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Sally Smith and Samantha Doe are two current (hypothetical) local titleholders competing for a state title. Both of these titleholders are active in their use of social media, but neither have very strong titleholder branding. Although fancy “branding” with personal fonts and a custom color scheme and logo are not necessary, it is important for titleholders to strengthen their use of social media as they transition from social use and public figure use.
Choosing a song for talent is difficult. You want it to be upbeat and catchy. The judges should recognize it, and possibly have an emotional tie to it. The lyrics should be meaningful. It can’t hurt for audience participation either.
It is generally a good idea to choose a song put out within the past 5 years. Some locals even push within the past 2 years. Miss America should be relevant, modern, and a trendsetter. More often than not, she will do this with a modern song.
For the talent portion of the 2015 Miss America competition, Miss New York performed her own variation of a cup song. She sang “Happy” by Pharell, while making her own percussion by tapping along with a red cup. See the video, here. She received a lot of backlash for not only the simplicity of her talent, but arguments that it isn’t a real talent at all. In the past there has been some strange talents, such as horseback riding or how to pack a suitcase. Recently, state titleholders have had to find alternatives for their untraditional talents, such as roller skating and archery. But what about in New York? This sparked the question, “What other talents have Miss New York contestants performed?”
Last night, America was shocked when Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss New York, making history as the 3rd consecutive Miss America from New York. But for those of us who call New York home, and those of us who follow New York in pageantry, perhaps this isn’t much of a surprise.
A State of “Firsts”
- 1945: BessMeyerson, Miss America
- First Jewish Miss America. Despite being discouraged over losing sponsors and contracts, she started her own speaking tour and set precedent for future titleholders.
- 1983: Vanessa Williams, Miss Greater Syracuse/Miss America
- First African-American/Black Miss America. Despite the scandal surrounding her reign, she has formed a very successful career in the entertainment industry.
- 2010: Claire Buffie, Miss Southeast New York/Miss New York
- First state titleholder with a pro-LGBT platform to compete at Miss America.
- 2013: Nina Davuluri, Miss Syracuse/Miss America
- First Miss America of Indian Descent. Despite a slew of racist backlash and scandal surrounding her crowning, she has launched her Circles of Unity campaign.