Brooke Burke-Charvet has reportedly signed on to host the Miss America pageant this year despite the controversy that seems to follow such events, saying it is “impressive” and “inspiring” to meet the women involved.
Burke-Charvet will take on hosting duties for the second time; the first was in 2011. And while beauty pageants are always much-talked about by both supporters and detractors, Brooke points out that Miss America holds firm standards for the women who take part, and gives them opportunities they might not have otherwise.
“It’s always impressive and inspiring to meet the young women who strive to make a difference in their communities, while furthering their education and advancing principles of service, style and success,” Burke-Charvet said.
While this event is not affiliated with Donald Trump, the pageant circuit took a hit earlier this year when Donald Trump was fired from co-owner NBC following controversial statements he made during his presidential campaign announcement; the Miss USA pageant eventually aired on another network.
The Miss America pageant is not without a fair share of scandal, however; the current title-holder, Kira Kazantsev, made headlines in 2014 when it was reported that she was kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University due to a vicious hazing incident. Following several reports by the media about the story, the Miss America organization released a statement about Kazantsev that read, in part:
Kira has been fully transparent with the MissAmerica Organization about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority. It’s unfortunate that this incident has been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira’s impressive academic achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community. Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the MissAmerica Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women.
Brooke Burke-Charvet will join judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Kevin O’Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya for the evening; Nick Jonas will provide the musical entertainment.