Abby Foster, Miss Illinois 2017. Photo: Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization, INC
Miss Illinois 2017 Evening Gown
is the new Miss Illinois 2017 and will represent the state of Illinois later this year at the Miss America 2018
pageant held in Atlantic City this September. Abby won over the judges in this unique red gown!
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Ah, another red gown! But, can we honestly ever be sick of seeing too many red gowns? Part of the fun in pageantry is seeing all the unique designs and styles of gowns worn by each beautiful contestant.
Abby Foster is no exception as she wore this fire engine red and underlying nude gown during the evening gown portion of the competition.
Damask prints have certainly become more and more popular in evening gowns and I'm loving how this particular design pops against the nude underlying shell.
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Abby's gown features tank sleeves, red and clear crystal rhinestones piping the inner seam and trimming the plunging v neckline, and an elegant satin train!
Abby chose to wear crystal earrings along with a crystal bracelet. Both of these pieces match perfectly with the beading design found on the bodice of her gown.
I also like how Abby wore her hair up, but I would have liked to see a different up-do on her. This one is slightly too slicked back for my liking.
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Abby took this look to another level with striking smoky eyes and red lipstick! I am loving this bold look.
Aside from the up-do choice, I love the color and silhouette of this gown along with Abby's perfect makeup, making this look a HIT! Way to go, Abby! Enjoy your year and best of luck at Miss America 2018!
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