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In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, Miss Missouri 2016 Erin O’Flaherty is being crowned by Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber and the new 2016 Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Christina Stratton, her arm seen, in Mexico, Mo. Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year.

In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, Miss Missouri 2016 Erin O'Flaherty is being crowned by Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber and the new 2016 Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen Christina Stratton, her arm seen, in Mexico, Mo. Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year.