Miss Michigan officials: ‘Not a beauty pageant’

clipped from www.mlive.com

MUSKEGON — While driving to her new job in the Detroit area
recently, reigning Miss Michigan Ashlee Baracy heard a radio
disc jockey interchangeably referring to Miss America and
Miss USA as the same program.

He was discussing the Miss California USA controversy, and
downing beauty pageants. So Baracy did what any good
employee would do: She called her mom to get the
station’s number, then called the D.J. herself to set
him straight.

“I feel sorry Miss California had an opinion and was
raked over the coals,” said Sam Haskell, chairman of
the Miss America Organization board of directors who was in
Muskegon this week for the Miss Michigan Scholarship
Pageant. “We encourage our girls in the Miss America
program to have an opinion. The only similarity we have is
the beauty.”

Shelley Taylor, Miss Michigan executive director, believes
it was a political move on the part of Trump.

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