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Parade of Beauties 2013 Continues 63-Year OM Tradition

 

Most Beautiful 2013 Kyndal Hayes touching up her makeup in the dressing room
Most Beautiful 2013 Kyndal Hayes touching up her makeup in the dressing room

By Christina Huck, senior journalism major, Meek School of Journalism and New Media

cfhuck@gmail.com

 

The annual Ole Miss Parade of Beauties packed the house at the Gertrude Ford Center on Wednesday evening –– showcasing the most beautiful girls on campus, just as it has for the past 63 years.

The 2013 event featured 76 girls sponsored by fraternities, sororities, campus organizations, friends and family, all competing for the title of Most Beautiful. Memphis native Kyndal Hayes was crowned Most Beautiful 2013, and will go on to compete in the Miss University pageant later this year.

Among the girls making the top ten were: Mary Clair Hamner, Courtney Welsh, Amelie Davis, Morgan Lindsey Burnett, Samatha Pettus, Regan Looser, Katie Kaiser, France Bear, Rivers Countiss and Paris Crawford.

Presented by the Student Programming Board and run by the Department of Campus Programming, the pageant has been a stepping stone to national fame and recognition for campus lovelies since 1950. That year, Janelle Green was chosen Most Beautiful, following in 1955 by Mary Ann Mobley, who went on to wear the Miss America crown in 1959.

 

 

Contestants Carli Slappey (left) and Nicole Miller (right)
Contestants Carli Slappey (left) and Nicole Miller (right)
Courtney Welch gets ready for the 2013 Parade of Beauties pageant
Courtney Welch gets ready for the 2013 Parade of Beauties pageant

 

 

At Podium, Natalie Wood, Most Beautiful 2011  Photo By Christina Huck
At Podium, Natalie Wood, Most Beautiful 2011 Photo By Christina Huck

 

 

From left to right: Amelie Davis, Jeralyn Stuart, Samantha Pettus, Anna Beth Higginbotham, Olivia Enger, Jessie Walls, and Neilley Brooks
From left to right:
Amelie Davis, Jeralyn Stuart, Samantha Pettus, Anna Beth Higginbotham, Olivia Enger, Jessie Walls, and Neilley Brooks

 

POB Contestants Kelly Dunnigan and Mary Alex Nail found a gold cart in the hallway to sit in to rest their feet
POB Contestants Kelly Dunnigan, left, and Mary Alex Nail found a golf cart in the hallway to sit in to rest their feet

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