2009 Miss America Contestant

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By the 2000s, the typical body type of a typical Miss America had changed drastically as you can see from this photo of Miss New York, Leigh-Taylor Smith in the 2008 competition. You’re seeing the emergence of long, shapely, toned legs, a toned stomach and a bigger bust. This is not what the average American woman looks like watching at home. At this point, Miss America has become a fantasy object, an unattainable ideal of the female body that 90 percent of women will never achieve.