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#TheSisterhoodIsReal

I've been a titleholder more than once, and over the years, I often find myself replaying my old farewell slideshows. As sappy as it sounds, they usually bring a tear to my eye. I love every title I've held, and each one represents a new transformation of the woman I have become. They show me where I started and where I ended up, but above all else, they remind me why I stay. This week has been quite a rocky road in the Miss America world, and with all the adverse media surrounding the situation, the negative stereotypes of pageantry have only been solidified. This has made me reflect deeply on my answer to popularly posed question, "Why do you compete in pageants?" As I watch those slidesho

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