Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This is a first a Montanan wins a beauty pageant



An 18-year-old from Montana has been crowned Miss Teen USA 2006.

Katie Blair beat the competition in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories to claim the crown Tuesday night.

In a photo provided by the Miss Universe Organization, Katie Blair, center, of Billings, Mont., reacts after being crowned Miss Teen USA 2006 at the conclusion of the LIVE NBC broadcast of the 24th annual Miss Teen USA competition, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, from the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization, Darren Decker)

First runner-up was Melissa Lingafelt of North Carolina and second runner-up was Katie Marie Cooper of North Dakota. Samantha Casey of Virginia was the third runner-up, while Brittany Sharp of Georgia placed fourth.

Blair succeeds 2005, Allie LaForce of Ohio. Winnings include a scholarship to New York School of Film and Television, a year of living in Trump Tower, a wardrobe and a Mikimoto tiara.

The competition was telecast on NBC from the Palm Springs Convention Center.


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