Today we received an email today from the pageant's organizers, who are pleading for contestants. The original deadline was March 17 for the talent auditions and interviews, but they apparently haven't had much luck finding any willing takers. It really doesn't take much to be considered for a chance to represent the District in the Miss America Pageant, though -- you have to be a woman aged 17-24 and have lived in D.C. since at least January 21, 2007.
Sound like a formula for beauty queen carpetbaggery? It is. Our 2006 Miss District of Columbia, Kate Michael, is a Georgia native, having moved to the District sometime in 2003. Her predecessor, Shannon Schambeau, only moved to D.C. after losing the Miss Florida Pageant five years running. In fact, the last winners to actually consider Washington home came in 1999 and 2000, seperated from the present by winners from Virginia, Georgia, Oregon and New Jersey.
So if you'd like a shot at being Miss District of Columbia 2007, email missdcamerica (at) aol (dot) com. The pageant takes place on July 21, 2007.
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