By peoplestaff225
Updated August 25, 2007 02:11 PM
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When Miss New Jersey Ashley Harder, 21, stepped down from her position due to her pregnancy there was no choosing between the crown and the baby.

Her decision, however, provoked great interest in the media.

Ashley hopes that her daughter Ava Marie, born July 29, will take after her mother,

Ashley hopes that women in a similar situation can look to her story when making their own difficult choices.

Ava Marie is the first child for Ashley and her fiancé Gregg D’Antonio.

Thanks to CBB reader Kitty.