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Miss Mississippi Trunk Show

82e38-bilde-1Miss America classic, Hollywood glam and a little bit of “funky.”

That’s how Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James describes the wardrobe she’ll be taking to Las Vegas to wear while competing in the Miss America Pageant Jan. 11-13 and 15.

“We’ve been trying to tailor it to the Miss America look and still keep my style,” she said during the annual trunk show last week. “I have kind of a funky style. I really like colors. I like to mix textures and layers. It’s kind of a Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn look with a new edge.”

According to her Miss America bio, accessible at, the Madison Central High graduate and Mississippi State University communications major is also intellectually competitive.

James, a member of the Shackouls Honors College, is an MSU President’s Scholar with a 4.0 GPA who ranked first out of 2,924 students, and she won an MSU Academic Excellence Scholarship.

James, who won the Miss Metro Jackson preliminary, will play the piano during the talent portion of the contest. Her platform is promoting organ and tissue donation.

As far has her wardrobe is concerned, silver and gold accents are a recurring trend.

Skinny jeans and knee-high boots made it into the mix.

419ae-bildeSome of the more dramatic and outstanding pieces included a turquoise cocktail dress trimmed in peacock feathers at the waistline paired with glittering silver pumps; a floating red dress with a multi-colored rhinestone covered waist; a purple taffeta gown with a front side slit; and a black velvet evening gown with a white, one-shoulder top accented with silver rhinestones.

Contestants also were required to select a school spirit outfit. James hit the stage wearing an MSU wind suit while ringing a cowbell.

Her dad, David, picked out a purple motorcycle jacket.

“It just kind of jumped out at me,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot more about fashion than I ever thought I would.”

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