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New Miss America Teresa Scanlan Explains Why She Thinks Beauty Pageants Are Still Relevant (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 18th 2011 9:10AM
At seventeen-years-old, Teresa Scanlan is the youngest Miss America winner since 1921.

After taking the tiara Sunday , she stopped by 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on Fox News), where co-host and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson asked Scanlan how she was going to react when people questioned the relevance of beauty pageants in "today's society", which apparently happened to Carlson a lot during her reign in 1989.

"(Miss America) focuses on idealism and that is something I think America has moved away from. We are so about being realistic, that we feel that is opposite of being idealistic. I think it's important we still have those ideals, the American ideal of having a good example, a role model other kids can look up to that we really don't find anymore," Scanlan said.

We're not quite sure how much sense that makes, but, then again, we didn't always make a whole of sense when we were seventeen either.

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