Fashion Q&A with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan!

You'll see Miss America on TV at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We've got the deets on what she's wearing on that big day and more!
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Fashion Q&A with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan!

You’ll see Miss America on TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We’ve got the deets on what she’s wearing on that big day and more!

-Heather Taylor

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This Thanksgiving while you’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, look out for 2011’s Miss America, Teresa Scanlan on a float. Not that you’ll have a hard time missing her, clad in a standout white Joseph Ribkoff coat and that fabulous tiara! This will be Teresa’s final official appearance in the United States before she passes the crown onto the next winner of the pageant on January 14, 2012. We got the chance to chat with her about her fabulous sense of style, what being a beauty ambassador to a major designer is like, and what to do when your crown is being checked in your airport carry-on!

Congrats on winning the Miss America title! You were only 17 when you won. How did it feel? What state did you win it for?

Becoming the 90th anniversary Miss America was truly tremendous and it is certainly an honor to hold this iconic title and now be a part of an American tradition. I am from Nebraska, so I became the first Miss Nebraska to ever win Miss America.

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Have you been a longtime competitor in beauty pageants?

I don’t consider myself “longtime,” as I only competed for four years throughout high school in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, which is basically a “little sister” program to Miss America. Neither of these organizations is considered a “beauty pageant,” as they are judged highly on talent and interview, and exist to provide scholarships to women across the country to reach their educational and career goals. This is actually why I first began competing; I grew up the middle of seven children and wanted to pursue a degree in law, so I knew scholarships were going to be essential to make that dream come true!

Describe to me what the pageant routine is like.

“Pageant routine” when referring to the Miss America pageant really isn’t as complex as you might think! There are four points on the Miss America crown because they stand for the four fundamental tenets of the organization: service, success, style, and scholarship. In order to be successful in competing in this system, you must focus on each of these areas in your own life. For me, preparing for Miss America included basically continuing what I was doing in my life to the best of my ability. This organization is looking for a national ambassador who is relatable and sincere, not perfect or fake, so special diets, complicated routines, or fancy tricks really aren’t the way to go!

My goal was to stay healthy and become the strongest, most active, and most fit person I could be; to improve my piano playing and musical abilities with lots of practice; to make sure my look communicated the sophisticated and professional message I wanted to portray; to learn all that I could and continue to become a well-informed, educated individual on a variety of subjects; and most importantly, to continually do all that I could to serve others and find ways in which I could reach out to my community, state, and country in continued service.

What all have you accomplished this year as Miss America? What are your plans post-crown?

This year has been an adventure, to say the least! I’ve been on a national speaking tour since January, visiting 36 states and 5 countries in that time, traveling 20,000 miles a month, being home less than 30 days, and changing location about every 24 hours. I’ve served as National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, focused on advocacy for my platform on eating disorders, championed causes with our military and the USO, and so much more!

Next year, after passing on the crown January 14, 2012, I’ll start college at Patrick Henry College near Washington, D.C. to study government. I’d like to then attend law school and become a criminal prosecution attorney. My plans include becoming a judge and eventually joining the political arena. I know the opportunities that this year has given me will be of tremendous benefit in my future education and career.

Miss America dishes on fashion and what she’s going to wear at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, up next!


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