Miss Oklahoma 2017, Triana Browne, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. This weekend, she featured contemporary takes on traditional Chickasaw women’s clothing at the “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, which Miss America contestants walk in, and feature designs that represent their home state.
Triana wore jewelry designed by Chickasaw jeweler Kristen Dorsey, a romper (inspired by traditional Chickasaw women’s ribbon dresses) by Chickasaw designer Courtney Parchcorn and Cherokee designer Buddy Parchcorn, a traditional finger woven belt by Chickasaw weaver Ashley Wallace, a leather belt by Chickasaw artist Maya Stewart, and custom beaded heels by Courtney and Buddy Parchcorn, which feature the seals of the Chickasaw Nation and State of Oklahoma.
Good luck competing for Miss America, Triana! Indian Country is rooting for you <3
Here are some noteworthy LGBTQ characters from the Marvel characters.
Jean-Paul Beaubier/Northstar - Marvel’s first openly gay, major character and one of the X-Men.
America Chavez/Miss America - Marvel’s first Lesbian Latina character
Theodore “Teddy”Altman/Hulking and William “Billy” Kaplan/Wiccan –probably Marvel’s most famous gay couple
Raven Darkholme/Mystique and Irene Adler/Destiny - we’ve seen Mystique in quite a few X-men movies, yet it still hasn’t been shown that she is Bi, even though she has a long-term female partner in the comics. :(
Loki/God of Mischief - confirmed to be Bi in the Young Avengers series.
Sera - a trans lesbian angel sorceress
Ken Shiga/Koi Boi - though never stated to be trans in canon, Ken has been shown wearing a chest binder under his clothes and his co-creator, Erica Henderson, confirmed that he is a trans boy.
We’ve got a super-soldier, a giant girl, a robot from the 30th century, a
Skrull/Kree super-soldier, Billy (who, yeah, is kind of lame, but can
cast spells), an Olympic class archer and martial artist, and… me.
Miss America will no longer hold the notable swimsuit portion of its competition, Gretchen Carlson, chair of the board of trustees for the Miss America Organization, announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning.
“We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition,” Carlson, who was named Miss America in 1989, said. “We will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance.”
Carlson also said the evening gown section of the competition is being updated by asking contestants to wear any attire that makes them feel comfortable, not necessarily traditional eveningwear like in the past.