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Miss America 2018 Contestants Photos

By Holly Nicol |

Miss America 2018 Contestants Photos

(Miss America)

The 2018 Miss America Competition airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, but before this year’s big event, meet the 51 women competing for the crown. See a photo gallery of all the contestants below!

Beauty queens from each U.S. state, as well as Washington D.C., will be competing for the coveted Miss America crown, currently held by 2017 winner and Arkansas native Savvy Shields. The preliminaries kicked off earlier this week, with the group of ladies answering questions on stage, performing their talents and flaunting both their evening gowns and swimsuits for the judges. Miss Utah, Jessi Kate Riley, won the talent portion on Wednesday by showcasing her musical flair, playing a fabulous solo on a 115-year-old violin from Austria.

Marana Wood, this year’s Miss Texas, triumphed in Wednesday’s swimsuit competition. After she secured the top prize, she paid tribute to the people of Houston. “I’m so excited to be here in Atlantic City, but my heart is absolutely with the people of Houston. That’s my home. I send my love to all of them,” Wood said.

For this year’s main ceremony, “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison will be hosting the 2018 Miss America competition, marking his ninth year with the beauty pageant. He will be joined by ESPN anchor Sage Steele, who also hosted the festivities alongside Harrison last year. Tara Lipinski, Thomas Rhett, Jordin Sparks, Maria Menounos, Jess Cagle, Molly Sims, and former Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri will serve as celebrity judges for the annual event.

As Gossip Cop reported, Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields was crowned the 2017 Miss America, crowned by her predecessor Betty Cantrell, who represented Georgia in the 2016 competition. Of course, Gossip Cop will have a live stream of the 97th annual Miss America pageant when it airs this Sunday. In the meantime, check out this year’s 51 contestants in the gallery below!


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