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An "Atlanta Housewife" is a former Miss USA: Is the Miss America pageant better?

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Former Miss USA Kenya Moore appears as a cast member of the new season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” On the show Miss Moore seems to disdain being mistakenly called a former Miss America. Although Moore won her coveted Miss USA title back in 1993, it is apparently the impetus for all that she has done since.

That said a new Miss America, Mallory Hagan, was crowned on January 12, 2013 and as Miss New York (originally from Opelika, AL) stepped away with that title. So which pageant is better and is Moore’s apparent disdain justified? Let’s compare.

Miss USA beauty pageant has been held since 1952 primarily to select the United States entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. The contestants are judged on swimsuit, gown, and interview competitions. The owner of the competition since 1996 is the often controversial Donald Trump who recently won a $5 million lawsuit against a former Miss USA contestant who claimed the 2012 contest was fixed. The prizes are jewelry, clothes, and a year’s salary, a year of free rent in Trump Towers, a modeling portfolio, and other similar rewards.

Miss America beauty pageant has an earlier beginning. It has been held since 1921 and is the largest scholarship provider to young women both in the United States and the world. Of note, in 2006, the pageant made available over $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The contestants are judged on a personal interview, talent, swimsuit, evening wear, and an onstage question.

To her credit, after going on to the top six of the 1993 Miss Universe pageant, Moore parlayed her Miss USA title into some success in the entertainment industry. She is billed as a producer, writer, and actress. Her appearance on season five of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” however and her antics on the same, has somewhat sullied her image. Notoriety and fame are not always compatible bedfellows.

Now the question of Miss USA or Miss America and which is better? Atlanta transplant Kenya Moore apparently has her opinion. But one cannot help but weigh Proverbs 17:18 in considering Miss Moore’s oft aired opinion: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” KJV

To be fair, Moore’s beauty on the outside could match her inner beauty, if not today, someday.

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