WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Miss North Carolina is speaking out about parents' criticism of her clothing choices.
Pageant parents are concerned about some of her outfits, saying they don't want their little girls to feel like they need to wear similar clothing if they want to represent our state.
Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds said she was at a black tie function when she wore a red low-cut dress.
"As Miss North Carolina, we know what's appropriate to wear with each function, and I was at a black tie formal, a night where no children were present with the red evening gown," Edmonds explained.
Edmonds said she dresses appropriately for her age and position.
"I'm 24 years old and if a little girl is saying that to her mother or father, I'm assuming she's not 24 years old as well," said Edmonds. "We have a swimsuit competition, an evening wear competition, talent and interview. Each phase of competition, you know how to dress, and each occasion we know what's expected."
Edmonds also noted that she keeps little girls in mind when she chooses her outfits.
"We would never wear anything inappropriate or anything that would harm the image of Miss North Carolina and send out a negative example for little girls and old alike."
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