Here are my complete thoughts. Those who attended this weekend's Miss Virginia USA pageant may have seen a farewell letter. That letter was edited to protect the guilty, as I was told my original letter would not be printed. Here is the original letter. I am grateful for my year, but also strive to provide an honest reflection.
One of the questions I am most commonly asked is to explain the difference between the Miss Universe/USA Organization and the Miss America Organization. Many outside of the world of pageants have never paid close enough attention to realize that the two televised pageants were not one in the same. Admittedly, until around six years ago, I’m not sure I could have articulated the difference, so I usually try to keep my explanation simple, as I will do here.