Miss America 2014

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Miss America 2014
Miss America 2014 contestants in Atlantic City.jpg
DateSeptember 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
PresentersChris Harrison
Lara Spencer
VenueBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey[1]
WinnerNina Davuluri
 New York
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Miss America 2014, the 87th Miss America pageant was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey Sunday, September 15, 2013.[2] Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan crowned the winner, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, who served as Miss America until September 14, 2014.


Miss New York, Nina Davuluri: Miss America 2014
Miss California: Crystal Lee, 1st runner-up: Miss America 2014
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail America's Choice: Miss America 2014

Previously held in the month of January in the Las Vegas Strip's Theatre for the Performing Arts (Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino), the Miss America Pageant returned to both its original location and September broadcast after nine years.[2][3] Prior to the pageant, the partially restored Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ was played for the first time in more than 40 years.[4] The program was co-hosted by Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer and was broadcast live on ABC.[5] The panel of celebrity judges for the top 15 finalists were: Deidre Downs Gunn, Carla Hall, Barbara Corcoran, Amar'e Stoudemire, Lance Bass, Joshua Bell, and Mario Cantone.[6]

In the final moments of the pageant, Miss California Crystal Lee and Miss New York Nina Davuluri were the last contestants left on the stage. They were approached by co-host Lara Spencer who asked how they were feeling at that moment. Davuluri stated that she and Lee were "both so proud. We’re making history right here, standing here as Asian-Americans.”[7][8][9][10] However, shortly after Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014, xenophobic and racist comments[11][12][13] relating the proximity of the event date to the nine-eleven anniversary and to anti-Indian sentiment appeared in American social media.[11][12][14][15][16] News agencies cited tweets that misidentified her as Muslim or Arab, associated her with groups such as Al-Qaeda, and questioned why she was chosen over Miss Kansas Theresa Vail.[11][12][14][17][18] Davuluri said that she was prepared for the social media response because "as Miss New York, I was called a terrorist and very similar remarks."[19][20][21] Davuluri is the second Miss Syracuse to win the title after Miss New York 1983, Vanessa Lynn Williams who was the first African American winner and Miss America 1984.[22][23] Both Davuluri and Williams won when the pageant was held in Atlantic City and both faced a backlash over their respective wins.[22][23] In addition, Congressperson Grace Meng compared Davuluri to Miss New York 1945, Bess Myerson (the first and to date only Jewish-American winner and Miss America 1945)[23][24] who also faced bigotry during her time as Miss America.[25][26][27][28][29]

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail Vail denounced this response on her blog and in interviews.[30][31] In addition, Vail, herself, was the first contestant to display tattoos in the swimsuit competition (the United States Army Dental Command insignia on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer along her right side).[32][33] Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa, became the first contestant born without part of one arm (her left forearm)[34] and Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, won the preliminary talent competition for her baton twirling routine in the week prior to the Miss America 2014 pageant, despite faking a torn ACL and MCL in rehearsal just a few hours prior to her scheduled performance. During Miss America 2014, she performed with a decorated leg brace.[35][36][37][38][39]



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2014
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15

* - America's Choice


Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awards[edit]

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Through a Child's Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Duke of Edinburgh awards[edit]

Medal Contestants

Other awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award
Four Points Award
Non-finalist Interview Award
Non-finalist Talent Award
STEM Scholarship Award


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Chandler Champion[41] Leeds 20 Ballet en pointe Non-finalist Talent Award
Alaska Alaska Michelle Taylor[42] Anchorage 20 Piano
Arizona Arizona Jennifer Smestad[43] Gilbert 20 Vocal
Arkansas Arkansas Amy Crain[44] Hot Springs 23 Contemporary Clogging Top 15 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2010 pageant
California California Crystal Lee[45] San Francisco 22 Ballet en pointe 1st runner-up STEM Scholarship Award Previously Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2008[46]
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009 pageant[47]
Colorado Colorado Meg Kardos[48] Denver 23 Vocal
Connecticut Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey[49] Stamford 21 Irish Step Dancing Top 10 Previously Miss Teen America 2008–09 representing New York

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
Delaware Delaware Rebecca Jackson[50] Kennett Square, PA 21 Broadway Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Bindhu Pamarthi[51] Washington, D.C. 23 Bollywood Dance
Florida Florida Myrrhanda Jones[52] Gainesville 19 Baton 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Previously Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2009[53]
2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010 pageant[54]
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Carly Mathis[55] Leesburg 22 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
Hawaii Hawaii Crystal Lee[56] Waipahu 22 Contemporary Dance
Idaho Idaho Sarah Downs[57] Emmett 23 Violin Four Points Award
Illinois Illinois Brittany Smith[58] Elmhurst 23 Irish Step Dancing
Indiana Indiana Terrin Thomas[59] Auburn 20 Vocal
Iowa Iowa Nicole Kelly[60] Keokuk 23 Vocal Born without left forearm
Kansas Kansas Theresa Vail[61] Manhattan 22 Vocal Top 10 America's Choice Section leader in the Kansas Army National Guard Medical Detachment

First Miss America contestant to display tattoos during the swimsuit portion of the competition
Kentucky Kentucky Jenna Day[62] Louisville 21 Vocal Top 15 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant
Louisiana Louisiana Jaden Leach[63] West Monroe 20 Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
Maine Maine Kristin Korda[64] Saco 21 Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2009[65]
Maryland Maryland Christina Denny[66] Owings Mills 22 Vocal Top 10 Later Miss Maryland USA 2016
Massachusetts Massachusetts Amanda Narciso[67] Taunton 22 Dance 2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant
Michigan Michigan Haley Williams[68] Saline 20 Baton Twirling Quality of Life Award Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2009[69]
Minnesota Minnesota Rebecca Yeh[70] Nisswa 20 Violin 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
Mississippi Mississippi Chelsea Rick[71] Fulton 23 Vocal Top 15 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award

STEM Scholarship Award
Missouri Missouri Shelby Ringdahl[72] Columbia 21 Vocal Top 12
Montana Montana Sheridan Pope[73] Sidney 21 Tap Dance
Nebraska Nebraska Jacee Pilkington[74] Minatare 21 Vocal Previously Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2009[75]
Nevada Nevada Diana Sweeney[76] Mound House 19 Lyrical Dance Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
New Hampshire New Hampshire Samantha Russo[77] Nashua 22 Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award
New Jersey New Jersey Cara McCollum[78] Forrest City, AR 21 Piano
New Mexico New Mexico Alexis Duprey[79] Las Cruces 22 Vocal Non-finalist Interview Award Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2009
New York (state) New York Nina Davuluri[80] Fayetteville 24 Bollywood Fusion Dance Winner First Indian American to win the title

Previously Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2006[81]
1st runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2007 pageant[82]
North Carolina North Carolina Johna Edmonds[83] Lumberton 24 Vocal
North Dakota North Dakota Laura Harmon[84] Grand Forks 23 Vocal Contestant at National Sweetheart 2011 pageant
Ohio Ohio Heather Wells[85] Warren 23 Dance
Oklahoma Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold[86] Tulsa 20 Vocal 2nd runner-up Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
Oregon Oregon Allison Cook[87] Klamath Falls 19 Violin
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Annie Rosellini[88] Butler 21 Lyrical Dance Previously Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2005[89]
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Shenti Lauren[90] Barranquitas 24 African Folkloric Dance
Rhode Island Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo[91] Exeter 19 Vocal Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
South Carolina South Carolina Brooke Mosteller[92] Mount Pleasant 24 Vocal CMN Miracle Maker Award

Miss Congeniality (tie)

Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up
South Dakota South Dakota Tessa Dee[93] Mitchell 22 Gymnastics Dancing Later Miss South Dakota USA 2017
Tennessee Tennessee Shelby Thompson[94] Franklin 23 Vocal
Texas Texas Ivana Hall[95] Cedar Hill 23 Vocal Top 10 Later Miss Oklahoma World 2015
Top 22 at Miss World America 2015 pageant
Utah Utah Ciera Pekarcik[96] Farmington 23 Vocal Miss Congeniality (tie)
Vermont Vermont Jeanelle Achee[97] Rochester 22 Vocal
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Ashley Massiah[98] Fredricksted 21 Majorette Dance
Virginia Virginia Desiree Williams[99] Newport News 24 Piano Previously National Sweetheart 2012

Later Miss Virginia USA 2016

Contestant on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Washington (state) Washington Reina Almon[100] Yakima 21 Vocal Previously Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2009[101]

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant
West Virginia West Virginia Miranda Harrison[102] Charleston 19 Vocal
Wisconsin Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper[103] Mount Pleasant 19 Piano Top 12
Wyoming Wyoming Rebecca Podio[104] Newcastle 23 Piano Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012 pageant

Video clips[edit]


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