OCEAN CITY — Before the Miss New Jersey 2018 pageant gets underway this weekend, the 28 contestants rode down the Boardwalk in style as famous and notable women. 

The parade's theme of "Women in History" was enjoyed by the hundreds of spectators.

"I really like the theme this empowering women," said Cara Bluth of Ventnor, "you know, a few years ago, they did Disney Princesses. Which was nice, but this feels more like they are teaching the young girls about important women."

Bluth's 6-year-old daughter Francesca , said she liked seeing the real-life Pocahontas and the "plane-car" featuring Rosie the Riveter. 

A few of the contestants picked women they admire in their career fields. Miss South Shore" Jaime Gialloreto dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, complete with gavel and a law book. "I want to be an attorney and I've always been inspired by her fight to be a female attorney then go one to be a Supreme Court Justice. Her life story is awesome to me" said Gialloreto.

Miss Central Coast Amanda Rae-Ross dressed as Clara Barton and featured several American Red Cross volunteers and Miss Gateway Annelise Malgieri dressed as Marie Curie with her two Nobel Prizes. 

While some floats represented women of the past, like Susan B. Anthony, Cleopatra and Betsy Ross, others chose modern women as their trailblazers. 

"I'm representing Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize winner. She has stood up for education in Pakistan and has stood up for education in developing countries that restrict women," said Miss Ramapo Valley Ria Gulati. "She's had her life threatened, but she still continues to fight for what she believes in." 

Kaitlyn Schoeffel was representing herself as Miss New Jersey on her float with the members of the Miss New Jersey Little Stars mentoring program. "I don't know who I'd pick," said Schoeffel, "I'd have the think about it, but first woman that comes to mind is Oprah". 

With professions over princesses, contestants represented notable women like Jane Goodall, Indira Ghandi, Sally Ride and Christa McAuliffe. Pioneering entertainers made the line up, too. With Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore and Selena Quintanilla-Perez themed floats. And some royals made their way into this year, including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana Spencer and Grace Kelly. 

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