Bikini Bliss: 2011 Miss America swimsuit photos from the preliminaries

Arikka Knights

Beauty queens from all across the U.S.A. have descended upon Las Vegas to compete in the 2011 Miss America pageant. During the preliminaries many of the girls took their turn practicing their best bikini struts for the all important swimwear competition portion of the program. I have hand selected 28 of the best here for a full-on Miss America black bikini bliss sexyfest!

UPDATE – The 2011 Miss America has been crowned! The winner is 17-year-old Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan! CLICK HERE for videos and lots of photos of the youngest Miss America Pageant winner ever!

Perhaps the most compelling competitor this year will be Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, who suffers from alopecia areata, a condition that causes people afflicted to lose much of their hair. Kayla hasn’t let her condition slow her down one bit and if the following pic is any indication she just might win this year!

Kayla Martell

All the events leading up to the big night on Saturday are open to the public this year.  Next up on the runway is Miss Florida Jaclyn Raulerson.  Miss Jaclyn and her never-ending legs bring the sunshine as she hopes to bring home the crown to the Sunshine State:

Jaclyn Raulerson

While gentlemen may prefer blonds, our next contestant is a stunning brunette.  She is Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier and I’m calling her Hawaii 10.0!  Those island gals always have an advantage in the bikini comp.  She was named the preliminary winner and received a $1,000 college scholarship.

Jalee Fuselier

And one more highlighted queen before the full gallery.  Check out Miss Ohio Becky Minger as she makes sure her hair is just right because from what I see from my (buck) eyes she’s got the rest taken care of!

Becky Minger

Good luck to all the girls looking to be crowned Miss America 2011!  The contest, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, will be aired on ABC.  Click on any of the thumbnails to see your favorite beauty queen in full-screen bikini glory.

All photos: Judy Eddy/