As fashion models, fashion designers, and a sea of endless fashionistas prepare themselves for one of the most anticipated week in New York City…New York Fashion Week, there will be another group of women just across the river in neighboring New Jersey preparing themselves for another type of runway, but these women are not fashion models, they are the contestants in the 2016 Miss America Competition.
The origins of the Miss America Pageant lie in a 1920 event entitled The Fall Frolic. The event was held on September 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, it was designed to bring business to the Boardwalk, three hundred and fifty gaily decorated rolling wicker chairs were pushed along the parade route. Three hundred and fifty men pushed the chairs. However, the main attractions were the young ‘maidens’ who sat in the rolling chairs, headed by a Miss Ernestine Cremona, who was dressed in a flowing white robe and represented Peace.
This year Brook Burke-Chavert, a Host, Actress, Television Personality, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Home Chef, passionate Fitness Expert, and most importantly mother of four, who won the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With The Stars” and went on to co-host eight seasons of the ABC television series will co-host alongside TV personality Chris Harrison of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Pop Recording Star Nick Jonas, formerly of the Jonas Brothers, will serve as the official Music Curator for the “2016 Miss America Competition.” As Music Curator, Nick Jonas will personally select the music that will accompany the Swimsuit and Evening Gown competitions. He will also provide commentary throughout the evening on his music selections and the thought process behind each song.
The current title-holder, Miss America 2015, is Miss New York 2014, Kira Kazantsev. She is the third consecutive Miss America winner from the state of New York, and was crowned on September 14, 2014, by her predecessor Nina Davuluri (Miss America 2014). And for the first time in Miss America history, fans have the opportunity to cast their vote entirely on social media for America’s Choice. The winner of America’s Choice will move forward to the Top 15 in the competition. Fans can vote on both Facebook and Twitter by posting a status and/or tweet with the name of the state they are voting for and the hashtag #MissAmericaVote. Voting for America’s Choice continues today through September 10 at 11:59p.m. ET. Pageant judges for the Miss America 2016 include Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Kevin O’Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya. The nationally televised broadcast of the Miss America Pageant will take place from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 13 on ABC.
Tickets for “The 2016 Miss America Competition” are now on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. For more information on “The 2016 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at http://www.missamerica.org.
For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.
Executive Producers for the “2016 Miss America Competition” are Anthony Eaton, Sam Haskell and dick clark productions’ Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Mark Bracco. Tall Pony Productions produces.
About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, provides millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is composed of 52 licensed organizations, which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.
About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; “KNOCK KNOCK LIVE” from XIX Entertainment and dcp, “World’s Funniest” from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as “BOOM!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit http://www.dickclark.com.