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Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners

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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

 

Miss America to visit Shelby for ALWS games

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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 $15 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 Brittanyspangler5400@gmail.com 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 $50,000 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 $78,500 for Make-A-Wish.

Source: shelbystar.com

Eastburg crowned Miss World Festival 2018

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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

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

A new beauty queen will be named Sunday night at the Miss America 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’ Facebook 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 online. 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 Facebook 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?

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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 $78,500; 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 $5 million each year. (Mund has won $95,000 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 $45 million in combined cash and tuition waivers (the number was closer to $6 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 $4 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 $20 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 $4.3 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.)

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.

 

Watch: T&T crowns new Miss World

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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.

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.

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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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 Earth 2018

Miss Earth 2018

Ontario grad to compete in Miss Earth United States pageant

ONTARIO — Maddie McGee, 19, is trading soccer cleats for high heels come July 10.

The Ontario High School graduate of 2017 will compete in the Miss Earth United States pageant, which will take place July 10 to 14 in Washington, D.C.

She will represent the Tar Heel State as Miss North Carolina Earth United States — a title she earned in March.

McGee, who participated in high school cheerleading, soccer and track and currently plays for her college soccer team, said she wanted do something different and out of her comfort zone.

After hearing about the Miss Earth United States pageant, she said she decided to “go for it” and throw her hat into the ring.

The Miss Earth contest emphasizes environmental awareness and encourages contestants to consider how they can serve as role models who promote earth preservation and restoration.

These values are important to McGee, who said she spent most of her childhood outdoors playing with her brothers, giving her a greater appreciation for nature.

Miss Earth judges will evaluate contestants based on the following categories: interview, environmental project, photogenic, social media, public speaking, swimwear, runway and evening gown.

McGee said she’s looking forward to the public speaking portion, saying it gives insight into what the contestants are passionate about, what issues they’d like to address in their respective states, and what qualities they feel they possess to be the new titleholder.

Her platform is “Plant the seeds, Save the trees.”

“It focuses on restoring trees in the environment and empowering and encouraging others to make a difference in their community environmentally,” she said.

She realizes what a valuable resource trees are, as they are used for a multitude of products and materials. “However, it is so important to replenish what we take,” she said.

“One of my favorite events that I’ve done so far that is related to my platform was when I went into Gardner Park Elementary School and talked to second graders about trees in our environment,” she said. “I read the book ‘The Lorax’ and explained to the kids why trees are so important for our earth. I was able to give them tree seedlings to take home and plant.”

Also as part of her platform she hopes to ensure that ordinances are in place in the Charlotte area that would require companies to replant trees if they cut any down.

McGee is studying accounting at Belmont Abbey College.

“I’ve always loved math,” she said. “I hope to be CEO of a major bank in New York City.”

Going into the Miss Earth contest, she’s mostly excited, and just a little nervous about being onstage in high heels.

“Wearing heels is an adjustment for me,” she said. But she’s hopeful her daily practice sessions will pay off.

Her strategy is to “have fun and live in the moment because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.

Miss Earth United States is the USA preliminary to the international contest, Miss Earth.

According to the Miss Earth United States website, Miss Earth United States and preliminary shows will be live webcast across the world and will be filmed and edited for television broadcast. Click here for more information.

 

EarthWater Sponsors 2018 Miss Earth United States Pageant

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / July 9, 2018 / EarthWater www.EarthWater.com, a health and wellness company that manufactures natural high alkaline mineral infused beverages is pleased to announce its role for the 3rd Year in a Row as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Miss Earth United States Pageant, www.missearthunitedstates.com, on July 14, 2018, LIVE from Washington D.C. on Dish

Miss Earth is an international organization that raises awareness for environmental concerns and is recognized as one of the top three pageants. Televised globally, nearly 100 countries send a representative each year with the chance to become Miss Earth. The winner will advance to the 18th annual Miss Earth Pageant in the fall.

Miss Earth United States President Laura Clark said, “The Miss Earth organization is the most relevant pageant program available to young women wanting to impact their communities. These “beauties for a cause” are provided a powerful platform to positively influence environmental causes around the globe. We are proud that EarthWater has been one of our most valued partners the last few years.”

The United States representative will be selected based on a variety of areas, including: photogenic, public speaking, interview, social media, community, video, runway, swimwear, and evening gown.

American women, ages 18-26, will take the stage with the chance to win the coveted title, and travel to the Miss Earth competition in the fall. USA Delegates will spend five days in the nation’s capital with several shows and events open to the public from July 10-14, 2018.

EarthWater is the presenting sponsor, and the broadcast sponsor is B4UTV Channel 712 on the Dish Network. Show hosts are Steven Roddy, of The Pageant Planet, and Brittany Ann Payne, 2015 Miss Earth Water.

EarthWater Chairman/CEO, CJ Comu, stated, “It’s a pleasure to be back as presenting sponsor again this year – now on national television. These are amazing women that have worked hard on their personal career and their mission statement to help make planet earth a better place. We are also very excited to have many of the delegates be a part of the EarthWater ambassador and influencer campaign, as they reach out to their personal followers to help promote the EarthWater brand and products. We also welcome other global influencers who are passionate about health and wellness to join our movement!”

Preliminary contest sponsors include Mac Duggal, Planet Beach Spa & Tan, and Pixton Design Group Swimwear. Photography provided by Southern Exposure.

 

About Miss Earth United States

Visit www.missearthunitedstates.com for program information and www.missearth.tv for information on the international pageant. Media inquiries may contact marketing@missearthunitedstates.com. Follow the pageant updates at www.facebook.com/missearthus and www.instagram.com/missearthunitedstates.

About EarthWater Limited

EarthWater Limited www.EarthWater.com is a manufacturer of Mineral Infused High-Alkaline Beverages. Their brands, FulHum www.DrinkFulhum.com and ZenFul www.DrinkZenful.com, use a 100% natural, proprietary blend of organic Fulvic and Humic complexes mined from deep within the Earth’s surface. Fulvic and Humic minerals are believed to have properties which detoxify free radicals and improve absorption of key nutrients. To engage with EarthWater online, you are encouraged to “like” and “follow” the brand’s social media pages. EarthWater can be contacted via email at info@earthwater.com.

SOURCE: EarthWater Limited

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.

American Idol 2018 Live Show : Top 3 Performance Finals

The American Idol 2-Night Finale Event featured the American Idol 2018 Top 3, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe, each performing three songs live. First up, each performed an original song, which they helped write along with several notable hit-makers, but with which they’d only had a few weeks to get to know. The second round of the night had each contestant revisit a song they performed earlier in the season and everyone got a great reminder of why these are the American Idol Top 3. Finally, the night wrapped up with a look at each contestant’s hometown visits from the past week and each of them performing a song dedicated to their roots. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Brian, and Lionel Richie offered some final words of advice and encouragement before Monday’s big finale and host Ryan Seacrest even had a few surprises up his sleeve. You can watch all of Episode 18: Performance Finals online on ABC.com or in the ABC app, but here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.

Young Gabby Barrett received a hero’s welcome in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and she returned the favor with a rousing rendition of Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Beliievin'” dedicated to the city and the people who got her to the Top 3.

After Gabby finished her performance, everyone spotted a special someone giving a standing ovation. Legendary Journey lead singer Steve Perry was on-hand to see Gabby perform his band’s song and he more than approved.

Four American Idol contestants returned to perform a medley of original songs from earlier in the season including Harper Grace, Jonny Brenns, Michelle Sussett, and Catie Turner.

Caleb got right on in his country wheelhouse when he chose Johnny Cash’s classic “Folsom Prison Blues” as his hometown dedication song, and he had the crowd on their feet.

Maddie Poppe Gets a Vote

Maddie Poppe closed the show with her hometown dedication of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Her performance inspired Luke Bryan to say “that’s why [he] signed on for this” and Katy Perry saying she’s voting for Maddie!

But who are YOU voting for? Voting is open until 9am ET / 6am PT MONDAY morning, so get going to AmericanIdol.com/vote and watch the live finale MONDAY 9|8c on ABC!