On the docket for 2013 fashion, former Miss America (2000) and fashion designer Heather French Henry predicts cocktail dresses will feature more sophisticated ideas of presentation with class coming back into style looking to Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for a responsible and stylish representation. “We have great influences with Kate Middleton showing you can be stylish and trendy without being trashy. That bodes well for us at Miss America. The look that Kate puts forth is in line to look responsible yet stylish.” Expect lengthy, longer looks with a nod in the direction of traditional and sensible class. “Class never goes out of style,” says Henry who also forecasts details such as fabrics being tailored in an origami way.
The evening gown portion of Miss America competitions is Robin Fleming’s favorite part of competition. While everyone wants to see a glorious gown on Miss America, Fleming, the Gown Guru and Designer with La Casa Hermosa of Wellington in Florida, sees this time as an opportunity for girls to express their own personality.
When it comes to a classic, winning style and appearance Fleming likes to see, “A fitted gown—the silhouette of a woman. It’s really the emblem by which this whole contest is based upon, female power and female energy.”
“The dress should look amazing on her. It should feel like a marriage of gown to girl.” Miss America is really, “the people’s princess here in America,” says Fleming who thinks her overall look should be fresh, young, trendy and elegant.
So, what does Henry expect Miss America to look like on stage when she’s crowned?
“That’s tough because there is no model—none of us look alike. Miss America is crowned in the interview, which no one gets to see. I’m more interested in the fact that Miss America, regardless of what she looks like, has to be able to speak to crowds and take a leadership position and be a role model.”
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Source: Robin Fleming and Heather French Henry
Tune in to The Price is Right on CBS today, December 28, at 11 a.m. ET* and watch Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler in this special Miss America show appearing in her beautiful Joseph Ribkoff gown as she presents the 2013 Miss America Competition Showcase!
Be sure to tune in to see who will be lucky enough to win tickets to Las Vegas to witness Miss America 2013 being crowned on January 12 at Planet Hollywood on ABC!
*Please check your local listings
In the spirit of the Holiday Season and "MAOTeen Gives Back," local titleholders around the country are giving their time and talents to spread holiday cheer.
Krystian Leonard, Miss Southern West Virginia's Outstanding Teen, took a day during her Thanksgiving holiday break to visit the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. She spent time there with some very brave youngsters and read a children's book she wrote, Shining Scars, giving them a shining light and a smile in their hearts as they heal.
This month, Krystian gave back by ringing the Salvation Army bell at a local shopping mall on Wednesday, December 5. In addition, she worked a special booth, Presents for Pets, for the local humane society, which will be helping homeless pets this holiday season.
Brooke Bullock, Miss Leaf River Valley's Outstanding Teen 2013, was the featured speaker at The Petal Rotary Club in Petal, Mississippi, where she spoke about her platform, Clothe the Country. At the monthly gathering, Bullock collected more than twenty coats to help perpetuate her project, designed to give clothes to the needy.
In addition to the coats collected from the Rotary Club, Brooke received more than seventy from Forrest General Spirit Girls, a community service organization with which she is involved. Brooke will compete in the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen pageant in June 2013.
Vickie Holtsman, Miss River City's Outstanding Teen, is working with the Promise to Kate Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to find a cure for Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. Vickie recently visited Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where Promise to Kate made a $10,000 donation to pay for the three Tesla MRI machines that help to quickly diagnose young patients. During her visit, Vickie delivered more than three hundred coloring books to the children.
During a recent trip to Texas, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 Rachel Wyatt visited Heart House Dallas to bring books to the children who benefit from the program. Heart House Dallas is a free afterschool educational program that provides a safe haven and academic support to at-risk children, while encouraging them to become good citizens.
After her visit to Heart House, Rachel delivered Christmas gifts to the Toys for Tots drive in Dallas. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
While in Dallas, Rachel also received training at Mental Management System.
While in Dallas, Rachel also received training at Mental Management Systems, a recognized mental training program that is taught to and used by world and Olympic champions throughout the world. Lanny Bassham is recognized as a teacher of the world's best in the area of mental preparation for sport and business. His current and past clients include the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, Miss USA winners, world and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, United States Secret Service, Navy SEALs, United States Army Marksmanship Unit, United States Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit, and Olympic teams of USA, Australia Canada, India, Japan, Korea, and People’s Republic of China.
Source: MAOTeen Photo: L-R, Founder of Mental Management, Lenny Bassham with MAOTeen 2013 Rachel Wyatt and Mental Management Director of Performance Programs Heather Sumlin
Many of you are familiar with the U.S. Dream Academy because of its founder and Miss America's Outstanding Teen board member, Wintley Phipps. Wintley travels hundreds of thousands of miles each year, fundraising for his organization. He uses his oratorical and musical gifts to call attention to the plight of the children of incarcerated parents. The after-school "Dream Centers," located in eleven U.S. cities are havens of security and learning for six hundred boys and girls ... and they need our help!
In the spirit of the Season and "MAOTeen Gives Back," MAOTeen Chairman of the Board Donna Bozarth would like to challenge each of you to take a moment and give a donation of at least $10 (more if you can!) and ask ten of your friends/family to do the same. Let's see if the MAOTeen family can fill this need.
Please click on the link www.mydreamleaf.com and make your donation. While you are there, watch the short videos ... you may see someone you know! Then share this message with all of your family and friends. If you have Facebook or other social media sites, there are instructions to help you place the link on your sites. There is great power in numbers. Let's use our numbers to help the U.S. Dream Academy!
Thank you to each of you for your continued participation and support of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen organization. You are a valued friend and MAOTeen family member!
Source: Donna Bozarth, MAOTeen
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will perform the National Anthem this Sunday, December 9 in her home state of Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions. Check your local listings to see if the game will be televised in your area, or tune in to the NFL Network for updates!
Source and photo: MAO
Good Morning America revealed the diverse panel of national judges for the 2013 Miss America Competition on this morning’s show. This year’s panel of seven esteemed judges includes an accomplished designer and member of Oprah’s “Glam Squad;” Indiana’s very first Miss America turned marketing professional and philanthropist; a global broadcasting icon and television host who has interviewed the biggest celebrities to the President of the United States; an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and television star; a well known morning television broadcaster and weather editor; an entrepreneur, business icon, and television star, as well as a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist. Together, the team of judges will have the important task of evaluating the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January, 12 at 9-11 p.m. ET on ABC.
As announced today on “Good Morning America,” this year’s seven judges are:
Bradley Bayou: Bradley gained widespread recognition for his many contributions to the fashion industry. As a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America he has received numerous industry honors, including “Mercedes-Benz Presents” Designer for Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. While the BRADLEY BAYOU couture label is a favorite among celebrities, he also has a ready-to-wear namesake collection at QVC where he has translated couture quality and the fundamentals of his book The Science of Sexy into an affordable clothing line. Bradley’s fashion pieces have graced the covers and pages of many magazines and periodicals including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Cosmopolitan, People, Entertainment Weekly, and In Style. He is a member of Oprah’s “Glam Squad” and has been a contributor on www.oprah.com as well as an ambassador for NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) promoting healthy body images in the media and fashion industry.
Cheryl Burke: Cheryl has more than twenty years of dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt, and as a professional dancer Cheryl has tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars.” Recently she became the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals four times, becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season Three and Drew Lachey in Season Two. Now at 27, she has used her appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” to propel her career into different avenues. In 2008 she opened her first dance studio, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance and has authored a best-selling biography.
Sam Champion: Sam is the weather anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America and also serves as weather editor for ABC News. In addition to covering the national forecast, Sam travels for weather-related stories around the country and the globe. Since joining Good Morning America, he has reported from the frontlines of California wildfires; hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana; and from winter storms in Denver, Chicago, and Boston. As part of the morning broadcast’s The New 7 Wonders of the World series, Sam has even broadcast live afloat in the middle of the Polar Ice Caps. He reported from Louisiana on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which included a dive in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, he regularly brings tips and information on how to be environmentally efficient to his regular Just One Thing reports. Sam also hosts Sea Rescue, a weekly series broadcast nationally on Saturday mornings.
Mary Hart: Mary is best known for hosting Entertainment Tonight for nearly thirty years. Her reporting has included interviewing nearly every major motion picture, television and music star of the last thirty years from Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Sinatra to George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Justin Bieber. Mary was the only entertainment journalist to interview all of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and she has been honored by American Women in Radio and Television with the Gracie Allen Award, which recognizes those responsible for “exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of broadcasting and electronic media.” She was also presented with the Samaritan Award by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for her work on behalf of several children’s charities. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as co-chair of the New Hospital Campaign, she helped pave the way for the opening of the new building in July 2011. She is also an ambassador for Childhelp USA that combats child abuse across America.
Daymond John: Star of ABC hit show Shark Tank, Daymond is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Daymond has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. Daymond is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with more than $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received more than thirty-five awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year.
McKayla Maroney: McKayla is the 2011 World Vault Champion and last summer in London, she let the world know that she'd arrived. As a member of USA's 2012 Olympic Women's Gymnastic Team, "THE FIERCE FIVE," she earned a gold medal with her teammates as she performed a historically epic vault, which will forever be remembered. After arriving home from the Olympics, McKayla discovered she had competed on a potentially career ending toe fractures which required surgery, and a fibula fracture. In spite of these injuries, she joined the Kellogg's Tour. She has become an internet sensation after inspiring the blog website “McKayla Maroney is NOT impressed.” She recently shot a guest star role on the CW television show, Hart of Dixie, and will be shooting a second one soon.
Katie Stam Irk: Katie served as Miss America 2009, and during her year of service, she traveled more than 250,000 miles on behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, United States armed forces, and her personal platform of promoting community service and involvement. Katie has continued to travel the country on her national speaking tour as an advocate, spokeswoman, host, author, branding professional, and performer. She is an executive consultant for New Sunshine, LLC in Indianapolis where she specializes in product development and marketing. Serving on the Board of Directors for Ovar'coming Together; Indiana's ovarian cancer awareness organization, Katie is passionate about ovarian cancer research, education and support groups.
This year’s judges panel comprises experts in each of the fields that a young woman must excel in order to be named Miss America. Miss America must be intelligent, talented, well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community, and be modern in her style and fashion—a relevant and individual young woman who can connect with today’s contemporary woman, as well as being physically fit.
Tune in tomorrow, December 5, to hear the live announcement of the National Judges selected for the 2013 Miss America Competition on ABC’s Good Morning America during the Pop News segment, in the 8 a.m. ET* hour!
* Please check your local listings
The Miss America Organization is proud to announce your opportunity to vote for a finalist at the 2013 Miss America Competition, broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 12, 2013 on ABC. There are fifty-three exciting videos posted online, made by each of the 2013 contestants, showing off their style and personality and explaining why they should be chosen as the next Miss America!
Cast your vote via one of the following two methods:
There is a limit of one one vote per person and Internet accessible device per contestant throughout the Voting Period, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday January 10, 2013. Click here to read Voting Terms and Conditions. Happy Voting!
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 Rachel Wyatt was the featured guest on Best Ever You Radio yesterday, December 2. The Best Ever You Show is a top rated international radio show on Blog Talk Radio entering its third year. The show is hosted by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino and co-hosted by Dr. Katie Eastman and Gary Kobat.
The Best Ever You Show has welcomed hundreds of experts and celebrities including; The Lennon Sisters, Lee Phillip Bell, Michael Maloney, Ed Asner, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Gary Kobat, Alana Stewart, Michael McGlone, Bobby Roth, Tosca Reno, Shea Vaughn, Eileen Davidson, Susan Baker, Forbes Riley, and many more.
They feature Real People, Real Advice, Real Places, Real Products and Businesses, Real Life Stories, and more, including real celebrity life. Best Ever You is committed to helping you be your best and keep it real—Be confident, successful, caring, and beautiful, every day!
Click here to listen to Rachel's interview!