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

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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 11 former Miss Americas  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.

“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 a massive leadership change 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 several resignations  have occurred as tensions arose between organization stakeholders and leadership.

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

2019 Miss America, Live Stream, SEPT 9 at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

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2019 Miss America, Live Stream, SEPT 9 at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

The 2019 Miss America competition will air live on the ABC TV Network on Sunday Sept. 9, live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The fun starts Sept. 5 with three nights of preliminaries. The Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” parade is on Sept. 8.

“The 2019 Competition marks the dawning of a new day for the Miss America Organization. This year’s show will highlight women from all walks of life who are advancing the message of female empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact. Now with a historic, all-female leadership team paving the way for both the Miss America Organization and the Miss America Foundation, a new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment has begun”.

[via press release from ABC]

2019 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION’ SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, Live From Atlantic City

Two-Hour Live Telecast From Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall

The ABC Television Network and The Miss America Organization announced today that “The 2019 Miss America Competition” will air live on ABC, SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), from Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk Hall.

The 2019 Competition marks the dawning of a new day for the Miss America Organization. This year’s show will highlight women from all walks of life who are advancing the message of female empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact. Now with a historic, all-female leadership team paving the way for both the Miss America Organization and the Miss America Foundation, a new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment has begun.

Tickets for “The 2019 Miss America Competition” go on sale in June and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

About The Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

Miss USA Pageant 2018

Miss USA Pageant 2018

Miss USA Pageant 2018 Live Stream Online,Miss USA 2018 will be the 67th Miss USA pageant. It will be held on May 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET.

Click To Watch Miss USA Pageant 2018 Live

When: May 21 at 8 p.m. EDT.

What channel: Fox

Who is hosting: Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey

Miss USA Live. “The 64th Annual Miss USA Pageant,” hosted by Natalie Morales (“TODAY”) and Thomas Roberts (“MSNBC Live”), will air on NBC from Florida International University in Doral Miami, Florida. Musical performers include Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, platinum-selling solo artist Nick Jonas and twenty-time Latin Billboard Award winner Prince Royce. Manny Pacquiao, Kristin Cavallari, William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump, Louise Roe, Emilio Estefan, Nina Garcia and DeSean Jackson also serve as judges. Contestants from around the world will be judged in three categories, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, as they vie to become the next Miss USA. Gabriela Isler from Venezuela will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live telecast.

During the early years of the pageant, the delegates who made the first cut were announced after the preliminary competition. From 1965 to the present day, the semifinalists were not announced until the night of the main event. The semifinalists once again competed in evening gown and swimsuit and five finalists were announced. An interview portion was introduced in 1960 to decide the runners-up and the winner.

From 1959 to 1964 there were slight format changes. From 1959 through 1963 there was no cut to reach the five finalists. The runners-up and winner were called from the assembled 15 semifinalists. In 1965 the pageant returned to the original format of a cut to five finalists, and remained so until 1989. In 1969 a final question was posed to the last five contestants. The final question was an on-and-off feature of the pageant. In 1990 it had taken root, and with every pageant since the final contestants have had to answer a final question. In 1990 the pageant implemented major changes in the competition itself. Instead of five finalists, the field was reduced from ten semifinalists to six. Each contestant then randomly selected a judge and answered the question posed by the judge. After that, the field was narrowed down further to a final three. In 1998, the number of finalists was reduced to five, although there still was a cut to a final three. This continued until 2001, when the final five format was reinstated.

The 2018 Miss USA competition is being held in Shreveport, Louisiana, on the 20th anniversary of the pageant’s first appearance in the city.

The annual beauty pageant seeks to crown the woman who will become the American entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. It will be held at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum.

The 2018 MISS USA® Presentation Show was held tonight at George’s Pond at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana at 7 p.m. CST. All 51 contestants competed in swimwear and evening gown in front of a panel of preliminary judges.