Jan 13, 2013

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Difference Between Miss America and Miss USA: Find Out Now!

The Miss America 2013 Pageant is about to kick off in a few minutes and we’re sure this question is on everyone’s minds: What’s the Difference Between Miss America and Miss USA?

Last year, we provided you with the answer below and many of you reached out to us thanking us for the information. So, for those of you looking for the same information this year, here it is:

The question has been asked so many times that the Miss America pageant actually lists the answer on it’s FAQ page. Here’s what it has to say about the difference between the two pageants:

“Is the Miss America program different than Miss USA? Yes. In 1952, Catalina Swimsuits founded the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants as product promotion tools. Developed by the Miss America Organization, the Miss America program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. The Miss America Organization is the leading provider of scholarships for young women in the world. Although some young women compete in both Miss America and Miss USA, the two systems are completely separate.”

Other notable differences are that the Miss America pageant has a talent portion (Miss USA does not) and the winner of Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant (Miss America does not).

Hope that answers your questions, if you have any other questions, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll answer them!


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  2. Would the term “beauty pageant”, define both Miss America ans Miss USA or lean more towards one of those? Sounds like Miss America has more of a platform and a cause.

  3. thanks, now i know.glad trump dont’ have anything to do with miss america organizations.

  4. Dianne Moss says:

    What is the date of the MA Pageant in NJ this coming Sept? I guess it would be the 2015 Pageant.


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