Meet All 53 Miss America Contestants: Photo Gallery 1
Meet All 53 Miss America Contestants: Photo Gallery 1
Part I: Alabama to Mississippi
Alabama: Chandler Champion, 20. Platform Issue:  Chandler's Challenge: Reading is Believing - Don't Stop Believing. Talent: Ballet en Pointe. Career Ambition: To become a Broadcast Journalist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Alabama: Chandler Champion, 20. Platform Issue:  Chandler's Challenge: Reading is Believing - Don't Stop Believing. Talent: Ballet en Pointe. Career Ambition: To become a Broadcast Journalist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Alaska: Michelle Taylor, 20. Platform Issue: Youth Involvement in the Political Process. Talent: Piano Performance. Career Ambition: To obtain a hospitality management position. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Alaska: Michelle Taylor, 20. Platform Issue: Youth Involvement in the Political Process. Talent: Piano Performance. Career Ambition: To obtain a hospitality management position. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Arizona: Jennifer Smestad, 20. Platform Issue: Tourette Syndrome Awareness and Advocacy. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To pursue a career in media with a focus on exercise and nutrition. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Arizona: Jennifer Smestad, 20. Platform Issue: Tourette Syndrome Awareness and Advocacy. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To pursue a career in media with a focus on exercise and nutrition. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Arkansas: Amy Crain, 23. Platform Issue: Bullying: Prevention and Recovery. Talent: Contemporary Clogging. Career Ambition: To start a non-profit organization to benefit young women. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Arkansas: Amy Crain, 23. Platform Issue: Bullying: Prevention and Recovery. Talent: Contemporary Clogging. Career Ambition: To start a non-profit organization to benefit young women. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

California:  Crystal Lee, 22. Platform Issue: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Talent: Ballet En Pointe. Career Ambition: To start my own technology company. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

California:  Crystal Lee, 22. Platform Issue: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Talent: Ballet En Pointe. Career Ambition: To start my own technology company. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Colorado: Meg Kardos, 23. Platform Issue: Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a journalist and news anchor. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Colorado: Meg Kardos, 23. Platform Issue: Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a journalist and news anchor. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Connecticut: Kaitlyn Tarpey, 21. Platform Issue: Our Time To Serve: Hiring and Housing Our Veterans. Talent: Irish Step Dance. Career Ambition: To become a Human Resources Manager of a Global Corporation. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Connecticut: Kaitlyn Tarpey, 21. Platform Issue: Our Time To Serve: Hiring and Housing Our Veterans. Talent: Irish Step Dance. Career Ambition: To become a Human Resources Manager of a Global Corporation. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Delaware: Rebecca Lee Jackson, 21. Platform Issue: Fostering Music. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To perform as a World Class Vocalist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Delaware: Rebecca Lee Jackson, 21. Platform Issue: Fostering Music. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To perform as a World Class Vocalist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

District of Columbia: Bindhu Pamarthi, 23. Platform Issue: Makeup's Should Be Makeup. Talent: Bollywood Dance.
Career Ambition: To practice law as a compassionate and highly regarded attorney. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

District of Columbia: Bindhu Pamarthi, 23. Platform Issue: Makeup's Should Be Makeup. Talent: Bollywood Dance. Career Ambition: To practice law as a compassionate and highly regarded attorney. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Florida: Myrrhanda Jones, 20. Platform Issue: Comfort For Kids, Inc. Talent: Baton Twirling. Career Ambition: To work in a hospital setting as a pediatric nurse. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Florida: Myrrhanda Jones, 20. Platform Issue: Comfort For Kids, Inc. Talent: Baton Twirling. Career Ambition: To work in a hospital setting as a pediatric nurse. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Georgia: Carly Mathis, 22. Platform Issue: Heart Health and Heart Safety. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a political or legal correspondent for a national news network. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Georgia: Carly Mathis, 22. Platform Issue: Heart Health and Heart Safety. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a political or legal correspondent for a national news network. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Hawaii: Crystal Lee, 22. Platform Issue: Promoting the Gift of Life: Educating the Public of the Importance of Giving Blood. Talent: Contemporary Dance. Career Ambition: To become an Advertising/Promotions Executive. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Hawaii: Crystal Lee, 22. Platform Issue: Promoting the Gift of Life: Educating the Public of the Importance of Giving Blood. Talent: Contemporary Dance. Career Ambition: To become an Advertising/Promotions Executive. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Idaho: Sarah Downs, 23. Platform Issue: Promoting Nutrition: Taking Back Our Health. Talent: Violin. Career Ambition: To conduct food/nutrition research. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Idaho: Sarah Downs, 23. Platform Issue: Promoting Nutrition: Taking Back Our Health. Talent: Violin. Career Ambition: To conduct food/nutrition research. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Illinois: Brittany Smith, 23. Platform Issue: STEM - Taking the PULSE of American Healthcare. Talent: Irish Dance. Career Ambition: To become a physician assistant. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Illinois: Brittany Smith, 23. Platform Issue: STEM - Taking the PULSE of American Healthcare. Talent: Irish Dance. Career Ambition: To become a physician assistant. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Indiana: Terrin Zoe Thomas, 21. Platform Issue: Promoting Service-Learning: Connecting Academics & Volunteerism.
Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a journalist for a major television network. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Indiana: Terrin Zoe Thomas, 21. Platform Issue: Promoting Service-Learning: Connecting Academics & Volunteerism. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a journalist for a major television network. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Iowa: Nicole Kelly, 23. Platform Issue: The Power of One. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To work in a management position on Broadway. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Iowa: Nicole Kelly, 23. Platform Issue: The Power of One. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To work in a management position on Broadway. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22. Platform Issue: Empowering Women; Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a prosthodontist for the Army. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Kansas: Theresa Vail, 22. Platform Issue: Empowering Women; Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a prosthodontist for the Army. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Kentucky: Jenna Day, 21. Platform Issue: Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To establish a career in public service. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Kentucky: Jenna Day, 21. Platform Issue: Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To establish a career in public service. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Louisiana: Jaden Leach, 21. Platform Issue: Children at Risk. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a family attorney. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Louisiana: Jaden Leach, 21. Platform Issue: Children at Risk. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a family attorney. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Maine: Kristin Korda, 21. Platform Issue: The Light Within: Self Esteem and Success. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To perform on Broadway. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Maine: Kristin Korda, 21. Platform Issue: The Light Within: Self Esteem and Success. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To perform on Broadway. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Maryland: Christina Denny, 22. Platform Issue: Special Deeds for Special Needs. Career Ambition: To open a preschool for children with developmental delays. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Maryland: Christina Denny, 22. Platform Issue: Special Deeds for Special Needs. Career Ambition: To open a preschool for children with developmental delays. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Massachusetts: Amanda Narciso, 22. Platform Issue: Best Buddies. Talent: Tap Dance. Career Ambition: To become a Dance Therapist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Massachusetts: Amanda Narciso, 22. Platform Issue: Best Buddies. Talent: Tap Dance. Career Ambition: To become a Dance Therapist. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Michigan: Haley Williams, 20. Platform Issue: Through a Child's Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief. Talent: Baton Twirling. Career Ambition: To obtain a leadership role in the nonprofit, public, or private sector. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Michigan: Haley Williams, 20. Platform Issue: Through a Child's Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief. Talent: Baton Twirling. Career Ambition: To obtain a leadership role in the nonprofit, public, or private sector. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Minnesota: Rebecca Yeh, 20. Platform Issue: My Voice for Philip. Talent: Violin. Career Ambition: To become a clinical pharmacist and violin instructor. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Minnesota: Rebecca Yeh, 20. Platform Issue: My Voice for Philip. Talent: Violin. Career Ambition: To become a clinical pharmacist and violin instructor. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Mississippi: Chelsea Rick, 23. Platform Issue: Full Plates, Healthy States. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a Neurologist specializing in Pain Management. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

Mississippi: Chelsea Rick, 23. Platform Issue: Full Plates, Healthy States. Talent: Vocal. Career Ambition: To become a Neurologist specializing in Pain Management. (Courtesy of Miss America Organization)

In a way, she’s the face of America; she embodies the ideals of philanthropy, hard work—and, of course, physical beauty.

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Miss America is a title earned through years of training and work. Even the exterior beauty is earned in part through a disciplined beauty regimen. The contestants are responsible for their own hair and make-up during the final contest, reports the Huffington Post. The winner thereafter maintains a regimen in keeping with the Miss America brand.

Miss America 2014 will be chosen during the pageant Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, broadcast on ABC starting at 9 p.m. EST. The winner will be crowned just before 11 p.m.

Contestants bring diverse talents to the stage—some are keeping alive the pageant favorite of baton twirling. But the Miss America contest also has a culturally diverse flavor with two contestants running on their Bollywood performing skills.

Two of the most interesting or unique talents are brought to the stage by Miss Arkansas Amy Crain, whose talent is contemporary clogging, and Miss Puerto Rico Shenti Lauren, whose talent is African folkloric dance.

The most common career ambition among the 53 contestants is to become a journalist—contestants from 11 states want to be journalists, including those from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia.

There are also many aspiring doctors, nurses, therapists, and attorneys in the lot.

One of the most unique career choices is that of Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, who wants to become a prosthodontist for the Army. The most specific is that of Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo, who has her eye on one position—she aspires to become the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Here’s a closer look at the ladies competing to be the next face of America. 

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