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Chelsea Mineur, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic City based Miss America Organization, says that there are no official rules regarding Miss America’s relationship with a boyfriend or her dating life, but that “engagements should be announced after her reign.” Already engaged women, however, need not apply.
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