Successful Entrepreneurs, Artists, Educators and Fashion Designers Among the Panelists for Two-night Preliminaries, Dec. 12-13, and Available Via LIVE Stream
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (December 2, 2021) – With the 100th Anniversary Miss America competition fast approaching, the Miss America Organization is proud to announce panelists for the two-night competition preliminaries scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 12 and Monday, December 13 at 7PM ET at Mohegan Sun Earth Exp in Uncasville, Conn. The preliminaries will be live streamed at watchmissamerica.com, with the final night of the Miss America competition being broadcast from the award-winning 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, on Thursday, December 16 at 8PM ET. This year’s historic competition will return with a new and enhanced format allowing audiences to stream the event live across all time zones for the first time ever.
This year’s Miss America competition preliminary panelists feature talented individuals in their respective fields, including entrepreneurs, artists, educators and fashion designers and include: Danielle Canty, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and the co-founder and President of the educational media company, BossBabe; Kevin Davis, a dancer, musician, actor and content creator who has traveled the world dancing, teaching and judging in Japan, Moscow, Korea, France, Samoa, India and China; Jessica Rae, a Filipino business owner, dancer and educator around movement and entrepreneurship, and is the founder and CEO of Rae Model & Talent Agency, LLC and Rae Studios; Paige Mycoskie, an artist, fashion designer, and businesswoman, and the founder of the lifestyle and fashion brand, Aviator Nation; and John Gurney, a country artist and singer-songwriter whose 2020 independent debut EP has reached more than 40 million streams and landed him a spot as the face of Spotify’s coveted Hot Country playlist.
“We are thrilled to have this incredibly talented and successful group representing diverse backgrounds and professional experiences serving as panelists for the preliminaries of our Centennial Miss America competition,” said Shantel Krebs, Chair of the Board and Interim President and CEO. “Our 51 outstanding Miss America competitors will have the unique opportunity of interacting and sharing their personal stories, educational endeavors and future career aspirations with such gifted panelists who are accomplishing amazing things.”
The Miss America competition had a profound impact on Mycoskie from an early age and she is relishing the opportunity to serve as a panelist in the preliminary competition this year.
“I am so excited to be a part of the panelists for the Miss America 100th celebration,” said Mycoskie. “As a young girl I watched Miss America on TV and I remember being inspired by so many women as they competed. The talent, both creative and intellectual that this contest brings to the masses is so powerful and inspiring for young girls to witness. One of the things I love most about this competition is the diversity in talent. It is really awesome for a young girl to see that you don’t just have to be beautiful to be recognized but you can be an awesome dancer, thought leader or visionary. I know that whoever we choose to be crowned Miss America in the end will go on to do powerful things in the world and I am excited to play a part in choosing who that woman will be.”
Danielle Canty, @daniellecanty @bossbabe.inc
With an engaged audience of over four million, BossBabe has become a household name for female entrepreneurs and ambitious women. From a hugely successful membership to signature courses and a top-rated podcast, Canty and her team at BossBabe are helping young business leaders make an impact in the world. Canty started her entrepreneurial journey in the UK as a chiropractor. After selling her primary healthcare company, she moved to Los Angeles to grow BossBabe into a multimillion-dollar business. Featured in leading magazines such as Elle and Success, and interviewing some of America’s leading women entrepreneurs, Canty’s passion is helping women build confidence, leadership and wealth. She believes that women get to be unapologetic about their ambition and dreams, which has led her on a mission to create and share impactful content that will help women from all walks of life
Kevin Davis: @konkrete_
The performing artist has danced around the world and finishing first or second place in all of his tournaments. Known by the nickname, “Konkrete,” Davis participated in the second season of “World of Dance” and “So You Think You Can Dance 14,” where he was a top-20 finalist with the most viral performance with Jenna Dewan. Davis has performed with artists like Bruno Mars and Chris Brown and has also been on the American Music Awards stage with Taylor Swift alongside his partners. He became popular in music by making high energy instrumentals for his foundational dance style. He has many R’n’B singles on iTunes and Spotify including his hit single, Never Do, that he produced, wrote, and performed on the World of Dance tour. Davis is also known as a motion capture artist for NBA2K 2020 and has worked with brands like Toyota, Nike, ZARA, and Tommy Hilfiger. Acting is also a focus of his collection of talents and has worked with many high-profile actors and producers.
Jessica Rae: @jraesf @raestudiossf
A graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Speech and Communications, completed in just three years prior to starting her entrepreneurial journey, Rae’s career started in pageant competitions, winning numerous titles – with the talent in piano playing and different styles of dance. Her experience competing led her into film and print productions. She has been working on and off camera for companies including Muscle Milk, Fitbit, Acura, Facebook, 24hr Fitness, and Apple, along with artists such as Ludacris, Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, Too Short, and Bebe Rexha. Rae oversees a talent agency housing over 150 performing artists and a full-service dance studio. She knew at an early age that minority inclusivity, body positivity, and movement education needed a home. Rae Agency and Rae Studios have been a safe haven for thousands of community leaders, students, emerging artists, and experienced working professionals to find employment in a positive and inclusive community.
Paige Mycoskie: @paigemycoskie @AviatorNation
She was named GQ magazine’s Designer of the Year, one of LA Business Journal’s Top Bosses Under 30, and featured in Forbes magazine as a female founded and owned brand. Aviator Nation, established in 2006, creates quality Made in America clothing. Mycoskie has connected fashion with music while raising funds for charities and generating an awareness of our collective consciousness. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits including Charity Water, Surf Aid, Heal the Bay, The Flatwater Foundation, and Global Citizen. Born in Texas, she was a state volleyball champion and on the Arizona State University water ski team while attending the Walter Cronkite School for Journalism. She began her career at Shape magazine and shifted focus to freelance photography, video, graphic design, and branding. Mycoskie developed successful campaigns in branding and commercials, including TOMS Shoes. She then decided to create her own clothing line – sewing, dying, and designing each piece herself. Mycoskie has partnerships with Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza Music Festival, and with John Mayer’s previous concert tours.
John Gurney: @johngurneymusic
Originally from Chicago and residing in Nashville, Gurney attended the University of Missouri where he attained a degree in hospitality management and business before beginning his music career. As a musician, he focuses on playing the guitar, songwriting and performing. Gurney has been on tour supporting acts like Lee Brice, Midland, Jake Owen, among others. He was part of the cast of E! Network’s TV show, “Very Cavallari,” which also featured his song, I Can’t Take You Anywhere, that reached the top 50 on the iTunes country chart. His song, Home with Her, has been featured on Spotify’s Hot Country playlist, as well as appearing on Viral 50 charts in Canada, Australia, Denmark and the U.S. Gurney works closely with Hope Song which is a charitable organization that focuses on music therapy and brings musicians to perform at cancer hospitals.
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