Sarah-Elizabeth Langford

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Sarah-Elizabeth Langford (born 1979) is a beauty queen who has competed at both Miss America and Miss USA. She grew up in Georgia where her father was a state senator. He died when she was fifteen years old, an experience that had a long-term impact on her life.

Langford's first pageant experience came in 2003 when she represented the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant. She failed to place, but did win a non-finalist scholarship of $5,000.[1] In late 2004, Langford won the Miss District of Columbia USA pageant in her first attempt. She represented the District of Columbia in the Miss USA 2005 pageant held in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2005. Langford again failed to make the cut in the pageant, which was won by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina.

Prior to the live pageant broadcast, Langford had competed in a special episode of the game show Fear Factor featuring six Miss USA contestants. She completed all three stunts and was declared the winner and awarded the title Miss Fear Factor. Her prize included $25,000 for the charity of her choice, and $25,000 for herself. Langford chose to award the charity prize to United Youth Adult Conference, an institution devoted to mentoring young people.

Langford attended Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia,[2] where she graduated class of 1996 with actor Randy Harrison. She completed a degree in French from the University of Michigan in 2000. Langford was an All-American member of the Michigan gymnastics team from 1997–2000,[3] and performed gymnastics during the talent portion of the Miss America pageant. She later attended the Howard University School of Law, which she graduated from in 2006.

In 2004 she was awarded a Capital City fellowship, a two-year appointment to work for the District of Columbia government. Inaugurated by Mayor Anthony A. Williams in 1999, the Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) gives recent graduates of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning the opportunity to win a two-year fellowship program to work for the city.[4]


  1. ^ The Miss America Competition 2002 Scholarship Winners, accessed 3 May 2006
  2. ^ "FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 13, 1996. Accessed November 9, 2007. "Blessed with a lot of natural talent, a positive attitude and an unusual amount of inner strength, Pace Academy's Sarah-Elizabeth Langford used those qualities to become a two-sport standout for the Lady Knights."
  3. ^ Former tumbler has to settle for 'Miss D.C.', Michigan Daily, 23 September 2002 (accessed 3 May 2006)
  4. ^ New Cohort of Capital City Fellows Begins, 12 July 2004 (accessed 3 May 2006)


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marshawn Evans
Miss District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Lisa Ferris
Preceded by
Tiara Dews
Miss District of Columbia USA
Succeeded by
Candace Allen