Obit of Bess Myerson Is a Vivid, Splashy Must-Read

Bess Myerson, public servant, presidential advisor, and the first and only Jewish Miss America, died on December 14th at the age of 90. The New York Times released an obituary Monday, reigniting public interest in a woman who lived loudly despite the traps of disadvantage—economic, religious, gender—that sought to… » 1/06/15 1:45pm 1/06/15 1:45pm

Miss America: Swimsuit Competition Let Her Show 'How Hard I’ve Worked'

Since winning the Miss America pageant, Kira Kazantsev has been on the road not denying getting kicked out of her sorority for hazing and visiting hospitals, Disney World, and Canada. She stopped by USA Today for an interview with Ann Oldenburg, where she chatted about Kim Kardashian's Paper cover (because apparently… » 11/17/14 4:45pm 11/17/14 4:45pm

There She Is, Your Ideal: Miss America's Mean Girl History

We reported earlier this week that in spring 2013, Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of Hofstra University's Alpha Phi sorority for hazing her sisters. Now, new information from one of her former sorority sisters indicates that her involvement was more serious than she's been willing to admit. Kazantsev » 9/25/14 2:40pm 9/25/14 2:40pm

John Oliver's Jokes Rain Money Down on the Society of Women Engineers

John Oliver is a hero, not just because he’s funny, but also: His jokes made money for the Society of Women Engineers. Like, $25,000 in donations in 48 hours kind of money. » 9/24/14 9:45am 9/24/14 9:45am

Miss America Admits To Hazing, But Not, Like, Super Bad Hazing

Yesterday, we reported that 2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of her sorority for abusively hazing pledges. Today, Good Morning America, the marquee morning show on ABC (the network that airs the Miss America pageant), had Kazantsev on to clarify what happened. » 9/23/14 11:10am 9/23/14 11:10am

Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors student who's publicly passionate about women's health and down to clown with Jimmy Kimmel; she's got a squeaky-clean image and a squeaky-clean resume. But it's missing one… » 9/22/14 1:30pm 9/22/14 1:30pm

Meet Your Jumpsuit-Clad Miss America, Whose Talent Is the Cups Game

Last night was the annual meeting of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Phyllis Schlafly Chapter Miss America pageant. And it was... really weird? Weirder than usual, I mean. Downright zany, even! As in, the woman who won opted to play a red plastic cup as her talent. » 9/15/14 10:30am 9/15/14 10:30am

Miss America Contestant Plans to Wear 3D-Printed Shoes

One of this year's contestants at the Miss America pageant is opting for an unusual sartorial choice: She'll be repping for her college wearing 3D-printed high heels. Somehow they're still completely covered in sparkles. » 9/02/14 4:50pm 9/02/14 4:50pm

Miss Idaho Wins with Insulin Pump on Full Display

Last week, Sierra Sandison took home the title of Miss Idaho in the Miss America competition, but in the swimsuit section of the competition, there was one thing that really set her apart: her insulin pump. » 7/19/14 3:21pm 7/19/14 3:21pm

Miss Delaware Stripped of Her Crown Because She's 24 and 'Too Old'

A glittery shitstorm is going down in Delaware, where a beauty queen was essentially fired because she’s geriatric — at 24. » 6/27/14 10:40am 6/27/14 10:40am

​Student Asks Miss America to Prom, Gets Suspended

Miss America Nina Davuluri recently visited a Pennsylvania high school to talk about the importance STEM careers, and during a Q & A session 18-year-old Patrick Farves took it upon himself to ask Ms. Davuluri to prom. Honestly anyone who noticed that a nationwide pageant winner was visiting a high school in… » 4/20/14 3:23pm 4/20/14 3:23pm

Racists Are Being Hella Racist Because Miss America Isn't White

Earlier tonight, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, an Indian-American woman born in Syracuse, was crowned the winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant. Idiot racists got so mad, they started mixing up Indian, Indian-American, Arab, Muslim, and everything in between. It's (literarily) a most impressive display of dumb mixed… » 9/16/13 3:00am 9/16/13 3:00am

Spork Dresses and Smiles: The Ladies of Tonight's Miss America Pageant

It’s possible you may have been going about your business entirely unaware that one of those rare calendar events is upon us. Much like the appearance of Halley’s comet or the upcoming convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah, Sunday night marks the second Miss America pageant of 2013. » 9/15/13 5:15pm 9/15/13 5:15pm

Miss New York Accused Of Calling Outgoing Miss America 'Fat As Fuck'

Two days before the 2013 Miss America pageant, Miss New York Nina Dalvuluri —the self-proclaimed Miss Diversity — was allegedly caught on tape calling outgoing Miss America Mallory Hagan "fat as fuck."* Keep it classy, ladies. » 9/13/13 9:00am 9/13/13 9:00am

GOP Asshat: Miss America Congressional Hopeful Like a 'Street Walker'

Former Miss America Erika Harold, who we noted earlier this month was running for Congress in Illinois as a Republican, is already being forced to drink some strong haterade, even from within her own party. This week, a GOP Chairman criticized Harold's qualifications for office, lampooning Harold for supporting… » 6/21/13 4:00pm 6/21/13 4:00pm

Miss America Goes to Washington: What to Know About Erika Harold

Erika Harold, also known as Miss America 2003, who has recently been rumored to be running for Congress in Illinois, is expected to announce her candidacy for office on Tuesday, reports The Pantograph. And she could very well win! » 6/04/13 10:40am 6/04/13 10:40am

Why Are So Many Miss America Winners from the South?

If you haven't been paying attention, the newest Miss America of 2013, Mallory Hagan, lives in Brooklyn. But before you get to reeling from the notion that the epicenter of "all things ironic and progressive" could produce something so quaint, so old-fashioned, so retrograde, take comfort in knowing that she's… » 1/18/13 6:00pm 1/18/13 6:00pm

Miss America Lives in Park Slope, Probably Owns $200 Yoga Pants and…

This past Saturday, Miss New York Mallory Hagan was crowned the winner at the 2013 Miss America Pageant, marking the first time a contestant from the Empire State has won since Vanessa Williams was given the title nearly 3 decades ago. Stranger still, Hagan doesn't hail from Poughkeepsie or Rochester (no offense to… » 1/14/13 1:10pm 1/14/13 1:10pm