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Clymer, Revels Make National TV Appearances Following Judge's Ruling

Posted September 13, 2002

— It is official. Misty Clymer will represent North Carolina in the Miss America pageant.

A federal judge ruled against Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels who fought to participate in the national Thursday.

Revels remains in Atlantic City as a special guest of the pageant.

Friday morning, the women met for the first time since the ruling, appearing together on morning news shows.

While on the air, Revels and Clymer were gracious to each other.

"I think people are misunderstanding. I actually still am Miss North Carolina. I was reinstated in Wake County," Revels said. "Misty, however, is representing our beautiful state here at the Miss America pageant and we are both glad that this ordeal is laid to rest."

Clymer said she had mixed feelings about what has happened.

"I feel very sad for Rebekah that she's not going to get the opportunity to complete a lifelong dream of being in the Miss America pageant, but I am excited. So I think it's really been a bittersweet moment for me," Clymer said.

In the quiet moments between TV appearances, the two women chatted. It was evident they are like most other young women in spite of the pressure they have been under.

Miss America officials said the ordeal has taken focus away from the pageant.

"However, I think we're back on track and we have a point where we can move forward with an equal playing field for everyone," said George Bauer of the Miss America Organization.

Revels claimed she was forced to resign in July when Tosh Welch, her former fiance, e-mailed pageant officials that he had two topless snapshots of her.

Revels' lawsuits continue against the Miss America Pageant, the Miss North Carolina Pageant and Welch.

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