Miss Alaska, Emma Broyles, crowned Miss America

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 22:52:43-05

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The contestant from Alaska has been crowned Miss America at an event marking the competition’s 100th anniversary.

What began as a 1921 Atlantic City beauty pageant has evolved away from the emphasis on looks alone with a new focus on leadership, talent and communication skills.

Contestants are no longer judged on physical appearance.

Fifty-one contestants representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia were competing for the centennial crown and $100,000 in college scholarships.

Emma Broyles of Alaska was named the winner Thursday night.

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Miss Alaska Emma Broyles reacts after being crowned Miss America, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.