That such nasty disrespect toward women should surface, of all places, at the Miss America Organization
is alternately shocking and juicy fruit for the tartly inclined.
Being able to work with Savvy Shields this year is an incredible opportunity for us, especially given what the Miss America Organization
represents and the inspiration they, along with Savvy, provide to women each and every day.
Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization
, said he was thrilled it all played out in Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas.
The former worldwide head of television for William Morris, Haskell has been spending the past few years laying the groundwork for a potential foray into politics and, a bit unexpectedly, serving as chairman of the Miss America Organization
, the 90-year-old pageant that has been challenged to stay relevant in a pop landscape heavy in attitude and "American Idol.
The sponsorship will also give the Miss America Organization
the opportunity to work with the entire Amway Global family of brands.
Even before Miss America Organization
officials formally asked her to refrain from talking about the issue, she had "started to hear from pro-family groups that their phone calls were not being returned in regard to booking me for abstinence presentations.
Early on, the Miss America Organization
asked Harold to return to her antiviolence platform, but it backed off after religious groups claimed the pageant was trying to stifle Harold's practice of her faith.
Instead, she decided to define herself on her own terms, committing herself to youth empowerment, community service and abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol--a position that proved controversial to the members of the Miss America organization
The Miss America Organization
strives to gain recognition as a scholarship pageant rather than a beauty pageant and stresses that the young women who participate in the system will use their winnings to further their educational goals.
Things progressed quickly when chamber officials learned in the fall of 1998 that the Miss America organization
might entertain proposals from other Indiana communities to host the Miss Indiana Pageant.