ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- After all the fuss over topless photos of one Miss North Carolina, it was the other North Carolina beauty queen who showed the most skin as the contestants gathered here.
Misty Clymer sashayed across the stage at Sunday's welcoming ceremony for Miss America Pageant contestants wearing a navy blue warmup suit -- the jacket unzipped to reveal a belly-baring, low-cut, baby-blue blouse.
Rebekah Revels, the woman whose quest for the crown is in limbo over topless pictures taken by a former boyfriend, wore a sedate white hooded sweatshirt and warmup pants.
Though everyone did their best to keep the spotlight on the contestants, their designer duds and the beautiful weather -- anything other than the dueling Miss North Carolinas -- it was like trying to keep seagulls from a dropped french fry.
"It's terrible, the whole thing," said spectator Theresa Ritz, 68. "But I say the girl who gave up the crown, she should just back off now. The runner-up, she should be the real Miss North Carolina."
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