Another year of beauty talents, another round of 2012 and here we are 'Miss America 2012'. Fashion Tube Aka Fashvideo will soon post the full HD episode (this video was recorded on a camcorder).
A 23-year-old beauty queen Laura Kaeppeler from Kenosha, Wisconsin, has won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in SECOND, while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte was placed THIRD.
Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone.
"Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well," Kaeppeler said. "And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all."
Kaeppeler wins a $50,000 scholarship and gets the title for one year. Her platform during the competition was supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
Kaeppeler was chosen as the winner by a panel of seven judges during a live telecast on ABC. The event was the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of preparations for the titleholders from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
|Miss America 2012 crowning moment|
|Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler from Wisconsin|
|Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte react as Monte is named second runner up during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday Jan. 14, 2012.|
The new Miss America 2012 will spend the next year touring the country to speak to different groups and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, the Miss America Organization's official charity.