Beautiful Miss America 2014 Contestants (53 pictures)

Miss Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22

Miss Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22

The Miss America Pageant began as a marketing idea. The Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City needed to develop a plan to keep tourists on the boardwalk past Labor Day. They organized a Fall Frolic and held it on September 25, 1920. There were many events that day, but the most popular was a parade of young women being pushed along the Boardwalk in rolling chairs.

This event was such a success that a similar one was planned for the following year, and so on.

So we know now that the competition has a long tradition. And this year, which girl is your favorite?

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Miss Alabama: Chandler Champion, 20

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Miss Alaska: Michelle Taylor, 20

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Miss Arizona: Jennifer Smestad, 20

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Miss Arkansas: Amy Crain, 23

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Miss California: Crystal Lee, 22

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Miss Colorado: Meg Kardos, 23

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Miss Connecticut: Kaitlyn Tarpey, 21

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Miss Delaware: Rebecca Lee Jackson, 21

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Miss Washington D.C.: Bindhu Pamarthi, 23

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Miss Florida: Myrrhanda Jones, 22

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Miss Georgia: Carly Mathis, 22

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Miss Hawaii: Crystal Lee, 22

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Miss Idaho: Sarah Downs, 23

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Miss Illinois: Brittany Smith, 23

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Miss Indiana: Terrin Zoe Thomas, 21

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Miss Iowa: Nicole Kelly, 23

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Miss Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22

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Miss Kentucky: Jenna Day, 21

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Miss Louisiana: Jaden Leach, 21

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Miss Maine: Kristin Korda, 21

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Miss Maryland: Christina Denny, 22

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Miss Massachusetts: Amanda Narciso, 22

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Miss Michigan: Haley Williams, 20

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Miss Minnesota: Rebecca Yeh, 20

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Miss Mississippi: Chelsea Rick, 23

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Miss Missouri: Shelby Ringdahl, 21

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Miss Montana: Sheridan Pope, 21

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Miss Nebraska: JaCee Pilkington, 21

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Miss Nevada: Diana Sweeney, 20

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Miss New Hampshire: Samantha Russo, 23

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Miss New Jersey: Cara McCollum, 21

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Miss New Mexico: Alexis Victoria Duprey, 22

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Miss New York: Nina Davuluri, 24

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Miss North Carolina: Johna Edmonds, 24

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Miss North Dakota: Laura Harmon, 24

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Miss Ohio: Heather Wells, 23

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Miss Oklahoma: Kelsey Griswold, 21

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Miss Oregon: Allison Elizabeth Cook, 19

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Miss Pennsylvania: Annie Rosellini, 21

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Miss Puerto Rico: Shenti Lauren, 23

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Miss Rhode Island: Jessica Marfeo, 19

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Miss South Carolina: Brooke Mosteller, 24

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Miss South Dakota: Tessa Dee, 22

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Miss Tennessee: Shelby Thompson, 23

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Miss Texas: Ivana Hall, 23

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Miss Utah: Ciera Pekarcik, 23

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Miss Vermont: Jeanelle Achee, 22

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Miss Virgin Islands: Ashley Massiah, 21

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Miss Virginia: Desiree Williams, 24

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Miss Washington: Reina Almon, 21

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Miss West Virginia: Miranda Renee Harrison, 19

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Miss Wisconsin: Paula Mae Kuiper, 20

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Miss Wyoming: Rebecca Podio, 23

  • Miss Alabama: Chandler Champion, 20
  • Miss Alaska: Michelle Taylor, 20
  • Miss Arizona: Jennifer Smestad, 20
  • Miss Arkansas: Amy Crain, 23
  • Miss California: Crystal Lee, 22
  • Miss Colorado: Meg Kardos, 23
  • Miss Connecticut: Kaitlyn Tarpey, 21
  • Miss Delaware: Rebecca Lee Jackson, 21
  • Miss Washington D.C.: Bindhu Pamarthi, 23
  • Miss Florida: Myrrhanda Jones, 22
  • Miss Georgia: Carly Mathis, 22
  • Miss Hawaii: Crystal Lee, 22
  • Miss Idaho: Sarah Downs, 23
  • Miss Illinois: Brittany Smith, 23
  • Miss Indiana: Terrin Zoe Thomas, 21
  • Miss Iowa: Nicole Kelly, 23
  • Miss Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22
  • Miss Kentucky: Jenna Day, 21
  • Miss Louisiana: Jaden Leach, 21
  • Miss Maine: Kristin Korda, 21
  • Miss Maryland: Christina Denny, 22
  • Miss Massachusetts: Amanda Narciso, 22
  • Miss Michigan: Haley Williams, 20
  • Miss Minnesota: Rebecca Yeh, 20
  • Miss Mississippi: Chelsea Rick, 23
  • Miss Missouri: Shelby Ringdahl, 21
  • Miss Montana: Sheridan Pope, 21
  • Miss Nebraska: JaCee Pilkington, 21
  • Miss Nevada: Diana Sweeney, 20
  • Miss New Hampshire: Samantha Russo, 23
  • Miss New Jersey: Cara McCollum, 21
  • Miss New Mexico: Alexis Victoria Duprey, 22
  • Miss New York: Nina Davuluri, 24
  • Miss North Carolina: Johna Edmonds, 24
  • Miss North Dakota: Laura Harmon, 24
  • Miss Ohio: Heather Wells, 23
  • Miss Oklahoma: Kelsey Griswold, 21
  • Miss Oregon: Allison Elizabeth Cook, 19
  • Miss Pennsylvania: Annie Rosellini, 21
  • Miss Puerto Rico: Shenti Lauren, 23
  • Miss Rhode Island: Jessica Marfeo, 19
  • Miss South Carolina: Brooke Mosteller, 24
  • Miss South Dakota: Tessa Dee, 22
  • Miss Tennessee: Shelby Thompson, 23
  • Miss Texas: Ivana Hall, 23
  • Miss Utah: Ciera Pekarcik, 23
  • Miss Vermont: Jeanelle Achee, 22
  • Miss Virgin Islands: Ashley Massiah, 21
  • Miss Virginia: Desiree Williams, 24
  • Miss Washington: Reina Almon, 21
  • Miss West Virginia: Miranda Renee Harrison, 19
  • Miss Wisconsin: Paula Mae Kuiper, 20
  • Miss Wyoming: Rebecca Podio, 23

The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plusWashington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of “Miss America” for one year. The competition is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. [source]

The contestants are judged on:

  1. Personal Interview
  2. Talent.
  3. Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit
  4. Evening Wear
  5. Onstage Question
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