Cover Story | Last year, national Miss America Organization (MAO) executives, led
by CEO Robert Beck, dropped a bombshell on their state counterparts
by removing a requirement that pageant contestants swear they had
never been married or pregnant. Challenging 50-year-old standards,
the proposal spurred an uprising among state pageant directors, who
did not discover the change until asked to sign new contracts.
"Ours is a high moral value code and we have had these rules for
generations," said Miss