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Zendaya joins celebrity judging panel for 95th anniversary broadcast of Miss America

by jmaloni

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Mon, Aug 24th 2015 12:50 pm

2016 Miss America competition to broadcast live Sunday, Sept. 13, from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

Television and recording star Zendaya will be a judge on the 2016 Miss America Competition. She joins previously announced celebrity judges, including country star Brett Eldredge; author and wife of the late U.S. Navy SEAL "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle; entrepreneur and businessman of ABC's "Shark Tank," Kevin O'Leary; and 2014 Paralympic snowboarding bronze medalist Amy Purdy.

The Miss America Competition returns to Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall Sunday, Sept. 13 (9 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarship.

"It's great to be part of a show that celebrates women who are in college or graduated, and striving to make the world a better place through their chosen platform, ranging from domestic violence and bullying to cancer research and female empowerment, while also embracing beauty and fashion," said Zendaya. "I remember watching Miss America as a kid, so it's an honor to help celebrate the 95th anniversary of the competition and to help select the next Miss America."

Multitalented actress and platinum-selling recording artist, Zendaya (Zen-DAY-ah) is quickly becoming one of this generation's most influential rising stars. She currently stars and co-produces the Disney Channel's hit spy comedy "K.C. Undercover," and is working on the follow-up to her self-titled debut album - which yielded the platinum-certified single "Replay." An NAACP-, BMI- and Teen Choice Award-nominated entertainer, Zendaya has performed around the world, including at the White House. What's more, the multifaceted artist continues to grow as a prominent figure in the fashion world. Zendaya's ability to command a red carpet has earned her a reputation among fashion elite, garnering praise from the likes of InStyle, Elle, Glamour, W Magazine, and more.

In 2015, Zendaya was named one of "This year's emerging style icons" by Harper's Bazaar and invited to attend Vogue's prestigious Met Gala. Outside of entertainment, Zendaya is committed to a bevy of philanthropic work. She is an ambassador for Convoy of Hope, a U.N. Aids ambassador, has served as the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson last fall, and worked with Make-a-Wish Foundation and Keep A Child Alive. For more information on Zendaya, visit www.zendaya.com.

Additional hosts and judges for the 2016 Miss America Competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

For the first time in Miss America history, fans have the opportunity to cast their vote entirely on social media for "America's Choice." The winner of "America's Choice" will move forward to the top 15 in the competition. Fans can vote on both Facebook and Twitter by posting a status and/or tweet with the name of the state/territory they are voting for and the hashtag #MissAmericaVote. Voting is now underway and closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.

Tickets for The 2016 Miss America Competition are now on sale and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit the Miss America Organization's website at www.missamerica.org.  

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