Beauty pageants

Camille Schrier, of Virginia, left, reacts after winning the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. At right is runner-up Miss. Georgia Victoria Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
December 19, 2019 - 9:31 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Organizers wanted to make it clear the 99th Miss America competition isn't your grandmother's beauty pageant, and their winner did just that on Thursday. Virginia biochemist Camille Schrier won the crown just minutes after wowing the crowd with science. Dressed in a lab...
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December 18, 2019 - 3:16 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who worked as a teacher in West Virginia has admitted to exchanging sexual photos with a 15-year-old student. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of possessing material depicting minors in sexually explicit conduct, news...
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FILE - This Feb. 20, 2019 file photo shows Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at a homecoming event in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will host the 2019 Miss Universe competition, a major showcase for the sprawling complex built on a former Confederate army base. The three-hour show, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth year, will be broadcast live on Fox on Dec. 8. The show will end with reigning champion Gray of the Philippines crowning her successor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
October 31, 2019 - 5:10 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry's new Atlanta studio will be home to the 2019 Miss Universe competition, a major showcase for the sprawling complex built on a former Confederate army base. The televised competition in which women from more than 90 countries compete for the crown of Miss Universe will...
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October 22, 2019 - 5:37 pm
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Al Burton, a TV producer whose six-decade career included an eclectic mix of beauty pageants, variety and game shows and groundbreaking comedies including "The Jeffersons" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," died Tuesday. He was 91. Burton died at his home in San Mateo,...
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FILE - This Sept. 9, 2018 file photo shows Miss New York Nia Franklin, center, reacting after being named Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City, N.J. The Miss America Organization says this year's pageant will be held at the Mohegan Sun Connecticut in Uncasville, Connecticut. It will be broadcast on NBC Dec. 19, in a switch from recent broadcaster ABC. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)
July 23, 2019 - 4:51 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There she is. Here she isn't. Miss America is leaving Atlantic City for the second time, trading one casino town for another in a move that caps a whirlwind of change at the nearly century-old pageant. This year's pageant will be held at the Mohegan Sun Connecticut in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by Jammeh, the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an announcement to journalists Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and said she plans to testify later this year before Gambia's truth and reconciliation commission, which is investigating abuses committed under the Jammeh regime.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
June 26, 2019 - 10:52 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019 file photo, Gretchen Carlson attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street Miss America-Carlson in New York. Carlson is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. The former Fox News host and former Miss America says in a statement Wednesday, June 5, that she has helped make the organization more relevant. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
June 05, 2019 - 9:41 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who helped eliminate the pageant's swimsuit competition, is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. She was part of an all-female leadership team that took over the pageant following an email scandal in...
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May 03, 2019 - 8:57 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a story May 2 about Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst winning the Miss USA competition, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Kryst was 27 years old. She is 28. A corrected version of the story is below: North Carolina lawyer Cheslie Kryst named Miss USA 2019 A 28-year...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 2019 file photo, Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst wins the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. Chelsie Kryst completed the historic triple on Thursday, May 2, 2019 beside pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
May 03, 2019 - 3:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners...
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The marquee promotes the Miss USA pageant an hour before it began Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Grand Sierra hotel-casino in Reno, Nevada. It's the first time the northern Nevada city on the edge of the Sierra has hosted the event that dates to 1952. This year's contestants included a psychological operations expert in the Army reserves, an ex-NFL cheerleader working to become a surgical nurse and a lawyer who represents some prisoners for free. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
May 02, 2019 - 8:38 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the Miss USA pageant in Reno, Nevada (all times local, PDT): 6:35 p.m. Only five women remain in the field of 51 Miss USA contestants who started Thursday night's competition in Reno, Nevada. They are Miss Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oklahoma...
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