Miss Alaska, Emma Broyles, Crowned Miss America

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 17, 2021 Updated: December 17, 2021

UNCASVILLE, CONN.—The contestant from Alaska was crowned Miss America at an event Thursday marking the competition’s 100th anniversary.

What began as a 1921 Atlantic City beauty pageant has evolved away from the emphasis on looks alone—contestants are no longer judged on physical appearance—with a new focus on leadership, talent, and communication skills.

Emma Broyles from Alaska claimed the centennial crown and a $100,000 college scholarship. She emerged as the winner out of 51 contestants representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia at the competition at a Connecticut casino.

The finale that historically has been featured in a primetime television broadcast was available only to stream this year via NBC’s Peacock service.