Contest puts Nashville woman in running for Miss USA

Amanda Bell
Amanda Bell (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – She says she’s out to change the stereotype about women in technology and computer programmers.

And your vote could put her into the Miss USA pageant next month.

Amanda Bell, 24, entered a contest called “Finding Miss 52,” which gives women around the country a chance to become the 52nd contestant.

She made the final 25 and after a round of interviews is now in the top 10.

Bell has done some modeling, but makes her living in a field dominated by men, and she told News 2 that’s her message.

“I’ve always been passionate about getting more women in technology and breaking the stereotypical image of what a programmer looks like,” the 24-year-old explained.

“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say, ‘Oh, what do you do?’ Oh, I’m a programmer. ‘Well you don’t look like a programmer,’ as if it’s some sort of compliment—and I don’t think it should be that way,” she continued.

You can vote for Bell up to 10 times a day through Twitter by including #AmandaB and #FindingMiss52 in your tweet.

You can also vote by visiting FindingMiss52.MissUSA.com.

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