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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013

Miss America Pageant elevates two new platforms

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will pass on her crown Saturday night — along with a lot of scholarship money — to the new beauty who will carry the 90-year-old title for 2013.


Miss D.C., Allyn Rose, during the Evening Wear portion of preliminary competition at the 2013 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. (B. Vartan Boyajian - AP)

Fifty-two contestants will compete for the honor live on ABC at 9 p.m. EST, facing off in the final rounds of lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, evening wear and the infamous onstage question.

The Miss America Organization — not to be confused with the glitzier Miss Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump — has already brought a new level of attention to two of the platforms its contestants are promoting this year.

Miss Montana Alexis Wineman will be the first woman with autism to compete, bringing an unprecedented amount of attention to her platform, “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting” — Living with Autism.

Similarly, Miss D.C. Allyn Rose has made national news with her plans to get a double mastectomy to avoid an inherited breast cancer risk. The 24-year-old beauty told the Post’s Reliable Source she wanted to use her story to promote a message of preventive care and breast cancer awareness, which is also her platform.

The Maryland native’s scholarship ambition is to obtain her juris doctorate, a goal she shares with Kaeppeler and a whopping 10 fellow contestants, by our count.

Journalism and broadcasting also top the list of career ambitions of contestants for the organization, which prides itself on a history of scholarship.

But for viewers who are looking forward to big hair, even larger dresses and a bit of baton twirling, never fear. Those traditions are aren’t going anywhere, either.

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By Cara Kelly  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013

 
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