Beauty pageants

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 - 5:51 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 - 11:52 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 - 10:41 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 - 9:57 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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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 - 9:38 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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March 05, 2019 - 1:36 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A lawsuit claiming "an illegal and bad-faith takeover" of the Miss America Organization has been withdrawn. The lawsuit had been brought by former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth and several state pageant organizations. Vaden Barth is a former Miss North Carolina and...
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February 07, 2019 - 4:41 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A beauty pageant in Uganda that purports to promote local women's "curves" has outraged critics who say it demeans the dignity of women. The pageant, dubbed "Miss Curvy Uganda," is being championed by a government minister who says the East African country should not promote...
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January 25, 2019 - 3:10 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences. Superior Court Michael Blee on Friday urged four state pageant...
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In this combination of Aug. 30, 2018, file photos, Gretchen Carlson, left, chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, and Regina Hopper, the pageant's CEO speaks to the contestants and the crowd during the annual Miss America arrival celebration in Atlantic City, N.J. Carlson, Hopper and the Miss America Organization are being sued by a former board member and four states claiming "an illegal and bad-faith takeover" of the pageant. The lawsuit filed Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Atlantic City. (Erin Grugan/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 4:47 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former board member and four states that have had their licenses terminated by the Miss America Organization are suing the group and its top leaders, claiming "an illegal and bad-faith takeover" of the pageant. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Atlantic City by Jennifer...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:10 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai social media influencer who criticized a gown worn by her country's Miss Universe contestant could end up in court after another online personality filed a complaint with police charging that her thumbs-down fashion comment defamed the royal family. Kitjanut Chaiyosburana, a...
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