There she is. New Miss Louisiana Meagan Crews, 22-year-old from Bossier City who competed at the Miss America preliminary on Jun 22 as Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival.
Crews is a student at Louisiana State University Shreveport and said she plans to pursue a law degree.
The event began on June 20 with young women from across the state vying for the title at the Monroe Civic Center Theatre in Monroe, LA.
Women competing must meet certain criteria including residency requirements, falling between the ages of 17 and 24 and “character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization, according to the Miss Louisiana website.
The board chair for Miss America Gretchen Carlson, who is a former Fox News host and 1989 Miss America, resigned from the position on May 29.
The pageant system has been in the spotlight in recent years after an email scandal revealed male leadership within the organization had made denigrating and sexual remarks about the pageant’s competitors.
In November 2018, the Attorney General of New Mexico was expected to issue a fraud alert that the personal information of contestants may have been breached after a former executive director for the state pageant was accused of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, according to the Albuquerque Journal.