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By Pat Morgan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | September 25, 1991
Why is it that those who virtually define a category so often deny membership? Such as:NOT YUPPIES who wear Rolexes and drive BMWs and who identified so strongly with "thirtysomething" that they sent flowers to Gary's funeral.NOT FASHION VICTIMS, who dress in too-trendy clothes they shouldn't be allowed to buy.NOT BEAUTY PAGEANTS, which feature scantily clad women parading in front of a judging panel competing for a title.Count among the last category the Elite Look of the Year contest, held Sept.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Miss Maryland, you did us proud. Sunday night in Las Vegas, 27-year-old Nana Meriwether, from Potomac, finished as the runner-up in the 2012 Miss USA pageant. The title went to Miss Rhode Island, 20-year-old Olivia Culpo. Clearly, Meriwether didn't lose because her resume was lacking. It's impressive enough that she graduated from Washington's prestigious Sidwell Friends School (where the alumni list includes the children of presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Nixon and Clinton, and where the Obama girls are currently enrolled)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
Renee Shanahan has done something no other woman ever has. The 26-year-old Pasadena resident can lay claim to a beauty pageant Triple Crown.She is a 1987 Ms. Maryland Teen USA winner and a 1992 Ms. Maryland USA winner. Then, last Saturday, she beat 15 women at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Linthicum and was crowned Mrs. Maryland, becoming the first woman in the country to win pageants on all three levels."It's a great feeling," said the co-owner of Rumors Salon on Mountain Road.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2006
To Brittany Lietz, the new Miss Maryland, there's nothing true about the phrase "beauty is only skin deep." The Edgewood nursing student's desperate quest for beauty, in the form of self-tanning sessions three times a week, eventually ended up lingering deep beneath her milk-pale skin. While the teenager tanned, malignant tumors reached sneakily into layers that had never seen the sun or man-made ultraviolet rays. By the time she was 20, Lietz had been diagnosed with Stage II melanoma - an elevated level of the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
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By GREGORY KANE | February 5, 1997
Beware of AIBP. Another one airs tonight on network television, providing yet one more reason for getting cable or a satellite dish hooked up to your home.What is AIBP? Another Idiotic Beauty Pageant. In light of recent developments, we should all ask ourselves why we continue to support such nonsense.The most hilarious development -- or at least it would be, if it weren't so degrading -- is the flap over, of all things, the weight of Venezuela's Alicia Machado. Machado is the reigning Miss Universe.
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By Angela Gambill and Angela Gambill,Staff writer | October 17, 1991
Loretta Kowal has the clothes part of the Miss Maryland USA contest shopped to perfection: a fuchsia, custom-made bathing suit; an emerald-green cocktail dress; a long, red-sequined evening gown.The Severna Park resident has the long-legged, long-haired, good looks and the modeling experience likely to help her perform well in the November event.But the 22-year-old, who recently made it to the semifinals of the contest, is a little worried about what she'll do if she wins.If Kowal were to become the next Miss Maryland, she would be eligible for the Miss USA pageant, in which she would face yet another interview.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Miss Maryland, you did us proud. Sunday night in Las Vegas, 27-year-old Nana Meriwether, from Potomac, finished as the runner-up in the 2012 Miss USA pageant. The title went to Miss Rhode Island, 20-year-old Olivia Culpo. Clearly, Meriwether didn't lose because her resume was lacking. It's impressive enough that she graduated from Washington's prestigious Sidwell Friends School (where the alumni list includes the children of presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Nixon and Clinton, and where the Obama girls are currently enrolled)
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2006
To Brittany Lietz, the new Miss Maryland, there's nothing true about the phrase "beauty is only skin deep." The Edgewood nursing student's desperate quest for beauty, in the form of self-tanning sessions three times a week, eventually ended up lingering deep beneath her milk-pale skin. While the teenager tanned, malignant tumors reached sneakily into layers that had never seen the sun or man-made ultraviolet rays. By the time she was 20, Lietz had been diagnosed with Stage II melanoma - an elevated level of the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | August 29, 1994
Ocean City--By the announcement of the talent category, every one of the 17 entrants in the 1994 Maryland Miss T.E.E.N. had done the math: this year's winner had to be Brandi Burkhardt, a 15-year-old from Pasadena.First a trophy for the scholastic category. Then volunteer service. Talent. Formal presentation. As Miss Burkhardt put down a third and fourth trophy, smiles grew fixed. And then it was official.Wiping away tears of joy (if not surprise), the willowy blond high school sophomore accepted the red roses and bent her head to receive her tiara from retiring queen Heather Hull of Westminster.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2006
Miss New York goes to Princeton and speaks four languages. Miss Utah is of Cambodian heritage. Miss California, at age 26, has never been in any kind of pageant before. The women of Miss USA 2006 - 51 of them altogether - are, in large part, not your traditional beauty queens. Many of these women - in town for the April 21 competition at 1st Mariner Arena - are older or shorter or represent more ethnic groups than women in most typical beauty contests. A good number of them have never twirled a baton or paired a bikini with high heels even once in their lives.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2006
Miss New York goes to Princeton and speaks four languages. Miss Utah is of Cambodian heritage. Miss California, at age 26, has never been in any kind of pageant before. The women of Miss USA 2006 - 51 of them altogether - are, in large part, not your traditional beauty queens. Many of these women - in town for the April 21 competition at 1st Mariner Arena - are older or shorter or represent more ethnic groups than women in most typical beauty contests. A good number of them have never twirled a baton or paired a bikini with high heels even once in their lives.
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By Abigail Tucker and Abigail Tucker,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
Armed with lip pumice and vats of Vaseline, 52 beauty queens will arrive at the Sheraton Columbia today to start preparing for the 54th annual Miss USA pageant. This year, though, more than an 11-carat diamond crown hangs in the balance. The contenders are fighting whitened tooth and lacquered nail for a place on network television, and in the popular culture of the 21st century. Miss USA 2005, which will be aired live on NBC from the Hippodrome Theatre on April 11, will be the first nationally televised traditional beauty pageant since ABC announced its historic decision to drop the reigning queen of such shows, Miss America, this fall.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2004
In a second-floor classroom in an old elementary school, the air hung heavy with the scent of perfume, last-minute nail polish and too much aerosol hairspray. Racks of gowns and dresses looked as if they had been ransacked, and every tabletop was a jumble of shoes, makeup, pantyhose, mirrors and oodles of pearl and rhinestone jewelry. "It's show time," pageant director Sonia Mittelstedt announced. "I have to go be with my girls." Her "girls" - all 60 or older - were contestants in yesterday's Ms. Maryland Senior America Pageant.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 22, 2001
A man clowning it up as a woman has always raised a laugh. That's the idea behind "Pageant," the musical playing at Rep Stage in Columbia. The actors in the cast, though, give much better performances than the amateur efforts you sometimes see at parties. And the laughs are there - plenty of them. The show is a spoof of that great American institution, the beauty pageant - in fact, it's structured like one, with an oily, fawning master of ceremonies, a parade of contestants representing different parts of the country and a full range of competitions - evening gown, talent, swimsuit and physical fitness.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | March 15, 2001
"Pageant," the musical about beauty queens who are a real drag - that is, played by men in drag - opens a four-weekend run at Columbia's Rep Stage tomorrow. An off-Broadway cult hit, the show has also won a local following thanks to held-over incarnations at the Spotlighters and F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre under the direction of Terry J. Long, who repeats his directing duties here. The seven-member cast - Dave Allen, Stuart Goldstone, Randolph Hadaway, Ty Hreden, Brian Jacobs, Douglas Lisenbee and James Waltz - includes six holdovers from Long's earlier stagings.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2001
A BEAUTY PAGEANT for babies, children, and adults up to 27 years old was held at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg for the second year Friday night. More than a dozen contestants entered the Sunburst pageant. Winners will proceed to the state competition and - if they win there - will advance to the national level. Sunburst USA sponsored the event. Joan Scaletta, the pageant's director for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona and California, was the host for the evening. She was accompanied by her husband, Michael.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2001
A BEAUTY PAGEANT for babies, children, and adults up to 27 years old was held at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg for the second year Friday night. More than a dozen contestants entered the Sunburst pageant. Winners will proceed to the state competition and - if they win there - will advance to the national level. Sunburst USA sponsored the event. Joan Scaletta, the pageant's director for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona and California, was the host for the evening. She was accompanied by her husband, Michael.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer | March 3, 1993
A satirical beauty pageant at Goucher College featuring male students in drag has escalated into a sexual harassment controversy that has divided the campus.A group of 35 students and two faculty members last week delivered a formal complaint to President Rhoda M. Dorsey, charging that the "Ms. Goucher" contest scheduled for March 10 constitutes sexual harassment of women.At larger, rowdier campuses, such a contest might get little notice. But at well-mannered, intellectual Goucher, the event has prompted a campus-wide debate over gender equality, censorship and the identity of a college only five years into coeducation.
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By GREGORY KANE | February 5, 1997
Beware of AIBP. Another one airs tonight on network television, providing yet one more reason for getting cable or a satellite dish hooked up to your home.What is AIBP? Another Idiotic Beauty Pageant. In light of recent developments, we should all ask ourselves why we continue to support such nonsense.The most hilarious development -- or at least it would be, if it weren't so degrading -- is the flap over, of all things, the weight of Venezuela's Alicia Machado. Machado is the reigning Miss Universe.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,SUN FASHION EDITOR | August 29, 1996
So what does a beauty pageant winner do during her reign? Ann Coale, Miss Maryland U.S.A., does marketing work for her dad's trucking company, puts in some hours as a fitness trainer, does a little modeling and volunteers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, Maryland Special Olympics and the Adult Literacy Education Program.Her crown leads to the Miss U.S.A. pageant next year, and that leads to the Miss Universe event.The beauty pageant thing just kind of happened, she says. She graduated from Loyola College last year with a degree in business administration, and she's still looking for a career direction in the fitness business or media work.
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