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Miss America pageant showcase for Oklahoma and Oklahomans

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm •  Published: January 17, 2012
Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Thomson placed second in the Pageant while Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler went on to win. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison) ORG XMIT: NVEJ120
Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson competes during the 2012 Miss America Pageant Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Thomson placed second in the Pageant while Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler went on to win. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison) ORG XMIT: NVEJ120

Saturday’s Miss America pageant was a good showcase  for Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

Oklahoma City designer Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie created both the gown and talent costume that Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson wore during the Miss America pageant Saturday evening.

Thompson, named first runner-up, wore a white silk jersey gown that had  corset construction. It was accented with silver metallic lace that was encrusted with Swarovski crystals. A sweetheart neckline with ruching elongated Thompson’s petite frame, Gillaspie said.

It was a classic, elegant style made that made her look a little taller. In dressing her for the past few years, Gillaspie said that’s the kind of styling he has been wanting to do.

He also designed her talent costume, which is the same one she wore during the Miss Oklahoma competition last June. It was just tweaked a bit with more sparkles for the national stage.

“We were just super excited and elated for her,” he said.

Gillaspie designs prom, pageant and evening wear for his Johnathan Kayne line.

And those eye-catching earrings Thompson wore with her white gown were by local jewelry designer Sarah Lewis.

Thompson had said that about 200 friends and family were in Las Vegas to support her, along with several Oklahoma state title holders who will compete in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in June.

Sarah White, Miss Greater Oklahoma and a sophomore at Oklahoma City University, said Oklahoma really does support its state title holders and “we were excited about that as well.”

She said she was eager to see the swimwear by Komplique, the pageant’s new swimwear sponsor.

“The swimsuits were stunning,” she said. “So flattering, fun colors, fun styles. I loved them and I think the girls felt a lot more confident in them as well.”

And who couldn’t use a bit more confidence when wearing a swimsuit? During a live presentation. Seen by almost 8 million people across the country.

Click here to read more about Miss Oklahoma’s popularity and how she was a fan favorite even before the pageant started.

 



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