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The Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) organization is pleased to announce that Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2013 Alyssa Sullivan, Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2013 Jessica Procter, and Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 Leah Sykes will be singing the National Anthem during the Miss America Organization preliminary competitions, September 10-12, 2013. The preliminary and final competitions will be held at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Watch the 2014 Miss America competition on Sunday, September 15, 2013, live on ABC at 9 p.m. EDT.

DO AC of Atlantic City, New Jersey, wants people to “Show Us Your Shoes” for the chance to win a luxury trip to Atlantic City and tickets to the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall on September 15, 2013. 

The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, sponsored by Pink & Pepper, is an opportunity for Miss America contestants to display their creative side to the public by decorating their shoes to match their unique personalities and home states. Have a pair of bedazzled Birkenstocks, festooned flip flops, or embellished espadrilles at home? Contest participants are asked to show their creativity by uploading a picture of their most decked out, fabulous, DIY shoe creations to,, or Twitter with the hashtag #Showusyourshoes, by September 1. 

Two prize winners will be selected. A panel of expert judges will select one grand prize winner. The contest opened August 19 for voters to choose a People’s Choice Winner. Winners will be announced on September 9.  

The two prize winners will receive luxury overnight accommodations for two at an Atlantic City casino resort hotel, two VIP tickets to the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, two tickets to the 2014 Miss America Competition, and a $500 gift certificate for a pair of Gucci shoes at The Pier Shops at Caesars on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. 

Expert Judges

Elizabeth Wellington, The Philadelphia Inquirer's fashion writer since December 2002. She has an eye for the new, the unusual, and that which suits us all. @ewllingtonPHL

Jené Luciani, a nationally acclaimed fashion journalist, style expert, tastemaker, TV personality, spokesperson, and bestselling author. She appears regularly on NBC’s TODAY Show, The Style Network, and Good Day NY. @jeneluciani

Renee Beck a lifestyle writer and contributor to Glamour, Baltimore Examiner, and CBS Baltimore. @reneelbeck 

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Source: DO AC Photo: Miss Florida’s shoe from 1997 on display at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. Photo by Peter Tobia/Atlantic City Alliance

Join the Miss America Organization on Saturday, September 14, for a special breakfast as the Miss America family celebrates the Golden Anniversary of Miss America 1964 Donna Axum Whitworth and the Silver Anniversary of Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson.

After a week of preliminary competitions and weeks, months, or for some, years of preparation, judges of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 competition awarded Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes the honor of carrying the national title and crown into 2014.

The third and final night of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 preliminary competition played host to an extended production, welcoming Princess and Teens in Training camp participants to the stage in addition to teen titleholders from across the nation. And while backgrounds, traditions, and reasons for taking part in the organization are as vast as American landscapes, on the MAOTeen stage, young women came together in solidarity to celebrate all four points of the crown.

For the second night of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 competition, fifty-two contestants danced onto and across the stage and into the hearts of audience members. Several contestants were called out for exceptional talent, lifestyle and fitness, and on-stage question and evening wear in addition to other special awards.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen contestants from fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were pretty in Tony Bowls pink for the first night of preliminary competition Tuesday. Although only one teen will take away the crown Saturday night, and just three contestants were awarded preliminary scholarship awards Tuesday evening, each young lady proved that this week, it's their "time to shine."

These Heels Were Made for Walking

Monday, 05 August 2013 10:26

MAO contestants and titleholders walk the walk and talk the talk, but walking the walk can be difficult if the shoe doesn’t fit. Take advice from these pageant shoe outfitters and choose a shoe that will leave your toes singing for joy from daytime appearances to on stage.

How Do YOU Keep Your Crown On?

Monday, 29 July 2013 05:54

Have you ever had trouble fastening your crown? Ronda Howdyshell, CrownClips owner and inventor, talks about her innovative, painless way to easily affix your crown to your head.

Keep Calm and Carry Duct Tape

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 07:21

In the game of pageant life, the fashion emergency card is one every girl will pass on. When you’re dealing with the stress and panic of a fashion emergency it takes some deep breaths, a backup plan, and, if nothing else, the support of your sisterhood to turn things around.

If you want to avoid a fashion crisis you need to be your own advocate. In other words, preparation might be the best lipstick: When worries are far away, smiles are natural and come easier. Taking a few minutes to pack a traveling tool kit is not only smart, but also beautiful in that no emergency will take away your shine.  

Make room in your kit for blotting paper for oil and to keep your face fresh, hairspray, static spray, a sewing kit, extra earring backs, and a lint brush. Even items such as clear nail polish, eyelash glue, deodorant, safety pins, hook and eye clasps, and bobby pins could be lifesavers. Pack Band-Aids to ward off blisters from shoes, napkins for coffees spills, and a stain-removing pen for accidents. 

You’d be surprised at the multiple uses of baby powder for your beauty needs. Baby powder could help set makeup (so numerous touch-ups are no longer needed) and may be used in a pinch as a substitute for dry shampoo, if you notice greasy hair or product build-up. Dusting baby powder on lashes has been known to give a more full and fluffy look. Another product that does double duty is Visine. If you have red eyes, Visine could be used—and it helps reduce the redness of blemishes, as well. 

Double-sided tape may be the invention of the century. It could stop clothing gaps and keep a swimsuit from riding up. It could shorten tourser or skirt hems for interviews, or could tidy up loose or too-long hems. “Sticky boobs” and “sticky butt” products could help with keeping things in place, with a smoothing effect.  

Think about bringing duplicates, so any catastrophe has a built-in backup ensemble. An extra set of shoes, another gown and swimsuit, and jewelry that could be mixed and matched could mean the difference between making do and making things right. There are solutions to every mishap, but you must have tools at the ready. Being resourceful is all part of the bigger picture. Try a pencil eraser when you need an extra earring back. Wearing black and notice deodorant stains? Rubbing nylons over the spot has been known to alleviate the problem. And if you think you’re packing too much, Baylee Bernstein, a loyal Facebook friend, would probably disagree. “If you don’t use your backups for a recent pageant, don’t worry, because they will always come in handy for your next one!”

Dress disasters top the list of fashion crises. Stories of dresses that won’t zip up are as many as sequins on a gown. Dresses have been duct taped, pinned, and maybe even stapled together. When it comes down to it, preparation and planning pave the way for a stress-free state of mind. The most important thing? Rremain calm.

Written by: Missy Black