Funny looks

Comic wins beauty contest

Comedians aren't especially known for their good looks, but in America one up-and-coming stand-up has been crowned as a beauty queen.

After being named Miss South Dakota, 23-year-old Vanessa Shortbull will take part in the Miss America pageant on September 21.

A Native American, Vanessa is a direct descendent of Sioux leaders, including Red Cloud, Little Wound, and Young Man Afraid of Horses.

And although she is a stand-up, having won a talent search for 'first nationers' backed by TV network NBC, her talent at the beauty contests isn't comedy - but ballet.

The student also says she wants to use her appearance in the pageant to help encourage Americans, especially those from minorities, to vote.

Published: 12 Sep 2002

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