One measure of the American Dream: After your parents dodge soldiers in the Laotian countryside, and your father builds a bamboo raft to escape across the Mekong River, and your family settles in a prosperous neighborhood in Savage, Minn., you are crowned Miss Minnesota USA, and the thing that makes you shake your head in wonder is butt glue. The Miss Minnesota USA pageant is the only such contest that Panemalaythong ever entered. Not only that, but she’s 26, the oldest a competitor can be. She’s also the first Asian-American to be named Miss Minnesota USA.
Miss Minnesota Courtney Basara of Duluth wasn’t bothered by the racy official photos for this year’s Miss USA Pageant, her mother said on Thursday. The photos, taken by New York City fashion photographer Fadil Berisha, show the contestants in lacy lingerie, in seductive poses. They’ve created media attention, talk radio titillation — and a lot of buzz for Sunday evening’s pageant.
Brooke Kilgarriff will represent Minnesota in the Miss America competition in January.
, June 21, 2009
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