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Season of Thanks

I have been Miss America for 72 days. The shock has not yet worn off and I doubt it will any time soon. Since my last blog post, I have had the busiest month of my life, traveling to 15 cities in 30 days, sometimes for only one night at a time.   The things I’ve gotten...

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So, How is Miss America Chosen Anyway?

It has been over a month since the Miss America competition ended and I can’t even believe it. Where has the time gone? So much has happened over the past few weeks so I’m going to sum it up briefly with some highlights.   I had a couple of firsts: my 1st Matt Boyd photo shoot in...

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Safe Horizon “We Are Survivors” Event

I was honored to be a panelist, share my story, and be in the midst of such strong women at the Safe Horizon "We Are Survivors" event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Together, we #VOWtoEndIt. ...

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Domestic Violence Awareness: Making Campuses Safe

Thanks to HuffPost Live for having me on today to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses. Watch the segment to see what you can do to help and how we can continue to add to the conversation....

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Love shouldn’t hurt for women OR men

My goal as Miss America this year is not only to add to the dialogue, but to change it. There’s a lot of noise out there, but it’s important to be able to weed through it all and get your message across, consequently changing people’s minds. I firmly believe that changing laws to better society...

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Please try and contemplate that the following exists in our world: somewhere in the Middle East, there is a man who feels he has a certain responsibility. He rides a bicycle and wears a canister of acid on his back, patrolling the streets. He is not in search of terrorists. Instead, he is in search...

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Love Conquers Hate

I can’t believe it’s the beginning of Week 3! It still feels like just yesterday I was frantically running around Atlantic City with my Miss America sisters, and now I’m waiting to board a flight on my next stop as Miss America.   If you’ve been following my first few weeks at all, you know that they...

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Where’s Wilson?

For the talent portion of the Miss America competition, I very well could have chosen a song that showcased more of my range or that fit more neatly into the mold of what is expected of pageant contestants...

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