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A Stunning Debut Displaying grandiose style and flair, the Miss American Teenager pageant kicked off its inaugural competition with Excitement, Enchantment and Enthusiasm he Miss American Teenager organization introduced a new tradition with its debut pageant. Using 30 years of pageant experience, Miss American Teenager brought its trademark three E’s—Excitement, Enchantment and Enthusiasm—to the contestants. Held in the beau- tiful and historic Washington, D.C. area, and with fun as a re- quirement at Miss American Teenager pageants, contestants came from as far away as Hawaii and Texas. The magic began with the famous Susan Liebesman. As stylist and photographer, Susan individually styled each contestant, im- mediately after they had been whisked through registration. Everyone was thrilled that the glamour photographs were so unique. After all, Susan’s talent has walked the runways in Europe for Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint-Laurent; they have appeared in ad campaigns for L’Oreal, Cover Girl, Aeropostale and films such as Sweet Sixteen and Death at a Funeral. The contestants clearly made the “best-dressed” list. Anna Pinkerton, Miss American Teenager 2012—Junior Queen, was the hostess for the Queen’s pizza party. This proved to be a time of bonding with the sister queens who had gathered for an evening of gaming with Proverbs Taylor hosting the Electric Fun Factory Dance Party for the contestants. From the electric slide and cupid shuffle to the wobble dance and Gangnam Style, many of the contestant’s family members shined on the dance floor. As the last dance played out, the contestants shifted their focus to the job at hand. The contestants began with the personality and interview com- petitions. The goal here was to sit down and hold a conversation with each judge. Not only did they want to present themselves as the delegate the judges would select for the job, but also the judges wanted to quickly get to know as much information as they could in the four minutes allowed with each contestant. Who said inter- view was difficult? At Miss American Teenager, every part is en- thusiastic and fun. The exciting host, Chris Saltalamaachio, started the Presenta- tion Show Competition on a fast and fiery note. The roar of ex- citement from the audience was electrifying. The passionate energy animated the contestants as they took center stage. The opening MISS JR. TEENAGER TOP 5 MISS TEENAGER TOP 3 T 128 PAGEANTRY number was a “strut” on the long runway that reached out into the audience and every seat in the house was like a front row seat. The competition began with the traditional swimsuit competi- tion, but with a Miss American Teenager twist— individuality. In this phase, each contestant was required to model a swimsuit of her own choice, thus expressing her individuality. Next up was every girl’s favorite competition—Fit for a Queen, the evening gown competition. Now each contestant was able to showcase her elegance, style and grace in a gown reflective of her own personality. Once again, glamour and fashion statements were the hallmarks of the event, and the many colors could have brought any rainbow to life. As the rules for fashion have changed over the years, this event, for sure, is another outlet through which these teenagers defined their own rules with the variety of styles. The competition closed on a high note, as the fun was turned up with Whimsical Costumes as each contestant brought with her a costume that represented her state. In fairness, the competition judges were replaced with judges specifically chosen for the Cos- tume Competition. The costume competition was a light, fun event and had no bearing on the outcome of the queen’s court. It would later be announced that in the junior division the Most Whimsical Honorable Mention was Abigail Grunliern (OR) for a University of Oregon Ducks Pride. The winner of Most Whimsi- cal was Megan McClure (TN) who was Elvis Presley. The award for Most Original Honorable Mention was Kelby Burks (Park City, KY ) who was a Mammoth Cave National Park Ranger. The award for Most Original went to Riley Hunsucker, (CA) an An- gels Baseball player. Moving to the Teenager division, the Most Whimsical Honor- able Mention was Caitlin Bozner (CA) who was Minnie Mouse. The winner of Most Whimsical was Nicole Baldwin (NV) who