Miss America's first openly gay contestant represents an important milestone for the beauty pageant
When Angela Perez Baraquio was crowned Miss America in 2001, she became the first Asian American to do so. And now, in 2016, the beauty pageant has reached another milestone: Erin O'Flaherty will compete as the first openly gay contestant.
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Vanessa Williams became the first African American Miss America in 1984 (famously de-throned, less famously apologized to last year). Heather Whitestone became the first deaf Miss America in 1994. Angela Perez Baraquio became the first Asian American ...
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Angela Perez Baraquio, a Filipino-American representing Hawaii, claimed the tiara in 2012 only to face an onslaught of online racism. In 2014, Miss New York Nina Davuluri won the Miss America pageant to encounter a similar round of racism at home and ...
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Former Miss America, Hawaii's own Angela Perez Baraquio was the emcee for the evening. She introduced those who had made this wonderful evening possible, then brought up a group of Ambassadors, including this year's Ambassador, Mac Christman.