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August 4, 2018
Miss/Teen Alaska USA

Sept 2-3, 2018
Miss/Teen Illinois USA
Miss Texas USA

Sept 8-9, 2018
Miss/Teen Rhode Island USA
Miss/Teen Wisconsin USA

Sept 15-16, 2018
Miss/Teen Missouri USA
Miss/Teen Montana USA
Miss/Teen Miss Wyoming USA

Sept 21-22, 2018
Miss/Teen Michigan USA

Sept 22-23, 2018
Miss/Teen South Dakota USA

Sept 28-29, 2018
Miss/Teen Idaho USA

Oct 5-6, 2018
Miss/Teen Louisiana USA

Oct 6-7, 2018
Miss/Teen Iowa USA

Oct 12-13, 2018
Miss/Teen Tennessee USA

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Oct 13-14, 2018
Miss/Teen West Virginia USA

Oct 19-20, 2018
Miss/Teen North Carolina USA

Oct 20-21, 2018
Miss/Teen Indiana USA
Miss/Teen Oklahoma USA

Oct 26-27, 2018
Miss/Teen Mississippi USA

Oct 27-28, 2018
Miss/Teen Colorado USA
Miss/Teen Maryland USA
Miss/Teen New Hampshire USA

Nov 3-4, 2018
Miss/Teen North Dakota USA
Miss/Teen Ohio USA
Miss/Teen Vermont USA
Miss/Teen Washington USA

Nov 16-17, 2018
Miss/Teen Alabama USA
Miss/Teen Georgia USA

Nov 17-18, 2018
Miss/Teen Arkansas USA
Miss/Teen Delaware USA
Miss/Teen Hawaii USA
Miss/Teen Miss Massachusetts USA
Miss/Teen New Jersey USA



Nov 24-25, 2018
Miss/Teen Kansas USA
Miss/Teen Maine USA
Miss/Teen Minnesota USA
Miss Texas Teen USA
Miss/Teen Virginia USA

Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018
Miss/Teen South Carolina USA

Dec 1-2, 2018
Miss/Teen Pennsylvania USA

Dec 8, 2018
Miss/Teen District of Columbia USA

Jan 5. 2019
Miss/Teen Connecticut USA

Jan 5-6, 2019
Miss/Teen Arizona USA
Miss/Teen Nebraska USA
Miss/Teen Nevada USA

Jan 12-13, 2019
Miss/Teen Oregon USA

Jan 16-19, 2019
Miss/Teen Florida USA

Jan 19-20, 2019
Miss/Teen New York USA

Jan 26, 2019
Miss/Teen Utah USA

Jan 26-27, 2019
Miss/Teen California USA
Miss/Teen New Mexico USA

TO BE VERIFIED
Kentucky USA





Subject: Miss Kentucky USA 2018


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Michael
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Date Posted: 15:56:22 01/04/18 Thu

What is wrong with this pageant. It's 3 weeks until there new crowning and nothing on there web site, face book or twitter account. This state director Connie is so bad, I wish IMG would look into her and get rid of her. There is never any P.R. work on this pageant, I have lived in the state my whole 54 years.

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Subject: All the States for the Road to Miss USA have been posted! Have Fun!


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IHP
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Date Posted: 19:59:16 01/05/18 Fri


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Subject: Virginia


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Date Posted: 19:55:09 01/05/18 Fri

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Subject: Au Naturel: MO, LA, HA, MA


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Date Posted: 23:24:03 01/04/18 Thu

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Subject: Miss NY USA Miss & Teen. Excited to see who is competing this year and who is not but will hopefully return. In Miss my fave Is Brianna Siaca from last year so far and in Teen I really don’t have a favorite. I do love though Michelle Laino headshots this year. Anyone know who else is competing?


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KM
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Date Posted: 16:21:01 01/05/18 Fri


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Subject: Miss Nebraska USA/Teen USA are up


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Genesis Davila
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Date Posted: 03:41:23 01/02/18 Tue

*<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.warriorsforross.com/neusa2018/index.html">http://www.warriorsforross.com/neusa2018/index.html</a> (Miss)
*<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.warriorsforross.com/neteen2018/index.html">http://www.warriorsforross.com/neteen2018/index.html</a> (Teen)

Low number on Miss this year

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Subject: miss utah usa 10 en miis / 14 en teen


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PACO
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Date Posted: 21:48:10 01/04/18 Thu


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Subject: <a href="https://imgbb.com/"><img src="https://image.ibb.co/gYkmRb/DD2018.jpg" alt="DD2018" border="0"></a><br /><a target='_blank' href='https://imgbb.com/'> There is a lot of support for Danielle Doty, however, she seems so little here. Good luck to her, though my bet is on Alejandra and four others over her.


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HIM
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Date Posted: 18:56:30 01/03/18 Wed


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Subject: Can someone either confirm or refute that the Miss Kentucky USA Pageant is scheduled to take place in a theater that closed for business in December?


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Date Posted: 19:48:42 01/03/18 Wed

Surely to God they have it together better than that.

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Subject: Melissa Consin Young from Wisconsin


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Joy
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Date Posted: 15:02:19 12/26/17 Tue

Does anyone know if Melissa Consin Young, the former Miss Wisconsin who has been sick for many years, passed recently?i saw a post that she was having emergency surgery and now it looks like her Facebook has been taken down. My heart goes out to her little boy who she fought so hard for, so many years. I am sad to think that she has finally been taken and so young.

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Subject: My pageant wish for 2018.... What's yours?


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Old timer
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Date Posted: 14:33:58 12/29/17 Fri

If I could make just one pageant wish for 2018, it would be for IMG/MUO to get Miss USA back on track again. Enough with the stories and the scientists and the "women can do anything" blather. We already know that; just give me a beauty pageant. I'm wishing that they'll go back to the pageants from around 2004-2010 as a model.

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Subject: Was it ever disclosed why Randy Sanders & Pageant Associates downsized the # of states he directed from 5 to 3?


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Anon
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Date Posted: 10:30:16 01/02/18 Tue


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Subject: Former Miss Teen USA Winners & Semi-Finalists who didn't make the cut at USA


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Date Posted: 15:56:26 12/28/17 Thu

Who do you think was robbed the most?

For me, there were so many.

Jamie Solinger ranks #1 on my list. I can't believe that a former Miss Teen USA 1992 didn't even make the semis at Miss USA 1998.

Also, Amanda Penix (Teen SF 1997), didn't make the cut at Miss USA 2000. She looked great.

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Subject: 2018 MUO Milestones


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Basketball Fan
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Date Posted: 16:37:42 12/31/17 Sun

With the new year almost upon us, let's take a look at the MUO titleholders that will be marking milestone birthdays and crowning anniversaries in 2018.

Birthdays
18th: Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff (March 13), Katherine Haik (May 9)
21st: K Lee Graham (April 30), Karlie Hay (December 12)
25th: Paulina Vega (January 15), Iris Mittenaere (January 25), Danielle Doty (April 27)
30th: Ximena Navarrette (February 22), Gabriela Isler (March 21), Olivia Jordan (September 28), Hilary Cruz (December 4), Allie LaForce (December 13)
40th: Lynette Cole (February 9), Lara Dutta (April 16), Shandi Finnessey (June 9), Shelly Moore (September 18)
50th: Porntip Nahirunkanok (February 7), Kelly Hu (February 13), Lu Parker (April 16), Allison Brown (August 23)
70th: Martha Vasconcelos (June 18), Deborah Shelton (November 21), Dorothy Anstett (was 20 at Miss Universe 1968)
80th: Norma Nolan (April 22)

Crowning Anniversaries
10th: Crystle Stewart (April 11), Dayana Mendoza (July 13), Stevi Perry (August 16)
20th: Shawnae Jebbia (March 10), Wendy Fitzwilliam (May 12), Vanessa Minnillo (August 17)
25th: Kenya Moore (February 19), Dayanara Torres (May 21), Charlotte Lopez (August 6)
30th: Courtney Gibbs (March 1), Porntip Nahirunkanok (May 23), Mindy Duncan (July 25)
40th: Judi Andersen (April 29), Margaret Gardiner (July 24)
50th: Dorothy Anstett (May 18), Martha Vasconcelos (July 13)
60th: Eurlyne Howell (July 23)

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Subject: Favorite Miss Teen USA winner or semi-finalist who DID make the cut?


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xoxo
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Date Posted: 15:58:57 12/28/17 Thu

My favorite was Hillary Meyer, Miss Kansas USA 2000. She was great at Teen USA, and even better at USA.

Also Kelly Hu and Shawna Gambill. Both of these former Miss Teen USA's should have won their respective years at Miss USA (1993 and 1998).

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Subject: The top grossing actress in 2017 is a MUO alumna: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/12/gal-gadot-highest-grossing-actress-2017


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Anon
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Date Posted: 18:02:08 12/31/17 Sun


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Subject: Mrs World is Hong Kong. Runners up are Costa Rica and Belarus


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Nice to see an Asian win this pageant for a change
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Date Posted: 14:29:44 12/16/17 Sat


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Subject: Miss Universe cover of NY Post.


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Date Posted: 09:49:47 12/31/17 Sun


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Subject: Just saw on eBay programs from Miss Kentucky USA with Kristen Johnson, Tara Conner and Michelle Banzer feTured. I know they have fans here.


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Date Posted: 10:28:02 12/31/17 Sun


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Subject: Crystle Stewart is back


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Date Posted: 13:05:52 12/18/17 Mon

Crystle Stewart is back and now the director of Miss Houston, along with Lauren Lanning! This means the O'Brians have stepped down!

In the last 20 years, there have really only been THREE directors of the Houston pageants - the Lanning sisters (no relation), the O'Brians and now Crystle and Lauren.

Does this mean Gail is stepping down and paving the way for the O'Brians to direct the Texas pageants?

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Date Posted: 21:52:12 12/27/17 Wed


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Subject: Loving Monika Patel for Miss TX USA right now. Wow her natural beauty is stunning. I like her more natural face rather than the glam. Hoping she toned it down for Miss TX!


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Date Posted: 00:23:45 12/25/17 Mon


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Subject: Miss France is on now!


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France!!
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Date Posted: 15:30:40 12/16/17 Sat

Always my favorite pageant show every year!

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Subject: California USA Contestant Loses Points For Being “Too Short” By Profile photo of Allison KratzAllison Kratz On DECEMBER 5, 2017


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Date Posted: 23:05:18 12/05/17 Tue

California USA Contestant Loses Points For Being “Too Short”
By Allison Kratz On DECEMBER 5, 2017 | 3 Comments |
While most pageants, including Miss USA, like to say contestants’ heights do not matter in competition, is that really the case? One judge for the Miss California USA 2018 pageant does not seem to think so. (Read: Pageant Question: Height Requirement for Miss USA)

Updated at 4:03 p.m. to reflect Miss California USA Executive State Director Alex Kuty’s comments.

About the judge’s post

One judge for the Miss California USA 2018 pageant, Ellina Abovian, negatively marked a contestant last weekend for being “too short.” Abovian shared her score sheet on social media with the caption “cut throat.” The photo shared clearly shows the preliminary judges comments sheet with Abovian’s name as the judge in the top right corner of the sheet and a comment, “too short” for one of the contestants. Fortunately, the name of the contestant was not in the frame of the picture.

The Miss California USA pageant operates with a “mention system” of pageant judging, meaning that they do not use numerical scoring. State Director, Alex Kuty said, “The judge was simply trying to express how difficult it was to narrow down 100 contestants to a top 20. Each judge is entitled to their own opinions and this is why we have a diverse group of eight judges who determine who the best representative for our state. I have nothing but confidence in the integrity of our program and the amazing opportunities and experience it creates for the young woman who participate in it.”

There has been no proof that Abovian meant to express her difficulty selecting the top 20 contestants. It is also unclear whether Abovian’s negative comment had an impact on the final results of the judging.
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California USA Contestant Loses Points For Being “Too Short”
By Profile photo of Allison KratzAllison Kratz On DECEMBER 5, 2017 | 3 Comments |
While most pageants, including Miss USA, like to say contestants’ heights do not matter in competition, is that really the case? One judge for the Miss California USA 2018 pageant does not seem to think so. (Read: Pageant Question: Height Requirement for Miss USA)

Updated at 4:03 p.m. to reflect Miss California USA Executive State Director Alex Kuty’s comments.

About the judge’s post

One judge for the Miss California USA 2018 pageant, Ellina Abovian, negatively marked a contestant last weekend for being “too short.” Abovian shared her score sheet on social media with the caption “cut throat.” The photo shared clearly shows the preliminary judges comments sheet with Abovian’s name as the judge in the top right corner of the sheet and a comment, “too short” for one of the contestants. Fortunately, the name of the contestant was not in the frame of the picture.

The Miss California USA pageant operates with a “mention system” of pageant judging, meaning that they do not use numerical scoring. State Director, Alex Kuty said, “The judge was simply trying to express how difficult it was to narrow down 100 contestants to a top 20. Each judge is entitled to their own opinions and this is why we have a diverse group of eight judges who determine who the best representative for our state. I have nothing but confidence in the integrity of our program and the amazing opportunities and experience it creates for the young woman who participate in it.”

There has been no proof that Abovian meant to express her difficulty selecting the top 20 contestants. It is also unclear whether Abovian’s negative comment had an impact on the final results of the judging.

Photo: @realaustinryde | Ellina Abovian
Photo: @realaustinryde | Ellina Abovian
Abovian posted to Instagram after Kelley Johnson was crowned the winner. Abovian’s post featured a picture of herself and Johnson with the caption, “Congratulations to the beautiful & very tall @realnursekelley our new Miss California 2018.” Both posts have since been deleted but were captured by professional hair and makeup artist Austin Ryde before they disappeared.

Photo: @realaustinryde | Ellina Abovian
Photo: @realaustinryde | Ellina Abovian
While Abovian has not commented further on the height remarks she made, she has removed the post of herself and Kelley Johnson. Abovian did not cite any specific instruction given by the Miss California USA director or program in her reasoning for taking a contestant’s height into consideration during the judging process. Abovian is a former Miss California USA contestant and a current journalist and reporter for a local Los Angeles news site, KTLA. (Read: How to Win Over a Former Titleholder Judge In Interview)

About this impact on the industry

While many in the fashion and pageant industry are calling for increased diversity within titleholders and competitors, the judges clearly are not listening. Height or weight requirements may not be explicitly stated in information packets or judges manuals but they are certainly enforced by individual judges’ preconceived notions of what a pageant titleholder should be. (Read: Miss Universe Host Ashley Graham Criticizes Pageant For Not Including Curvy Contestants)

If pageant judges are deducting points or negatively marking a contestant for something she cannot control, like her height, will the industry really ever change? What do you think? Let us know below!

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Subject: From the miss America board:Date Posted: 18:39:26 12/21/17 Thu The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant’s CEO Really Talks About The Winners Internal correspondence reveals name-calling, slut-shaming and fat-shaming in emails between the Miss America CEO, board members and a pageant writer. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/miss-america-ceo-emails_us_5a3bd266e4b025f99e153fdb [ Post a Reply to This Message ]


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Subject: To the genius below calling for a reality check!


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FL Fan
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Date Posted: 14:20:07 12/14/17 Thu

Oh honey you really do need a reality check, so here ya go. First of all, Grant WAS INDEED forced out, even he acknowledged his “hurt and shock” in Facebook posts at the time. Grant is also the largest cheat probably in the history of pageants, having judges with zero experience including some who personally knew the girls. Grant is also the one who took results out of the MC’s hands and proceeded to go backstage with them, only to return with a winner being called that should not have even been in the top 16, but he did it to try and secure a spot with the Hard Rock and the Seminole tribe, oops! He lost all backing and sponsorship from The City of Hollywood, a City his father built his reputation on, and then after promising the City of Doral so much that he couldn’t deliver on, was not welcomed back there either. Grant does not have an honest or compassionate bone in his tiny body and while I could post at least a dozen other incidents, I’m good, I’ll just let karma keep doing its thing.

As for Genesis, I don’t know the woman personally and I have other young ladies I would much prefer to be crowned on Sunday, if she wins, I won’t be mad. I stand by my thoughts that knowing Grant, and knowing the game playing cocky sob that he is, if he had proof of her cheating, he would have blasted it from the rooftops of Tel Air and would have never let her see one dime of a settlement!

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Subject: ANOTHER (DIRECTOR) MIGHT BITE THE DUST!


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Date Posted: 09:15:26 12/28/17 Thu


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Former Miss Americas: All board members should resign to save pageant
Updated on Dec 28, 2017 at 06:45 AM EST
Former Miss Americas Gretchen Carlson, at left, Mallory Hagan and Kate Shindle say the recent resignation of the Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell, and two board members is not enough. They are calling for the resignation of the entire Miss America board of directors in light of the board's reported knowledge of internal email correspondence from Haskell that disparaged former Miss Americas and contained vulgarities and insults about the women.
Former Miss Americas Gretchen Carlson, at left, Mallory Hagan and Kate Shindle say the recent resignation of the Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell, and two board members is not enough. They are calling for the resignation of the entire Miss America board of directors in light of the board's reported knowledge of internal email correspondence from Haskell that disparaged former Miss Americas and contained vulgarities and insults about the women.
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The Miss America board of directors is looking for new leaders in light of a recent scandal surrounding internal emails from the Atlantic City pageant organization's CEO, Sam Haskell , who resigned alongside other pageant bosses after the messages were made public.

On Wednesday night, the board of the Miss America Organization , in a statement sent by Dan Meyers, interim chairman, announced an open call to former Miss Americas and state executive directors that solicited nominations for members of a seven-person search committee by Jan. 3. The committee would determine a new leadership structure for the pageant, including "current and anticipated board vacancies."


But three former Miss Americas -- Gretchen Carlson (1989), Kate Shindle (1998) and Mallory Hagan (2013) -- who have emerged as organizers of a resistance within the pageant community, say the board has not gone far enough. They continue to call for the resignation of all current board members, saying the board previously knew about Haskell's emails and failed to make any changes to pageant leadership.

Shindle, 40, a singer and actress who is president of the Actors' Equity Association, grew up in Brigantine, where her parents volunteered for the pageant. She referred to the board statement as a "hot mess" on Twitter, issuing a joint statement with Carlson, 51, and Hagan, 29, that called the board's course of action "unacceptable" and accused members of preserving their influence at the cost of the pageant's future.

"In the wake of inexcusable comments by former Executive Chairman Sam Haskell and his cohorts, Miss America is facing the real possibility of losing its television network, major charitable partner, venue, host city, and sponsors," the statement read. "This new tactic pays lip service to groups of stakeholders, while guaranteeing that the majority of the current board will stay on and be able to choose the replacements for those who have resigned."

statement from me, @GretchenCarlson and @ItsMalloryHagan about the hot mess that happened tonight #savemissamerica pic.twitter.com/RIuIyj26GV

-- kate shindle (@kateshindle) December 28, 2017
A Dec. 21 report from HuffPost detailed the content of the offending emails , in which Haskell laughed at or approved of disparaging jokes and comments made by Lewis Friedman, a pageant script writer, about former Miss Americas, including one remark that labeled the women with a derogatory term for female genitalia. Haskell also responded favorably to Friedman's suggestion that Shindle, who had been critical of Haskell's Miss America pay in her 2014 book, "Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain," should have died instead of another Miss America who passed away that year.

Hagan, Miss America 2013, was used as the model for the Miss America statue installed on the boardwalk when the pageant returned to Atlantic City in 2013. But in his emails, Haskell, 62, made negative comments about Hagan's appearance, calling her "gross" and "huge," and fixated on her sexual history. Haskell was reportedly angered when a pageant staffer, Brent Adams, who worked for his production company, began dating Hagan instead of his daughter, Mary Lane Haskell. In the messages, Tammy Haddad, the vice-chairwoman of the board, also suggested that Haskell hire an investigator to dig up dirt on Hagan. And Haddad called Carlson -- the former Fox News host who sued CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment , which led to the toppling of Ailes and others at Fox -- a "snake."


Friedman, the script writer, had already been fired from his post with the pageant when Haddad, a powerful media figure in Washington D.C., became the first in the leadership to resign. After 49 former Miss Americas called for Haskell's resignation, also asking Haddad; Josh Randle, chief operating officer; and Lynn Weidner, chairwoman of the board, to step down, Haskell was suspended by the pageant board on Dec. 22.

But the pageant boss remained defiant.

"My mistake is a mistake of words," Haskell said in a statement , claiming the email messages were edited and calling the HuffPost story "so unkind and untrue." The pageant boss, who makes $500,000 a year, said the story "hurts me, my family, and the stewardship of this non-profit."

In response, a group of Miss Americas that had grown to include 56 women charged Haskell with victim-shaming.

"We are horrified that the board is turning a blind eye," they said in a follow-up letter .

Just a day later, the pageant announced Haskell's immediate resignation, and both Weidner and Randle said they would leave within 90 days.

After Adams, a former employee of Haskell's company, and board member Regina Hopper brought internal emails to the attention of pageant partner Dick Clark Productions in August, the company brought the emails back to the board, reportedly with the hope that the board would enact a change in leadership. But only Friedman was fired. Dick Clark Productions, which had teamed with the pageant several years earlier to raise the pop culture profile of the aging event -- extending awards show appearance contracts to winners -- then severed ties with Miss America.


Shindle, Hagan and Carlson said the board's misstep was in making no change after reviewing Haskell's emails. Only after the emails were made public and former Miss Americas voiced their opposition to Haskell's leadership did the group vote to suspend the CEO . Carlson, Hagan and Shindle also accused the board of handing Haskell "a generous severance package."

The major charitable partner that the former Miss Americas are referring to is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a Utah-based nonprofit that raises money for children's hospitals and medical research. Miss America's contract with its TV network, ABC, ends after the September 2018 pageant (Haskell, former head of worldwide TV with the William Morris Agency, had been credited with bringing the pageant back to network television from cable).

Meanwhile, the uncertainty about the pageant's host city -- Atlantic City -- is real. In 2016, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority subsidized the pageant to the tune of $12.5 million. There is still one year left on that contract, which ends after the next pageant. But after the Haskell emails came to light, Chris Howard, executive director of the CRDA, said the authority would review its contract with the pageant (Miss America maintains its headquarters in Boardwalk Hall, which is also home to the competition).


"The CRDA finds the reports of the Miss America Organization and the behavior of its leadership troubling," Howard said in a statement to the Press of Atlantic City on Dec. 22. "The CRDA is working with our legal counsel to undertake an immediate review of its contract with the Miss America Organization and Dick Clark Productions to assess what steps we may need to take." (The contract with Miss America stipulated that Atlantic City be featured in Dick Clark Productions' "New Year's Rockin' Eve," but that never happened.)

On Sunday, John Palmieri, former executive director of the CRDA, under whose leadership the authority made two deals with the pageant -- including the one that brought the event back to Atlantic City from Las Vegas in 2013 -- said the misogynistic remarks in the emails had irreparably damaged the Miss America brand.

"The CRDA would be well served by severing the funding agreement and finding better ways to invest in community building activities," he said.

Both former Miss Americas and former pageant staffers have described a culture of fear and retaliation within the organization.

Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 , took to Instagram on Dec. 22 for a live video in which she tearfully said she was told to "disassociate" from Carlson, Hagan and Shindle during her reign. She also said she had witnessed staffers being pushed out of their jobs or fired after they were critical of leadership. Cantrell, 23, said the pageant organization attempted to underpay her, and that Haskell had prevented her from moving forward with a planned reality show that would've featured the former titleholder and her fiance.

Staying quiet amid all the controversy had been Miss America 2018, Cara Mund . But the 24-year-old former Miss North Dakota broke her silence in a subtle way on Twitter Dec. 23, with small gestures, like using the hashtag #MissAmericaStrong and a pageant pun.

"Do you remember the first time you were asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'" she tweeted. "Since kindergarten my answer has been, and always will be, 'Miss America.' Please remember it is after the heaviest of reigns that we discover the greatest of rainbows. #sisterhood."

In her message, she included a photo of herself wearing a crown that bore the sentiment, "This is for those who refuse to be defined by the limitations set by others."

Do you remember the first time you were asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Since kindergarten my answer has been, and always will be, "Miss America." Please remember it is after the heaviest of reigns that we discover the greatest of rainbows. #sisterhood pic.twitter.com/BNP0SgjYEs

-- Cara Mund (@MissAmerica) December 23, 2017
Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com . Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook .
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Subject: Given the direction of Miss USA under IMG + the recent firestorm the Miss America Org has undergone, do you think more MAO contestants will switch over to MUO? We’ve already seen several win state titles this year. Thoughts???


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Subject: Behind the Scenes at Miss Universe


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Subject: Who is ready for Miss Texas USA?


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Date Posted: 12:07:45 12/21/17 Thu

Who are your favorites for the crown?

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