Miss America & Miss USA: Yes, there is a difference.
People often lump beauty pageants in the same category. They say the Miss America and Miss Universe/USA systems are nothing more than frivolous competition that has long since been irrelevant in popular culture.
The recent move by the America organization, however, to include a social media competition shows just how far they have evolved from the days of old in Atlantic City on the boardwalk.
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What’s really new, you ask?
The Miss America organization touts a talent competition, while Miss USA is more beauty and model-search driven. Interestingly enough, one of the most talked about politicians/celebrities has had a large hand in reinventing the Miss USA system. Donald Trump has helped create a culture in the Universe/USA organization as a TV-ready pageant, and Miss America is looking to grab some of his market share with this new format.
May the best crown win.
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