Miss Mississippi gears up for appearances on reality TV show

OXFORD – Miss Mississippi Kimberly Morgan will be among the Miss America beauty queens living under one roof on the television show “Miss America: Reality Check.”

The program starts Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. on the TLC television network.

Morgan, 24, said she found the show “quite adventurous.”

The Lafayette County native was crowned Miss Mississippi on July 14, becoming the second black woman to win the title in Mississippi.

The television show is finished being filmed although Morgan said she couldn't talk about what happened. She did say, however, that the show has helped her become more camera-ready.

“You have cameras surrounding you 24 hours a day. You have to be mindful of what you say.”

All 52 Miss America beauty contestants are participating in the show which tries to undo everything they have learned about pageant basics and determine if their smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society.

“The show helped prepare us for what you may have to go through if you win the crown,” Morgan said.

But being under scrutiny by all of America can be a bit nerve racking at times.

“I'm not sure I'm going to watch it. I'm a little nervous,” she said, laughing. “We did so many things. Some of them were embarrassing. But you get to see the realness of the girls… I've learned a lot about the other contestants and that we have so many similarities.”

The weekly show will air each Friday on the TLC Channel up until the crowning event of the Miss America pageant on Jan. 26 in Las Vegas.

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Information from: The Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com