Being a huge pageant fan, I'm still on a high from the Miss America Pageant last Sunday night. Congratulations to Betty Cantrell on winning the crown! The $50,000 scholarship prize will go a long way in helping Betty to finish her college education and go on to pursue her dream of performing on Broadway!
I saw Betty compete at the Miss Warner Robins pageant last year and knew that she was destined to win at the National level. She is a beautiful girl and her talent is beyond fabulous.
My town of Warner Robins, Georgia is so proud of Betty and rightfully so. I mean, what are the odds of having a Miss America from your town? My husband estimates that the odds to be 1 in approximately 18,000! Not since 1958 has a Miss Georgia won the crown, back when Neva Jane Langley--from the next county over (Bibb) brought home the title. So yes, Houston County is excited and you can tell from the newspaper covers and signs all over town.
I was happy to see four of my Top Five
picks make it to the finals (GA, LA, SC, TN), along with AL, CO, and MS.
"Healthy Children, Strong America" is Betty's platform and you can tell that she has been eating right and working out...she looked fabulous in her bathing suit. Lord have mercy, I have no idea how those girls prance around on the stage wearing those shoes!
Can we talk about Betty's talent gown? Take her stunning red gown, add a gorgeous necklace and perfect hairdo, then pair that with her voice...a goose bump inducing opera performance of Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio, from Made Butterfly. It was hands down THE best performance of the evening.
Betty, I'm in love with this song and your performance!
Now there has been a lot of controversy about Betty's crop-top evening gown. I have to say that when contestants began wearing these several years ago, I was not a fan. But they are popular and I have grown to love them.
Betty was not the first Miss America to wear a two piece evening gown. Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005 wore a crop top and looked stunning also!
I think Betty rocked her gown. With a figure like hers, she can wear anything and look great!
Betty looking very happy the morning after the pageant at the annual toe dip in the Atlantic Ocean...surely she was on a natural high!
Congratulations and good luck during your reign Miss America!