Miss America organization fights back against state pageant groups


North Dakota is apparently not one of the pageant states feeling the fury of the Miss America national organization.

The Miss America national office is pushing back against state level pageant revolts by revoking licensing agreements and threatening to put state organizations on “probation.”

Miss America revoked licensing deals with state pageant organizations in Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and a fourth unidentified state.

In addition, 15 other states have been threatened with “probation” and ordered to answer why they took stands against the national pageant operation.

Losing a licensing agreement with the national Miss America organization means state pageant organizations can’t send a contestant to the Miss America pageant or use Miss America in their promotions, pageants or other marketing opportunities. Also, any Miss America-related scholarship money bank accounts would have to be turned over to the national organization.

Representatives of the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization, Board President Debbie Richter and Executive Director Kathryn Jones, tell KX News this afternoon that North Dakota has not had its Miss America license revoked and is not on the list of states threatened with probation.

A number of state pageant organizations have been publicly calling for the ouster of Miss America President Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, following changes instituted by the national organization and for what many call a lack of transparency by Miss America leaders.

Troubles at Miss America have percolated for more than a year and culminated with a public letter by 2018 Miss America Cara Mund outlining what Mund called bullying and intimidation tactics by national pageant officials.

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