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Modern-Day American Beauties Break Pageant Mold

Miss America hopefuls provide fresh face to traditional Miss America Pageant.
1:38 | 09/15/13

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american tradition playing out as they battle it out right here on abc. True american beauties, changing the definition, breaking out of that beauty queen mold. Here's abc's linzie janis. Reporter: Tonight's competitors are pushing the traditional limits of the legendary miss america pageant. Like miss kansas, theresa vail, a camo-wearing, national guard sergeant with a whole lot of ink. The serenity prayer is my personal mission statement. I like to say. I break stereotypes every day, being a soldier and a beauty queen. Reporter: The double major, chemistry and chinese, and an expert with a bow and arrow. So, I tell people not to mess with me. Reporter: Taught herself to sing opera at the last minute after finding out that archery wasn't allowed in the talent competition. Or, there's miss iowa, nicole kelly. The first to compete with her own unique challenge. I joke that I've trained for this my whole entire life without realizing it, to be honest, because I've been on stage my whole life and I guess I've just been taught that it's okay to be yourself. Reporter: And while miss florida, myrrhanda jones, may look like the typical beauty queen, she, too, knows a thing about bravery. In thursday's preliminary competitions, the baton twirling beauty tore her acl. That really hurt. Reporter: Extreme pain she plans to overcome with courage as she competes for the crown tonight. Linzie janis, abc news, new york. And don't miss "20/20," pageant confidential with lara spencer, that's tonight right here at 8:00, followed by the miss america pageant at 9:00 p.M.

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