Miss America Contestant Loves Coding, Wears 3D-Printed Heels

“I feel like being a female at Tech, it’s kind of your duty to break stereotypes,” says Maggie Bridges, a senior business administration major at Georgia Tech. She does a good job of it: Bridges is a girl at a predominately male school, her favorite class is computer science, and she’s the reigning Miss Georgia, soon to compete for the Miss America crown. She also wakeboards in her spare time. Feel free to discard a few of your preconceived notions about pageant girls.


To showcase her school pride and connection to science in the Miss America Parade next week, Bridges teamed with three industrial design students at Georgia Tech to create a pair of shining, 3D-printed shoes. They’re designed to resemble a Model A Sport Coupe known as the “Ramblin’ Wreck,” GT’s official student body mascot. Outlandish shoes are a tradition for the Atlantic City Parade, so Bridges will be in good (though likely not 3D-printed) company. We can only hope her team follows up with equally interesting laser cut couture for the pageant itself. It's exciting to see a contestant push the mold in the predictable world of pageants, and for people everywhere to meet a beauty queen who loves to code.


Featured photo via Georgia Tech News

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