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LGBT History Is Made! The New Miss Missouri Is The First Openly Gay Miss America Contestant!

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This is so great to see!!

Erin O'Flaherty is the newly crowned Miss Missouri, and she will compete in the national Miss America pageant this coming September, which is fantastic in and of itself… but there's a twist!

Related: More Pageantry News HERE!

The 23-year-old beauty queen is also openly gay, having come out of the closet at 18 years old — and that makes her the first out woman to represent her state as Miss Missouri AND the first to compete in Miss America!

The groundbreaking beauty — pictured on the right, above, taking the crown over from the last Miss Missouri representative — is very aware of her place in history, and she sounds SO excited about the future:

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More Advertisers Pull Spots From The View Even AFTER The Show Featured Dozens Of Nurses!

Well, that plan backfired!

Well, it looks like that strategy was counter-productive.

The View got hit where it hurts — in the piggy bank — when a few sponsors pulled their ads after host Joy Behar began cracking jokes about Miss Colorado's decision to wear scrubs and deliver a monologue about being a nurse during this year's Miss America pageant.

To get back on everyone's good side, the show decided to invite a bunch of nurses on the panel program to prove to audiences — and advertisers — everywhere just how much they love RNs!

Video: Watch Nicole Arbour Defend Her 'Dear Fat People' Video To The Ladies Of The View HERE!

Too bad it didn't work.

Three more companies have yanked their commercials during the show's slot, including Party City, Snuggle, and McCormick spices.

They join Johnson & Johnson and Eggland's Best, who paused their promotions on Thursday.

The spice corporation took to Facebook to explain its decision to back out of advertising during The View, writing:

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​The View Co-Hosts Apologize For Mocking Miss America Nurse Monologue — See The Backlash & Their Apology HERE!

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Well that took no time at all!

It's been just about a week since The View returned to TV with a mostly new panel of co-hosts including Michelle Collins, Joy Behar, Raven Symoné, Whoopi Goldberg, and Paula Faris.

In that week they've already managed to offend people with some of their commentary about one of the contestants in the Miss America pageant being a nurse — to which they've already apologized (below)!

Video: Donald Trump Faces Off Against Whoopi Goldberg On The View!

During the talent the portion of the contest, Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, performed a monologue which talked quite a bit about her profession as a nurse.

Yesterday Collins apparently felt the need to express her opinion about the monologue as well as question why she was wearing a stethoscope during the segment. She shared:

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Vanessa Williams Is Returning To The Miss America Pageant Three Decades After Her Nude Photo Scandal!

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Vanessa Williams is finally returning to the Miss America stage!

The Ugly Betty star famously became the first African American to be crowned Miss America back in 1984 — but was sadly relieved of her title after nude photos of her were sold to Penthouse magazine without her consent!

Now, the 52-year-old will be reunited with the pageant in a different role, she is set to serve as head judge for this year's competition!

[ Video: Vanessa Williams Spent Her 4th Of July Getting Married! ]

Over the years, Williams has boasted achievements in entertainment and philanthropy — she has earned 11 Grammy nominations, has appeared in hit TV shows, and won the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her humanitarian work!

Sam Haskell, executive chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization, had this to say about Williams returning to the pageant:

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Caitlyn Jenner Reveals How She Chose Her Name!

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After the big reveal in Vanity Fair on Monday, Caitlyn Jenner has taken the world by storm.

And whether it's celebrity reactions to Jenner's transition, or family fallout from the intense feature story, interest hasn't slowed down yet on this important moment in transgender history!

[ Related: See What Caitlyn's Mom Had To Say About The Reveal! ]

But one thing does remain unanswered — how did Caitlyn pick her name?

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A Former Miss America Has Died

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So sad.

Sources have just confirmed the death of Mary Ann Mobley Collins, who was an actress, philanthropist, and the first Miss America from Mississippi back in 1959.

The 77-year-old passed away on Tuesday at her Beverly Hills home.

Mary made many appearances in movies, on TV, and on Broadway.

She was also known for her humanitarian efforts, which she was passionate about with her husband Gary Collins. Gary died in 2012.

Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

[Image via WENN.]

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Celebrity Beauty Queens & Kings! 19 Famous Faces Who've Participated In Beauty Pageants!

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Well, these celebs had to get their start somehow, right?!

Beauty pageants are sometimes just a way to showcase talents in hopes of getting discovered and end up with your own TV show/movie career!

Let's take talk show queen Oprah, for example.

She participated in a beauty pageant in Tennessee that practically helped her set off her reporting career!

Oprah won the title of Miss Black Tennessee, got a scholarship to the state university which put her on the radar and got her a gig at a local radio station!

Pretty AH-Mazing, right??

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, 'Celebrity Beauty Queens & Kings! Famous Faces Who've Participated In Beauty Pageants!'

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