Miss America 2016 winner Betty Cantrell wiki bio: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won the title of 2016 Miss America on Sunday in a pageant award ceremony. This achievement of her covered her bad events of the past thirty years.
The pageant organization apologized publicly to the singer, actor, and former Miss America Vanessa Williams for ordering to give back her crown / title over the buzz, speculations, and alleged reports of infamous nude photo scandal in 1984.
Sam Haskell, the Miss America Organization CEO said publicly that she wants to apologize for anything and everything for our actions and words that made her feel bad. She further added that Vanessa Williams was Miss America and will remain forever.
The first African American woman to won the crown, Williams has safely protected the photos published by Penthouse Magazine in 1984 were unauthorized. She was forced to quit her job as the chief judge at the pageant in 1984 during its 95th anniversary.
The 52-year-old winner of 1989 title and Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson, Williams said that the CEO wanted to do this for a long time. Prior to the event, Williams was noticed on the red carpet.
Miss America 2016 Winner is Betty Cantrell
The Pageant was organized after being struggling to its relevance back. In 2004, it was dropped by ABC for not receiving the required ratings. After seven years of hosting it on the cable television, ABC again picked the event. However, the ratings are still less that what it used to be before 2004.
In 2014, John Oliver – the comedian criticized the organization for claiming that it has provided $45 million as scholarships in a part of his show Last Week Tonight.
Later on, it was revealed that the organization has only counted the number of contestants to whom it had offered the scholarships instead of counting how many contestants actually accepted it. This difference was huge in terms of numbers and was highly criticized. The new figure came out to be about $5.5 million in scholarships.Miss America 2016 winner Betty Cantrell
The Pageant judges have to judge all the contestants who come from all the US cities, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The competition comprises of talent, a personal interview, on-stage question-answer session, and appearances in gowns and swimsuits.
The song ‘Miss America’ was played while crowning Cantrell. The track was played for the first time since 2012 after the dispute over license and rights to play it.
According to the lifestyle of the title holder, the Miss America 2016 winner Cantrell may need to travel as many as 20,000 miles per month. The 2015-winner, Kira Kazantsev said that the title winner can make as many as nine appearances on behalf of a charity per day.