Miss America 2011
January 15, 2011 by Post Team
Dressed as Marilyn Monroe, 19-year-old Miss California Arianna Afsar showed a high heel decorated like the famous Hollywood sign, then sang “Happy Birthday, Miss America,” to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the pageant.
“My shoe is the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, and I want to thank my mother for spending so much time to make this shoe,” Afsar told the crowd.
The “Show us your shoes!” Event outside the Paris hotel-casino in Las Vegas comes a day before the televised competition Saturday at the crown of Miss America 2011.
In Las Vegas, the girls held their shoes craft aloft for a crowd of about 3,500. But the event was a nod to a few days of the show in Atlantic City, NJ, where an annual procession on the walk gave birth to a quirky tradition shoes.
It all started when spectators whistling past candidates riding in cars with roof open, asking them to show their shoes. They hoped to embarrass the girls because they wore elaborate dresses casual shoes but since no one would see their feet. The girls eventually responded by displaying decorated shoes, and shoes ended up being the highlight of their attire.
Many shoes this year would have been decorated as importable. Miss Connecticut Brittany Decker, 21, demonstrated a high heel with a basketball hoop and “ESPN” written on the sign in honor of UConn and the house sports cable network, while 24 years, Miss Alaska Abby Hancck held a high-heel touring sled for Christmas, “said the emcee Robin Leach:” Santa lives in Alaska. ”
Miss Louisiana Kelsi Crain, 20, said she thought about going with a theme New Orleans Saints, but she was happy stuck with Mardi gras.
“We coined the phrase” Good Times Roll “to” Let the good times roll, “she said. “Now, the Louisiana delegation is just there to share a little taste of what a celebration of Mardi gras is like.”
Crain, a kinesiology student at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, said she was initially surprised when she heard the queen’s contest would be showing the shoes instead of wearing them.
“We had to order two pairs of shoes, we could carry, then the one we had to decorate, so now I have a shoe spare sitting at home,” she said.
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