The Top 5 before the announcement of the new Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization
There was no shortage of satin, rhinestones and glitter during the evening gown competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. A take on nearly every evening gown trend could be seen this year. With so many different looks, it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to a Top 10! (Read: Miss Alabama Jessica Baeder is Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018!)
Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Chloe Wildman during the preliminary evening gown competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography9. Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen, Annie Swan This year's first runner-up won a preliminary evening gown and on-stage question award on the first night of competition and it is easy to see why! (Read: Preliminary Winners at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018 Announced) Annie chose a gown perfect for a national teen pageant that can be used in any system. The empire cut of the gown is flattering on all body types. Photos do not do this rhinestone-encrusted bodice justice. It perfectly captured the stage lights and kept the focus on Annie's face. Instead of a traditional bun, Annie went with a high ponytail to complete her look. Ponytails are great for Teen contestants because they keep the look youthful and fun while still allowing contestants to keep their hair out of their faces. Her long chandelier earrings match the pattern of the top perfectly and bring the look together.
Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2018 Annie Swan during the 2017 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography8. Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen, Emma Ellis Emma embraces her inner Elle Woods with this two-toned gown. Pink is a risk on an older contestant since it is usually seen on younger girls. However, Emma's two-toned look combined with the trumpet silhouette makes this one of the best gowns of the night. (Read: How to Choose the Right Pink Pageant Dress) Her shade of pink is also important. The bold jewel tone is super flattering on her skin. The black top balances out the boldness of the skirt. The belt is perfect because it defines her waist and provides a seamless transition from the top to the bottom of the gown. Combined with perfect beachy waves and minimal accessories, this look is worthy of the red carpet!
Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2018 Emma Ellis during the Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo:. P.G. Photography7. Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen, Jessica Baeder There is a reason Jessica was crowned the new Miss America's Outstanding Teen! She glided across the stage in this fairy tale princess ballgown. The embroidery takes what would be a plain white ball gown to the next level. It provides a seamless blend for the eye to follow as the dress transitions from the satin top to the tulle bottom. Her hairstyle is ideal for a strapless gown as it keeps Jessica's hair out of her face but still provides coverage to prevent her shoulders from appearing overexposed. (Read: 12 Embroidered Pageant Dresses You Have Got to See)
Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2018 Jessica Baeder during the 2017 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography6. Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen, Taylor Clark This is by far one of the most unique gowns from the pageant. The fabric is unlike any other, making Taylor stand out in a sea of satin and tulle. The shine captures the stage lights beautifully to show off the lilac color. The layers on the bottom add movement and dimension to prevent the ball gown from looking too young. (Read: 8 Problems Every Girl With Short Hair Has And How To Fix Them)
Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen 2018 Taylor Clark during the Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography5. Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen, Gracie Fusco This a-line cut is super flattering as it shows off Gracie's super tiny waist. The bejeweled v-neckline draws the eye up and keeps the attention on her face. Her train starts at the perfect spot on her hip and highlights her hourglass shape. Gracie's hair and makeup are some of the best seen on the stage. Her up-do oozes elegance and class. Her bold red lip pops against her electric blue gown and shows off her super white smile. Her long chandelier earrings pair perfectly with the hairstyle and neckline. (Read: 4 Easy Updos Any Pageant Girl Can Achieve)
Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2018 Gracie Fusco during the 2017 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography4. Miss New York's Outstanding Teen, Asia Hickman Asia was arguably one of the best dressed contestants this year. From her amazing talent outfit to this regal gown, she owned it. The bedazzled floral bodice sparkles under the stage lights. The yellow skirt is a beautiful but unique combination that made this gown stand out. Her cold-shoulder neckline is delicate while still highlighting her amazing arms.The whole look screams of a modern day Disney princess. (Read: 5 Floral Looks for Your Next Pageant)
Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2018 Asia Hickman during the 2017 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography3. Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen, Jordyn Penny Sometimes the simplest looks are the best. Jordyn is the perfect example. She went with a simple ball gown silhouette but turned up the heat with the fire engine red color. Red is a power color. It screams "Look at me!" to the judges. Since the color is so bold, Jordyn kept the rest of the look minimal with perfect curls and hardly any accessories. (Read: How to Pick the Right Red Evening Gown)
Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2018 Jordyn Penny during the 2017 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography2. Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen, Stephanie Wendt This is one of the best Teen gowns in recent years. She is wearing the gown; the gown is not wearing her. The yellow color was a bold choice, but it paid off. It looks beautiful against her golden skin and dark hair. The high keyhole neckline is super flattering on almost anyone. It highlights the shoulders and bust while elongating the neck. Simple drop earring complement the top. (Read: How to Choose the Right Yellow Evening Gown)
Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2018 Stephanie Wendt during the Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. Photography1. Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen, Madison Dompkosky This look is stunning. Madison's gown is gorgeous. From the color to the fit to the accessories, she knocked it out of the park. The shade of blue is perfect against Madison's golden skin. The entire gown is covered in intricate beading and rhinestones, making it shine under the lights. The silver belt defines her waist and is perfectly placed to highlights the start of the beautiful satin train. (Read: How to Choose the Right Blue Evening Gown) This look is also proof of the importance of investing in a tailor. The fit is impeccable. It highlights every curve of her body and falls perfectly. Her ponytail was also a smart choice. Since the gown is so busy, pulling her hair back prevents the two from competing. However, the ponytail is very youthful, which is a perfect balance to the mature fit of the gown.
Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2018 Madison Dompkosky during the Preliminary Evening Gown Competition at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: P.G. PhotographyWhat do you think? Did your favorite make the cut? Is there someone you think we should have included? Comment below!
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