Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

Shannon McAnally was crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013 on Sunday night of November 18, 2012 at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall on the Virginia Intermont College campus. The beauty from Arlington is 22 years old and stands 5’5″. She will represent the state of Virginia in the Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant, competing for the right to represent the United Stated in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant.

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Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

She will represent the state of Virginia in the Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant

She will represent the state of Virginia in the Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant

Shannon McAnally

Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

Shannon is from Dallas, Texas and is a pageant veteran. She was the third runner-up in Miss Texas USA 2012. Among her titles are Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss Texas USA, America’s Perfect Miss, Miss Orlando USA and Miss Dallas USA.

“I am going into my 10th year competing in pageants,” she wrote on her website. “I can honestly say that I am extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to compete and know I am one in a few that is capable of sticking with a goal and a dream for as long as I have.”

“I have grown tremendously through pageantry and understand that there is much more than just looking pretty and prancing around on a stage, as the stereotypes portray. There is actual purpose to these competitions. They give hope and inspiration to little girls across the globe. They shape young girls into eloquent, confident, and gracious ladies. And maybe more importantly, they allow women like myself to give back to society in so many ways.”

Miss Virginia USA 2013 results:
– Winner: Shannon McAnally
– The first runner-up: Chantal Holland
– The second runner-up: Sarah Jones
– The third runner-up: Lindsay Knox
– The fourth runner-up: Amanda Jones

Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

Shannon McAnally Crowned Miss Virginia USA 2013

She will represent the state of Virginia in the Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant

She will represent the state of Virginia in the Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant

Special Awards:
– Miss Congeniality: Rachel Stacey
– Miss Photogenic: Sarah Jones

Virginia has been only moderately successful in terms of number of semi-finalists, they have had two Miss USAs. They are one of only three states to have had two Miss USAs in succession (the others being Illinois and Texas). Virginia’s greatest success came from the late 1960s to early 1980s. Virginia should have had the first Miss USA crown in 1954, as Ellen Whitehead finished 1st runner up, and Miss USA 1954, Miriam Stevenson, became Miss Universe 1954. However, there was no rule until the 1960s that the 1st runner up became Miss USA after the winner won Miss Universe. If that was true, 2nd runner up, Miss New York USA, Karin Hultman would have become Miss USA 1954, as Ellen was disqualified due to being underage.

Photo credit: Benzio, DixieDixon.

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