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PICTURES: Pageant Winners Make Political Strides


Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) greets Rachel Smith (L), Miss USA 2007, after she introduced him during an event celebrating Black Music Month in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, 22 June 2007. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday night, Alyssa Campanella of California was crowned Miss USA 2011. Previous winners of Miss USA and the rival Miss America pageant have gone on to make political appearances or make political statements, ranging from lobbying for a piece of legislation to singing at President Obama's inauguration. Here's a look at the political work of some recent winners:

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