Miss Arkansas 2017 is Maggie Benton! Maggie Benton will represent Arkansas at the Miss America 2017 pageant later this year!
The reigning Miss America, Savy Shields, was Miss Arkansas 2016!
Miss Arkansas 2017 will be broadcast live on KATV, this is the first time in 80 years that the state pageant will be televised. It will also be live on the Miss Arkansas Facebook page for those who do not have KATV can watch for free!
Arkansas have been one of the most successful MAO state pageants with 3 Miss America's, 4 National 1st Runner-ups, 2 National 2nd Runner-ups, 3 National 3rd Runner ups and 1 National 4th Runner up's!
Top 10 Headshots of Miss Arkansas 2017
10. Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers, Kathryn Barfield
As illustrated with contestants in previous articles, blue is a winning color for headshots. The shade complements Kathryn's light blue eyes and dark hair. The keyhole with the detailed neckline is a great focal point in the photo and is a way to accessorize without relying on jewelry.
The side part elongates her jawline. Coupled with the statement earrings, the attention is kept on her face. Overall, a winning look.
Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers 2017 Kathryn Barfield's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
9. Miss University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS), Logan Moore
This photo is very natural and beautiful. Logan's simple top fits her impeccably, a detail often overlooked in headshots. White can also be a hard color to pull off, but combining the fit with Logan's golden skin, the look is a hit. (Read: How to Win in a White Gown)
The natural curls and nude makeup highlight Logan's natural beauty. The nude palette also makes her gorgeous brown eyes looks bigger. Her smile is beautiful and incredibly white.
Her gold and white earrings are the perfect accessory. The color combination was a great choice to help enhance the natural feel of the photo. She also kept them mostly hidden in her hair to give just a peak of sparkle in the photo. (Read: How to Pick the Right Pageant Headshot Photographer for You)
Miss UAFS 2017 Logan Moore's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
8. Miss Batesville, Christian Weatherley
Her expression here is so joyful. Christian's beautiful white smile lights up the entire photo.
Her light blue top is phenomenal. It is almost the same shade as her eyes, which is a unique way to make them stand out. She chose white statement earrings to finish off the look. This provides a nice contrast to the gray background and blue top. It also enhances her smile! (Read: The Pageant Planet Reviews the Best Products to Whiten Teeth)
Miss Batesville 2017 Christian Weatherley's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
7. Miss University of Central Arkansas, Kelli Collins
Kelli's pose in this photo is perfect. She is angled slightly forward with her head tilted up and looking at the camera. This pose is always slimming no matter the contestant. Combined with her expression, this makes for a bubbly and youthful photo.
Kelli also has the ability to pull off yellow, which is another tricky color. Since yellow is also very bold, she kept the gold accessories simple to balance out the bright top. Her big chocolate curls also bring contrast to the light background and top to prevent her from being washed out.
Miss University of Central Arkansas 2017 Kelli Collins' official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
6. Miss Southwest Arkansas, Suzie Gresham
An extreme close up can be disastrous if not done correctly. However, this headshot is amazing. Since the photo is so close up, the busy top and earrings are appropriate since there is only a small portion visible in the photo. The dark blue color is a gorgeous contrast to Suzie's light blue eyes, which make them pop in the photo.
The close-up also shows off her stylish short haircut. The naturally tousled waves add personality to the photo.
Miss Southwest Arkansas 2017 Suzie Gresham's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
5. Miss Natural State, Alexis Sanders
This is such a girly, fabulous headshot. Alexis has a to-die-for smile that shines in this photo. Her makeup and hair are fun and glamours. She looks like a modern day Barbie!
The hot pink top works well with her skin tone. The earrings match but have just enough contrast with the gold and yellow stones to break it up enough to prevent the look from becoming too matchy-matchy. (Read: Pageant Jewelry: What to Wear, When to Wear it)
Miss Natural State 2017 Alexis Sanders' official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
4. Miss Ouachita Baptist University, Tiffany Lee
If Jessica Rabbit was a brunette, she would be Tiffany. This lady in red looks stunning in this photo. The color looks incredible with her golden skin and dark hair. Her pale eyes also pop against the curve-hugging dress. (Read: How to Pick the Right Red Evening Gown)
While headshots tend to be closer up, she was smart to choose a wider shot. This dress has a deep v neckline. Combined with the red color, the look would be a little too revealing for a Miss America pageant headshot. The wider angle shows more of the dress to balance out the bareness of the neckline.
Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2017 Tiffany Lee's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
3. Miss Northwest Arkansas, Raygan Sylvester
Raygan chose a fantastic way to pull off an almost entirely black look. Black on black on black can be boring. However, she avoids this with all detailing in the top combined with the white underlay. The white underlay also breaks up the top enough to prevent her hair from blending in.
The gold earrings are a nice touch that offset her hazel-brown eyes. Her natural makeup balances out the detailing in the outfit to make for a great photo.
Miss Northwest Arkansas 2017 Raygan Sylvester's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
2. Miss North Central Arkansas, Ebony Mitchell
Another gorgeous lady in red. Ebony went in a different direction than Tiffany. She chose a more modest turtleneck tank. Her bare arms keep the top youthful. The earrings are the perfect size to add just enough sparkle to the photo. (Read: How to Choose the Right Earrings for Pageant Interview)
This is the perfect shade of lipstick. Her smile is dazzling paired with the deep red hue. Her side pose is different and helps the photo stand out in a sea of straight-on headshots.
Miss North Central Arkansas 2017 Ebony Mitchell's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization
1. Miss University of Arkansas, Darynne Dahlem
This is one of the best headshots for any state so far! Darynne looks absolutely breathtaking in this photo. The white top is elegant against her red hair, blue eyes and tan skin. The earrings are simple and long but elongate her face and highlight her cheekbones.
Her Old Hollywood-inspired makeup and perfectly styled hair polish off this incredible photo.
Miss University of Arkansas 2017 Darynne Dahlem's official headshot. Photo: Miss Arkansas Organization