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Miss America Serves 2017 the 3rd Annual National Day of Service – Saturday, April 8th

Atlantic City, NJ (February 23, 2017) – Saturday, April 8th will mark the third annual Miss America Serves event sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The impact of last year’s efforts succeeded in surpassing the previous year, as our state titleholders and contestants blanketed the country, touching lives everywhere with kindness and dedication.  Those efforts made a significant difference to the people residing in our cities and towns across the country, while raising funds to continue the compassionate work of CMN Hospitals.  And, as we recognize and acknowledge that success, this year we are determined to increase the commitment to the children the CMN Hospitals serve.
Led by Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, contestants and volunteers will perform countless acts of kindness and ask their friends, family, and social networks to donate to the Miss America State Scholarship funds and to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During this year’s Miss America Serves, we are challenging all our states to fully participate, and help us reach a new goal, by pledging to raise a minimum of $5,000 per state. If every state could rally all their contestants — at the Miss and the MAOTeen level — to form teams to showcase the Miss America spirit of service and giving, it would allow us to demonstrate our dedication to this commitment.

We’d also love to showcase any personal CMN Hospitals stories and/or experiences our contestants can share. Please forward directly to [email protected] or upload to the MAS Project Form below. 

Here is what we need you to do to prepare for this amazing event:

1. Fill out this form: Click Here Why? Filling out this form will assist our media team in promoting these efforts: We understand that your event may not be finalized; however, we need to present as much information available to date for potential media opportunities.

2. Register your team(s) at Why? This is your public facing website to accept donations during your service activity.  If your team is not listed, the public will not be able to contribute to your state scholarship funds and local children’s hospitals.

3. Start creating social buzz and let’s get Miss America Serves trending!  You can begin to create the momentum by tweeting and posting Facebook updates to your social networks. Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtag #MissAmericaServes and your state #STATEABBREVIATION (#AR, #CA, #NY, #TX, etc.) together in the same post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please note, it is very important that you use the correct #two-letter postal abbreviation.

Open the link below to see Savvy as she officially opens the 3rd Annual Miss  America Serves Donor Site for all! 

Savvy Presents Miss America Serves

4. Click here to order your Miss America Serves t-shirt to create a united front for your team and event!

This is a tremendous event for all involved with Miss America and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We can’t wait for the day and know that you share in our excitement. To recognize your achievements, we are awarding incentives again to those who meet milestones while promoting Miss America Serves.
The top five (5) Miss America contestants who raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will each earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The top five (5) State Organizations that raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will receive first placement in the ticket lottery for their State Organizations at the 2018 Miss America Competition this September.

If you have questions, please contact:
[email protected] or [email protected]

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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Promotes “Chain Reaction” of Kindness in Schools

Partners with Organization Helping Schools Become Safer, More Connected

Tampa, FL, Feb 21, 2017 – The organization that honors Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting, is partnering with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) to promote kindness, hope and a positive climate in K-12 schools.


“We are thrilled about our partnership with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen,” said Rob Unger, CEO of Rachel’s Challenge, the non-profit organization founded in Rachel’s name to encourage kindness in schools. “This is a movement to shine light on Rachel’s story and most importantly the power of reaching out and being kind to those around you.”
In this newly released video produced by Rachel’s Challenge, reigning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Nicole Jia reveals her story of exclusion and isolation bullying, including on social media, when she switched schools during her freshman year. She shared the emotional story with teens from the Chickasaw Nation Chickasha Pehlichi Ikbi Youth Leadership Program in Ada, Oklahoma during a kickoff event with Rachel’s Challenge.


“I am incredibly inspired by Rachel, who dedicated herself to being kind and accepting of other students at Columbine High School before the tragic events that took her life,” says Jia. “160,000 students skip school every day for fear of being bullied. Working together, we can help to create supportive communities both in schools and online that are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”


Since being named MAOTeen in August, Jia has worked to increase awareness that ignoring or isolating peers is a silent form of bullying. She is leading MAOTeen’s #BeSelfless campaign, which challenges kids to post fewer selfies and share more selfless acts of kindness and authenticity on social media. The #BeSelfless campaign has built momentum over the past year through partnerships with anti-bullying organizations, teen therapists and social media responsibility advocates.

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The Miss America Foundation – 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Atlantic City, NJ (February 6, 2017) –  The Miss America Foundation proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for current and former contestants to pursue their education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications are received annually and recipients are selected from a national pool based on a variety of criteria. The Miss America Foundation is honored to congratulate and recognize the following 2016 Miss America Foundation scholarship recipients:

Victoria Humphrey & Makayla McCoskey
Victoria Humphrey & Makayla McCoskey

2016 Dr. and Mrs. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship – the recipients are Victoria Humphrey, a 2011 contestant in Florida, and Makayla McCoskey, a 2016 contestant in Pennsylvania. Established in memory of Dr. David B. Allman, a past president of the American Medical Association, the Allman Medical Scholarship is a $7,000 scholarship awarded annually, in whole or in part, to one or more current or former contestants who currently study or aspire to enter the field of medicine. This scholarship is funded annually by the Allman Medical Trust, an endowed fund of The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Autumn Simunek
Autumn Simunek

2016 Jean Bartel for Military Awareness Scholarship – the recipient is Miss South Dakota 2015 Autumn Simunek. Millions of Americans have answered the call to serve their country, and Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel was an ardent supporter of the Armed Forces – having raised over $2.5 million in Series-E war bonds during her reign as Miss America – approximately $34 million in today’s dollars. Established in Jean’s memory, this $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualified applicant who has fulfilled a legitimate need in their community through the creation, development, and/or participation in a community-based project or event to support and raise awareness of the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protect our freedom.

Sarah Kingsbury
Sarah Kingsbury

2016 Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship – the recipient is Sarah Kingsbury, a 2016 contestant in Ohio. The Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Tiffany Phillips, the teenage daughter of Steve and Dana Phillips of Oregon. Tiffany, who lost her life in a tragic accident in 1998, was both an outstanding scholar and an exceptional athlete. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete who competed at the local, state, or national level during the current year, regardless of whether a title was won. This scholarship is funded jointly by Steve and Dana Phillips and The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

We congratulate these outstanding young women and wish them continued success in their scholastic endeavors!

Applications are now available for the 2017 MAF scholarships. To apply, please contact your Local or State Executive Director for an application.

To establish an endowed scholarship in honor of a loved one or to support our scholarship program, please call 609-344-1800 or visit

About The Miss America Foundation (MAF)
The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.About The Miss America Organization (MAO)

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $15 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

Source: Miss America Press Release


“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
From Historic Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields toe dip
Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields taking part in the traditional toe dip
in Atlantic City wearing a dress by Joseph Ribkoff the morning after her crowning.
(Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Atlantic City, NJ (February 1, 2017) – The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that the 97th Miss America Competition will return to Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m./ET) on the ABC Television Network.  Packed with glitz and glam, the spectacular evening will showcase the serious smarts and tremendous talent of 52 women representing their home states and territories as they compete to bring home the crown. At the conclusion of the intense competition, one woman will win the coveted Miss America title.

“As we barrel towards our 100th Anniversary, I am so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with dick clark productions, ABC, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in Atlantic City as we join forces to create great television and continue celebrating the empowerment of America’s most outstanding young women,” said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization.


“The 2018 Miss America Competition” follows three days of Preliminary Competitions and two weeks of various Miss America events held on and around the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. The 52 contestants will also participate in the celebrated, fan-favorite “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, which will travel along a two-mile route on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Saturday, September 9.

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

Ticket on sale information for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced soon.

For updates and information on “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at

Press Release from Miss America

Miss & Mrs. United States Titleholders to Visit New Orleans February 9-12, 2017

The United States National Pageant Organization® is excited to announce a local visit to the New Orleans area for community service, appearances, and tours for the national titleholders of the Miss & Mrs. United States pageant!

In conjunction with the Miss Louisiana United States Organization and its sponsors, the national titleholders will be attending two local Mardi Gras Balls, giving back to the community through service projects in town, and riding in the Krewe of Perseus Parade on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Slidell.

The national titleholders arriving to New Orleans on Thursday, February 9, 2017 include:

  • Little Miss United States 2016 Angel Guerrero of Hawaii
  • Miss Teen United States 2016 Mary McGeorge of Virginia
  • Miss United States 2016 Alayah Benavidez of Texas
  • Ms. Woman United States 2016 Katie Hill of Florida
  • Mrs. United States 2016 Ashley Stremme of North Carolina

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Iris Mittenaere of France crowned Miss Universe

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe
Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France 2016 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion The 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29 from the Mall of Asia Arena. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization.

First runner up was Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier and second runner up was Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar.

We’ve attached a gallery of pictures of the lovely Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe below.

All photos are courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

The new Pageantry Digital is now available

Pageantry Spring 2017

Pageantry Spring 2017
Pageantry Spring 2017

Featuring:Spring is the time of rebirth and everything new… especially when it comes to fashion. This special annual must-have edition sets a new record with over 40 eye-popping pages within our top-rated exclusive Fashion Showcase featuring the industry’s top fashion designers’ newest creations for the 2017 pageant, prom and social occasion season. Keep up with the season’s latest hair and makeup tips to complete your professional or every day look or glide gracefully into the evening with glamour and elegance. We don’t stop there! Catch up with Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach as she prepares to crown her successor. Venture to Anaheim California as we bring you all the highlights of the National American Miss Pageant, and then we’re off to Minnesota for our in-depthcoverage of the Miss Teen of America Pageant. In this current edition meet our featured Winners Circle honorees, Allison Dae, Tricia Travis and Kristabel Kenta-Bibi. Don’t forget, our writers always have you in mind with their expert advice. The Spring 2017 edition of Pageantry will provide you with all the latest fashion, beauty info, inspiration and insider secrets you need to succeed and look your best. From the team who helped found the Glamour Lifestyle Industry in 1962… Pageantry… Celebrating the Glamour Lifestyle!

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Ashley Martinez Appointed as the Director of Marketing for All Divisions of the Miss United States Pageant System

Ashley Martinez
Ashley Martinez

Press Release just received….

Stephi Barton Williams, national director of the Miss United States Pageants, along with Rená Lantrip, national director of the Mrs. United States Pageant, announced internally to the directors and staff on Saturday, January 16, 2017 the appointment of Ashley Martinez as the new Director of Marketing for all divisions of United States National Pageants, Inc. effective immediately.

Martinez is no stranger to pageantry or the Miss United States System. Martinez reigned as Miss Colorado United States 2005 during her undergraduate days living in Denver, Colorado and later reigned as Ms. Louisiana United States 2014 where she was an integral part of rebuilding the system in her home state of Louisiana where she currently resides. Martinez was named the In-State Coordinator for the Miss Louisiana United States Pageant in late 2015 and was responsible for management in state of the titleholders, contestants, and sponsor relations. In that role, Martinez was pivotal in arranging national service projects, partnerships, and state sponsorships to benefit all parties and especially the people of Louisiana following the disastrous floods of 2016. Most recently, Martinez was named the Co-Director for the 2017 Miss Louisiana United States Pageant.

Martinez brings over 10 years of marketing and business acumen to our system. She has worked and excelled in multiple industries and now heads up her own business consulting and literary agency out of Southeast Louisiana with clients that include major literary publications, USA Today Bestselling authors, and international speakers. Martinez also sits on the Board of Directors for Louisiana DECA, the official state organization for DECA, Inc. (one of the largest Career and Technical Education organizations in the world) and volunteers her time serving as the State Association Advisor for the collegiate division.

Following in the steps of her predecessor Shana Teel Purkey, Martinez will now be the official contact for all events and aspects related to the marketing of the United States National Pageants. This includes the handling of all national titleholder appearance and interview requests and acting as the official liaison for national sponsors and prospective sponsors. Martinez will also be developing and implanting an overall corporate marketing strategy and working with the national team of staff members to translate the business objectives into an effective marketing package that will assist in the continued growth of the system and its partnerships.

Stephi Barton-Williams stated, “We are so blessed to have worked with Shana since taking over as the national directors for the United States National Pageants and we are eternally grateful for all she has done for our system. We are excited to have Ashley on board as our new Director of Marketing. We know she will be able to pick up where Shana left off and will work to further strengthen our organization.”

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Miss Multiverse – a hybrid between: “Next Top Model”, “The Apprentice” and “Survivor”.

Australia is now home to the most challenging and adventurous Beauty Contest and Reality TV Show. Miss Multiverse Australia is officially launching in January 2017 with the search for Australia’s most beautiful and multi-faceted ladies. The filming will take place in some of the most adventurous, iconic or typical Australian settings, capturing the cultures and landscapes of Australia.

Yolandi Franken, National Director, Miss Multiverse Australia
Yolandi Franken, National Director, Miss Multiverse Australia

National Director, Yolandi Franken says: “As a previous International Finalist I want to make sure that the next contestant from Australia is ready for what is in store at the World Finals.

The international version of the show is already in its third season and is broadcast across America and South America.  Miss Multiverse Australia will be available in Australia and other countries around the world.

Suited ladies from across the country will have the opportunity to enter this prestigious contest and stands the chance to walk away with the National Title of Miss Multiverse Australia and to compete internationally in October 2017.

The contestants in Australia will be selected based on nowadays beauty standards and level of education. The beautiful women that reach the finals are already accomplished models, entrepreneurs or have won beauty queen titles, they are at a point in their careers where their motivation goes beyond showcasing their beauty; they are seeking life changing experiences, recognition of their internal qualities, empowerment capabilities and the opportunity to give the best of themselves to empower others.

The TV program showcases the fun, adventures, modeling and business challenges of a group of beautiful models during their journey towards self-discovery and personal growth.

Australia’s version of the competition will put the contestants through various challenges to test their limits and to see what really lurks underneath their outer beauty. Judges will eliminate contestants through challenges, narrowing them down to the ten models (finalists) whom will face the final challenges and final event where the ultimate winner will be selected.

The Australian National Winner will be crowned “Miss Multiverse Australia” and will be sent to the international contest overseas to compete among contestants from 30 other countries for the World Title of “Miss Multiverse”.

 “The adventures, challenges and eliminations captured on camera provides viewers an inside of the high stakes and emotional roller-coaster faced by the contestants, delivered in six reality TV episodes”, says Mrs Franken.

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Melissa Dill-Behnke in Vie Magazine!

More than just a pretty face, Melissa Dill-Behnke has had incredible accomplishments most could only dream of. She’s visited thirty-two countries, resided in five, represented a foreign state in an international beauty pageant, and served as that nation’s goodwill ambassador. Read about her inspirational story and see how this beauty queen has impacted others in “Crowning Glory.”

Melissa has been a long time friend and supporter of the PageantCast and has appeared on a number of archived episodes (but I may re-release them…..)

You can read the entire story at the website: