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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

African-American Queens vie for the Miss America Crown

Round of applause please for the 6 beautiful Black Queens who will compete in this years Miss America contest. The contest, which airs on Saturday January 26th on TLC has apparently turned a new leaf this year. More than likely in response to falling ratings in comparison to its sexy cohort, Miss USA, Miss America is on the quest to find a gorgeous and relatable "it girl" of today. Contestants are taught to rethink their traditional pageant image in a reality show currently airing on TLC called Miss America Reality Check. I personally don't see anything wrong with the glamour and stateliness that the Miss America pageant system has always stood for. Why does she need a reality check? In order to make it through the rigorous system, state delegants must be intelligent, well spoken, knowledgeable about current affairs, physically fit, talented, elegant, charming and gorgeous. These feminine ideals never go out of style. This pageant is not about sex appeal or even the girl next door. It's about "that" girl that can serve as a role-model for young girls across the nation. I hope it never loses that element.

Anyways, here are the contestants below. My early favorite: Miss South Carolina, Crystal Garrett. She's the second African-American queen to be crowned in South Carolina (the state that didn't even legalize interacial marriage until 1998) since Kimberly Aiken in 1994. Kimberly went onto to be crowned Miss America. Crystal is stunning, charming, talented, and very well spoken. She will definitely be a finalist.
Flyness, funk...and crowns

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