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New Miss Iowa a far cry from recent pageant controversy

by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - An accomplished violinist. A Harvard grad. A future Iowa medical school student. And now you can add Miss Iowa 2009 to the list.

"It's pretty exciting," Miss Iowa 2009 Anne Michael Langguth said.  "I don't know exactly what to expect of my year of service, but I'm looking forward to it...There should be some exciting times ahead."

Langguth will represent Iowa at the 2010 Miss America pageant, not to be confused with the Miss U.S.A. pageant, which has become the center of controversy thanks in part to the comments from runner-up Carrie Prejean.

"Marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be," Prejean said in response to a question about gay marriage at the pageant two months ago.

"It's been clear at least in the Miss Iowa competition from the beginning that they're looking for a woman who is confident and comfortable in her beliefs and is able to share them with the public in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable around her," Langguth said.

Racy pictures of Prejean later surfaced on the internet. Last week, she was stripped of her Miss California crown. Langguth says she understands that in this day and age with sites like facebook, the past can be just as important to a contestant as the present.

"You should be examined and people should make sure and care that you have a reputable background and that you've led your life the best that you can," Langguth said.

Langguth says she and her fellow Miss Iowa contestants have nothing to hide. And she's looking forward to improving any pageant image that may have been tarnished by the Miss U.S.A. scandal.

"I'm hoping that through interviews I do and every interview that the other contestants do and the other state titleholders do we can just show a little bit more that that's not what the Miss America program is about."

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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