I grew up singing so that alone was a big temptation for me. And there was a talent competition. Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won. Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams performs during the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 13, 2015.

MISS UNIVERSE CATRIONA GRAY EXPLAINS WHY SHE DISAPPEARED AFTER WINNING, FEELING ‘NERVOUS’ WEARING A SWIMSUIT. [3][4], Vanessa Williams (who was crowned Miss America 1984 but was forced to resign a few weeks before her reign ended) served as head judge and performed Oh How the Years Go By. I was living in hotel rooms. They just want you to be America’s sweetheart, this eligible bachelorette. You don’t want to complain because it’s the most incredible gift and so many young women would love to be in your shoes. I really wanted to break the cycle for my home state. And I never let those setbacks stop me. I would wake up in a hotel room and go, “Where am I? I just felt it wasn’t my calling in life. (2nd from R) Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell reacts to advancing, en route to victory, at the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 13, 2015. I love to read my devotional. I was really on my own.

I couldn’t think about anything else except how thankful I was being the girl who was crowned Miss America. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. According to Miss America's website, the pageant got around 7.9 million views. So when I actually did, I just couldn’t believe it. She has won $25,000 in scholarships. Fox News: You were dating your now-husband Spencer when you were Miss America. 2, Opus 23", Previously Mississippi's Junior Miss 2011, Previously Miss Virginia National Teen 2009, Previously National All-American Miss Teen 2010-2011, This page was last edited on 16 September 2020, at 18:42. There were 52 women[2] competing for the title, down from 53 contestants in the 2014 pageant, as the Miss Virgin Islands pageant organization did not renew their license and is no longer sending representatives for the Miss America pageant. Miss America contestants greet winner Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell (C) after she was crowned Miss America 2016 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 13, 2015. Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, is the first runner-up. Without my faith, I feel I have nothing. Kira Kazantsev (Miss New York 2014) crowned her successor, Miss Georgia 2015, Betty Cantrell at the end of the two-hour nationally televised event. And it was really hard being taken away from that, especially when you grow up in such a close-knit family. Fox News: Looking back, what compelled you to try out for Miss America?Maxwell: It’s a bit of a long story that I detail in the book (laughs) but it was really a whim. Fox News: What inspired you to write "Miss Unlikely" now?Maxwell: I feel I’ve learned so much in these last few years. Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for Dec. 16, “Miss Unlikely: From Farm Girl to Miss America,”, Why 'The Rock' is endorsing THIS candidate, 'Scooby-Doo' co-creator, Ken Spears, dead at 82, Sean Connery’s ashes to be scattered in Scotland as ‘his final wish,’ widow says, Lee Brice tests positive for the coronavirus, will not perform at the CMA Awards, Florida Georgia Line singer Tyler Hubbard tests positive for coronavirus, will miss CMA Awards, Billy Joel congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris after previously saying 'I try to stay out of politics'. I was so over the moon and excited. I’ve never competed in my life. That time when the 'Miss America' judges looked SO over it! I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be. I wasn’t a pageant girl and I wasn’t about that life. Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won. (Photo courtesy of the author.

Miss America 2016: Georgia - Betty Cantrell; 1st runner-up: Mississippi - Hannah Roberts; 2nd runner-up: Colorado - Kelley Johnson; 3rd runner-up: Louisiana - April Nelson; 4th runner-up: Alabama - Meg McGuffin; Top 7: South Carolina - Daja Dial; Tennessee - Hannah Robison* Top 10: Florida - Mary Katherine Fechtel; Oklahoma - Georgia Frazier; Texas - Shannon Sanderford; Top 12 In order to stay grounded and get through all of that, I needed to have a strong faith.

Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. I was completely not in the dating scene at that point in my life. But a lot of people meet their significant others online right now or just go on social media. Maxwell spoke to Fox News about how faith carried her through tough times, the funny way she met her soulmate, as well as what really went through her mind on that fateful night. Baciliky Andris "Betty" Maxwell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Warner Robins, Georgia, who was crowned Miss Georgia 2015. Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts competes in the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 13, 2015. Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won. MISS USA 2019 EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE SWIMSUIT COMPETITION, REACTS TO KIM KARDASHIAN STUDYING LAW, Miss America 2016 Betty Maxwell says she met her husband on Tinder.

But the reality of it is that there are some not-so-great sides to being Miss America. Betty Maxwell says she relied on her faith to help her cope with tough times. It was non-stop. I start and end each day with God. You want to talk about the things that bring you joy, the things you miss. Where did we land yesterday?” And then I’m flying out the next day… There are days where you’re just so confused and your mind is in a million places. All rights reserved. Miss Kentucky, Clark Janell Davis competes in the talent competition during the first night of preliminaries of Miss America at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 8, 2015.

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We haven’t had a Miss Georgia win Miss America in over 63 years at that time. I really wanted to speak out about it, but I couldn’t. All I really had was God. I couldn’t post on social media that I had a boyfriend or post pictures of him. Current Miss America Kira Kazantsev walks the red carpet in Boardwalk Hall, the venue for the 95th Miss America Pageant, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 13, 2015.