Candice Bennatt Crowned Miss New Mexico 2012

Candice Bennatt was crowned Miss New Mexico 2012 on Sat, August 23rd at the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso. She will represent New Mexico in the Miss America 2013Pageant to be held in Las Vegas next January.

Miss New Mexico 2012 Candice Bennatt Crowning Moment

Miss New Mexico 2012 Candice Bennatt Crowning Moment


She will represent New Mexico in Miss America 2013

She will represent New Mexico in Miss America 2013

Candice Bennatt - Miss New Mexico 2012

Candice Bennatt – Miss New Mexico 2012


Candice earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and is a “public speaker, medical consultant, former NFL cheerleader, dancer, fitness guru, domestic abuse activist (and) Operation Helmet spokesperson.”

Candice Bennatt is from Houston, Texas. In November 2010, she was crowned Miss Dallas, and on July 1, 2011, she competed for the title of Miss Texas, her ticket to Miss America. But Texas is tiara country, where thousands of little girls grow up obsessed with big hair and body image, and “There She Is, Miss America” is a nightly lullaby. Bennatt made it to fourth runner-up.

Then, Candice moved to New Mexico and she won the Miss Ruidoso title on March 31, besting a skimpier-than-expected field of just three contestants. The Ruidoso win made Bennatt, then 22, eligible to compete for the Miss New Mexico crown. At the state pageant held June 23, again in Ruidoso, she beat out 18 other local queens.
Reigning Miss Albuquerque, Carin Malm. was first runner-up. Sara Richardson, Miss Otero County, was second runner-up; Deanna Jerge, Miss San Miguel Country, was 3rd runner-up; Stephanie Chavez, Miss Dona Ana, was 4th runner-up.

Courtesy of Miss New Mexico Organization.

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