Pageantry isn’t dead. In fact, according to the Miss America website, its pageant was named one of the Top 10 pieces of true Americana remaining in our country today.

Hailing from across the nation, women of all 50 states and the District of Columbia take to the stage every year in hopes that the next 365 days will be filled with philanthropy, empowerment, and opportunities — not to mention the chance to make their home state proud.

On Sunday night, 51 young and bright women gathered in New Jersey to do just that. Through swimwear, evening gowns, and questions on the nation’s most contentious topics, these brainy beauties continued to smile.

Aside from the night’s winner, Miss North Dakota, one contestant stole the show during the talent portion. Unfortunately for the contestant from Louisiana, however, she didn’t steal the show in the most flattering of ways.

And boy, did Twitter let her know.

As Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, who won the swimsuit competition during the second night of the preliminary competitions, waited alongside the rest of the remaining contestants to see whether they’d be able to debut their performance-ready skills, people couldn’t help but notice her props.

In fact, her props — which were ventriloquy dolls — were all people seemed to notice:

Some nervously awaited to see whether her talent would be impressive:

Thankfully for her, the consensus seemed to be positive:

Yet people were still left plagued with questions:

Though Miss Louisiana’s talent seemed to end on a high note with both the crowd and the judges, it wasn’t enough to take her into the Top 5. It did, however, land her in the hearts of millions — especially those who appreciate a break from the … well, expected.

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