Jul 5, 2013 6:19 PM by NBC News
(WIS) Gowns and crowns will be gracing the Miss South Carolina Pageant next week, but everything is taking a back seat to one contestant in particular who is making national headlines.
For the first time in history, the pageant has an openly gay contestant.
She is also multi-racial, and many are calling her the new face of the south.
Analouisa Valencia's appearance in the pageant is not just history making in South Carolina.
"I'm the first openly lesbian contestant in the Miss America system, the first bilingual contestant we've had, so that's good," said Valencia.
With three titles already under her belt, Valencia's family says her success helps represent the changing face of the south.
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