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Miss Virginia, Camile Shrier,
the reigning Miss America
WHEN: December 16,
WHERE: Lives stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock at 8PM ET from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Welcome back Miss America!
Following the pageant's cancellation last year, Miss America returns to celebrate its milestone th anniversary in !
So, expect organizers to pull out all the stops to make the Miss America pagent one to remember in when it takes place this year on Thursday, December 16th.
The th edition of Miss America is set to stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock with pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET followed by the live competition at 8 p.m. ET, allowing audiences to stream the event live across all time zones for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, keep it here for updates as they are announced -- including who will host, the panel of celebrity judges, along with who is crowned Miss America on pageant night. Stay tuned!
Miss America rewind
BIG changes were in store for Miss America in , with controversy swirling around a new date and new TV channel -- as Miss America said goodbye to Atlantic City (again!).
After returning from a short stint in Las Vegas, Miss America returned to its roots in Atlantic City in -- only to announce this year that it was again moving outside Altantic City to 10,seat Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Also new, Miss America moved from its traditional television home on ABC to NBC, and to a new date -- a week before Christmas, instead of the usual weekend after Labor Day.
Your hosts for the ceremony were Kit Hoover and Mario Lopez of "Access Hollywood".This year's judges included actress Lauren Ash, “Queer Eye” culture expert Karamo Brown, and singer Kelly Rowland.
Miss America Nia Franklin crowned her successor at this year's ceremony when Miss Virginia, Camille Schrier, was named Miss America The first runner-up at the night's big ceremony was Miss Georgia,Victoria Hill, and the second runner-up was Miss Missouri, Simone Esters.
Just up ahead, check out more information about the Miss America pageant including milestone moments, fun facts, and related resources around the Web:
Miss America - decades of tradition
The first Miss America Pageant was held in to promote Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Until , the pageant was a big part of the glitz and glamour of the famed boardwalk when it was suddenly announced that Las Vegas would be the new home of Miss America. However, in , the pageant finally regained its crown as an Atlantic City institution after a six-year fling in Sin City. More recently, organizers announced at the end of yet another move to a location as yet undecided.
Miss America on TV
Miss America premiered on the new medium - television! - in
The following year, legendary host Bert Parks added his showmanship and singing voice to the event. He would host the Miss America Pageant for the next twenty five years, and for a generation of pageant fans his rendition of "There she is, Miss America" became closely identified with the beautiful women who walked the runway wearing the Miss America crown.
In , contract and copyright disputes over "There she is" resulted in pageant officials dropping the famous song from the show. Today, fans continue to hold out hope that it might return as the iconic big finish to the Miss America pageant someday.
DID YOU KNOW? Miss America fun facts
: Miss America skips town.
California, New York, Oklahoma and Ohio boast the most Miss America wins with six each. States that have never produced a Miss America are Alaska, West Virginia, Montana, Maine, and South Dakota.
Although pageant officials will never confirmed it, the diamond-encrusted Miss America crown is valued at about $, During official appearances, Miss America wears a replica while the real crown is kept under lock and key until pageant night.
is known as The Year Without a Miss America. Although Miss New Jersey Bette Cooper was crowned that year, she ran off with her boyfriend the next morning and later returned to school instead of fulfilling her duties as Miss America. No other contestant was given the title in her place.
Before the pageant got underway, officials pressured Bess Myerson -- the first and only Jewish Miss America -- to change her name. But the New York City native refused, saying: "If I should win, I want everybody to know that I'm the daughter of Louie and Bella Myerson." And when she did win, it was Bess Myerson, Miss America.
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A Kalispell woman who was paralyzed in a hit-and-run accident and then was injured again in another crash last year will be the first-ever wheelchair contestant in the upcoming Mrs. Montana pageant.
Starla Hilliard Barnes has been breaking down barriers for people with disabilities ever since she was first injured. Two years ago she was named Ms. Wheelchair Montana.
Since she was paralyzed from the waist down seven years ago, Barnes has worked to regain her independence. She got married, gave birth to a daughter and has become an advocate for overcoming adversity.
“As a nation we need to come together to break down invisible barriers and become a nation of inclusion,” Barnes said, emphasizing the crux of her platform for the Mrs. Montana pageant. “Every single individual should have the opportunity to feel beautiful, strong and confident.”
Barnes, 28, will compete with married women across the state in a variety of categories, including talent and evening gown wear, for the Mrs. Montana title. The pageant will be June 11 in Missoula.
She hasn’t decided yet what her talent presentation will be.
When Barnes learned about the state pageant that chooses a contestant for the Mrs. America pageant, she contacted pageant officials and asked if a woman in a wheelchair could participate.
“I think it would be great to have all walks of life represented,” she said.
Barnes got a green light and was advised to apply for the Mrs. Flathead County title, which she then secured. She and her husband are thankful for the support they have received from many local businesses and individuals who have stepped up to sponsor her participation in the pageant.
Wheelchair or not, Barnes has been a go-getter her entire life.
She was a gymnast and competed in cheerleading competitions during high school. She graduated early from Flathead High School and by her early 20s already had established herself as a professional model and successful businesswoman. She began modeling as a young child and modeled in the Seattle area before returning to Kalispell.
Barnes was riding a sport bike through a downtown Kalispell intersection on June 23, , when a white Chevrolet Silverado ran a red light, struck her and then sped away without stopping to see how badly injured she was.
The hit-and-run driver never was found.
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