2012 Miss America Pageant Winner: Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin

The 2012 Miss America Pageant did not disappoint, and while I was obviously rooting for Miss California finalist, Noelle Freeman, I can see why Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler, won the crown.

Top 5 Miss America Pageant finalists (left to right): Miss Wisconsin, Miss Oklahoma, Miss Arizona, Miss New York and Miss California

Miss America 2012 Top 5 Finalists

 Miss Wisconsin during the Miss America Pageant evening gown portion. I love the subtle drama of the dress and her lovely smile.

Miss America 2012 Miss-Wisconsin Laura-Kaeppeler Evening

Miss Wisconsin wearing a very flattering jewel-accented white bikini. Gotta say it–amazing bod!

Miss America 2012 Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler Swimsuit

I had to sneak Miss California into this post. She has a great face, save for the unfortunate crazy-eye of this shot. Ah, well.

Miss America 2012 Miss California Noelle Freemand Swimsuit Front

One more of Miss California. See? Cute face in profile, too!

Miss America 2012 Miss California Noelle Freeman Swimsuit 2

But at the end of the day, Laura Kaeppeler wins the gold and is crowned Miss America for 2012.

Cue music: “Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful…”

Miss America 2012 Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler Crowned

You know that 99% of the contestants shown are devastated, but way to take a great, smiling shot.

Miss America 2012 Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler 2

I’m glad that Miss Wisconsin won. Her platform on supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents is an issue that often goes unnoticed and under-served.

Photos Courtesy of Huffington Post and the New York Daily News

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