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
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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