atlantic City, past winners are calling on the organization’s thousands of volunteers to give a “vote of no confidence” in the current leadership.

Undersigned by the same  who penned an open letter to addressing the lack of transparency with the organization’s recent changes, the online petition created Monday night furthers the message that those closest involved with Miss America are concerned with the recent changes to the nearly 100-year-old pageant.

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“Miss America is engaged in a great struggle about its identity and its future direction. We did not choose this struggle” the petition says. “It began because our past leaders demeaned women, breached their trust, harmed our brand, and needed to be removed. It was their actions alone that required a change in leadership. We made that change with the hope of creating unity and stability for our beloved organization.”

The Miss America Organization underwent earlier this year, after a series of emails between former CEO Sam Haskell and board members using vulgar and disparaging language to describe past contestants’ weight sexual history and post-pageant careers were leaked. An online petition calling for Haskell and the entire MAO board of directors was signed by more than 18,000 supporters.

In January, former Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson was selected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. At the beginning of the year, the nine-member board of trustees consisted of former Miss Americas, state titleholders and state executive directors. But  have occurred as tensions arose between organization stakeholders and leadership.

By Tuesday afternoon, the “Miss America Needs You!” petition on   garnered more than 2,500 signatures.

Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Zac Efron accepts the Choice Drama Movie Actor award for "The Greatest Showman" onstage during FOX's Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Fans have voted online and hashtagged their favorite stars from film, TV, music, and the web all over social media in anticipation of the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, which was broadcast live on Sunday night from The Forum in Los Angeles.

Nick Cannon hosted the show with help from YouTube sensation Lele Pons. Performers included Khalid, Meghan Trainor, Lauv, Evvie McKinney, and Bebe Rexha, while appearances were made by the Riverdale cast, Zac Efron, Chris Pratt, Nina Dobrev, Lucy Hale, and many more.

Riverdale, The Flash, The Greatest Showman, and Love, Simon were among the night’s biggest winners.

Check out the full list of winners below.

MOVIES

Choice Action Movie 
WINNER: Avengers: Infinity War
Justice League
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tomb Raider

Choice Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans – Avengers: Infinity War
Dylan O’Brien – Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Henry Cavill – Justice League
John Boyega – Pacific Rim: Uprising
WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland – Avengers: Infinity War

Choice Action Movie Actress 
Alicia Vikander – Tomb Raider
Amy Adams – Justice League
Elizabeth Olsen – Avengers: Infinity War
Gal Gadot – Justice League
WINNER: Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Infinity War
Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Infinity War

Choice Sci-Fi Movie 
WINNER: Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
Rampage
Ready Player One
Thor: Ragnarok

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor 
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
WINNER: Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok
Dwayne Johnson – Rampage
Mark Ruffalo – Thor: Ragnarok
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049
Tye Sheridan – Ready Player One

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress 
Danai Gurira – Black Panther
WINNER: Letitia Wright – Black Panther
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther
Naomie Harris – Rampage
Olivia Cooke – Ready Player One
Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok

Choice Fantasy Movie 
A Wrinkle in Time
WINNER: Coco
Peter Rabbit
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor 
WINNER: Anthony Gonzalez – Coco
Gael García Bernal – Coco
James Corden – Peter Rabbit
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Oscar Isaac – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress 
WINNER: Carrie Fisher — Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mindy Kaling – A Wrinkle in Time
Oprah Winfrey – A Wrinkle in Time
Reese Witherspoon – A Wrinkle in Time
Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time

Choice Drama Movie 
A Quiet Place
Midnight Sun
Murder on the Orient Express
WINNER: The Greatest Showman
Truth or Dare
Wonder

Choice Drama Movie Actor 
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder
Leslie Odom Jr. – Murder on the Orient Express
Patrick Schwarzenegger – Midnight Sun
Timothée Chalamet – Lady Bird
WINNER: Zac Efron – The Greatest Showman

Choice Drama Movie Actress 
Bella Thorne – Midnight Sun
Daisy Ridley – Murder on the Orient Express
Julia Roberts – Wonder
Lucy Hale – Truth or Dare
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
WINNER: Zendaya – The Greatest Showman

Choice Comedy Movie 
Daddy’s Home 2
I Feel Pretty
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
WINNER: Love, Simon
Overboard
Pitch Perfect 3

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: (L-R) Actors Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Keiynan Lonsdale onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Choice Comedy Movie Actor
WINNER: Dwayne Johnson — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Eugenio Derbez – Overboard
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Mark Wahlberg – Daddy’s Home 2
Will Ferrell – Daddy’s Home 2

Choice Comedy Movie Actress 
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Anna Faris – Overboard
WINNER: Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 3
Hailee Steinfeld – Pitch Perfect 3
Karen Gillan – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 3

Choice Summer Movie
Adrift
WINNER: Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Life of the Party
Ocean’s 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Choice Summer Movie Actor
Alden Ehrenreich — Solo: A Star Wars Story
WINNER: Chris Pratt — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Donald Glover — Solo: A Star Wars Story
Julian Dennison — Deadpool 2
Ryan Reynolds — Deadpool 2
Sam Claflin — Adrift

 

 

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: Chris Pratt accepts the Choice Summer Movie Actor award onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Choice Comedy Movie Actor

 

 

Choice Summer Movie Actress
WINNER: Bryce Dallas Howard — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Emilia Clarke — Solo: A Star Wars Story
Melissa McCarthy — Life of the Party
Sandra Bullock — Ocean’s 8
Shailene Woodley — Adrift
Zazie Beetz — Deadpool 2

Choice Movie Villain
Adam Driver — Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Aiden Gillen — Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Bill Skarsgård — It
Cate Blanchett — Thor: Ragnarok
Josh Brolin — Avengers: Infinity War
WINNER: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Choice Breakout Movie Star
Keala Settle — The Greatest Showman
Kelly Marie Tran — Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Letitia Wright — Black Panther
WINNER: Nick Robinson — Love, Simon
Olivia Cooke — Ready Player One
Sophia Lillis — It

Choice MovieShip
Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger — Midnight Sun
Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — Black Panther
Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario — Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale — Love, Simon
Sophia Lillis and Jeremy Ray Taylor — It
WINNER: Zac Efron and Zendaya — The Greatest Showman

TV

Choice Drama TV Show 
Empire
Famous in Love

WINNER: Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

 

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: The cast of “Riverdale” accept the Choice Drama TV Show onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Choice Drama TV Actor
WINNER: Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress 
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
WINNER: Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
iZombie
WINNER: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Stranger Things
Supernatural
The 100
The Originals

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: (L-R) Alberto Rosende, Harry Shum Jr., Dominic Sherwood, Matthew Daddario, Anna Hopkins, Emeraude Toubia, and Katherine McNamara accept the accept the Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show award for “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Choice Drama TV Actor

 

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Bob Morley — The 100
Dominic Sherwood — Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Finn Wolfhard — Stranger Things
Gaten Matarazzo — Stranger Things
Joseph Morgan — The Originals
WINNER: Matthew Daddario — Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Eliza Taylor — The 100
Emeraude Toubia — Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Katherine McNamara — Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Lana Parrilla — Once Upon a Time
WINNER: Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things
Rose McIver — iZombie

Choice Action TV Show 
Arrow
Gotham
Lethal Weapon
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Supergirl
WINNER: The Flash

Choice Action TV Actor (#ChoiceActionTVActor)
Chris Wood — Supergirl
Damon Wayans — Lethal Weapon
David Mazouz — Gotham
WINNER: Grant Gustin — The Flash
Lucas Till — MacGyver
Stephen Amell — Arrow

Choice Action TV Actress (#ChoiceActionTVActress)
Caity Lotz — DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Candice Patton — The Flash
Chloe Bennet — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Danielle Panabaker — The Flash
Emily Bett Rickards — Arrow
WINNER: Melissa Benoist — Supergirl

Choice Comedy TV Show 
black-ish
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
Modern Family
WINNER: The Big Bang Theory
The Good Place

Choice Comedy TV Actor 
Andy Samberg — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson — black-ish
Elias Harger — Fuller House
Hudson Yang — Fresh Off the Boat
WINNER: Jaime Camil — Jane the Virgin
Rico Rodriguez — Modern Family

Choice Comedy TV Actress 
America Ferrera — Superstore
Candace Cameron Bure — Fuller House
WINNER: Gina Rodriguez — Jane the Virgin
Kristen Bell — The Good Place
Sarah Hyland — Modern Family
Yara Shahidi — blackish, grown-ish

Choice Animated TV Show 
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
WINNER: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Rick and Morty
Steven Universe
The Simpsons

Choice Reality TV Show 
WINNER: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Lip Sync Battle
MasterChef Junior
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Voice
Total Divas

Choice Throwback TV Show
Dawson’s Creek
WINNER: Friends
Gossip Girl
One Tree Hill
That ’70s Show
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Choice TV Personality
WINNER: Chrissy Teigen — Lip Sync Battle
Derek Hough — World of Dance
DJ Khaled — The Four: Battle for Stardom
Hailey Baldwin — Drop the Mic
Kelly Clarkson — The Voice
Meghan Trainor — The Four: Battle for Stardom

Choice Summer TV Show
Beat Shazam
Cobra Kai
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
WINNER: So You Think You Can Dance
The Bold Type
Total Bellas

Choice Summer TV Star
Aisha Dee — The Bold Type
Aubrey Joseph — Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Katie Stevens — The Bold Type
Meghann Fahy — The Bold Type
WINNER: Olivia Holt — Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Xolo Maridueña — Cobra Kai

Choice TV Villain
Anna Hopkins, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Cameron Monaghan, Gotham
Gabrielle Anwar, Once Upon a Time
WINNER: Mark Consuelos, Riverdale
Mind Flayer, Stranger Things
Odette Annable, Supergirl

Choice Breakout TV Show
9-1-1
Anne With an E
Black Lightning
WINNER: On My Block
Siren
The Resident

Choice Breakout TV Star
Iain Armitage, Young Sheldon
Luka Sabbat, Grown–ish
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Nafessa Williams, Black Lightning
Oliver Stark, 9-1-1
WINNER: Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale 

Choice TVShip
Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Grant Gustin and Candice Patton — The Flash
K.J. Apa and Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. — Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard — Stranger Things
Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards — Arrow

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Drake
Ed Sheeran
WINNER: Louis Tomlinson
Niall Horan
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist 
Ariana Grande
WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato
Dua Lipa
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group 
WINNER: 5 Seconds of Summer
Fifth Harmony
Florida Georgia Line
Maroon 5
Migos
Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist 
Blake Shelton
WINNER: Carrie Underwood
Kane Brown
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Choice Electronic/Dance Artist 
Calvin Harris
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
Steve Aoki
WINNER: The Chainsmokers
Zedd

Choice Latin Artist 
Becky G
WINNER: CNCO
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi
Maluma

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist 
WINNER: Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
Khalid
Nicki Minaj
Post Malone

Choice Rock Artist 
WINNER: Imagine Dragons
Panic! At the Disco
Paramore
Portugal. The Man
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Choice Song: Female Artist 
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”
WINNER: Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) – “Havana”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Halsey – “Bad at Love”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Choice Song: Male Artist 
Charlie Puth – “Attention”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
WINNER: Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake (feat. Chris Stapleton) – “Say Something”
Kendrick Lamar (feat. Zacari) – “Love.”

Choice Song: Group 
WINNER: 5 Seconds of Summer – “Youngblood”
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Panic! At the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
Why Don’t We – “Trust Fund Baby”

Choice Collaboration 
Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line) – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars (feat. Cardi B) – “Finesse (Remix)”
Taylor Swift (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future) – “End Game”
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar – “Pray for Me” (“Black Panther” soundtrack)
WINNER: Zac Efron & Zendaya – “Rewrite the Stars” (“The Greatest Showman” soundtrack)
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – “The Middle”

Choice Summer Song
WINNER: “Back to You” – Selena Gomez
“Familiar” – Liam Payne & J Balvin
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
“Nice for What” – Drake
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
“Youngblood” – 5 Seconds of Summer

Choice Summer Female Artist
WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Meghan Trainor

Choice Summer Male Artist
Kane Brown
Niall Horan
WINNER: Shawn Mendes
Liam Payne
Charlie Puth
Zayn

Choice Summer Group
WINNER: 5 Seconds of Summer
The Chainsmokers
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! at the Disco

Choice Summer Tour
Niall Horan – Flicker World Tour
Jay Z & Beyoncé – On the Run II Tour
Charlie Puth – Voicenotes Tour
WINNER: Harry Styles – Harry Styles: Live on Tour
Taylor Swift – Reputation Stadium Tour
Top Dawg Entertainment – The Championship Tour

Choice Pop Song
Ariana Grande — “No Tears Left to Cry”
Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble — “This Is Me”
Meghan Trainor — “No Excuses”
WINNER: Shawn Mendes — “In My Blood”
Taylor Swift — “Delicate”
The Backstreet Boys — “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Choice Country Song
WINNER: Bebe Rexha — “Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)”
Brett Young — “Mercy”
Carrie Underwood — “Cry Pretty”
Kane Brown — “Heaven”
Luke Bryan — “Most People Are Good”
Thomas Rhett — “Life Changes”

Choice Electronic/Dance Song
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa — “One Kiss”
Clean Bandit — “Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)”
Marshmello and Anne–Marie — “Friends”
WINNER: Steve Aoki and Lauren Jauregui — “All Night” 
Topic and Ally Brooke — “Perfect”
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey — “The Middle”

Choice Latin Song
CNCO and Yandel — “Hey DJ”
J Balvin and Willy William — “Mi Gente”
Jennifer Lopez — “Dinero (feat. DJ Khaled and Cardi B)”
WINNER: Liam Payne and J Balvin — “Familiar”
Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato — “Échame La Culpa”
RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana, and Dinah Jane — “Boom Boom”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Bruno Mars — ” Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B]”
Childish Gambino — “This Is America”
Drake — “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar and SZA — “All the Stars”
WINNER: Khalid and Normani — “Love Lies”
NF — “Let You Down”

Choice Rock/Alternative Song
Alice Merton — “No Roots”
Foster the People — “Sit Next to Me”
Halsey — “Alone (feat. Big Sean and Stefflon Don)”
WINNER: Imagine Dragons — “Whatever It Takes”
Panic! At the Disco — “High Hopes”
Paramore — “Hard Times”

Choice Breakout Artist
Bazzi
WINNER: Khalid
Lauv
Logic
Marshmello
SZA

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: Khalid accepts the Choice Music Breakout Artist award onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Choice Next Big Thing
Black Pink
WINNER: Jackson Wang
Jacob Sartorius
MattyBRaps
NCT
Stray

DIGITAL

Choice Female Web Star
Bethany Mota
Eva Gutowski
Lele Pons
Lilly Singh
WINNER: Liza Koshy
The Merrell Twins

Choice Male Web Star
Cameron Dallas
Collins Key
Joey Graceffa
Ryan Higa
WINNER: The Dolan Twins
Tyler Oakley

Choice Comedy Web Star
The Dolan Twins
Collins Key
WINNER: Liza Koshy
Miranda Sings
Lele Pons
Lilly Singh

Choice Music Web Star
Anitta
Chloe x Halle
WINNER: Erika Costell
Jack & Jack
Johnny Orlando
Noah Schnacky

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star
Dulce Candy
WINNER: James Charles
Kandee Johnson
Shay Mitchell
NikkieTutorials
Zoella

Choice Twit
WINNER: Anna Kendrick
Chrissy Teigen
Kumail Nanjiani
Mark Hamill
Mindy Kaling
Ryan Reynolds

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 12: Anna Kendrick accepts the Choice Comedy Movie Actress for “Pitch Perfect 3” onstage during FOX’s Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Choice Instagrammer
Dwayne Johnson
John Mayer
Justin Timberlake
Lucy Hale
WINNER: Selena Gomez
Will Smith

Choice Snapchatter
WINNER: Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Ethan Dolan
Grayson Dolan
Kendall Jenner
Meghan Trainor

Choice YouTuber
DanTDM
Lele Pons
Lilly Singh
WINNER: Liza Koshy
The Dolan Twins
The Merrell Twins

Choice Muser
Baby Ariel
Holly H (Holly Horne)
Loren Gray
WINNER: Mackenzie Ziegler
Sofia Santino
Valentina Schulz

OTHER

Choice Style Icon
Chadwick Boseman
Blake Lively
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Migos
WINNER: Harry Styles
Zendaya

Choice Female Hottie
Hailey Baldwin
Kendall Jenner
WINNER: Lauren Jauregui
Olivia Holt
Selena Gomez
Yara Shahidi

Choice Male Hottie
Chadwick Boseman
Chris Hemsworth
WINNER: Cole Sprouse
Grant Gustin
Shawn Mendes
Zac Efron

Choice Liplock
Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther
Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, Avengers: Infinity War
WINNER: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni, Jane the Virgin
Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things
Zac Efron and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman

Choice Hissy Fit
Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Jack Black, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Joe Keery, Stranger Things
Kevin Hart, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
WINNER: Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale
Mark Ruffalo, Avengers: Infinity War

Choice Scene Stealer
Charlie Heaton — Stranger Things
Katie McGrath — Supergirl
Nick Jonas — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Taika Waititi — Thor: Ragnarok
Tom Hiddleston — Thor: Ragnarok
WINNER: Vanessa Morgan — Riverdale

Choice Comedian 
Ellen DeGeneres
James Corden
Jimmy Fallon
Kevin Hart
Lilly Singh
WINNER: The Dolan Twins

Choice Male Athlete 
Adam Rippon
J.J. Watt
WINNER: LeBron James
Red Gerard
Shaun White
Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete 
Chloe Kim
Lindsey Vonn
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mirai Nagasu
WINNER: Serena Williams
U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Choice Dancer
Cheryl Burke
Jenna Dewan
Derek Hough
Les Twins
tWitch
WINNER: Maddie Ziegler

Choice Video Game
Fire Emblem Heroes
WINNER: Fortnite
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overwatch
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Super Mario Odyssey

Choice Model
Adwoa Aboah
Romeo Beckham
Kaia Gerber
Bella Hadid
WINNER: Gigi Hadid
Jaden Smith

Choice Fandom
#Blinks
WINNER: #BTSArmy
#CNCOwners
#Directioners
#Harmonizers
#Swifties

Choice International Artist
Black Pink
WINNER: BTS
CNCO
EXO
Got7
Super Junior

 

Reigning Miss America Cara Mund will attend the American Legion World Series, or ALWS, games on Aug. 20-21.

She will participate in several special pre-game presentations prior to those games. The local ALWS committee designates the six-day tournament in tribute to women veterans. The semifinals focus will be a family night to drive membership for the American Legion.

Mund is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and her continuous membership dates back to her infancy. Her mother, aunt, cousin and grandmother are also ALA members. Her late grandfather was past commander of The American Legion Department of North Dakota.

During Mund’s stay in Cleveland County, she will participate in several activities outside of Keeter Stadium. She’s danced since she could walk and aced her talent in Atlantic City as she won the title of Miss America. She started dancing at age 2 and later trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes and won dance awards.

Mund will teach a master dance class on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Malcolm Brown Auditorium on the campus of Shelby High. Cost of the class is and all money raised will go to the Children’s Miracle Network. Everyone is welcome to come and participate. Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

The master class for ages 12 and younger begins at 10 a.m., and the class for ages 13 and older starts at 12:30 p.m. Both classes are followed by opportunities for pictures and autographs.

 

For more information or to register in advance, email Brittany Beam at or call 704-466-3103.

Mund is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and a 2016 graduate of Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in business, entrepreneurship and organizations. Her scholastic ambition is to attend law school and obtain a juris doctorate.

She received a,000 scholarship award when crowned Miss America 2018. She was the first contestant from North Dakota to win the Miss America title and dreams of becoming the first elected female governor of North Dakota.

Her personal platform is “A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion.” Since age 14, she’s brightened 23 wish kids’ lives, becoming a certified wish granter and raising more than,500 for Make-A-Wish.

Source: shelbystar.com

KEWANEE — Alexa Eastburg, 18, Galesburg, was crowned the 31st Miss World Festival on Saturday at Kewanee High School Petersen Auditorium.

The daughter of Alicia Condreay and Aaron Eastburg, she will be a sophomore at Coe College this fall, where she is majoring in economics and math to become an actuary. She is a 2017 Galesburg High School graduate.

Miss World Festival scholarship pageants began in 1988 as a way to find local “ambassadors” to launch Kewanee’s annual Labor Day weekend festivities and serve as the official welcoming committee for the thousands of people coming to town. The job description has since grown to include appearances at many events and parades throughout the area. Everyone who enters receives a prize package and the winners receive scholarship and cash awards as well.

Jordan VanMelkebeke, 20 of Kewanee, the daughter of Jim and Jan received 1st runner-up. She will be attending her senior year this fall at ISU and will graduate in May of 2019 with her Bachelors Degree in social work

Payton Carlson, 20 of Viola, the daughter of Dalana Schmidt and Steve Carlson, received 2nd runner-up. She will be a junior this fall at Carl Sandburg College where she is majoring in dental hygiene.

Katlynn Jones, 14, Woodhull, the daughter of Rabecka and Lance Jones, was crowned Jr. Miss World Festival. She will be a 9th-grader this fall at AlWood High School.

Livia Dodd, 13, Coal Valley, the daughter of Leah Schroeder Dodd and R Eric Dodd, received 1st runner-up. She will be in 8th grade this fall and is homeschooled.

Clara Kuelper, 13, Rio, the daughter of Jessica and John Kuelper, received 2nd runner-up. She will be in 8th grade this fall in ROWVA.

Cheznie Engle, 7, Abingdon, the daughter of Suzie Ford and Brandon Engle, was crowned Little Miss World Festival. She will be in 2nd grade this year at Hedding Grade School.

Kyah Newell, 11, Geneseo, the daughter of Tara and Patrick Newell, received 1st runner-up. She will be in 6th grade this fall at Geneseo Middle School.

Taylor Jansen, 9, Knoxville, the daughter of Stacey and Dan Jansen received 2nd runner up. She will be in 4th grade this fall at Mable Woolsey Elementary.

Laini Clark, 6, Kewanee, the daughter and Kari and Matt Clark was crowned Mini Miss World Festival. She will be in 1st grade this fall at Visitation.

Camdyn Jennings, 4, Abingdon, the daughter of Katie and Greg Jennings, received 1st runner-up. She will be in preschool this year at Hedding Grade School.

Shae Robertson, 5, Geneseo, the daughter of Renee and Tyler Robertson, received 2nd runner-up. She will be attending Kindergarten this fall at St. Malachy’s.

How to Watch Miss America 2019: Live-Stream Beauty Pageant Competition and Crowning

A new beauty queen will be named Sunday night at the pageant as 2018 winner Chris Harrison passes on her crown.

The 2019 Miss America Competition will take place at Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall—where the annual beauty pageant first started some 98 years ago. There, 58 American beauties will be judged in a number of categories, including lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview and onstage questions.

Chris Harrison and Sage Steele are back to host the evening of glamour, while the judges are Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Jess Cagel, Tara Lipinski, Maria Menounos and former Miss America Nina Davuluri, who became the first contestant of Indian descent to win the competition in 2014.

Preliminary rounds of the competition kicked off on Wednesday, but the final night of judging, which will air live on ABC, begins Sunday. ABC’s coverage of the event will air on the network at 9 p.m., while “Miss America Red Carpet Live” can be seen at 6:40 p.m. on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ page. The nonprofit will be the recipient of the beauty pageant’s charity donation, which it raises during the four-day event each year.

For folks who want to catch all the glitz and glam but don’t have access to a TV, ABC will be live-streaming the pageant. The show can also be viewed on a mobile device or tablet via the ABC app. To stream from ABC’s website, viewers will need their cable provider’s login information to access the show. Viewers with Sling TV and Hulu Live also can stream the pageant.

Although Miss America’s page won’t be streaming the entire pageant, highlights, clips and behind-the-scenes activity from the evening will also be uploaded throughout the night. Viewers can also follow along with all the Miss America action by keeping up with the organization’s Snapchat and on Twitter with the hashtag #missamerica.

What Will the Miss America Pageant Look Like in a Post-#MeToo World?

Last December 21, Miss America was sitting in an Applebee’s in Bismarck, North Dakota, eating an Oriental chicken salad, when she got a text letting her know an article was about to drop that would reorder her life. Since she’d been crowned on September 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, it was rare for her to have a moment when she could simply be Cara Mund, a 24-year-old who had grown up on a quiet, meandering street nearby, an only child whose mother, a school psychologist she describes as her best friend, had been diagnosed with cancer three times and whose father was a civil engineer. Home for Christmas, she was on the first extended break she’d had in months. By the time she checked her phone, the article was up.

Mund bears a resemblance to Miley Cyrus in her clean-cut Disney days and is petite—“Five foot six with the crown!” she tells me when we meet in early June, but five foot three without it—with long auburn hair, eyes that are the shocking blue of a glacial pool, and a warm way of speaking that makes it sound like she’s smiling, which, often, she is. She is composed, good-natured, and fiercely driven. As a 14-year-old, she founded an annual Make-A-Wish fashion show that’s gone on to raise,500; in 2011, she was honored for her efforts by Barack Obama, who has, she says, the softest hands she’s ever shaken. The guidance counselor at her public high school didn’t initially take her seriously when she said she wanted to go to an Ivy League college, but in 2016, she graduated with honors from Brown, where she became president of her sorority. Despite the fact that her main political experience is interning for Republican senator John Hoeven for five months, when she says that her goals include not only law school—she’s deferred from Notre Dame—but becoming North Dakota’s first female governor in 2024, it seems not just plausible, but likely. When I ask whether she’d run as a Republican or a Democrat, she says, “As Miss America. I’m an American.” And she smiles.

People are sometimes surprised to discover all this when they meet Mund, but there has long been a disconnect between what Miss America represents to those within the organization—for whom Mund embodies everything the title stands for—and how the competition is seen by those outside it, who assume that it is, at best, a kitschy, anachronistic Americana relic and, at worst, a ritual of conventional objectification. Started in 1921 as a “bathing beauty” contest meant to extend Atlantic City’s summer season, the Miss America pageant added a talent portion in 1935 (though this is defined somewhat loosely—contestants have packed suitcases, given dramatic interpretations of beatniks, and walked on broken glass) and began offering scholarships in 1945. Through the 1960s, more than 60 million people regularly tuned in to watch Miss America walk the runway to Bert Parks crooning, “There she is, your ideal.” But by 1995, Frank Deford, a four-time judge who wrote a book about the pageant, told the New York Times it had become a “kind of” pageant, as in: “You’re kind of good-looking. You’re kind of talented. You’re kind of smart. If you were superior at any of these things, you wouldn’t need to bother with this.” Last year, only 5.3 million watched Mund win. Miss America had been reality TV before there was reality TV, serving for decades as a rare avenue through which a pretty girl from a small town could channel her competitive urges and become abruptly, if briefly, a star. But now there’s America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and Dancing With the Stars. You can become a beauty blogger, a CEO, an Instagram influencer, the Bachelorette. In 1970, the number of women who competed in local, state, and national Miss America pageants was around 70,000. Last year, it was 3,987.

The judges for Miss America 2018, which took place last September and included Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri (far left), model Molly Simms (second from left) and singer Jordin Sparks (third from right), take in the show.

Yet to those who remain involved (Miss America, a nonprofit, is run almost exclusively by thousands of volunteers), it continues to be iconic: an organization that not only prepares women to be leaders and boosts their self-confidence, but also is the largest women-only scholarship provider in the world, granting close to million each year. (Mund has won,000 in total scholarship funds.) That people don’t recognize the organization’s positive impact is largely assumed to be a messaging problem, one exacerbated by how often it gets confused with Miss USA, the for-profit corporation once owned by Donald Trump. (The oft-repeated line is: “Miss America is the girl who lives next door. Miss USA is the girl you wish lived next door.”) Both winners get a salary and the opportunity to promote a community service initiative or “platform.” But Miss USA gets a luxury New York apartment and a stylist. Miss America takes on a full-time job as the public face of a nonprofit.

Mund entered her first pageant when she was five, not long after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, making up a dance to “It’s Raining Men” and wearing a dress she’d pulled from her costume box. When she got a prize, it didn’t matter that the three other little girls she was competing against did, too. Mund was hooked. She went on to become Little Miss North Dakota, Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Oil Country, and Miss Northern Lights, among other titles, competing in the state pageant three times before becoming Miss North Dakota in 2017. This qualified her for Miss America, but she never imagined she’d take home the crown. In the past few decades, most winners have come from “pageant country”—the South and the Midwest. There had never even been a Miss America from North Dakota. When Mund’s name was announced onstage, the face she made as she clung to the runner-up, her mouth a perfect oval, wasn’t so much happiness as shock. Waving at the crowd while walking down the runway, she spotted her parents near the end, and when she reached them, she bent down, touched her crown, and said, “Is this real?”

Over the next few months, Mund traveled about 20,000 miles a month, living out of two overstuffed suitcases. By December, she had walked in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, given slews of speeches, and comforted children at countless hospitals. She had hugged an enormous pumpkin, been honored on the Senate floor, and appeared on Good Morning America.

Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills, and pay for college—and be able to show the world who you are as a person, from the inside of your soul?

Even the tough parts didn’t faze Mund. She knew what to expect. What she didn’t anticipate was the article she clicked on that night at Applebee’s, which revealed that Sam Haskell, then both the CEO and chair of the board of Miss America, had routinely disparaged former titleholders in emails. After the lead writer of the 2014 telecast joked that he’d switched all references to “Forever Miss Americas,” as they’re sometimes known, to read “Cunts” in the script, Haskell replied, “Perfect…bahahaha.” In response to a recent picture of Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, Haskell reportedly wrote, “OMG she is huge…and gross.”

The Miss America Organization had weathered scandals before. In 2014, for example, John Oliver debunked its claim that it offered million in combined cash and tuition waivers (the number was closer to million) and pointed out the absurdity of a scholarship organization requiring that contestants be unmarried with, as Oliver put it, a “mint-condition uterus”—at that time, to compete, you had to sign a contract declaring you had never been pregnant. (It now specifies that contestants not be parents.) But December 2017 was the height of the #MeToo movement. A day after the email leak, Dick Clark Productions, which had covered the telecast’s costs, officially cut ties, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) declared it was reconsidering the million it had promised toward keeping the pageant in Atlantic City. Then Haskell resigned, along with most of the board. Mund didn’t want to lose faith, but she had so many questions. She’d lie in bed, unable to sleep, wondering, “What’s the future of me?” What would become of the organization?

The answer came last June 5, when Gretchen Carlson, the new chairman of the board and the first former Miss America to serve in that role, appeared on Good Morning America. As Mund looked on from the wings, a crown pin affixed to her black sheathdress, Carlson stated: “So, we are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge. And it means we’ll no longer have a swimsuit competition.” Women of all shapes and sizes, she continued, were welcome: “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills, and pay for college—and be able to show the world who you are as a person, from the inside of your soul?”

Mund and Carlson spent the rest of the day doing back-to-back interviews, hammering the talking points, which for Mund meant discussing what being Miss America actually entails. “I haven’t worn a swimsuit since the night I competed,” Mund said for the umpteenth time during one radio show. “So why are we putting women in them to choose Miss America?”

In fact, a few times, when she was staying in a hotel room with a whirlpool tub, Mund had filled it up, turned on the jets, put on a bathing suit (because you never knew who’d been in there before you), and slipped into the water. But she hadn’t worn a bathing suit in public. Miss America, it turned out, was allergic to chlorine.

What Carlson often says now about her life is that it is surreal, and what she means is that it has a way of circling back on itself. As Miss America in 1989—something Carlson had pursued while on leave from Stanford because when her mom mentioned it, she “felt the familiar tingle of that competitive drive”—she’d gotten a frontline view into the particular conundrum of being an American woman. At her first New York press conference, a female reporter grilled Carlson, who’d been dubbed the “smart Miss America,” about current events and also asked if she was a virgin. Often people assumed she must be a bimbo. Others judged her for her looks. “It seemed that everyone’s sister and girlfriend was better-looking than Miss America!” she writes in her 2015 memoir, Getting Real.

But her experiences as Miss America also piqued her interest in broadcast journalism, and afterward, she built a career in that field, starting at a local station in Virginia and working her way up to Fox News, where she stayed for 11 years. Then in July of 2016, having just been laid off, she sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, a move that not only set in motion his ouster (and reportedly won Carlson a million settlement) but helped usher in the #MeToo era.

Carlson has since become one of the movement’s most high-profile advocates. So it made sense that last December, as the Miss America saga unfolded, various former Miss Americas began suggesting she get involved. “My two worlds collided,” she says. She stepped in as the chairman of the board, and then, at the new board’s first annual meeting last March, it decided to get rid of the swimsuit competition.

For Carlson, this was personal vindication—she had dreaded that portion of the event (“Short waist, all that stuff,” she says) and trained for it so intensely in her parents’ basement that at one point, her dad asked her mom, “Is she going to die down there from working out too hard?” It was also, she thought, an empowering reflection of the fact that an organization turned upside down by a #MeToo prompted revelation had become one run mostly by women: At the time of the annual meeting, seven of nine members of the new board were women—all of whom were former titleholders. Regina Hopper, the new CEO, was Miss Arkansas 1983. “Did I like it? No,” she says about the swimsuit competition. “Did I think it was necessary? No.”

Since the board’s decision, the CRDA has come back on board, pledging.3 million, and the marketing company Young & Rubicam has agreed to work on repositioning the organization, pro bono. The new idea, Carlson says, is for the competition, set to air September 9 on ABC, to play out as if it is a day in the life of a successful woman. “You might be casual when you introduce yourself in the morning,” she says. “Then you put on a business suit and do an interview. Then you go out and do what you’re passionate about, which is your talent. And at night, you put on your evening attire.”

If Miss America isn’t a pageant and outer beauty isn’t supposed to matter, what has it even become?

In many ways, though, all this raises as many new questions as it answers. If it isn’t a pageant and outer beauty isn’t supposed to matter, what has it even become? And if it becomes progressive enough to silence feminist critics, will it lose all its viewers?

To Carlson, this last question is sexist “on its face,” she tells me. “You’re saying that the objectification of women is the only reason people watch.” But for some people, it is. After Carlson’s GMA appearance, Piers Morgan declared in the Daily Mail, “Nobody on the entire planet cares what comes out of the mouths of Miss America contestants unless they say something so dumb it makes us laugh out loud.… They’re there because they’re smoking hot.”

“This will silence the critics,” Carlson said during one of her post-GMA interviews. “What are they going to criticize now about empowering women and giving them leadership skills?”

It turns out there were lots of things. Some argued the swimsuit competition had been useful in showing how contestants could manage uncomfortable situations. (As last year’s judging manual read, “A beautiful and physically fit contestant who is nervous and shaking on stage may not be able to handle the job you are trying to fill.”) Some said it helped imbue participants with confidence. Some believed Miss America should be judged on her appearance. “We have to remember this is the Miss America competition,” says Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016. “This isn’t some regular competition. She’s the ideal. She embodies beauty, grace, poise, and intelligence.” Most thought judges would still take appearance into account. “So they’re not in itsy-bitsy bikinis and high-heeled shoes,” says Blain Roberts, a history professor at Fresno State. “The focus is still going to be on the body.” Others felt the new board didn’t go far enough. “Taking swimsuit away makes it less sexualizing,” says Susan Bordo, a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky. “It doesn’t do anything to break into the association that being a woman is first and foremost, as [novelist] John Berger put it ages ago, to be seen.” (Regarding the show presenting a day in the life of a successful woman, she said, “What a load of crap.”)

These types of attacks are, for the organization, nothing new. “The pageant has been on the defensive since it was founded,” Roberts says. “That’s as much a part of its history as anything else.” Between 1928 and 1933, upright moralists shut it down, claiming it oversexualized women. In 1968, feminists organized what proved to be the first major demonstration of the women’s liberation movement, gathering on the boardwalk to crown a live ewe and throw garters, bras, and women’s magazines into a trash bin that they’d planned to set ablaze—which is how the moniker “bra burners” came to be. (They didn’t actually set fire to anything, since they couldn’t get the proper permit—“Just shows you we’ve been too law abiding,” Gloria Steinem quipped in a 2012 PBS documentary.) dress

Critics have come from inside the organization, too. Through early summer, drama raged inside the board, bursting into the open in July, when Page Six reported that four members who’d recently left had posted in a private Facebook group to describe the board as “incredibly toxic” and the leadership as unreceptive to oversight. The rift grew with a petition, signed by 22 state pageant representatives, calling for the resignation of the entire board, including Carlson and Hopper. This was countered by a letter, provided to the Press of Atlantic City and listing 30 former Miss Americas as signatories, saying they “fully support Gretchen Carlson…and our unified board.” A few later said they hadn’t had a chance to review the letter before it was sent. (Days earlier, news had broken that a contestant at the 2018 Miss Massachusetts pageant had resigned over a skit from the show. In it, a woman tells a person dressed up as God that she doesn’t understand why the swimsuit competition was eliminated. “Me too, Amy,” God replies, holding a #MeToo sign to huge cheers.)

On July 9, Carlson returned to Good Morning America. “Listen, change is difficult,” she said. Hopper reiterated this when I spoke to her soon afterward. Their opponents contend they are not upset by the changes, but by how they were made. “It is poor leadership, and poor governance,” says former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth. Both sides accuse the other of power grabs and self-interest. At press time, with two months to go before the pageant, the controversy showed no sign of letting up. “I’ve never been part of a civil war before,” pageant coach Chris Saltalamacchio told the Washington Post. “But that’s what this is.… I’m worried fights are going to break out in the lobby bar, if I’m being honest.”

By the time Miss America announced there wouldn’t be a swimsuit competition, a few state pageants had happened, but many had not, and most moved ahead unchanged. The contestants for Miss Connecticut arrived that same June day to the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury, where they’d be staying leading up to the pageant on Saturday. Almost all of them were asked about the news during their private interviews with the judges. “It was kind of a sink-or- swim situation,” says Bridget Oei, Miss Mountain Laurel, a willowy 22-year-old with the straight-backed posture of a dancer, who plans to be an orthopedist. As for her thoughts: “Change is important. Rest in peace, swimsuit.”

On Saturday afternoon, I walk through the ornate Palace Theater, where the pageant is taking place, and follow the smell of hair spray downstairs to a warren of dressing rooms filled with racks jammed with gowns and suitcase-size makeup kits in various stages of explosion. Next door is a room with the remains of lunch on some tables—empty pizza boxes, taco meat, coconut water. “This is like our greenroom,” says Savannah Giammarco, Miss Southern Connecticut, who has big eyes, bigger hair, and a Sophia Loren vibe. She is sitting with Oei and Treneé McGee, Miss Shoreline, who describes herself as “really a sneaker girl.”

“I don’t mean this to come off any particular way, but people look at me like I’m this glamorous figure,” Giammarco says. (At this, McGee rolls her eyes, though in a friendly way.) “But prepuberty, I was short and chubby and had buckteeth and a unibrow.” After being bullied, she developed what she refers to as an undiagnosed eating disorder. It was pageants, she said, that helped her heal, because preparing for the swimsuit portion prompted her to focus on athleticism: “If you look at Miss America contestants, they haven’t been just skinny twigs.” McGee, on the other hand, welcomes the change. She’s been sharing a room with Oei, and the previous morning she’d popped up and immediately offered “her very presidential thoughts about swimsuits, pageants, and education,” as Oei puts it. That the swimsuit competition is tradition doesn’t seem reason enough to keep it, in McGee’s view. Miss America, after all, required contestants to be “of the white race” up through the 1950s (it wasn’t until 1970 that a black woman made it to the stage). Last year, after competing in Miss Connecticut, McGee was also body-shamed on pageant message boards. Still, she says pageants “helped me become comfortable with my beauty. I needed the glamour side of it, because before, I was never comfortable enough with myself to even think of putting on a dress outside of prom.”

A few hours later, as 1,200-plus people file into the theater, women downstairs touch up their makeup and help one another recurl sections of their hair. Lauren Malella, a blonde with a cherubic face, opens her blue silk robe to contour her abs. McGee changes into a black jumpsuit. “It’s all in the sleeves, right?” she says. Then the prospective Misses and Teen Misses head upstairs to wait backstage, where blue light turns the rhinestones into a Milky Way’s worth of sparkle.

Finally, with the energy of a taut spring unpopping, the show kicks off: The 21 Miss contestants perform an ensemble dance, and the Teen Misses do a fitness routine. Malella dances the dying swan scene from the ballet Swan Lake, her face in a fury as she bats her wings; McGee delivers a dramatic monologue she’s written, titled “We the Women”; Oei performs an Irish step dance, her feet kicking up to her face. The Misses glide onstage in their evening gowns and then, winnowed down to eight, come on in their bikinis, pulling off a sarong as they walk to the front of the stage and pose once, then twice. The crowd roars. Giammarco rips hers off with emphasis. McGee gives the audience a fierce look. Backstage, a girl murmurs, “I’m so sad they’re getting rid of swimsuit.”

By the end of the night, it comes down to McGee, Giammarco, and Oei, then Giammarco and Oei. “Drum roll, please,” the MC says, and the Teen Misses, watching from the wings, smack their thighs. When it’s announced that Oei has won, she crouches, her face in her hands, then stands. The crown goes on her head and the flowers into her arms; all the women embrace her. “Thank you! Thank you!” she mouths to the judges.

A moment later, the house lights go up, and tiny girls in mini crowns rush up and down the aisles. Onstage, the curtain goes down, and whatever Cinderella story has been sustaining the energy dissipates. Girls cough. They slip off their heels. They plop down on the ground, their dresses surrounding them like fallen clouds of tulle.

Obviously, it is idealizing and banal. It is affirming and undermining, confidence boosting and disempowering, and sometimes all of the above.

What is equally true, watching from the wings, is that for a few hours, the contestants had also just been young women standing in bright, unforgiving lights, making the most of imperfect choices. They were as vulnerable as they would ever be. They were fueled by adrenaline and dreams. They were presenting themselves to the world and hoping that this time, against all odds, it would be kind.

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of ELLE.

 

Attorney-at-law Ysabel Bisnath has been crowned Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2018.

She now takes the reins from Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2017, Chandini Chanka.

Watch: T&T crowns new Miss World

Ysabel Bisnath (centre) was crowned Miss World Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday 5 August. Ysabel Bisnath (centre) was crowned Miss World Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday 5 August.

Bisnath won the title during the competition which was held at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) on Sunday.

She secured the post out of ten of T&T’s most beautiful and accomplished women.

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2018 Pageant

The first runner-up was Britney Smith while second runner-up was Tishanna Mitchell.

Bisnath is a National Open Scholarship winner who pursued Law at the Oxford University in England. Bisnath is an award-winning public speaker and is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.

The chosen delegate will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Miss World competition to be held in Sanya, China on December 8, 2018.

 

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