2007. Another year, another Miss America pageant held in Las Vegas. During the 2007 competition, Miss Lauren Nelson of Oklahoma became the second consecutive “Miss Oklahoma” to win the ultimate crown. She was awesome in black during the evening gown competition. Her dress combined lace and beading, which we know are two of Miss America’s favorite things.
Her halter top gown featured black-and-beige French lace detailing and shimmering crystal bordering. The entire floor-length skirt was covered in black beading, which must have taken hours for tailors to complete. The dress also had a surprise keyhole neckline, which was a chic, modern twist to a classic silhouette.
Miss America Takes the Plunge
After winning the talent portion of the 2006 Miss America pageant, Jennifer Berry was crowned the overall winner. Jennifer’s evening gown was sexy and daring, a very appropriate choice considering the pageant’s new location in Las Vegas. Although much more revealing than winning evening gowns of the past, Jennifer, of course, looked immaculate and classy.
Her white gown featured a plunging halter neckline encrusted with silver and white crystals. The crystal floral appliques fluttered down to the bodice, which was a daring sheer fabric that gave the illusion that Jennifer’s midriff was exposed. The artfully placed appliques eventually petered out into a solid white, floor-length skirt with a slight train.
Eudora Mosby’s Top Ten Look
Everyone loves to focus on the evening look of the Miss America winner every year. But what about the other women competing? They spent just as much time planning their eveningwear looks, so it’s about time we give them some credit. This stunning gown was worn by Eudora Mosby, who competed in Miss America 2006, representing the state of Arkansas.
Eudora made it into the Top Ten that year, and this dress is a testament to why. She carried herself with such elegance and poise, wearing this floor-length crystal gown with a nude-colored underlay. The dress is daring yet classic, a fine line that’s hard to achieve in eveningwear. Obviously, Eudora pulled it off without a hitch.
Elyse Umemoto Sparkles as Miss Washington
Elyse may have placed as the second runner-up in the 2008 Miss America competition, but she’s first in our hearts where fashion is concerned. A little dramatic, you say? Well, we’re not joking. Elyse’s evening gown was unique and glamorous, just like her. She wore a classic halter dress, which seemed to be the silhouette of choice among early-2000s competitors.
Elyse’s dress was unique because of its color. It was made with a shimmering fabric that glittered somewhere between black, gold, and olive. The material and extra beading were mesmerizing to look at. She absolutely sparkled as she walked down the runway. Elyse would exude the same grace and beauty during her stint on the reality show “Survivor: South Pacific” a few years later.
Jacquelynne Fontaine’s Hidden Talent
The talent portion of Miss America was added in 1938 as a way to revitalize the competition and draw bigger crowds. This was a great decision that’s still in place today. Every woman who competes in Miss America, or any other pageant for that matter, is super talented. Jacquelynne Fontaine blew audiences away during her 2007 Miss America performance.
Jacquelynne appeared on stage in a glorious strapless gown with a corset bodice, looking every inch a princess. She performed Giacomo Puccini’s “Vissi d'arte,” a soprano aria that is no easy feat. Trained as a professional opera singer, Jacquelynne hit every note and left no crumbs with her performance.