Decked in their best animal print, black lace and winter white and fiery red ensembles, we met one of the most beautiful Miss America classes in recent memory at the arrival ceremony. Based on their introduction and personal style, here are my top picks for the 2013 title.
Arkansas: Much like Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson, Sloan Roberts poked fun at her size before adjusting the mic to introduce herself. And as you well know, Prita, Allie and I are suckers for animal prints, get it girl.
Colorado: Hannah Porter showed us why short shorts are a fashion must have in the winter without sacrificing warmth; coupled with a shimmery black suit jacket, opaque tights and a mixed metal and pearl necklace, this Broncos fan wins my award for Best Dressed.
District of Columbia: “Hoping to bring the crown back to the home of the first Miss America,” media favorite and Miss USA crossover, Allyn Rose made her MAO introduction in a body hugging white turtle neck dress and black knee high boots. She was the only contestant to pair her state fact with a nod to taking home the national title; well played.
Kansas: Despite a weak state fact (big ball of twine anyone?), Sloane Lewis added interest to her overall presentation with one of the seasons’ staples, a faux fur vest. This ultrachic topper made her a stand out in this parade of fashionistas.
Massachusetts: Former Massachusetts’ Outstanding Teen, Taylor Kinzler proves she is ready for the Miss stage in a gold mini dress and white ¾ sleeve BCBG blazer. Short, sweet and a little rock and roll. Rock on Taylor!
Pennsylvania: We recently featured peplum dresses as an interview trend to try. Jordyn Calao added femininity and curves to her otherwise petite frame in a white, long sleeve, peplum ensemble. And I’m dying to know where she got that rhinestone collar necklace!
Tennessee: Chandler Lawson looks like she stepped right out of an episode of Nashville, with her warm Southern draw, simple gold hoop earrings and cherry red, ruffled blazer. Congratulations to Chandler for being named a Quality of Life Award finalist for her personal platform, “Feed Hope: Fight Child Hunger.”
Texas: I just fell in love with DaNae Couch when she won her state title. This natural beauty stepped out in a modern, red and black, bodycon, geometric dress for the ceremony. She continues to prove she is one to watch this week.
Virginia: Tuxedo jacket, check! Sparkly short shorts, check! Thigh high boots, check! Rosemary Willis isn’t afraid to rock the season’s hottest looks. With style like hers, it’s ok to slip up during your contestant introduction.
Wyoming: Last but not least, I love love love Lexie Madden! Hearing 52 state facts can get a bit redundant so thank you to Miss Wyoming for ending the ceremony on a bright note, literally. She was a knock out in a hot pink knit dress and chunky pink and gold necklace. With jewel tones making a serious come back in the evening gown competition this year, I cannot wait to see what she’s chosen to wear.