Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin has won the 2012 Miss America crown on Saturday, 14 January in Las Vegas last night. The 23-year old brunette from Kenosha impresses the judges and audiences with her intelligence, singing talent, white fabulous swimsuit and a chic black beaded evening gown that people compared to Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton dress in her wedding.
During the event, Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler sang an Italian aria for her talent competition with an utterly gorgeous operatic voice in a red dress. When being asked about whether or not Miss America winners should voice their political views by rambling on about how they represent the country as a whole, she answered, “Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well,” Kaeppeler said”. She also insists, “And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all”. Along with the honor title, the 23 year old beauty queen earned a $50,000 scholarship for her victory and hopes to build a platform around mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
Laura Kaeppeler of Kenosha, Wisconsin, who knocked out contestants from 49 other states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, was named Miss America 2012 at the national pageant held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas
23-year-old Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being named as Miss America at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
The Wisconsin beauty queen used her childhood experiences – her father served 18-month sentence in federal prison for mail fraud – as her platform for the Miss America pageant. The nation's newest Miss America, who had been considering whether or not to make her father's jail time for mail fraud the heart of her campaign in the beauty pageant, said she wants the children of incarcerated adults to feel less alone and to have mentoring and as much of a relationship with their parents as possible.
Dancing With The Stars Pro and Miss America Judge Mark Ballas poses for a picture with newly crowned Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler
The brunette beauty from Kenosha beats out other finalists Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte and Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and wins the $50,000 prize money. During the year as Miss America, she dedicates her time to mentor young people whose parents are behind bars
The 23-year-old beauty looks amazing in the black beaded evening gown which is compared to Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wedding dress
Miss America impresses the judges with her version of Il Bacio which brings her a $2,000 scholarship in the talent competition category during the first round of the Miss America competition in Las Vegas
Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler sings in the talent portion of the 2012 Miss America Pageant
Laura Kaeppeler said, “I was crying even before my name was called. It was just surreal to have this honor”
As the new Miss America, Kaeppeler will spend the year traveling to speak to different groups and raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, the Miss America Organization's official charity
Lauren Kaeppeler attended the St. Joseph High School and Cathage College and hopes to gain a Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology
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