Teresa Scanlan may have only been a teenager when she won the Miss America crown, but she was already an accomplished pianist and musical theater actress. For the talent competition in the 2011 show, Teresa played the piano. She wore a stunning red gown and played the challenging “Whitewater Chopped Sticks” by Calvin Jones.
The performance only lasted 90 seconds, but she blew the audience away. Her red gown truly matched the drama of the arrangement, with its sheer lace back and flowing train. Teresa added some extra oomph with an elegant, sweeping updo and bright red drop earrings to match.
A Colorful Waltz
It must be so fun for pageant contestants to choose their outfits. Sure, it’s probably extremely stressful, too. But the experience of stepping on stage in a gorgeous, glittery gown must be a cool experience. Laura Kaeppeler seems to have had a blast picking out her gown for the Miss America talent competition because her dress was bright, colorful, and light-hearted.
Laura wore a bright red ruched gown with an iridescent crystal design on the bodice. The rainbow-colored gemstones formed a half-circle that extended out to make an off-the-shoulder strap. Laura belted out Luigi Arditi’s “Il Bacio” waltz for her talent portion and won a $2,000 scholarship because of her skill.
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin
Laura Kaeppler, of Miss Wisconsin fame, absolutely rocked the Miss America crown and sash when she won in 2012. She became the first contestant from Wisconsin to win since Terry Anne Meeuwsen reigned in 1973. For her winning eveningwear look, she wore a gorgeous black v-neck gown by renowned designer Tony Bowls.
Bowls is famous for his amazing pageant and formal gowns, so it’s not surprising that Laura looks so immaculate. The gown featured a lace black bodice and and slim floor-length skirt, cutting a classic but modern silhouette. Laura’s sultry smokey eye makeup fit perfectly with the vibe of her gown.
Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011
When Teresa Scanlan won Miss America in 2011, she was only 17 years old. Winning such a title is a pretty big deal, especially for someone so young. Teresa graced the stage in a classic white gown with elegant ruching and extraordinary beading. According to Insider, her gown had more than 2,000 individual beads sewn onto the dress.
The Miss America pageant says it requires its contests to be at least 18 years old, so how Teresa was able to enroll in the competition is unclear. Regardless, her crown was well-deserved. It’s pretty cool that she got to make history as the youngest Miss America since 1937’s winner, Bette Cooper.
Caressa Cameron’s Showstopping Ensemble
Caressa Cameron made history in 2010 when she became the first Miss Virginia to win the Miss America competition. She stopped the show in this stunning bright yellow evening gown. The dress had a one-shoulder neckline, which isn’t a common silhouette choice for Miss America finalists. The bust was covered in delicate, stunning crystals that made Caressa glowingly beautiful.
But wait, there’s more. The glittering bodice dropped off to a skin-tight yellow dress with a flared mermaid skirt. The gown had a short train, further adding to the all-around glamor. She wore her hair loose in a side-swept style and chandelier earrings.