Ms. America® 2016 Crowned in Utah

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Midvale City Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini Officially Crowns Julie Elizabeth Harman Ms. America® 2016 at Midvale City Hall, Utah

Julie Elizabeth Harman - Ms. America® 2016.

Julie Elizabeth Harman - Ms. America® 2016.

"We are excited to work with our new queens for 2016 – celebrating their accomplishments and using the crown for a purpose to make a difference in this world." Susan Jeske - CEO & Ms. America 1997

The Ms. America® Pageant was held on August 26, 2015 in Brea, California where women from around the country came to compete for the title of Ms. America 2016. The Ms. America® Pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up - single, divorced or married and has no affiliation with the Miss America Pageant.

On September 6, 2015, Ms. America® Pageant CEO Susan Jeske received a letter from Amanda Wamunyima, the winner of the 2016 Ms. America® Pageant, indicating that she is relinquishing her title and resigning as 2016 Ms. America®. In her resignation letter, she stated she has discovered a medical condition which will require surgery that will leave her bed ridden “for months on end”. Ms. America® Pageant is saddened by this news and wishes Ms. Wamunyima the best in her recovery.

The Ms. America® Pageant is pleased to announce that Julie Elizabeth Harman, of Utah (originally named as first runner-up) has officially been named the new Ms. America® 2016. Harman’s coronation took place on September 29, 2015 at Midvale City Hall, Utah where Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini officially placed the crown on her head.

Harman is a vibrant, highly diversified, self-employed entrepreneur. Her degree with International Cultural Studies and Communications has prepared her for a self-reliant lifestyle as a single mother of two vivacious young daughters. She has spent over 20 years in the image and media business as an award-winning professional photographer, model, actress, film director, speaker, talk show host, and musician. She currently serves on the board of several global nonprofits.

Because of the resignation, the final results of the pageant now stand as:

  • Ms. America® 2016 – Julie Elizabeth Harman (Utah)
  • 1st Runner Up – Ms. District of Columbia – Allison Hill
  • 2nd Runner Up – Ms. California – LaHoma Caudill
  • 3rd Runner Up – Ms. Florida – Dee Lane
  • 4th Runner Up – Ms. Southeast – DeAnna Emborski

The Ms. America® Pageant looks forward to a wonderful year with all three of the national queens, Ms. America® 2016 - Julie Elizabeth Harman (Utah); Ms. America International 2016 - E-Dee Martin (Colorado); Ms. International 2016 - Deborah Valis- Flynn (South Carolina).

Ms. America International 2016, E-Dee Martin from Colorado, works to inspire others to go from helpless to helpful by reminding them we all have the power to make a difference in someone’s life “one starfish at a time”. A Colorado native, E-Dee enjoys home improvement projects, weight lifting, movie night and spending time with friends and family including her three Miniature Schnauzer fur-babies. Ms. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and is a Vice President with one of the largest bank-owned equipment leasing/financing companies in the United States.

Ms. International™ 2016 went to Deborah Valis-Flynn, Ms. South Carolina. Deborah has more than 25 years of volunteerism which spans the country as a National Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and as a fundraiser and volunteer for several children's charities and child advocacy centers. She currently dedicates her time instructing "SMART GIRLS" group sessions and addressing women's organizations on women's health and wellness. Deborah has received more than 30 awards for her professional and civic work.


  •     Internet Voting Award - Ms. South Carolina, Deborah Valis-Flynn
  •     Spirit of America - Ms. Illinois, Deborah Tuttle
  •     Power of the Crown - Ms. Oregon, Desiree Quinn
  •     Crown for a Purpose - Ms. Pennsylvania, Rena McQuaig
  •     Media Award - Ms. Michigan, Rachael Adams
  •     Woman of Distinction - Ms. North Carolina, Lisa Hedin
  •     Photogenic Award - Ms. Southeast, DeAnna Emborski
  •     Congeniality Award - Ms. Utah, Julie Harman
  •     Community Service Award - Ms. Florida, Dee Lane

About Ms. America® Pageant
The Ms. America® Pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up - single, divorced or married who are articulate, interesting, elegant and classy. Pageant competition is based on Interview, Evening Gown, Sportswear and On-Stage Question. The Ms. America® Pageant was created to “empower women across the nation,” celebrate their accomplishments, encourage involvement in community service, to use the "crown for a purpose" to make a difference. The Ms. America® Pageant is a registered Federal Trademark with the USPTO in Washington DC since February 2000 and is one of the top pageant trademarks in the world. Reg. No: 2321477.
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