After weathering several scandals — including the one involving leaked emails from former CEO Sam Haskill — 2019 will mark the first Miss America pageant where there is no swimsuit competition. This is just one step the organization is taking to become more empowering, so it’ll be worth tuning in to see if the pageant lives up to the promise.
Fans can watch the competition live Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, but preliminary competitions are already underway. And, as a result, there are some women who are ahead of the 51-competitor pack.
Between their activism, their followings, and their accomplishments in and out of the pageant world, here are the 20 contestants you should keep an eye on during this year’s pageant.
Miss Louisiana already showed off her talents.
Miss Louisiana, Holli Conway, is already sweeping the competition. On night two of the preliminary pageant competition, she scored a win in the talent section with her vocal performance of „I Believe.“
Conway studied theater at Northwestern University, and her platform is inspiring others to share their talents with the world.
Miss Florida already won scholarship money.
Taylor Tyson, much like Conway, is already a winner — she earned up to $2,000 in scholarship money for her talent, playing classical piano.
This 23-year-old majored in political science and wants to empower women to join male-dominated fields, like music and academia. She’s also spent the last 12 years mentoring girls, which means she’s been working toward her platform for a long time, which will undoubtedly be impressive to judges.
Miss Wisconsin spoke of important topics.
On night one of the preliminary competition, 25-year-old Tianna Vanderhei won scholarship money when she spoke about how important diversity is on college campuses.
A dancer,Vanderhei wants to encourage people to build their „soft skills,“ like communication and leadership. In the past, she’s worked as a news anchor before starting her current career in advertising.
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