Miss America 2023: Live updates from the pay-per-stream

10:27: The evening gown rests as we approach the crown. Contestants have had the option of wearing something other than a dress, but rarely has anyone chosen an alternative dress in recent years.

10:15: Why did Miss New York get the lost luggage question? Random. Wait, is that LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark?

10:13: Now the reigning Miss America, Emma Broyles, asks the contestants how they would handle various situations in the role. (Mainly press/PR/public events related inquiries.)

Oh, the first question is what would they do if their personal stance on an issue differs from the Miss America Organization and they are asked to comment. Stanke (Wisconsin) says she would make it clear that the opinion was hers, not the organization’s.

10:10:

Here it is Top 5:

Miss WisconsinGrace Stanke

Miss AgricultureKelsey Hollis

Miss West VirginiaElizabeth Lynch

Miss New YorkTaryn Delanie Smith (told you)

Miss TexasAverie Bishop

9:56 a.m: Averie Bishop, Miss Texas, has a social impact initiative called ‘Y’all Means All’.

Miss New York, Taryn Delanie Smith, is still sounding strong, guys… she could take it. Top 5 then.

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9:42: Okay, so we’re back after another segment with the contestants wearing sportswear, this time talking about dealing with bullying?

Anyway, the top 7: Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada, Texas, West Virginia, Indiana and New York (told you).

Miss America 2023

Miss Hawaii has dancing in her genes. Her grandmother was a rocket.The Miss America Organization via Pageants Live

9:20: Miss Hawaii Lauren Teruya dances to “Cabaret”, noting that her grandmother was a Radio City Rocket.

9:15: Miss West Virginia, Elizabeth Lynch, delivers a soliloquy on soil.

Her social impact initiative: “Growing Up, Growing Ag: Advocating for American Agriculture.”

9:10: Miss Illinois Monica Nia Jones was asked if they should bring back the swimsuit competition, officially called “lifestyle and fitness … in a swimsuit.”

That’s what it’s all about. Lots of Miss America traditionalists out there, even young ones. And they usually talk about body positivity as a reason why they support her — are they proud of … fit bodies? (However, fit doesn’t necessarily mean thin.)

9:00: “I feel like I just won the Powerball, it’s like a dream!” — Elizabetta Nies, Miss Ohio.

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Miss America 2023

Miss America … where else can you get a dirt monologue and an opera performance, back to back?The Miss America Organization via Pageants Live

8:55: Moving on to red carpet interview questions paired with evening gowns. Should marijuana be legalized nationally? How can we encourage schools to maintain their performing arts programs?

Should there be fair pay for women’s sport? It’s something CNN’s Don Lemon said recently — he thinks you can’t compare salaries because men’s sports bring in more money.

Miss New York, Taryn Delanie Smith, could be one to watch. He points out that WNBA players don’t demand the same pay as, say, LeBron James.

“They’re asking for a fair and equal ratio,” he says.

“Pay women what they’re worth…pay women what they’re worth.”

Miss America 2023

Gym clothes in March.The Miss America Organization via Pageants Live

8:50: In 2018, Miss America was exempted from the swimsuit competition.

Now, contestants walk around the stage holding signs announcing their state and advocacy interest while wearing sparkly sportswear from the pageant sponsor.

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8:35: Here it is top 11:

West Virginia, Nevada, New York, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Indiana.

And Illinois (American Choice winner).

Looks like Jersey is already out of the running. (We never win. It used to be home-field disadvantage … now it’s Connecticut, so … )

8:25 pm: What does “December” mean more than paying $32.99 for a live stream to see if your state representative tops the other 50 “candidates” for Miss America 2023?

We can think of a few things, but there you go!

Miss New Jersey, Augostina Mallous, is championing “awareness and eradication of human trafficking” at the pageant, hosted at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Connecticut.

Miss America 2022

Emma Broyles, Miss America 2022, flamboyantly representing the pageant queens who came before her.The Miss America Organization via Pageants Live

Hazel Homer-Wambeam, Miss Wyoming, announces herself as the first Jewish … Miss Wyoming. Happy Hanukkah, Hazel!

The first 11 finalists will be announced soon.

But first, Emma Broyles, the reigning Miss America, formerly Miss Alaska, says she went back to undergrad after that and then to medical school to become a dermatologist. She wears a dress designed by a “Project Runway” talent that has all the faces of Miss America (see above).

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached at [email protected] and followed to @AmyKup on Twitter.



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