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Subject: Miss USA 2005 predictions


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Violet-V
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Date Posted: 04/30/07 11:37:20am


1. Texas
2. Colorado
3. Mississippi
4. Oklahoma
5. Hawaii
6. Kentucky
7. New York
8. Florida
9. North Carolina
10. South Carolina
11. New Mexico
12. Montana
13. Maryland
14. California
15. Arizona

No specific order...these are my predictions. Everyone enjoy tonight!

GO TYLER...Miss Texas USA...all my prayers are with you

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Subject: ! DISCLAIMER !


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neil tassoni
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Date Posted: 04/30/07 11:35:37am

To all who read this: I am Neil Tassoni, and these previous messages were not writen by me. They do not reflect my views or beliefs. I don't know if they were written to slander me, or were written by another person of the same name, but all who read this, please believe that they were not written by Neil Tassoni of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thank you for your understanding.

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Subject: Sick, not sexy


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BYU
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Date Posted: 04/30/07 11:33:19am

Sick, not sexy

I was disgusted to read the article in the Daily Universe concerning Miss Utah. I was appalled that Miss Poole openly admits that she disobeys the BYU Honor Code, yet she still attends BYU. I’m sure Marin is a nice person, but as someone in the spotlight I would hope that she would be a light and an example to those in our faith and throughout the world. It upsets me that in her position she represents not only Utah, but BYU and Mormons in general, yet she has no regard for upholding our dress standards. She claims her decision is personal but if everyone can see, then how personal is it?

As Latter-day Saint women we should be examples to those throughout the world that our bodies are temples and should be treated as sacred. Marin has been blessed with a cute figure and a nice face, but it is too bad that she has not used her gift in a way to further the Lord’s kingdom. As a daughter of God she already wears a crown. Why would she want to give that up in order to win a crown awarded by the world?


Rebecca Crandall

St. Louis, Mo

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Subject: Miss National Southeast


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Pageant (Jacksonville, Florida, Fall 2007!!!!)
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Date Posted: 04/13/07 8:47:58am

www.northeastpageants.com

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Subject: Royal Queens of America


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Royal Queens of America
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Date Posted: 03/21/07 6:40:47am

Royal Queens of America would like to remind you of
our upcoming pageant on April 28th-29th 2007 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Come join us at the beautiful Edgewater Beach Resort for a chance to win lots of cash and prizes.
Each queen will win $1000 cash and other great prizes.
Every contestant will receive a bag filled with fantastic gifts.
There will be 5 mystery gifts given to five lucky people in the audience each day.
Would you also like to win $500 cash?? We will have an Easter egg roll on Saturday and Sunday with wonderful gifts in most of the eggs (jewelry) and an egg with $500 cash. That means two people will walk away with money!!

ALL PRIZES AND AWARDS ARE GUARANTEED.

Deadline to send in deposits for a chance to win a free entry is April 1st.
Deadline to enter the pageant is April 7th (there will be no door entries).
Deadline for sponsor tickets and one check/money order for the total amount sold is April 20th.

For more information, please visit our website www.royalqueensofamerica.com or call 850-926-2093

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Subject: Miss Earth Pageant 2006


Author:
Mar of Florida
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Date Posted: 03/ 9/07 4:00:24pm

Click HERE to view the Miss Earth 2006 Press Presentation!

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Subject: Pageant Consignment Site


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Pageant Resale
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Date Posted: 03/ 1/07 4:34:13pm

Pageant Resale, the web's #1 pageant consignment website, is now over a year old! We have over 500 items for sale including gowns, swimsuits, interview suits, shoes, jewelry, cocktail dresses, appearance outfits, and much more! If you are looking for a name brand we have it for a fraction of the price! Or if you are looking to clean out your closet we can help you with that as well! We will list your item for an entire year for only $3 with no other fees EVER! Please visit our site at www.PageantResale.com today!

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Subject: Does anybody know who is running in Miss Michigan galaxy? I want to know how many girls there will be.


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Just wondering
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Date Posted: 03/ 1/07 3:36:47pm


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Subject: This Week at Miss Florida USA - February 17 - 20


Author:
check out all our videos at www.youtube.com/missfloridausa
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Date Posted: 02/21/07 12:16:49pm

This Week at Miss Florida USA - February 17 - 19


Introducing The Miss Florida USA Channel on YouTube
www.youtube.com/missfloridausa

As we work on making this truly the Miss Florida USA Channel we are coming up with content left and right. Today we present the first ever Miss Florida USA Week in Review! A recap of the past week from a Miss Florida USA perspective!

Our first edition originates from The Fiesta Tropical Mardi Gras Weekend in and around Hollywood. We visit both the Saturday parade and Fat Tuesday Celebraton on Hollywood Beach's Broadwalk.

We also pay stops to The South Miami Black Herritage Festival and Miss Southeast Florida USA Pageant. Next week it's a Nicole Miller Fashion Show on South Beach, The Queen for A Day Tennis Tournament and Jenna Edwards Going Away to Miss USA Soiree!

Then visit www.missfloridausa.com for behind the scenes pictures and articles. Only at www.missfloridausa.com!

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Subject: Looking for Texas American Queen Candidates


Author:
AQP
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Date Posted: 02/21/07 6:02:33am

♥Are you ready to be an American Queen?

•Do you want to compete in a pageant that emphasizes the real beauty of every contestant?
•Do you want to compete in a pageant that treats every contestant like a queen?
•Do you want to compete in a pageant that provides complete judges feedback and scores?
•Do you want to compete in a pageant that provides a first class experience?
•Do you want to compete in a pageant that values you as an individual?

Candidates are now being selected for the Texas American Queen Pageant throughout the state in the following age divisions:

• Miss Junior Teen (ages 13 through 15)
• Miss Teen (ages 15 through 18)
• Miss (ages 18 through 25)
• Mrs. (ages 21-49, married a minimum of six months)
• Ms. (ages 26 through 49, any marital status)
• Ms. Classic (ages 50 and up, any marital status)

Isn’t it time for you to be an American Queen? Please visit www.AmericanQueenPageant.net for more details, and your on-line application, or email us at: info@americanqueenpageant.net .

The 2007 Texas American Queen State Title Holders will represent Texas at the Fifth Annual National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach, FL, this summer.

The TEXAS State American Queen Pageant will take place in the Auditorium Theatre of McCullough Junior High School in The Woodlands, Texas on Sunday, March 11, 2007.

♥It’s about time you became an American Queen!
STILL TIME TO ENTER, BUT YOU MUST HURRY!!

The American Queen Pageant is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization of The D.A.S.H. Foundation, Inc. The D.A.S. H. Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of Domestic Violence. To find out more about this organization, please visit: www.DashFoundation.net

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Subject: Great Swimsuit Tips from PageantDiva


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New Update Edition premiers Monday - www.PageantDiva.com
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Date Posted: 01/23/07 2:31:21pm



For the complete video series available on DVD visit the PageantDiva Store at www.PageantDiva.com

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Subject: Skin Deep


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by Faith Nibbs
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Date Posted: 11/ 8/06 5:38:52pm



Beauty, in every connotation, has been an obsession of women for centuries. Fashion magazines glorify it, the silver screen canonizes it, pageants reward it. Even among the pages of the Bible we read about queens chosen for their aesthetic appeal. Unlike any of these glamorous stereotypes, competing in the Mrs. Wisconsin pageant changed my opinion of beautiful through some humbling and hysterical experiences.
As a Christian, I had entered the pageant under the belief that we are all beautiful. I was excited about the opportunity to let the glory of God shine through me.

"Oh, no . . . no," snickered the pageant director. "No one is born beautiful. You will need to learn the craft of aesthetic pretense if you are serious about winning."

Aesthetic pretense didn't sound very glamorous to me. The advisers, however, went on with great pride to enlighten me about their theory of beauty as a sculpted art as opposed to a natural gift. The more I listened, the wider my eyes became: What had I gotten myself into?

The first project to take on in the arts and crafts of pageantry was my weight. I was already thin and had entered this thing sure that I at least had that part under control.

"Oh, no!" exclaimed my craftician. "You are going to need to slim down."

"A size what? " I exclaimed looking at the measuring tape she held in her hand. I didn't even know they made clothes that small.

Next, she prescribed a "good old-fashioned colon cleansing." (As if people in the good old days actually did this.) That good old-fashioned process, I found, was about as much fun as trudging through a swamp. I had to live, for three days, off nothing more than a tonic made up of molasses, warm water, lemon juice and maple syrup.

"The syrup is for taste," gushed the weight expert. What taste? I'd nibbled on tree bark during a Scout outing; it had more flavor than this concoction. Reluctantly, I chugged it down.

Next, she suggested pampering myself at the local spa with some body wraps. They were supposed to be great for toning. The pampering process involved a total stranger slathering me with lotion whose scent was reminiscent of the goop I had just finished drinking, then being mummified in Saran Wrap. During this whole process I was feeling a lot of things‹none of them pretty.

Walking and standing, two other skills I'd always taken for granted, merited relearning. To falsify a tall and long-legged look, I was encouraged to wear 4-inch stiletto heels. For days I practiced walking with would-be poise and grace up and down the hallways of our home. My children laughed as I teetered about and my husband‹God bless him‹kept yelling, "Are you all right, Honey? I thought I heard you fall." He did, often.

Over the next few weeks, I worked to achieve that coveted "look" of beauty. I had my hair straightened, braided, beaded, twisted, curled and colored; my skin slathered with seaweed, mud, red clay, puree of avocado and Australian tea bags. By the end I looked, well . . . pretty much the same as I did before. The only thing thinner was my wallet. I also had sore feet and a colon crying out for revenge.

As pageant day neared, previous contestants encouraged me to tape and glue for the swimsuit and gown events. I didn't want my clothes to slip out of place as I sauntered out on stage, did I? And as for the duct tape, you don't want to know! Suffice it to say that giving birth was less painful than removing it.

I remember well when pageant day finally arrived. My five suitcases of "essentials" and I settled into the dressing room and watched as 94 other contestants stuck on false eyelashes and fingernails and ace-bandaged their tummies flat. I was quickly whisked away to a makeup artist and her palette of delights. With total disregard for anything natural, she carved and chiseled a work of art on my face, topped only by a team of hairdressers fussing and spraying my locks into a perfect statue.

After the preliminary rounds, they herded us backstage where we waited like prized cattle ready to parade before the judges whatever it was we had become. Two minutes before curtain call the heel of my sky-high shoes caught in the hem of my gown. The bottom of my dress began unraveling. Luckily, I was able to tear off some extra duct tape, which brought sweat to my brow, and made an emergency fix to the dress.

Before this night, I hadn't worn my shoes for longer than my hallway practices. Now, I had been teetering in them for several hours. I couldn't feel my feet at all. I looked down at my shoes, just to make sure my feet were still there, and almost fell into the judges.

When all was said and done, we peeled off the eyelashes, fell off our heels, pried away the makeup and had our clothing surgically removed. There we stood, just as we were before, stripped to the natural loveliness and dignity that God had created. And it was a beautiful sight.

Ironically, I learned what magazines and their airbrush magicians or pageants and their model contestants don't tell you. Something King Solomon knew all along: "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" (Proverbs 31:30).

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Subject: Is this a party for the runner-ups and placers?


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She won photogenic but she looks better in her candid
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Date Posted: 10/24/06 3:53:17am


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Subject: Did acoach fake me???


Author:
Imma be mad as hell
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Date Posted: 10/17/06 9:34:08pm

Tell me about this crooked Shannon Grace Clark...

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Subject: List of returners


Author:
for teen
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Date Posted: 10/16/06 5:51:11pm



Bailey Ecklund - not competing
Sarah Leahy
Cassey Hayes
Emily Blakemore - not competing
Danielle Dudley - not competing
Kristen Kwasnik - not competing
Leah Blakemore - 1st RU
Danielle Lambart - not competing
Kirsten Schohl - not competing 4th RU
Jordan Garland
Cora Rogers - not competing
Caley Hayes - 2nd RU not competing
Hayley Eisenhardt Miss Michigan Galaxy Teen
April Strong - not competing 3rd RU last year is now Miss Galaxy MI

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Subject: For all the newbies out there in Miss MI


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Corrected list of SF and NF returners......click in
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Date Posted: 10/16/06 4:48:27pm

Correct list of girls that have been a SF or NF in Miss MI



Miss
Nichol Minder (2RU 06, 1RU 05, 3RU 04, SF MI TUSA 03, SF MI TUSA 02)
Summer Stewart (1RU 06, SF 05)
Emily Gray (3RU 06, SF 05)
Ashley Hinze (SF 06, SF 05)
Danielle Dominski (SF 06, Top 5 MI TUSA 05 -with Raquel McClendon!)
Kate Harris (SF 06 Miss MI)(NF in MI TUSA 03')
Tiffany Hinojosa (SF 06)
Heather Laymond (SF 06 in Miss MI)(NF in Miss MI '05)
Megan Powell (SF 06)
Kristen Skiba (SF 06 in Miss MI,(NF in Miss MI '05),Miss MI
Galaxy '06
Katie Graham (SF 05, SF MI TUSA 04')
Sara Ness (SF in Miss MI 05'),( NF 04')
Christina Hudson (SF 04),(SF03'),2nd runner-up in Miss MI MAO '06
Lindsey Tycholiz (SF 04, SF MI TUSA 01')also has done MI MAO
Maria Parsley (1RU MI TUSA 04, NF MI TUSA 03)
Heather Richards (SF MI TUSA 05)
Kelly Best (4th runner-up in MI TUSA 04')
Stephanie Gross (NF in MI Miss 05), In teen (3rd runner-up MI TUSA 04')(NF in MI Teen International 05')

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Subject: Most girls that have inner beauty


Author:
don't need a pageant to tell them that they are outwardly pretty.
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Date Posted: 10/16/06 11:28:15am


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Subject: Average girls will always win when all that you accept is mostly average


Author:
Once again what we see is that 90+ girls are not
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Date Posted: 10/16/06 11:15:08am

of the same qualifications as maybe 10 of them.

When you enter any pageant most women would like to be competing with women in the same league as themselves
that is what makes a good,fair and fun experience.

Most should feel bad that most of the girls they are competing against shouldn't be there.So sad to see this kind of thing going on but when $$ are the only thing that matters this is what you are going to get.How could you feel good about winning or entering when 90+ girls don't have the same qualifications in the beauty department?Beauty is subjective but please don't make that excuse when you see that 90+ are average.
It's just plain common sense that many smart and beautiful women do their research before entering and find that most are not fair and that they only want to make the bucks!
Average girls are wonderful as most of us are! So if this is what you are excepting then make it "The Miss Michigan Average Pageant".
But as the Donald said it is strictly beauty.So when everyone that enters they should qualify.Have a stupid audition and have the girls send in their polaroid shots. This is why alot of girls that qualify don't enter because
they know they just take all and any girls.
The majority of smart and beautiful girls don't enter pageants because they know that they are not fair and honest when they select any and all girls.They will learn that from doing research along with their parents or from using their common sense!

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Subject: No one guessed who win OH this year.


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Let's hope for the same for MI.The same group from the clique is always the winner.Change would be good!
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Date Posted: 10/15/06 5:24:47pm


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Subject: This I do know...


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Former contestant
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Date Posted: 10/ 5/06 3:17:56pm

Let's use some common sense. I worked with Lorri and was involved in her pageants. She is a fantastic person.

How can you "fire" a volunteer? She ran her prelim pageant and when she decided to quit, she sent an email out to all of us she was working with saying that she didn't want to run the prelim under the state director anymore. It was a forward of the original email she sent the state director. So that is lie #1 the state people are telling.

To try and ban someone for coaching is the most "UNAmerican" thing you can do. That is such an extreme action. Almost kind of looney, seriously. This is AMERICA...girls can have whoever they choose as a coach. Lorri is a fantastic one...ladies.

If you ask her about her experience, again she proves to be a class act, she still says nothing bad. I guess that's why people take to her. She's honest with you as a contestant and doesn't try to suck money out of you like others the state director chooses to link herself too.

The state of Michigan is a mess. It's kind of like everyone around the state director & mayber herself started telling lies and it weaved in to a huge web of lies and now is one great big mess. There are so many untrustworthy people, Sam Tang, Shannon Clark and Rocco are just few. You are the company you choose to keep.

If you don't do anything, expect the same things to continue on. I don't know, write your local editor, for the public section, then send it to Miss Universe. They'll know you're serious. Enough things like that and they might do something. I say we all get a refund and get our money back. Those letters from the attorney say we can.

This is our state pageant, let's fight for it. Or we will all be aged out and nothing will be fair while we still have a chance.

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Subject: Mrs. Idaho International is online at www.mrsidaho.com


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Please visit
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/06 1:52:16am


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Subject: Announcing The First Ever Video Online Pageant Magazine!


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www.pageantdiva.com
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Date Posted: 08/29/06 2:22:45pm

Announcing The First Ever Video Online Pageant Magazine!



With video streaming all the rage The PageantDiva’s are proud to announce that their “How To Be A Pageant Contestant” website magazine is now featuring video instruction. Now you can watch our pageant instruction as we provide the winning edge. Alexandra, Julie and Kristen present some great insight into the world of pageantry complete with graphics and examples. As always the Diva’s are one step ahead of the competition.

The September/October edition features:
The Basics of Selecting Your Evening Gown
Onstage Interview Insight
The Perfect Swimsuit Bottom
The Basics of Dance Competition

Pageantry Spotlight features a one on one interview with the pioneer of the Miss Universe Organization, Harold Glasser. This months featured pageant takes you to Miss Florida USA for a video recap. All of this plus so much more at YOUR favorite video online magazine, www.PageantDiva.com!



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Subject: Many girls looks at the boards as comic relief.Have you seen some of the blogs out there about this pageant there is alot more comic relief out there than the boards.You could google and laugh at all the comic comments about this pageant.Enjoy!


Author:
Talk Soup also found alot of comic relief from viewing the pageant last year they did a great spoof at how ridiculous some of the girls looked!
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Subject: Well if MI does not win she can call ANTM heard that they are waiting for MI to call them as so as she can.


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Tyra of waiting
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Date Posted: 08/14/06 6:02:55pm

Gee I would of went with Tara at least you get a contract if you win what do you get when you win teen nada nothing.
Much better deal with Tara you at least if your good get some tv exposure,with the teen pageant you get your 10 minutes of fame and your done.

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Subject: Must not be any rules very confused.


Author:
On the bobble head board they stated that the girls need extra money for the family and parents to fly and to eat.If that is the reason they are fundraising the family should pay themselves,not using fundraising money for them that is obsurd!
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Date Posted: 08/ 2/06 9:17:06am


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Subject: GO TO WWW.VALLEYQUEENS.COM AND LISTEN TO THEIR PODCAST!! THEY INTERVIEWED CRYTLE STEWART 1ST R-UP AT MISS TEXAS USA!!


Author:
PAGEANT BUDDY
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Date Posted: 07/20/06 5:54:57pm


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Subject: Miss Florida USA on YouTube.com


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only from www.missfloridausa.com
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Date Posted: 07/ 6/06 3:03:58pm

Miss Florida USA on YouTube.com
We are very excited about the possibilities of video file sharing and are proud to announce our first step into this venue at http://www.youtube.com/. Here's our Swimsuit Promo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqU7jD1mHFQ and we will have Evening Gown and Interview Promos published on Friday & Saturday.

Then we will put up all of the delegate intro's Tuesday and will have a crew dedicated to video file sharing all week! Then it culminates with the live television special on July 15th! Can’t navigate YouTube? Then look for the links under the Miss Florida USA Videos Banner.

This will be the first ever pageant on video file sharing available free to all of our pageant friends throughout the world. Tell all your pageant buddies the Internet revolution is here - we now have moving video!

Your Friends at
www.MissFloridaUSA.com



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Subject: Re: Caressa Cameron...The next Miss Virgina?She was 2nd runner-up


Author:
winner....Adriana is the new Miss VA
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Date Posted: 06/24/06 4:29:15pm

1st runner-up was Lauren
2nd Caressa Cameron
3rd Leigh Taylor Smith
4th Amanda E.

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Subject: I am selling a red Sherri Hill gown that won state Teen USA title 2 years ago. This gown was only worn at that pageant. I paid $1100, am asking $600. It is a size -0- and is beautiful. Please email for photos and questions.


Author:
jmc
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Date Posted: 06/22/06 1:04:59pm


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Subject: Miss AR


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Miss AR was in the top ten this year at MAO she did AR proud.
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Date Posted: 06/22/06 11:30:59am

So many very beautiful ladies!

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Subject: Miss Oregon Premiere Pageant


Author:
southern Oregon Pageant Productions
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Date Posted: 06/16/06 12:52:38pm

Miss Oregon Premiere Pageant
This is an open completion that allows young women from Oregon, Washington and California to compete for an at large title, Miss Oregon Premiere. The delegates are welcome to participate in all the preparatory workshops and receive all the personalized attention that the Miss Southern Oregon USA Delegates receive. You will receive advice and work with State and National title holders.There is no obligation to attend workshops on Fitness and nutritien, interview, walking, hair and make-up, personal images consultant, swimsuit and evening gown, as well as a professional photo shoot! This is simply a development program that would conclude with participation in an open competition. The Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 13, simultaneously with the Miss Southern Oregon USA and Miss Southern Oregon Teen USA. This program is perfect for young woman who want to try pageantry, or would like assistance in developing and refining their skills in interview, fitness, stage make up and presence, as well as many other skills. These skills are taught by some of the best experts in their respected fields throughout Oregon. There will be only one division: ages 17-26 with one overall title given. If you are interested or know of someone who could benefit from this amazing opportunity, be sure to call or email us. The cost of this program is very reasonable at only $150. Additionally, if you refer anyone to this program and they pay in full by July 7, you receive an additional $25.00 discount per paid participant. Time and space are limited so sign up today at misssouthernoregonusa.com be sure to mention you are applying for the open division.
For more information contact us at the numbers listed below or email us.

Southern Oregon Pageant Productions
Stephanie Farrell-Pageant Director
phone 541-261-5614
Or Tami Feldman
772-3241-Production director
email SoOregonProd@aol.com
misssouthernoregonusa.com

It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God.
2 Corinthians 3:5, NLT

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Subject: Mrs Idaho America


Author:
Kimberly
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Date Posted: 06/12/06 6:25:05am

new pic posted

www.mrsidahoamerica.com

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Subject: Women can be beautiful and sexy in many ways


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By Daniel J. Bauer
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Date Posted: 04/25/06 7:31:41am


The National Organization of Women (NOW) in the United States is rightly upset about a series of radio contests that are awarding free breast implant surgery to women. Radio stations affiliated with Clear Channel Communications in Tampa, Jacksonville, Detroit, St. Louis, and other cities are sponsoring the competition, called "Breast Christmas Ever."
NOW is urging people to dispatch protest letters or phone calls to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other authorities to speak out against what it terms is "a degrading and unethical contest."

Our local English newspapers are reporting part of the story of the NOW protest, but are not offering readers enough background information to enable them to appreciate the real ugliness of the situation, a scourge that adds to pressures already far too many for girls and women to stupidly strive for a so called perfect figure. To know how dehumanizing the contests are, you need to do a little homework on the Internet.

If you have rock hard sensibilities and a strong stomach, go to your computer's search engine and tap out the words Breast Christmas Ever.

Let me tell you part of what you will find. To promote the contests, several of the radio invite local plastic surgeons to appear on their programs to explain the alleged advantages of breast enlargement and other forms of cosmetic surgery for women. Some station web sites not only publish contest information, but also names and telephone numbers of doctors who do this type of surgery. The radio stations thus become advertising agents and promoters of breast surgery. Several of the stations also appeal to voyeuristic interests among their listeners by insisting that contest winners pose for before and after operation photos, which (not surprisingly) are also posted on their Web sites. One site I checked offered photographs of last year's winners. Well, "winners" is the term the radio folks used. I think "victims" or "fools" is more accurate nomenclature. Besides concerns about the crude and demeaning nature of these competitions, NOW is also worried about potential health risks for women who undergo breast enhancement surgery. NOW wants to be sure the women are well informed.

Do they realize, for example, that the procedure usually needs costly follow up treatment several years later? NOW points out that the women who win the contests must sign waivers that release the radio stations, doctors, clinics and so on from legal responsibility for problems that may occur with the operations.

Okay, so standards for quality radio appear to have slipped to a record low in the United States, and American society continues to demonstrate its long fixation on sex and new versions of The American Dream. What does dehumanizing hype about breast size and beauty have to do with us here in Taiwan?

Recent news reported the kidnapping of a prominent local plastic surgeon and the payment of a ransom for oodles of cold cash. More recent news tells us police have now arrested suspects. Publicity around the kidnapping spiced up the story by linking the surgeon to services he has allegedly provided for a bevy of formerly small-breasted entertainers. The kidnapping and highlighting of "the doctor for sex appeal" make thoughtful people wonder about all sorts of questions. One of the questions is, Why do many women in our society attach so much importance to their figures? The answer, of course, is that in many ways we pressure women into accepting unrealistic and patently inaccurate models of beauty and sex appeal.

The majority of my students and colleagues are young women, and I am quite sure many of them struggle or fret with questions of self-confidence and physical appearance. It is high time to say out loud to them and other friends that loving our body and appreciating ourselves for who we are signs of good health in all ways.

Reducing a woman's value to the size of her chest, or claiming that her beauty and appeal depend on a single asset, is flat out stupid. Women can be beautiful and sexy in many wonderful ways. Father Daniel J. Bauer SVD is a priest, associate professor, and Chair of the English Department in the School of Continuing Education at Fu Jen Catholic University.

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Subject: Oh well It is over the girl won let it go.Everybody can't win she placed where the judges wanted her.


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In the judges eyes she is the winner.To be honest none of the top 5 were good in interview this is not a interview competition it is a beauty pageant.
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Date Posted: 04/22/06 1:27:58pm

Be happy that she accomplished what she did some of the real pretty girls never got to be in up in the top 5.
Didn't hear any of the other states fans booing out loud
just when OH got 3rd runner-up that ain't bad you all need to be happy and not act so crappy.

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Subject: Model look did win.


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Miss KY was a model for Body Glove so the model look did win this year
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Date Posted: 04/21/06 4:15:22pm


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Subject: Re: These two hairnet girls are going to make the cut.


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Yep they made the cut!
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Date Posted: 04/21/06 2:33:56pm


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Subject: Can't wait to hear what Carson has to say about the girls in swimsuit and gown


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Love the gown on Chelsey she looks fab!
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Date Posted: 04/21/06 2:25:25pm


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Subject: Miss MS looks gorgeous in this gown she is glowing in this photo.


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Nice blue gown she is really photogenic love her cheekbones
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Date Posted: 04/19/06 10:05:55am


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Subject: CHECK THIS OUT!


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worst gown is Michigan's so dated and velvet in Spring is a no,no.WV,KS,GA,look alot better.Check them out!
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Date Posted: 04/19/06 12:19:05am


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MA got it right she looks fabulous such a classic gown and she looks wonderful.
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Date Posted: 04/13/06 5:09:01am


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Subject: Looking at the above banner can't believe how much Chelsey looks like MI.


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Sisters?
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Date Posted: 04/12/06 5:54:33pm


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Subject: Miss LA has one of the best interviews go listen if you haven't heard her yet.


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LA fan
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Subject: RESEARCH


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Mr. Manners
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Date Posted: 04/12/06 10:44:37am

All you have to do is research alittle and you know that he is not the photographer.As far as Don training the girls it is part of the prize package.It is up to the girl as to what comes out of her mouth.As far as her nickname it sure was a strange one wasn't it?It would be a bummer to be called "butt".Guess she can't help that her mom named her that just a very unusual name don't you think?

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Subject: LA swimsuit


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Date Posted: 04/ 8/06 6:55:06am


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Subject: Re: The BEAUTIES of MISS USA Miss Nevada's swimsuit shot


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Date Posted: 04/ 8/06 5:33:53am


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Subject: Re: The BEAUTIES of MISS USA Miss LA classic beauty


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Simple elegance she would make such a perfect Miss USA
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Date Posted: 04/ 8/06 5:10:39am


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Subject: For the apprentice don't they have auditions for that show?


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They have auditions for ANTM,American Idol,and the Apprentice.Go to some of these state pageants and you feel bad for the girls that don't have a chance at all to win,but they take there money that is wrong bottom line it is embarassing to watch girls that have no business being in a beauty pageant.
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Date Posted: 04/ 7/06 5:33:32am


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Subject: This has to be one of the weakest years ever.


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Really look at this picture hope they have some great make-up artists on hand sorry but pictures don't lie.With the airbrushing gone look what you have.
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Date Posted: 04/ 6/06 4:22:03pm


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Subject: Re: Who sticks out in this picture?


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Mississippi is the one the stands out the most in this picture and is Universe material!
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Date Posted: 04/ 6/06 12:36:32pm


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Subject: TICKETS FOR MISS USA PRESENTATION SHOW APRIL 14 - IF INTERESTED IN BUYING CLICK IN


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Date Posted: 04/ 4/06 9:18:58am

I have 3 tickets to the presentation for Miss USA on April 14th - i will not be able to go until the follwing weekend for the actual show so i need to sell them. They are good tickets and i paid $50 each but will sell for any offer. skibs34@hotmail.com thanks

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Subject: Just a reminder! :-)


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Date Posted: 03/23/06 1:55:11am

Just a reminder that there are three gorgeous dresses up on ebay ending Friday evening!

Gorgeous Stephen Yearick -- currently $100 (this dress retails for $3000! Consider this an investment piece! It is absolutely breath-taking, the camera does not capture it's beauty and elegance at ALL!)

Stunning Jovani -- currently $202.50 - such an amazing dress! Definitely worth a look!

Beautiful, Sexy, Cache Evening Gown -- currently $29.99 Another stunner...sparkles beautifully!

Thanks!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at marchime@bc.edu



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Subject: Listen to the PageantCast!


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Tim Kretschmann
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Date Posted: 03/10/06 2:26:16pm

You can hear the internet's first ever podcast dedicated to beauty pageants. You can check us out at http://www.pageantcast.com/

If you don't know what a podcast is, it is a radio show on your computer. It's easy to listen to using the simple instructions on the webpage.

Check us out.

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Subject: FACES IN THE CROWD


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KATANIA CASTANEDA
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Date Posted: 03/ 7/06 10:24:10am

Feb. 16, 2005, 11:51PM


Miss Houston to campaign to reduce hunger
Pageant winner knew at young age she wanted to sing


As 23-year-old Betsy Uschkrat looked back on the last weekend in January when she was crowned Miss Houston, she said the experience was like a whirlwind of nonstop activity.


"I am a little overwhelmed right now, trying to keep my equilibrium," she said.

And no wonder. Uschkrat, who was raised in Sugar Land, has had to juggle an array of activities. In addition to the beauty pageant, she handles schoolwork, teaching, performing and applying for graduate school.

She is working on her major in vocal performance at the University of Houston, and she performs regularly in operas and musicals.

The days around the Miss Houston pageant were especially hectic. On Jan. 28, the night before the Miss Houston pageant, Uschkrat played the role of Adele in the opera Die Fledermaus at the Moore's Opera Center. By 7 a.m. the next day, she had to be at Montgomery College in Conroe, where the pageant was being held. Then on Sunday, she performed in the chorus of Die Fledermaus, and on Monday, she had a full day of school, followed by another night performance.

For some this might seem like an overload, but Uschkrat took it in stride.

"When it's booming, it's going good," she said. "I don't really complain about it."

Uschkrat was tired from the experience, but she said it was worth all the effort. The pageant has added excitement to her life.

"I was incredibly excited and kind of thrown back," she said. "I thought, 'This is going to change some things,' but it was thrilling, and it felt good to make an achievement like that."

Uschkrat is no stranger to winning beauty pageants. She was named Miss Woodlands 2001-02 and Miss Southeast Texas 2002-03.

She looks forward to having the chance to talk to people about hunger in Texas.

Most people don't know that Houston ranks second in the nation after Detroit in the number of children that go hungry each year, she said.

"With food being the basic necessity of life, I think it is one of the most important causes to support," Uschkrat said. "We have a devastating problem that is so easy to forget. A lot of people that are hungry don't speak up because they're too busy just surviving."

Uschkrat also said that the people seen on the street begging are just a small portion of the people who go hungry.

Uschkrat has been actively working to reduce hunger in Texas since 1998, when she was a junior at Clements High School in Sugar Land.

That year, she came up with the idea of planning a benefit concert for the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. She helped get area schools involved, and a concert drew 1,000 people. The benefit concert since has become a tradition at the ministry.

"It taught me a lot about how good it feels to help other people and that music really does have a power to unite," Uschkrat said.

As a result of that experience, when Uschkrat began entering pageants, she decided to make it her platform to help the hungry. She calls her platform "Heart and Soul: Fighting Hunger in Our Communities."

She said she is looking for support from potential sponsors.

"Any and all help in these endeavors is appreciated because it's not only about supporting me," Uschkrat said. "It's about supporting the community."

Aside from representing Houston over the coming year, Uschkrat will continue to teach singing and to perform whenever she can. She also has plans to pursue a master's degree in either vocal performance or opera.

Uschkrat has been singing since childhood. She said she will never forget an incident that occurred when she was about 4 years old.

She and her family were at the hospital visiting relatives, and she was in a meeting area where there were a lot of toys.

"I stood up on the table in front of everyone and sang 'The Greatest Love of All,' by Whitney Houston because it was my favorite song," Uschkrat said. "So I knew then that I'd be a performer."

Uschkrat performed in school choirs throughout her elementary, middle and high school years. In high school, she made the All-State Choir.

Uschkrat said nothing can compare to that moment when she is singing on stage.

"It's probably the most alive that I could feel in my life," she said. "When I come offstage, I know this is a life moment, something really worthwhile."

She said the moment she won Miss Houston was one of those life moments.

"She is a consummate professional," said Curtis Dumesnil, executive director of Houston Pageants. "She takes every step of the process seriously, and she gives 110 percent."

Her parents, James and Karen Uschkrat, also have been supportive. They said that their daughter's experience with pageants has given her many life skills.

"The pageant has helped her in her grooming, poise, social etiquette and in learning to present herself well in an interview process," James Uschkrat said. "Any time a younger person has to get up in front of older people and present themselves, that's a good skill to have. I wish I'd had that when I was her age."

As for what lies ahead, Uschkrat said she hopes to be the next Miss Texas and the next Miss America.

"Life is a journey," she said. "It takes so many turns that you never expect. I am grateful so many have turned out to be just wonderful experiences."

To suggest a "Faces in the Crowd" profile, e-mail karen.zurawski@chron.com or send a fax to 713-362-7552.

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Subject: Another nice message board is #194938


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very informative
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Date Posted: 03/ 4/06 6:21:22pm


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Subject: Are you all insane?


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Meemaw
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Date Posted: 03/ 4/06 2:22:19pm

First, let me say this will be my first AND last post to this messageboard. I have read a sampling of the posts here and it is without a doubt the biggest loony bin I have yet to come across.

I am not Britt Harrison. Britt is a wonderful person with whom I have exchanged numerous emails over the last few years. And I can assure you I do not exchange emails with myself.

Britt is a very hard worker and a completely honest preliminary director. I don't know where this attack on her credibility came into question or even what it's all about, but I know it must be the result of a complete wacko and some very gullible people who will go along with anything any lunatic says.

Britt made it no secret that she ran two messageboards for a time. She invited me to visit, which I did for a brief time, and unlike this asylum, I found it to be very boring but full of people who were quite civil to one another and to the delegates they supported. My point, though, is that Britt ran a respectable board. And unlike me, she certainly does not see the need to post anonymously.

I don't know where this "investigation" began or what sort of beef with preliminary directors led to such a stupid accusation, and frankly, I don't care. I have also been identified as Deidre Sexton of Kansas City, Carolee Munger of Calif., and even Paula Shuggart. Anyone who would presume to say they have "uncovered the facts" about my identity has to be off their rocker.

I do not post on any state messageboards. I don't even read any state messageboards. And I certainly don't run any messageboards! So let this be my final word on the subject because I won't be coming back for any replies, this place is too nutty! However, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who drinks around here! Ciao, honeys!

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Subject: Need YOUR help!!! End hunger...


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Maria-Teresa
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Date Posted: 02/28/06 11:40:28am

NEED YOUR HELP! End hunger...

It would be awesome if you girls visited

http://www.danceforsocialchange.com/

If you dance at a dance school, see if they can get involved! It is really simple!

Also, if you had time to add just one or two food banks to the list, that would be amazing. (Go to http://www.danceforsocialchange.com/locator/ and click "Suggest Food Bank" --- it would take you ten minutes to google a local food bank and add it to the list!!!)

Even if you just post in the forum (helps to generate interest!!!) about your experiences with hunger or volunteerism... I would so appreciate it!

I am spokesperson for this wonderful project and we'd like to get involvement on a National level. If you cheerlead, dance, baton twirl, do gymnastics... see if your team or school would consider putting a box for canned food in their venue or collect at a recital, etc. Sign up on the site and register your school/group. It is fun and easy and it's a GREAT CAUSE!!! Hope to see your schools signing up or your forum posts!!!!

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Subject: My response to this article on the Turn for the judges website.


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Article taken from the TFTJ website
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Date Posted: 02/26/06 5:43:21am

This article is so very typical of the mindset of these pageant obsessors. The sad truth of the matter is, people just got wise and started to beat the pageant directors at their own game. Lets state some facts: Pageant directors were the very people that initiated these message boards, to manipulate the readers into believing they were "fans" just promoting their favorite girls. For a while they got away with it, until their secret got out. The smart people who have been shafted time and time again by these snide money mongers took notes and wisened up. They started their own message boards to get the truth out and inform everyone of the misrepresentation and unethical behaviors that too often come with the territory of pageantry. And now we have those very perpetrators calling it "bashing" and "poor sportsmanship". Pretty pathetic. This article sounds like someone is just plain pissed off that they have lost control of what is being said on the many boards that have been started. Tuff. Get over it. No one with any amount of intelligence is going to believe that all these directors are running fair and unbiased pageants. Now that there are message boards that give BOTH sides of a story, they start making excuses and putting the blame on everyone but themselves. I like the fact that people who have been burned are retaliating. It is about time! SUCK IT UP




Boycott The Message Boards

Before message boards, pageant enthusiasts met in chat rooms. The chat rooms were a fun place to go, sometimes on a nightly basis. People joined the conversation from all across Canada and the United States, and even from Panama.

Even though we all had “handles” or made up names, we usually figured out quickly each person's identity. Our 'conversations were more personal and fun. We would discuss recent pageant results, from locals to nationals; make guesses as to who would win; talk trivia and more. Our discussions were open to all view points, so few were not afraid to state their views. We even discussed our families, even if they were not involved in pageants.

Chat room participants ranged from directors, to assistants, to contestants, and even merchants. Others were friends and family of those involved in pageants. It was kept clean and simple and FUN.

It seems all good things come to an end. When “pageant stalkers” arrived on the scene, chat rooms participation declined. The stalkers may or may not have really been involved in pageants but posted messages and attempted to stir up trouble. They called people names and tried to start terrible rumors. In short, 'the regulars' fled the chat rooms because the fun evaporated.

So, next we entered the world of message boards. Some message boards had a little more regulation of content postings if the message was sent through a moderator and checked prior to posting. If not, anyone could post what ever they wanted.

Initially, the message boards were used as they were intended. People discussed pageants, trivia, “what was happening”, etc. The fun had momentarily returned. The message boards provided pageant results quickly, allowed a place to ask for help, exchanging ideas, and discussing in general the wonderful world of pageantry.

The nostalgia was short lived as the hate mongers returned. With these delightful stalkers returned the rumors, the false results, and generally negative attitude. As if this wasn't enough, enter the phenomena of bashing. Bashing seems to be a new pastime, either for disgruntled contestants, family, or friends. Bashers feel they can say anything, about anybody, and it is ok. It seems Thumper's mother's advise regarding only keeping mum if you can't saying something nice has gone into file 19.

Some boards became equivalent to a holocaust bloodbath. Directors were verbally slaughtered. Contestants received lynchings about their figures, clothes, and morals. Rumors and half truths would be posted and spouted as gospel, even about individuals not directly involved in pageantry. Others would chime in with their 2 cents, even if they had no first had testimony but rather wanted to join in the mobocracy.

Why do we need such ugliness? Why do we let it continue? Why do people feel they have to be so vicious and try to tear down people who are competing, giving their all? Teens and young adults who have fragile psyches, are not spared the brutality. These poison-tongued linguists need to take a maturity pill and realize that neither they nor those they support can always win.

I'd like to believe some of these serpents are hackers who visit a message board, read a bit of the content and then unload their atrocious commentary to be a royal pain. However, which the frequency of ill will, I'm inclined to believe this is not a large scale outside job. Perhaps it is time to boycott our participation with message boards until the return of decency.

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Subject: Does everyone from maine have this same ip as both of you?Just curious.


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Wasn't she Miss Maine International ? She did win a crown in all fairness to her.
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Date Posted: 02/20/06 5:18:34pm


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Subject: Re: She's nasty...she can't win a crown, so she bashes everyone who does. All the Maine boards have to deal with her. She's crazy!


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wow do you think that she is meemaw?Gosh guess you just have to feel sorry for someone who is so mean.Well just hate to see people trash the girls all the time it is like bullying I guess.Thanks for telling us about your situations with this person.
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Subject: Beauties of America Pageant


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Jennifer White, National Director
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Date Posted: 02/20/06 2:02:01pm

The Beauties of America Pageant is celebrating its 22nd year with new directorship, a new website, new national location and expanded prize offerings that continue to grow.

The 2006 Beauties of America Pageant will be held from August 17 - 20 at the beautiful Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Delegates will stay at the adjacent Sheraton Hotel, a four-diamond resort property.

The Beauties of America Pageant is unique in that delegates only compete in their age decade (Teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s & Up). Judging is based on Interview (40%), Fitness (25%), Evening Gown (25%) and Photogenic (10%). National titleholders will receive expansive promotion throughout the pageant industry, in addition to a fabulous prize package. Watch for the 2005 BOA national titleholders to be featured in upcoming editions of Pageantry, Supermodels Unlimited and more!

Delegates are the focus of Beauties of America, with all delegates receiving wonderful gifts, dinner parties, outings and seminars throughout the national event.

For more information, or to contact the national office, please visit our newly designed website at www.beautiesofamerica.com.

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Subject: You've got the wrong person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Date Posted: 02/20/06 1:56:36pm


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Subject: Titleholders with websites


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America and USA winners
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Date Posted: 02/18/06 3:53:23pm

Miss America System:

Abbie Rabine - Miss Mass. 2001
1RU to Miss America
www.abbierabine.com/

Christi Weible - Miss Idaho 2001
www.christiweible.com

Meghan Shanley - Miss Virginia 2001
www.meghanshanley.com

Nancy Redd - Miss Virginia 2003
Top 10 Miss America
www.nancyredd.com/

Jennifer Pitts - Miss Virginia 2002
http://www.lazyacres.net/jenniferpitts/

Jessie Ward - Miss Arkansas 2001
Top 10 Miss America
www.jamesandjessie.com/

Tanisha Brito - Miss CT 2002
Top 10 Miss America
www.tanishabrito.com/

April Robinson - Miss Oregon 2003
www.aprilmrobinson.org/

Danae DeMasi - Miss West Virginia 2001
Top 10 Miss America
www.danaedemasi.com/

Katie Harman - Miss America 2002 (Oregon)
www.katieharman.com

Nicole Johnson - Miss America 1999 (Virginia)
www.nicolejohnson.com/

Miss USA System:

Melissa McConnell - Miss LA USA 2004
http://melissamcconnell-misslausa2004.com/

Kelly Lloyd - Miss Indiana USA 2002 (Indiana America 99)
2RU Miss USA
www.kellylloyd.com/

Shannon Ford - Miss FL USA 2002
www.shannonford.com/

Carolyn Jennings - Miss WV USA 2004
www.carolynjennings.com/

Caroline Medley - Miss GA USA 2004
www.carolinemedley.com/

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Subject: Former Miss America lobbys for prostate cancer research


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Date Posted: 02/18/06 1:46:50pm

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Miss America? Prostate cancer?

Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, figures any time you have the nation's most famous beauty pageant mentioned in the same sentence as a man's reproductive system, "it's bound to raise eyebrows.''

So she's using her fame to help promote understanding of the disease and lobby for expanded funding.


Recently, Henry, the wife of former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, spoke to a U.S. House of Representatives committee on appropriations as part of a lobbying effort to increase Department of Defense spending on prostate research from $85 million to $100 million.

She and her husband, a prostate cancer survivor, regularly speak to groups around the country on prostate cancer. She wants to make prostate cancer as well understood as breast cancer.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer symptoms include:


A need to urinate frequently, especially at night.


Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine.


Weak or interrupted flow of urine.


Painful or burning urination.


Difficulty in having an erection.


Painful ejaculation.


Blood in urine or semen.

Often, early stages of prostate cancer do not cause symptoms, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. You should speak with your doctor immediately if you have experienced any of the above symptoms or if you are a man older than 50 who has not had a recent prostate-cancer screening.

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Subject: Re: Miss Michigan Teen USA Forum this is what she looks like pretty close to her headshots you be the judge?


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The girl on the left in the red shirt has great features kinda like Julia Roberts
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Subject: Re: Make some predictions...MA looks alot like Amanda 1st runner-up to Shandi 05' just a younger version.


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Top 5 my guess
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Date Posted: 01/31/06 11:57:32am


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Subject: The Power of Fitness


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Bocca Babe
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Date Posted: 01/23/06 1:53:09pm

Make sure you get a qualified trainer. Remember you want a shaply body with nice long and lean muscles. You do not want the body of a body builder. This is a beauty contest not a strong lady contest. Do not bulk up. Long and graceful is the key here. Read below to get a good idea of what you need to do.



The swimsuit competition in a beauty pageant can, for some, be the most dreaded part of the competition. Part of this anxiety can steam from lack of confidence or from lack of preparation. This article will focus on fitness preparation for the swimsuit competition.

In my first pageant competition, I learned quickly the power of fitness. I thought that since I was thin, I would score fairly well in the swimsuit competition. I soon learned that thin does not mean fit. I decided to begin a fitness routine to prepare me for next year's pageant. It is important to note that I started this preparation one year in advance. A well-toned body is not created overnight! I began extensive fitness preparation six months before the competition. My personal routine now consists of a 45 minute water aerobics class five times a week. (You can replace this with land aerobics.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I also attend a water toning class. On Mondays, I exercise my upper body, and on Wednesdays, my lower body. On Fridays, I do 45 more minutes of cardio (elliptical trainer, bicycle, stairmaster or treadmill). Three times a week, I also work my abdominals by doing 3 sets of 35 crunches. This fitness routine may not work for you. It is important to find the routine that best suits you and your fitness needs. I recommend speaking with a professional to assess your physical needs. It is always important to speak with your doctor or health care professional before starting any kind of fitness routine.

In the beginning, you may decide to speak with a fitness coach and/or personal trainer. I researched several coaches and was coached by Miss Teen USA 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders. Keylee has a wonderful fitness tape. She demonstrates various exercises and levels so that you can get the maximum benefit you need. Keylee is now coaching with designer, Holly Hardwick and judge, Tiffany Munn. You can receive information on their services by calling 1-800-684-1107.

Another avenue for local training is to join a health club. I suggest joining a club that offers on-site personal trainers included in their membership. I personally enjoy training at Mademoiselle Fitness Centers. Mademoiselle is an all-female health club with equipment designed specifically for women. They have on-site personal trainers available everyday during regular business hours. The advantages to joining a health club are that if you are paying money monthly, it is likely that you will go, and it allows flexibility around your schedule. I strongly recommend your checking on the availability of a fitness center such as this near your home.

Lastly, remember that a good diet and drinking water also contribute to good health and fitness.

Taking steps toward fitness preparation may turn your swimsuit competition into a most-anticipated event.

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Subject: Here a a few posts along with the IP addresses.


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In the know
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Date Posted: 01/15/06 4:05:23pm

Below are posts that were posted by Shannon Clark advertising for Vicki's trunk show. Shannon gets BIG kickbacks from Vicki for each gown she sells. That is why Shannon PUSHES the dresses on these young and unsuspecting girls.
All about money. Look at the Pontiac Rescue Mission IP addresses. Time the IRS knows how these people are screwing the government.

What other expenses has the church paid for so Shannon can make more money? Using the church for your own profit.
Blasphemy at its best!!!!!!










Subject: EVENING EXTRAORDINAIRE will be coming to the Detroit area to do a Trunk Show for all your pageant needs. You will see gowns from Sherri Hill, Tony Bowles, Stephen Yearick, Yugo Sarmiento, Mike Benet, Claire's, and Crown Collection. It is by appointment only June 3,4 & 5. For more information call Shannon Grace Clark at 248-877-5780.


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There are ony 2 appointments left (NT) -- SGC, 11:00:47 04/21/04 Wed (Pontiac-Rescue-Mission-IAF1065838.cust-rtr.ameritech.net/68.79.238.178)


This is where Miss USA 2004 bought her gown ! (NT) -- pageant fan, 11:02:12 04/21/04 Wed (Pontiac-Rescue-Mission-IAF1065838.cust-rtr.ameritech.net/68.79.238.178)
Re: EVENING EXTRAORDINAIRE will be coming to the Detroit area to do a Trunk Show for all your pageant needs. You will see gowns from Sherri Hill, Tony Bowles, Stephen Yearick, Yugo Sarmiento, Mike Benet, Claire's, and Crown Collection. It is by appointment only June 3,4 & 5. For more information call Shannon Grace Clark at 248-877-5780. -- SR, 15:19:26 04/21/04 Wed (12-223-251-168.client.insightbb.com/12.223.251.168)

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Subject: Looks alot like Monica P. Miss NC 2001


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The view
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Date Posted: 01/14/06 4:51:26pm


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Subject: here is last years top 5 anything is possible


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Date Posted: 01/14/06 3:57:37pm


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Subject: This Week at The Miss Florida USA Ezine: www.missfloridausa.com


Author:
Profiles of State Delegates weekly on The Road to Baltimore!
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Date Posted: 01/13/06 12:23:37pm

This Week at The Miss Florida USA Ezine: www.missfloridausa.com

We invite you to enjoy this week’s edition of The Miss Florida USA Ezine; a truly unique Pageant Magazine on the internet. We aim to be YOUR information source for everything pageantry with a unique Miss USA twist. We also take you all over the world for the latest, most up to date reports. All leading up to our championships of pageantry; Miss Teen USA; Miss USA and the granddaddy of them all Miss Universe!

This week’s World Pageant News looks at a new version of Miss America as it starts it’s Las Vegas Days this month. The Road to Baltimore stops in Oklahoma for a visit with the Sooner States representative. Florida USA Pageant news has results from The Nature Coast USA Pageant Weekend, updates from Tallahassee and Orlando as well as everything you need to know about this weekends Daytona and Tampa contests. Gen Art has the coolest sneakers on display and Faces & Places is in the audience in Crystal River. All the pageant news that fits to print updated on Thursdays and Fridays and results on Mondays only at YOUR Ezine at www.missfloridausa.com, the only Ezine in the pageant world!



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Subject: Is Shannon G. Clark her real name or stage name? I thought I saw her at a drag queen contest in Illinois two months ago.


Author:
Jimmy
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Date Posted: 01/11/06 11:08:10am


Mrs. Michigan United States Jody Berkhardt with her beautiful pageant coach Shannon Grace Clark (Miss Michigan USA 1999) at the Mrs. Michigan America pageant.

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Subject: Re: This is the former Miss IN Galaxy and Miss IN this is one of the best pictures of her that has been out go Kaitlyn!


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Like her better in the picture without the crown and sash
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Date Posted: 01/ 7/06 6:50:17pm


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Subject: New National PageantCast


Author:
Tim Kretschmann
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Date Posted: 12/22/05 1:58:07pm

I am proud to announce the launch of PageantCast--a new internet radio program for and about beauty pageants. The best place to check it out is on Podcast Pickle at http://www.podcastpickle.com/casts/?10128.

As you know, my local radio show has interviewed many local and national beauty pageant titleholders. The show will feature a lot of our past interviews until we are able to get new interviews put together for this program. If directors have items they would like to make announcements on the program, we'd offer this forum as well. To acknowledge these requests, please send e-mail to pageantcast@yahoo.com and we can discuss. Pageant titleholders can also request to be interviewed at this e-mail address.

We hope there might be interest by people to volunteer toward this podcast as well.

I hope you find the program interesting and fun.

Tim Kretschmann
Host
PageantCast & Stimmung Stunde

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Subject: Politics is all has nothing to do with Karma baby!Just a view to your comment on winners!


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The honest people can sleep at night and your right we all have to answer to the man upstairs but the nasty pageant people will not be holding any crown or titles there is only one winner in life and the winner is always GOD!
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Date Posted: 12/ 5/05 11:57:42am


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Subject: Ohio United States Pageant Miss , Mrs, Miss Jr


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director
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Date Posted: 11/19/05 2:07:41pm


We are excited to announce that the
Miss Teen and Miss Junior Teen and Mrs. United States National Pageant

will be held in Columbus,Ohio

on Sunday, April 30th, 2006.

Worthington Holiday Inn

We are presently looking for Delegates to compete for the Ohio title and represent our state in Las Vegas July 25th 2006

Arrival dates, host hotel, schedules, and pageant agenda will be included in your State pageant kit, which will be distributed when you apply.

Stephanie McCLain Ohio State director

Po box 323 Quaker City,Ohio 43773

740-679-3734

simplyher@1st.net


www.ohiobeauties.com

www.simplyher.us

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Subject: Miss Charlottesville USA


Author:
beautyatitsbest
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Date Posted: 11/18/05 5:10:32am

I am curious to find out whether Caressa won the state pageant...I have seen her compete before, she instantly read Miss USA to me.

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Subject: The Miss Icon Pageant


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MIP CASTING
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Date Posted: 11/17/05 9:57:53am

The Miss Icon Pageant Wants You!


P.O. BOX 1754
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POSITIONS ARE FILLING QUICKLY CALL AND APPLY TODAY:
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WWW.MISSICON.COM
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Subject: Mid-Atlantic Beauties of America Pageant


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Director
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Date Posted: 11/16/05 11:15:37am

ENTER TODAY!!

www.midatlanticbeauties.com

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Subject: New Website Up!


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Director
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Date Posted: 11/ 2/05 9:26:32pm

www.ethnicworldpageants.com

We have moved to a new address now that the pageant has been sold.

Stop by and check us out!! Teens, Miss & Ms - ALL states, countries, culturals and ethnic backgrounds welcomed!!

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Subject: Come join a pageant that inspires you to get fit!


Author:
www.americasfitmiss.com
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Date Posted: 10/25/05 7:05:47am



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Subject: Speaking of having copies; I have kept every ounce of correspondence from just about every person in Michigan associated with USA.


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Record keeper
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Date Posted: 10/19/05 1:17:14am

If any one needs further information for news media to have against this system, just post on this board and I will post ORIGINAL letter, emails, documents, etc.,

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Subject: Congrats to Danelle!!! Lori Reese brings in another WINNER!


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Mich fan
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Date Posted: 10/14/05 4:37:07am

Ms. Reese knows how to make a girl a winner. Glad to see another one of Lori's girls on top! YOU GO GIRL!!

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Subject: Hey girls! Hows it going in Ohio? Sounds like you are all having so much fun. Wish I could be there but someone has to man these boards.


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T. T.
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Date Posted: 10/12/05 4:49:06pm

Say hi to Jason G. for me and send him hugs and kisses and tell him I am continuing to practice the piano without his lessons. (ha ha). The boards is slow right now because you are all there! No one here to keep the posts going. Next year I get to go and Dave gets to stay and man the boards. Even Steven.
Gotta go. Have more fun and do not worry about your boards. Got it covered.

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Subject: REMEMBER POSTING THIS? YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.YOU SHOULD NOT BE TALKING LIKE THIS WHEN YOU ARE A DIRECTOR. SHAME SHAME SHAME. (MAKE SURE YOU GET THIS INFO TOO MR. ATTORNEY MAN)


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BACK IN OCTOBER. WELL, IN CASE YOU FORGOT, I KEPT COPIES. SO THERE
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Date Posted: 10/12/05 9:37:06am

Date posted:00:02:06 10/10/03 Fri


If you have every gone to any other state pagent in the USA
system, you will find a lot of the best directors with the judges..it
is called good relations. It is called making sure the judges are
comfortable, and having a good time. There is not talking about
delegates or the pageant. Just a common courtesy to the judges.

As for you saying plenty of people in Michigan would have judged
it....like whom? Say your local directors that want to take the
directorship away from Melissa?

The bottom line is this...there are a few core people nagging and
complaining about Melissa. Won't say names...but you know who
you are(former local director that was FIRED).Can't except the
fact you had done wrong, and so you and your followers(whom are
silly for doing so) are doing alll and everything you can to take
Melissa down. And you hide behind the computer and these
message boards.

Here is how it is...Melissa is here to stay ... so get use to it. Univers Org. has no problems with her, and that is the bottom line.
She has done nothing wrong, and followed all the rules and guidlines set
by the Org.


As for you... Local directors, take note!There are several of you
riding the fence to secure your positions. You will turn and talk about
Melissa behind her back. However, try to band together to
keep yourselves safe from the one that got axed. Oh, you all know
who you are. Melisssa knows show the traitiors are as well.

Oh...it is good to have IP numbers...yes, those that have access
know who you are.And believe me, the Universe Org. does as
well. Do not try to think you are a step ahead or smarter then
anyone else on here. Because you are the one whom got fired, and
believe me, keeping the attacks going will only insure that you and
those with you with you will never ever be involveed in the Universe
Org again. And dream on with ever having a directorship in Michigan.
Because it will be a cold day in Hell before you got to run the whole state.

So, the only thing fishy here is you loser local lady. Oh, is that your blood boiling right now.Or is it that your heart beating faster
because you know I am right?:)

The truth hurts doesn't it? Well, you needed a slap of reality
honey,move on... Michigan does not need you.

The parents do not. The delegates do not. The people do not. And the smartest thing Melissa could do is get rid of all the local directors to prevent things like this from happening again. That may be in the works.

Go Michigan!

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Subject: Students to compete on MTV reality show


Author:
by Jessica Blackmore
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Date Posted: 10/12/05 9:24:58am

October 05, 2005


Two Vanderbilt students will compete for a scholarship and a paid internship at Seventeen magazine in MTV’s newest reality show “Miss Seventeen,” which premieres Oct. 17.

Leah Watson, a senior in the College of Arts and Science, and Kristen Tsaklis, an A&S freshman, are two of 17 finalists who were cast to compete for the title of “Miss Seventeen.”

“I actually thought I didn’t make the show because I had seen the anticipated start date,” said Watson.

When both girls received the final casting call, they were extremely excited to participate and anxious to find out what life is truly like on the other side of the camera.

“I got off the phone and said to myself, ‘Did MTV just call and tell me I got on the show?’” Tsaklis said. “It was surreal and exciting at the same time. But then again, it seemed like I was just another person trying their luck on one of the millions of reality shows there are out there.”

According to MTV.com, “Miss Seventeen” is a show that “puts 17 accomplished and ambitious young women in a Manhattan loft to compete in weekly character-testing challenges...The winning girl will receive a prize package including a college scholarship and a paid internship at Seventeen (magazine).”

Although the girls’ participation in the show is now public knowledge, initially the girls had to keep everything confidential.

“My mom obviously knew, but I couldn’t tell everyone,” Watson said.

When asked if their experience was what they originally anticipated, both girls had very similar responses.

“(The cameramen) do a good job of pretending to be invisible. They are around you 24/7 so it is so easy to forget about them, be yourself, just let your true personality let loose, and probably do and say things you later wish you didn’t do on camera,” Tsaklis said.

“I’ve seen my bio on MTV...and I’m worried about being the stereotypical Vandy girl, which is what I think my depiction is going to be ... but, I really enjoyed it and the girls were awesome,” Watson said.

Tsaklis said that this show is just like any other reality show that brings a group of teenage girls under one roof. No matter how smart or accomplished they all may be, she said, the “backstabbing dirty-competition-filled” element of reality TV still comes into play.

“If you think you are tuning in to watch a bunch of overachieving girls being all respectable and nice to each other as they compete in friendly competitions, you are in for a big surprise.” Tsaklis said.

In addition to competing on a nationally televised reality show, both women are involved on campus in a variety of different student organizations and community service.

Tsaklis participates in Fashion for a Cause and is an active member of Vanderbuddies, dance classes, Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, Ambassadores, and hopefully Alternative Spring Break.

“The groups I have joined in college are basically an extension of what I enjoyed doing in high school and are a good display of my passions in general,” said Tsaklis. “I love to do community service and I will hopefully get involved with the school newspaper as well.”

Watson is double-majoring in communication studies and sociology with a minor in womens’ studies. She is also an active member of Vanderbilt’s Honor Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., VTV and weekly community service projects at the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club.

“(The Boys and Girls Club) is one of the highlights of my week,” said Watson, “These kids need reading comprehension skills so bad. We also try to spark their interest in terms of going to college.”

Watson is also a semi-finalist for this year’s homecoming. She is currently co-authoring a book with John Sieganthaler at the First Amendment Center and competing in the Miss Tennessee USA Pageant this week.

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Subject: Miss Earth 2005


Author:
ME2005Contest
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Date Posted: 10/12/05 8:58:21am



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Subject: Thank you Dave, Britt and the gang.


Author:
Emily Post
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Date Posted: 10/ 5/05 6:29:51am

Your words of encouragement are just what we needed. The rest of us just keep on learning from all of your wonderful examples. You continue to set standards here in Michigan that most of us can only dream of achieving. Your keen insight and deep devotion to Miss Michigan USA is looked upon by all, with such respect and honor. You run your message boards with the same determination and vigor you put into the pageants. Your posts just florish with love and loyalty for one another and your expertise in such a competive sport has been a monumental gift to us all.
Now take your bullshit stories and your corrupt asses and go to church somewhere in the middle of a dessert where the the rest of society can't get hurt when the ceiling falls in, and beg the man upstairs to forgive yourselves for all the sins you have created. Take a suitcase full of clothes, cause your gonna be there a while!

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Subject: Let's take action NOW!


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Upset Contestant
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Date Posted: 10/ 5/05 5:54:46am

After thinking further about this whole mess...I've realized that the Miss Michigan Pageants has taken me for thousands of dollars over the last few years.

It will cost me about $250-$500 for an attorney, but to get a refund for the last two years I competed, (since the letters were written) IT WILL BE WELL WORTH IT! Plus, requesting my attorney fee.

I want to write a "letter to the editor" with a copy of this stuff that's out there. Media loves this stuff. Then cut out the article & send it to Miss Universe. Who is with me?

If we don't, we may never win the pageant or at least get a fair shot. If we don't, our thousands of dollars, but more importantly, our time and emotions are a truly wasted experience.

Let's all please work together and DO IT. We should actually form a pickett line protest at next year's show. Let's call the news station and Miss Universe to tell them we are actually sticking together to do it! The news covering it would GREAT!

Tell your friends if they think about entering and let's stop feeding their pockets with 123 girls and thousands of dollars. They're laughing and getting rich.

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Subject: Don't like the results?


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Dave Dausey
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Date Posted: 10/ 5/05 3:33:16am

Beauty is a very subjective thing and I certainly understand that loyalties run deep and that many contestants and their supporters are feeling less than good about the results right now. But as someone who has known Danelle causally for a few years and who was fortunate enough to spend some serious time with her as she prepared for this years State pageant I am mortified and angered by the attacks and vicious words directed at her.
Whether you like it or not or agree with it or not, the Judges felt she was the best one for the job on Saturday night. I believe they saw a glimpse of what I know for a fact is the essence of Danelle. She is a most beautiful person, inside and out, one of the most pleasant and enjoyable contestants I have ever had the opportunity to work with. She is our State representative, and if you have any serious consideration for the system and any and all the girls who competed, you will cease the mindless attacks and support her. She surprised many of you once and she just may do so again.

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Subject: Please go to this website and make your complaint. Lets get this ball rolling.


Author:
Mom 2
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Date Posted: 10/ 4/05 4:53:53am

"Problem Solvers" at the Fox network..Here is the site. http://www.fox2detroit.com/

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Subject: Where is Dave Dausey when you need him? With all his girls winning and placing the last two years, it seems he has something to do with the fixing.


Author:
Extremely upset and terribly discouraged
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Date Posted: 10/ 3/05 4:19:20am

why is he not defending himself now that these letters are out.

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Subject: I was able to get copies of these letters and feel inclined to show the girls what took place. The length of the letters are long and I will only type so much when I have time. I work full time and cannot spend tons of time on the computer.


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Date Posted: 10/ 2/05 7:26:21pm

Roberta Pethers
----Davison Rd.
Lapeer, MI 48446

October 18th, 2003

To whom it may concern:

This letter is intended to inform your organization of several serious problems that are taking place within the Miss Michigan USA pageant and it's assigned state director, Protctor Productions LLC, Melissa Pitchford. The issues that I am bringing to your attention, supercede the position of "complaint" but have progressed to the point of forcing my daughter and myself to retain an attorney, and legally pursue Proctor Productions LLC, Melissas Pitchford, to the furthest extent of the law.

Attached you will find excerpts from letters sent by attorney, Mr. David Prem, who is currently representing Proctor Productions. To simplify the basis of my letter, I have identified each attached excerpt with a corresponding alphabet character, so you may easily follow along and digest the situation. I apologize in advance for the length of this letter. I realize your time is valuable, as is mine.

I would like to begin relaying the situation to you, starting with the first piece of paper labeled with "A" at the top of it.

. Article "A" is the third page of a demand letter sent
to my daughters pageant consultant and sponsor, Mrs.
Lorri Reese, by Mr. David L. Prem, Melissa Pitchford's
representing attorney, on August 19, 2003. (I'll be
happy to provide an entire copy if desired.)
. There a several issues concerning this initial demand
letter:
1. My daughter, Danelle Gay, retained a widely
known and respected pageant consultant in
Michigan, Lorri Reese. She began using her
services in April of 2003. Mrs. Reese is held
in regard by many and comes highly recommended
by several USA state titleholders, for her
support and advice when preparing for pageant
competitions. She has consulted in Michigan
for the past twelve years or so, eight of them
focusing on the USA competitions. During those
eight years, she has had four young women win
the Miss Michigan USA title, with several others
being first or second runner-up. That is
phenomenal, considering she only sponsors two
young women per year. My daughter has been a
finalist in the past at the Miss Michigan USA
pageant, and we felt Mrs. Reese's expertise and
advice would possibly help better her placement.
It is a statistical fact, that each year, Mrs.
Reese places young women in the top five with
her services, consistently.
2. In light of this and a few other things, Melissa
Pitchford, had her attorney deliver a letter
of "interference" and demanded that Mrs. Reese
cease her consulting immediately. Furthermore
she was not to act as a sponsor or "coach" to
any young women competing in the Miss Michigan
USA pageant. To further stress the situation,
Melissa Pitchford requested that her attorney
demand that Mrs. Reese be "banned" from the
state pageants and preliminaries as a spectator.
(Absolutely outlandish in my opinion. The state
pageant is supposed to be a public event).
Again, this first demand letter was dated
August 19, 2003.
3. The information deadline, sponsorship fees,
etc., for the 2004 Miss Michigan USA pageant
were due by August 15, 2003. At which point
Mrs. Reese and her husband were submitted as
sponsors of my daughter Danelle Gay. Given the
August 19th date of the initial demand letter
from Mr. Prem, Melissa Pitchford has to realize
an immediate conflict with my daughter, and
delegate Danelle Gay, since Mrs. Reese was
indeed her sponsor. Yet we received no commun-
ication from the state office that Mrs. Reese
was not an acceptable sponsor. Nor was a list
distributed to the delegates as a whole, as to
which sponsors were acceptable and which were
not.

. Article "B" is the first page of a second letter of
correspondence sent to Mrs. Reese, again by Melissa
Pitchfords attorney. This letter was dated September
22, 2003. As I have highlighted in bold, this letter
indicates in the second sentence, that Melissa Pitch
ford was aware that Mrs. Reese was sponsoring and
coaching a delegate (my daughter).

. I have highlighted in red, under statement two of the
letter, again where Mr. Prem reiterates that Mrs.
Reese is not to act as a coach (which is completely
violating her legal rights in my opinion) and not
not to act as a sponsor of any delegates. At this
point the Miss Michigan USA pageant finals are five
days away (September 27th production date) and yet
we still have not been notivied by Melissa Pitchford.
. Given the demands made my Melissa Pitchford, this
has ignited legal retaliation by Mrs. Reese. What
choice did she have? In between the two letters of
demand and correspondence I am aware that some
phone calls took place between representing
attorneys. Mr. Prem even stated a refund would be
in order to any delegate that was sponsored by Mrs.
Reese. Yet, at no time, was myself of my daughter
contacted by Melissa Pitchford.

The Miss Michigan USA 2004 pageant came and went. Big
suprise, my daughter did not make the top 15 semi-finals. Perhaps, she genuinely did not make it. In her pageant career, we are very accustom to "you win some, you lose some." Who am I to say? But let me make something else very clear, this letter is not in any way shape or form about "sour grapes" because she didn't make the semi-finals. However, given the facts to all of the above information, and if you would surely watch the video, there
would be no question in your own mind. She's truly a well-
rounded and beautiful woman. Michigan is not nearly that competitive. She has won other pageant, prelims etc. Lets not say she's "inexperienced" and just chalk it up to the interview as her downfall. Since that is a logical mechanism of defense by a director, since the interviews are closed to the public. Or are they?

This question leads to my next point. Why did the state director, Melissa Pitchford, sit in on the delgate interviews this year at the Miss Michigan USA pageant? Let's go a step further, why did she jus choose to sit in on specific delegate interviews. Particularly, my daughter's interview. Is this common practice by the state directors as a whole? IS this a guideline Miss Universe requires? Not only did she monitor her interviews, she actually sat at a table with another woman, who was not judging, (later to learn with her sister-in-law, Kim Pitchford) and talked openly about my daughters interview suit. They talked about how beautiful my daughter was and even directed the comment directly to her. While, we both appreciate the compliment, that was not the time or place to be making comments to delegates, much less by the state director. Actions such as this, could easily be viewed as favoritism or as intimidation by a delgate, pending the demeanor of the young woman. In my daughters case, the state directors intent, which made her feel uneasy. Furthermore, it put my daughter in a position which made her feel defenseless. Objections could not be made to the state director with the panel of judges present in the interview room. Nor did feel she could communicate at that time to the state director without the possibility of further damaging her chances for a successful outcome at the pageant. These action truly reflect poor judgment and lack of professionalism by the state director.

. Article "C" ............

to be continued on the next post

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Subject: continuation of letters to USA


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Date Posted: 10/ 2/05 7:20:42pm

Article "C" is a copy of a letter that I mailed to the Miss Michigan USA office. I wanted to make contact and discuss my concerns, while attempting to resolve the situation. Retaining legal counsel was not my first choice of action, only a last resort. Unfortunately, communication is no longer an option.
1. I received a phone call two days after sending my
certified letter of concern to the Miss Michigan USA
office.
2. When I answered the telephone on a Friday evening,
there was no introduction, just "This is Brian".
A complete assumption that I was aware of who he was
and who he was representing. After moments of
confusion, he relayed to me it was "Mr. Pitchford,
from the Miss Michigan USA pageant." His approach was
completely unprofessional and informal. I was
insulted by his approach, not to mention, we have
never met.
3. He immediately proceeded to "tell me" how this
situation was going to come to a close, and instructed
me to disregard any legal paperwork that I may have
reviewed via Mrs. Reese. For the paperwork was
"irrelevant" in my situation. A term he used over and
over. It was a one sided conversation all from his
perspective. The phone call was purely interroga-
tional and he became quite demanding as to "what I
knew and how much" with Mrs. Reese. None of my own
questions were reciprocated with answers, just "That
question is irrelevant." He further stated that Miss
Universe would do nothing about this situation and
it was pointless to contact you.

4. The phone call did not last more than ten to fifteen
minutes, in fact it ended quite abruptly. Mr. Pitch-
ford treated me with little respect and as if I was
one of his suspects ( he conveyed he was a detective)
and became extremely belligerent. I ended the call by
telling him I was retaining and attorney and proceeded
to hang up on him.
5. My other point to this conversation, "Why was contact
being made by the state directors husband?" Melissa
Pitchford signs her name to all of the paperwork,
emails, etc. This is with whom we are familiar.
6. I truly wanted to reach an agreeable ending to this
situation, I wish I was not forced to hang up on Mr.
Pitchford. I have very high hopes for a satisfying
outcome for all. Unfortunately I feel I was left
with no other choice. I do not have to accept harsh
treatment or be badgered by anyone.

In closing, I feel it is necessary to mention that there are many problems with Proctor ProductionsLLC and Melissa Pitchford. In fact there are presently three other lawsuits, possibly four, aside from my own pending against them. Other attorneys have been retained to take action against Melissa Pitchford, for various other unrelated problems. However I am sure she has already notified you of some of these actions. I am aware that several others across Michigan have real issues and complaints toward the Pitchfords. I'm sure they will make their own voices heard.

On a side note, I honestly befieve that Melissa Pitchford spawned this atrocity against Mrs. Reese, by banning her from pageant productions statewide, because she felt threatened by Mrs. Reese's attempt to pursue a state directorship. Mrs. Reese has the financial status, support and affinity of several throughout the state, including many past titleholders, to pursue a directorship. Mrs. Reese also dissolved her prelimanary director rights, on her own free will to pursue a state directorship. This further infuriated Mrs. Pitchford. Finally, Mrs. Pitchford loss all sensibility against Mrs. Reese when Miss Michigan USA 2003, Elisa Schleef chose to pursue Mrs. Rees's advise and consulting services for the national Miss USA competition, rather than her own. There is nothing more to Mrs. Pitchfords claims and Mrs. Rees should be reinstated with your authority with spectator rights. This organization needs a hundred more volunteers like her.

I know many would like to see the Melissa Pitchford and Proctor Productions exit the state of Michigan and relinquish their directorship. Myself being one of them. Too many legal ramifications are in place and too many delegates have been treated poorly for there to be reconciliation. I know when honor is no longer brought to the Miss Univers Organization by a state directors actions, it is time for a replacement. Perhaps filling a state directors position is an infinite task, but then maybe not.
There are many qualified personnel in Michigan. I would like to see a Michigan resident appointed. My daughter will not compete again nor will I recommend Proctor Productions to other young women.

T hank you for you time and I look forward to hearing from you.
I truly wish contact could have been made under better circumstances.

Warmest Regards,

Roberta Pethers
Danelle Gay

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Subject: USA could care less. Do not waste your time sending them any complaints. Go directly to the media. USA does not care


Author:
Been there and saw that
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Date Posted: 10/ 2/05 6:20:02pm

Understand that all the letters and complaints sent to USA Org. will NEVER get aknowledged. I guarantee if we start getting this crime in the media's hand, USA will suddenly take notice. USA treats all of us like little meaningless flea's because they have the upper hand, but let the media get hold of this story and watch how quickly they defend themselves. They will come out of the woodwork.

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Subject: Michigan Organized Crime Ring


Author:
Luke A. Bratzi
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Date Posted: 10/ 1/05 3:10:34am

Reading these message boards, I can say without a doubt that there is definatly a huge conspiracy going on in Michigans USA division. In all of my investigations, I have uncovered several facts that does send a shiver up my spine regarding Michigan. It seems as though Ms. Procter (Pitchford) does not run the ally's alone. Her ontourage consists of her entire family including her cop husband, who I would bet my eyesight uses his connections to check on girls and get into places he does not belong. Then we have Rocco. He is fired. He is back. He is laid off. He is free lancing. He is moving. He is good. He is bad. All of the above is said to diverge your attention, until Melissa thinks you have forgotten. Then she brings out her ammo. The entire Michigan division is as though it is being run by thugs all in the same family.

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Subject: The first letter


Author:
na
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Date Posted: 10/ 1/05 2:36:46am

Roberta Pethers
---- Davison Rd.
Lapeer, MI 48446

Dear Proctor Productions:

This letter serves as notice to your organization of my first and only attempt to amicalbly resolve some very serious issues that myself, and my daughter, Danelle Gay, have rencently experienced with your organization. SHould reasonable solutions and swift compliance not be satisfied, I have full intentions of retaining legal counsel and pursuing legal action against your company to the furthest extent of the law. Furthermore, a copy of this letter has been sent to the proper personnel of the Miss Universe Organization.
I am aware that Mr. David L. Prem has been appointed as your attorney over the legal affairs that your company may encounter through the productions of Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA. I am also very much aware of the ludicrous position you have taken to ban Lorri Reese in all aspects of the Miss Michigan USA productions. Aside from my own disgust and several others, at the ridiculous actions you have taken against her, your decision has directly affected myself and my daughter, Danelle Gay. We have been forced into the vortex of an unnecessary situation, spawned by your company. Likewise your acts has caused Mrs. Reese to retain the firm of Barrett and McNagny LLP for her legal representation.
Moreover, I have had the opportunity to review the legal correspondence passed on to Mrs. Reese's attorney and it has come to my attention that your attorney, David L. Prem stated on your behalf that in "no way shall Mrs. Reese sponsor any contestant competing in the Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA pageants." In addition, your attorney has stated on record, that in the event Mrs. Reese has sponsored any contestant, a refund shall be in order. In light of this, I am demanding a full refund in it's entirety. Attached you will find an itemized list of the expenses that were incurred from Danelle's participation.
Along with the entry fee, I feel I am entitled to all of the expenses that were incurred as a result of Danelle's entry and participation in the MIss Michigan USA 2004 pageant. My entitlement is supported by several facts including, but not limited to, those mentioned below. Many additional factors come in to play from the entire weekend in Port Huron. Too numerous to mention all of them.

. The entry fee and paperwork deadline for the Miss
Michigan USA 2004 pageant were to be submitted by
August 15, 2003. At that time, John and Lorri Reese
were listed as sponsors on Danelle's required ad page
for the Miss Michigan USA program.
. The initial letter sent by your attorney, Mr. Prem,
dated August 19, 2003. At which point you were
already aware of Danelle's sponsors.
. The second letter of intent sent by Mr. Prem was
dated September 22, 2003. At which, you still had
not contacted myself or Danelle, in light of her
sponsorship.
. In between these two dates mentioned above, your
attorney spoke with Mrs. Reese's attorney a few times.
So contact was made regularly. Yet, you did not in
any way enlighten us as to our rights.
. Despite knowing your intentions, you failed to notify
myself or Danelle while she continued to prepare and
compete in the Miss Michigan USA pageant without
informing us or any other contestants as to which
sponsors were acceptable and which were not.
. Danelle purchased her evening gown, two weeks prior
to the state finals production. If she would have
been notified of your intent, this expense would not
have been incurred, nor would she have competed in
this year's program without having your cooperation
of the Reese's support.
. Misspellings were prominent on her ad page and in the
spelling of her own name on more than one occasion.
We did not pay for this.

On a side note, I am appaulled at your behavior and actions towards highly respected people like John and Lorri Reese. They have been faithful, extremely well respected icons of pageantry in the state of Michigan for many years. They have supported many state titleholders and delegates, with no strings attached. Your actions in my opinion are malicious and motivated out of jealousy because of the general publics' and delegates' affinity to them. Shame on you.
I expect a timely response and proposed solution from your organization. Should I not hear from you, the next contact will be from my attorney. This is my one and oly attempt to reslove this amicably. I feel confident in the legal outcome.

Sincerely,

Roberta Pethers

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Subject: Beauty Pageants Answers to Consumer Questions:


Author:
BBB
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Date Posted: 09/30/05 11:26:50am

Answers to Consumer Questions:
"Who operates pageants and how do they work?"
"Will the proceeds of the pageant go to a charity?"
"How did the promoter get our daughter's name?"
"What is the sponsorship fee?"
"What other costs can we expect?"
"The prizes sound great! What's the catch?"
"Have Better Business Bureaus Received Complaints?"
Other Questions to Consider Before Entering A Pageant
Consumers ask Better Business Bureaus many questions about pageants. This report addresses these concerns and suggests points to consider before entering a pageant. Information on a specific organization and its directors may be obtained from your local BBB.

"Who operates pageants and how do they work?"

Pageants are usually operated by for-profit organizations that solicit girls and young women (some solicit boys, men and babies) by mail or print advertising, or by broadcast media, to compete for recognition and prizes from promoter. The personality, appearance, talent, civic achievement, judges' interview, and writing ability within an age group. Some promoters may also encourage contestants to sell ads for cash prizes, awards or titles at the pageant for the one who sells the most. A national pageant may run a local pageant or grant a franchise for a local pageant to be accommodations for a pageant, the company may advertise through local media for contestants-at-large. Winners of local pageants affiliated with national pageants and contestants-at-large may be entered into the next level - state or national.

"Will the proceeds of the pageant go to a charity?"

Some pageant claim a charity will receive proceeds from the pageant tickets sales. If you are solicited in this manner, be sure to ask what portion of the fee will go to the charity. According to the Internal Revenue Service, you can deduct only the share directly benefitting the charity. If a pageant is conducted on behalf of a charity, check with your local Better Business Bureau for additional information on the charity involved. Your state's charity registration office (usually located in the state capital) should be able to tell you if the charity needs to be in compliance with state laws. Check with the charity to determine if it has given the pageant permission to use its name in fundraising.

"How did the promoter get our daughter's name?"

Many pageants ask contestants on the entry form for names of friends or relatives who would be interested in competing in the pageant. Some companies may even offer a prize for the referrals.

The company might purchase mailing lists or solicit schools and civic groups for lists of names. As a result, your daughter may receive a letter stating that she is being considered as a possible contestant for a pageant with later notification of this selection. At this point, she may already be considered a "finalist" without having undergone any competition with other contestants.

"What is the sponsorship fee?"

This fee, which can vary, is paid to the pageant promoter in full or in part by business sponsors, friends and family depending on the promoter. It generally covers the cost of the pageant, hotel, rental fees, awards, printing, administrative costs, salary for company personnel and company profits. For each subsequent pageant level, a winning contestant may be asked to provide another sponsorship fee.

"What other costs can we expect?"

Consider costs of clothing, costumes, make-up for the entrant as well as travel, food and lodging for both the entrant and a chaperone, if necessary. Find out if talent competition costs extra. Photograph packages may be offered at an additional fee.

"The prizes sound great! What's the catch?"

Prizes vary depending on the pageant. At a local or county level, the only "prize" received may be recognition and a chance to represent that specific area. As the level of pageant increases, other prizes may be offered by the promoter. Typical prize items may include watches, cameras, radios, or bicycles. At higher pageant levels, cash or scholarship awards may be given. In one national grand pageant, the grand prize featured a screen test at a major film studio. Another national grand prize included an expense paid trip to Hawaii. Be sure to read carefully what the prizes are. Are tuition scholarships limited to a particular institution designated by the promoter? Are cash prizes split among the top winners? Are prizes promised orally listed in the promotional literature and/or contract? Are the "tangible" prizes presented at the time of the pageant or after the winner's "reign"? Determine what, if any, obligations a contestant undertakes in winning the pageant. Do winners need to sign a release allowing the use of their name and picture in advertising? What personal appearances, if any, are mandatory for the winning contestant? Read any contract carefully in advance of entering a pageant to understand the rights and responsibilities of the winner.

"Have Better Business Bureaus Received Complaints?"

Better Business Bureaus have cited several complaint areas with respect to beauty pageants. One Bureau reported that a promoter advertised an upcoming pageant, required advance fees, and then skipped town. At least one state has a bonding requirement for new promoters within the state to protect contestants who submit entrance fees in advance. In another pageant, a contestant claimed problems receiving a refund of her $200 entry fee after an initial conversation with the promoter had led her to believe a refund was possible. In other instances, parents claimed that activities promised never materialized, such as a coronation ball with live music. Other complainants alleged that the contestants were asked to have suitable clothing for their interviews with the judges. Additional clothing was purchased, but the interviews never occurred. One parent complained that the promised hotel accommodations were unavailable and contestants ended up being bussed between their nightly lodgings and the pageant. The same parent claimed a lack of chaperones for the event, further stating that midnight bedchecks of the contestants never took place. In another pageant, local businesses were left holding the bag when payments by a pageant promoter for services rendered were returned by the bank marked "insufficient funds".

Questions to Consider Before Entering A Pageant:
How long has the company been operating pageants? Who are the directors?

What is the total cost of pageant participation for both the entrant and the chaperone?

Can the location (place of business) of the pageant company be verified? Where and when will the actual pageant be held? What accommodations are provided for contestants? Will there be adequate supervision?

Who are the judges and what are their qualifications? Do they have any affiliation with the company?

Are refunds possible if a contestant decides to withdraw from the pageant?

How are the winners chosen? What criteria are used for selection?

What are the obligations of the winning contestant?

What do former contestants and winners have to say about the pageant?

Finally, what benefit will be derived from participating or winning?

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Subject: Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician Is Miss Tennessee USA Entrant


Author:
Wendy King
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 1:34:45pm

September 27, 2005
Photo by Wendy King

Cochea Rivera, a pharmacy technician at the Brainerd Wal-Mart, is one of 66 women competing for the Miss Tennessee USA title Oct. 6-8 in Clarksville. Click to enlarge.
Cochea Rivera is an aspiring pharmacist, but before she fills her first prescription, she has her eye on attaining the 2006 Miss Tennessee USA title.

The junior pre-pharmacy major at UT-Chattanooga will depart for Clarksville next week where she will be among the 66 women vying for the state crown in a three-day event starting on Oct. 6 and concluding with the finals on the 8th.

The winner will represent the state at the 2006 Miss USA Pageant to be held early next year. Ms. Rivera was designated as Miss Hamilton County USA after her application was accepted by pageant officials.

The daughter of professional model Veronica Osborne, the pageant experience will be a first for the 2003 Silverdale Baptist Academy graduate.

“It is something that I have always wanted to do, so I decided to go for it.” she said during a recent work break.

Miss Rivera will compete in swimsuit and evening gown and will face the judges in a private interview.

She has been working with a trainer at a local Powerhouse Gym in preparation for the swimsuit competition which she readily admits is the most intimidating part of the contest for her. (“Definitely the most nervous about that”)

Miss Rivera is hoping to be accepted into the pharmacy program at the University of Georgia after completing her undergraduate work. She was hired as a pharmacy technician at the Brainerd Wal-Mart three months ago.

Ironically, the current Miss USA, Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina, is the daughter of a Wal-Mart truck driver. Miss Rivera’s father, Marvin, is a chemical engineer at Olin in Cleveland. She has two brothers and two sisters and her boyfriend, Edgar Patton, also attends UTC where he is studying to become a computer engineer.

When Miss Rivera isn’t busy attending classes or tending to her pharmacy technician duties, she is active in the Black Student Legislative Association and is a counselor for the University Bound program.

Miss Rivera is attempting to become the third area woman in four years to win the Tennessee crown. In 2003 and 2004 respectively not only did Cleveland’s former Miss America entrants Stephanie Culberson and Beth Hood win the state USA titles, but both went on to fourth runner-up placements at the national level.

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Subject: PEOPLE OF NOTE: Stacy-Ann Gooden ... On The Road To Her Destiny


Author:
By Deardra Shuler
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 11:36:51am



It must be her youthful drive and exuberance that keeps FOX 5s Good Day New York morning traffic anchor, Stacy-Ann Gooden, cruising through her day. With a schedule that could stop traffic, somehow Gooden manages to put mettle to the pedal and stay in gear – even though she has to get up at 1:00 a.m. in the morning to do it.

"I have started to do packaging, so recently my normal day has been extended and I now get home around 11:30 a.m. I try to find the strength within myself and take naps during the day," claims the inexhaustible Ms. Gooden. "I do have weekends off, but my husband and I predominantly stay home, although we may go out to dinner or catch a movie. I love television but rarely have the time to watch it so I TiVo everything these days."

Born in Jamaica, Gooden’s family moved to Flatbush, Brooklyn in the 1980s when she was six years old. "I presently live in Nassau County but I still have a lot of family remaining in Jamaica, WI. Moving to the States was a huge cultural shock and as a result I was very shy and introverted growing up. By high school, I deemed I wanted to be a lawyer. Even though I was an English major in college, my focus was law but by my senior year, I wasn’t so certain I wanted to be a lawyer. So, I decided to take an internship at a local news station on Long Island." Stacy-Ann found her calling at the news station and quickly broke out of her shell. She served as a traffic reporter for Metro Traffic & Weather on Long Island and worked with the News 12 Networks in Woodbury, New York.

It wasn’t just broadcasting that helped Gooden develop confidence and poise but rather her earlier exposure to the world of beauty pageantry. Modeling helped pay her college tuition. She graced the pages of YM and The Source before winning the crown and title of Ms. New York American United States in 2002. She also won second place as a semi-finalist in the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant (2002) as well as became the second runner-up for Miss New York USA (2004). "When I won the pageants I was able to do a lot of charity work. I worked with September 11th charity fundraisers and worked with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We toured and appeared on radio and TV," explained the charming reporter. "The pageants helped me learn poise and definitely helped me with my shyness. Especially since, during the interview process for Miss Jamaica Universe, we had to walk in front of a panel of eight judges in our swim suits. I even learned some taping tricks in order to ‘uplift’ myself,’" chuckled Stacy-Ann in a good natured tongue-n-cheek fashion. "The first time, I did the Miss New York USA pageant I was trembling and tense. But the second time, I did well. I was able to get up in front of hundreds of people in my swimsuit and still conduct myself in an assured, self aware and poised manner. Although everyone has insecurities, you can learn how to get through them" remarked the beautiful news anchor.

"I really lucked out in broadcasting because I began in the New York market. Most reporters strive to come to New York. I did send my tapes and resumes everywhere including to Jamaica, however after I interviewed at FOX 5, I was hired as a traffic reporter. Initially, I thought I wanted to get into news/entertainment reporting and my mentor suggested I go into a smaller market and work my way back to New York. However, I followed my intuition and opted to go with traffic and stay in New York. It’s a good thing, because here I am now at Channel 5, WNYW-FOX5 and I love it. Everyone here is great. I love working with Jodi Applegate, Chris Gailus, Penny Crone and Mike Woods. I started in July 2004 and was pretty fresh. I didn’t know what to expect, but my co-workers, though seasoned people, have been very welcoming. We wear different hats, sometimes serious and sometimes we just hang out and have fun."

Traffic reporting entails learning the roads and major highways in and around the Tri State area. It entails learning how to read maps, taking the occasional aerial trip to get a good grasp and knowledge of the roadways. It also requires the ability to ad lib and think on one’s feet. "There is no sure fire way to explain how one reports traffic," explained the lively traffic reporter. "It’s something that you learn as you go along. When I was a news reporter in New Jersey working for Time Warner Cable, there was a set way in which I had to write news copy which primarily had to be direct and to the point. When you do traffic reporting, there are no teleprompters to read. So you have to ad lib and explain the traffic situation in a way that is very conversational and personable. I don’t just report traffic. I try to pull viewers in and tell them what else is going on that may affect how they get around the city. For example, if an event is happening somewhere in the city on a particular day that could impact traffic, I let travelers know what to expect. This also applies to those that take mass transit. It’s my job to report traffic conditions and give alternative modes of transport to make it easier for commuters to go about their day."

Married, without children, Gooden loves to workout and when time allows, she tutors youth in English and Spanish. However, one of Ms. Gooden’s proudest accomplishments was graduating St John’s University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in Spanish, traveling abroad and studying in Spain for a few summers. "I loved Spain and its culture. I tried to go there and set aside my American values and totally embrace the Spanish culture. I was amazed how well the Spanish people know the American culture. They really love Americans. In terms of school though, I am just one test away from getting my master’s degree but I have to work, so it’s kind of slow going," declared Stacy-Ann.

"I always say to myself…this too shall pass!" Whenever something negative happens in life, I feel it’s meant to be," says Stacy-Ann of her philosophy in life. "I know those negative things in life will pass and something good will come. I have an idea where I want to go in life and I know that all I have to do is wait for it to happen because I believe that when one door closes another door opens."

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Subject: Pageant winner prepares for state competition


Author:
By NATASHA ALTAMIRANO
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 10:33:20am



Date published: 9/23/2005




Caressa Cameron's workout routine is as tough as any jock's, but she's still excited about her new pink evening gown.

"I hit the gym as hard as any football player," the reigning Miss Fredericksburg Fair said, adding that she tries to maintain a healthy diet but still indulges once in a while. "I don't limit myself from anything anyone else has--I keep it balanced so come two weeks before the pageant, I don't have to be in the gym for 24 hours."

Caressa Cameron, the reigning 2005 Miss Fredericksburg Fair, is looking forward to an appearance at the State Fair of Virginia and the 2006 Miss Virginia USA pageant.

Cameron, 18, is preparing for the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Scholarship Pageant in January, when she'll travel to Williamsburg to compete against other fair-pageant winners.

She plans to attend the State Fair of Virginia, which began last night and runs until Oct. 2, to hand out autographed postcards and answer questions about her hometown fair.

Cameron's new gown was at the tailor's Monday afternoon, but the rest of her wardrobe was ready, including a hot pink halter top and matching skirt for the "personality wear" category at January's competition.

"That's hot," said Mary Cooper, pageant coordinator for the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair, as Cameron held up the outfit.

Cooper and her daughter, Kim, continue to work with Cameron to prepare her for future pageants.

"She's really prepared and ready to go down to state, and I truly feel she's going to do very well," Mary Cooper said.

Cameron is only the second black woman to win the Miss Fredericksburg Fair pageant, according to fair officials.

"I grew up in Fredericksburg and I remember going to watch the pageant," Cameron said. "I didn't see a lot of African-American or Latino women competing I never thought it was a big racial issue or anything."

Cameron said the Fredericksburg Fair title isn't unique in being one few black women have held. But race isn't a major issue when she's competing, she said.

"That's not the type of stuff I look at when I go to pageants," she said with a shrug. "Someone always has to start. Vanessa Williams was the first African-American Miss America."

The freshman at Germanna Community College will compete in the Miss Charlottesville USA pageant Sunday, which paves the way for her to compete in the Miss Virginia USA and Miss USA pageants.

In February, she will begin entering preliminary competitions for the 2006 Miss Virginia America pageant, which could one day lead to the Miss America stage.

"Her goal is to be Miss America one day," Cameron's mother, LaVern, said. "These are training grounds for her. Ultimately that's what this is about."

Cameron has been competing in pageants since she was 7, beginning with a local pageant called "Someday I'll Be Miss America."

LaVern Cameron said she sometimes worries about her daughter's ability to balance school, pageants and other activities.

"That's always a concern--education and extracurriculars," she said. "It begins to take a toll on you because there is a lot of traveling, but she has a lot of passion for this thing."

Cameron, who graduated from Massaponax High School in June, said she plans to discuss HIV and AIDS in her 90-second speech at the Virginia Association of Fairs pageant.

For the next three months, Cameron will prepare for the pageant. Speech rehearsals, wardrobe preparation and photograph proofs are on the to-do list.

"Most of the training I do is vocabulary and interview training--communication classes for public speaking, being able to talk to large groups of people and being able to relate to my community," she said.

Cameron said she puts a lot of work into each pageant, but that's the easy part.

"The hardest part about pageants is not at the pageant --it's dealing with the everyday and the stereotypes people place on us based on what they see on TV," she said. "Being at pageants is relieving because you're dealing with people who have the same interests as you."



To reach NATASHA ALTAMIRANO:540/374-5000, ext. 5779

Date published: 9/23/2005

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Subject: Danville Woman Named Miss Vt. USA


Author:
JACOB L. GRANT, Staff Writer
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 10:31:28am



Miss Vermont USA 2006 Amanda Gilman stands with her father Dale and mother Darlene after the Miss Vermont USA pageant at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington Sunday night.

A world of opportunity has suddenly opened wide for 19-year-old Amanda Gilman.

She won the title of Miss Vermont USA 2006 during the weekend-long competition at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington.

When the names were announced, Gilman said, "I actually didn't think that I'd won, I thought the girl next to me had won," she said, laughing. "I gave her a big hug and said, 'Congratulations, you're going to make a great Miss Vermont!' And she was like, 'Uh, thanks, but I'm going to have to try again next year.'"

When she realized it was she who had won the title, Gilman admitted to doing a lot of the stereotypical crying.

"I really wasn't expecting to win," she said.

Gilman, a born and raised Vermonter from Danville, is a Lyndon State College sophomore double majoring in broadcasting and business administration.

She said she first competed in the Miss Vermont Teen USA competition in 2002 for the 2003 title. She made it into the top 10 and competed the following year to attain second runner-up.

Having outgrown the teen competition, her first attempt at Miss Vermont USA in 2004 landed her second runner-up.

She said the Miss Vermont USA pageant, and the impending Miss USA competition, are great launching points for her career in television broadcasting.

"I don't think people realize the opportunities that are afforded to young women in the competition," she said.

Miss USA delegates have been much more successful transferring into careers than those involved with other organizations like Miss USA's sister competition, Miss America, according to Gilman.

Even the organization's Web site claims its purpose is, "To open doors and provide career and educational opportunities, not only to the winner, but to all the young women who participate."

The main difference between the Miss America and Miss USA contests is that Miss USA bases the decision on interview, evening gown and swimsuit competitions, each counting as one-third of the score. Miss America, however, has four categories - talent, interview, swimsuit and evening gown.

And unlike Miss America that allows each participant to have a separate platform, such as business or politics, Miss USA has a national platform with the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

"Miss USA is incredibly competitive," Gilman said.

With Vermont being a much smaller state that is not typically successful in pageants, Gilman said it's a pretty lofty goal for a Vermonter to think she can go all the way.

But Gilman's certainly going to give it her best.

Starting in January she said she's going to be devoting 90 percent of her time to preparations for the national Miss USA competition in April. Her schedule will include rigorous time at the gym and a lot of interview training.

"[The interview] is really what makes or breaks your score," she said.

The Miss Vermont USA competition ended Sunday night after three days of interviews, rehearsals, strutting and judging.

Gilman won the title out of 23 contestants and took home a prize package worth over $60,000.

She considers herself very fortunate to have done so well, but is not lax to attribute her success where it's due.

From the many individuals and businesses that sponsored her along the way, to the people who helped her directly with her wardrobe, gym training and preparation, including Miss Vermont USA 2004, Michelle Fongemie, and Steve Parker of Body Basics in Danville, Gilman said she is extremely grateful.

However, she said her personality wouldn't even be suited for the competitive world of beauty pageants if not for her parents, Dale and Darlene Gilman.

With the Gilmans being foster parents, Gilman said her childhood was very family oriented. Throughout her life there were foster children, from many different ages and backgrounds, coming and going through their home.

"I think it really helped shape me as a more giving person because of that lifestyle," she said.

As competitive as the competition was, Gilman said there were a lot of very generous people, especially within the circle of competitors.

"I remember sitting there getting my fake eyelashes glued on while the second runner up was doing my hair," she said.

During the competition some of the women loaned her jewelry, others loaned their time and offered tips on walking, stage presence and posing.

"It was great, I had so much fun," she said.

To aspiring young women interested in competing, Gilman encourages them to be persistent.

"Just because only one person walks away with the crown," she said, "the experience itself is invaluable."

Throughout the years, she said competing has helped make her a much better person, slowly drawing her out of her shell and helping her become a much more accomplished speaker.

Nevertheless, she admits there are still some very difficult aspects.

"I was not looking forward to the swimsuit competition," she said laughing. "Believe it or not, I'm a very shy person."

Now that it's over, Gilman's looking forward to a busy few months as she does interviews, appearances and community events.

Anyone interested in having her make an appearance at an event, or any young woman looking to get involved in pageantry, is welcome to contact her at missvtusa2006@aol.com.

"I'm happy to help anyone that would like to experience everything that I've been so fortunate to," she said.

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Subject: A life of smiles and struts - crowns optional


Author:
MELANIE ASMAR
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 10:27:31am


The contestants in the Miss Winnipesaukee Pageant pose for a picture before the competition at Gunstock Ski Lodge on July 9. Krystal Barry (second from right), 20, of Belmont stands a full head above the other would-be pageant queens.

VFor Belmont's Krystal Barry, the local pageant scene isn't just about the lure of money and fame - it's also fun.

The smell of blue-ribbon farm animals hung in the air as Krystal Barry waited her turn to dance. The 20-year-old from Belmont sat at a folding table, surrounded by jittery beauty queens in capri pants who were munching on celery sticks and Milano cookies. To her right, a loudspeaker announced the results of a tractor pull. In front of her, a short, taut blonde bounced in time to the World War II ditty "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

When the pageant director called contestant No. 3, Barry placed a pink baseball hat crookedly on top of her teased hair. She walked to the corner of the concrete stage at the Stratham Fair and, facing backward, wrapped her arms around her back so that just her hands were showing.

It was the end of July, but the beginning of the nine-month pageant season. For Barry, who's been competing for nearly three years, it was just another weekend. Another occasion to pack her rolling suitcase full of designer jeans and delicate evening gowns, cart around her makeup mirror, Vaseline her lips. Another day of changing in
makeshift dressing rooms, practicing dance moves in hallways and smiling so much her mouth quivers. And another shot at thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

Usher's "Yeah," a hip-hop song about picking up a girl at a club, blurted from the speakers. Barry hopped, spun and strutted to the middle of the stage. She struck a pose every time Usher said "yeah." When he sang "come get me," she wagged her fingers. She stomped and threw her elbows out. She looked a little sassy.

So I got up and followed her to the floor
She said baby let's go

When I told her I said

Yay-yeah, yay-yeah

Barry's choice of song was just one thing that set her apart from the other contestants at Miss Stratham Fair. During the talent portion, she wore baggy white cargo pants, not an hourglass-shaped evening gown or a sparkly leotard. At 6 feet tall, she stuck out above the pack. And unlike the other girls, who fussed to corral their hair up or down, Barry only had to worry about tucking her short brown locks behind her ears.

In other ways, she wasn't so different from the 11 other would-be-queens. Like many, she's taken dance lessons for as long as she can remember. She's recently begun training her voice, and she's studying theater, with a dance emphasis, at the University of New Hampshire. She's vying for a chance to be Miss New Hampshire.

But she hasn't been crowned yet.

"Miss America is looking for the girl next door," she said. "But I'm kind of not really."

Designer habit

Barry said she was a "sportsy" tomboy as a kid. She ran track, competing in road races nearly every weekend, and was a chicken-hatching, dog-showing, pony-riding member of the local 4-H club. During the summers, she lives with her mother on a 12-acre farm that now grows corn and tomatoes but was once home to cows. She has a goat.

But Barry also took dance lessons from the age of 3, learning to tap and twirl before kindergarten. Her dream is to perform on Broadway. She loves to shop and strolled the farm on a recent afternoon wearing a black miniskirt.

So when she received a flier in the mail for the Miss Teen All-American pageant her junior year of high school, Barry's grandmother prodded her into signing up. It was a national pageant held in Florida, and, Barry said, she was reluctant to go. The temptation of a week in the sun won her over, however, and she made the trip, gown-less and with no idea that what she was getting into would become a habit.

When she got down South, she bought a knockoff of a Julia Roberts dress. Someone else had the same one: pageant faux pas. But the experience didn't discourage her, nor did it curb her appetite for evening gowns. Three weeks ago, her grandmother, who helped raise her, bought a 32-foot trailer to house Barry's collection. It's already packed.

"We've been racking up the dresses," she said, running her hand over a rack that looked like prom season at Filene's.

Barry's mother, Tina, is the main culprit. She's a single mom who works two jobs to support her daughter - and prowls eBay for floor sample gowns and overflow from former queens' closets in her spare time. She buys bathing suits for $1.99 and has ornate dresses sent from Hong Kong, which she then emblazons with rhinestones. The Barrys have driven as far as Rhode Island to pick up a designer dress, but they also find some of the best deals at TJ Maxx.

"It's different, it's fun," Tina Barry said. "It keeps me broke."

Her dedication to her only child's latest passion is nothing new. When Barry was in 4-H, her mother helped her incubate and hatch geese, which now run the property in a gaggle 32 birds strong. When her daughter injured her calf and gave up running for pole vaulting, Tina Barry bought a maroon pit and an extra-long pole because the school's were too short. She drove her to private lessons in Massachusetts.

Now, she videotapes all of her daughter's pageants from the audience. Afterward, Barry said, they often stop at a restaurant to eat and watch the footage on the camera's tiny pop-out screen. Her mom is constantly giving her pointers: Make more eye contact with the judges. Fix the hair around your ears. Don't swing your arms so much.

"I'm her little Barbie doll that she likes to dress up,"Barry said.

Lucrative gamble

To make it to Miss America, a girl has to place first in the state pageant. To be in the running for the state crown, she has to "capture"- pageant lingo for win - a local contest. New Hampshire has 15, from Miss Lakes Region to Miss Berlin-Gorham Area. Some are restricted to residents of those areas, some are open to anyone in the state. Each is held once a year between June and February. The Miss New Hampshire pageant is in April. Last year, $71,000 was awarded at that competition alone.

"It's not a beauty pageant," said Jan Ferrrigno, who volunteers with Miss Rockingham County. "It's a scholarship pageant."

But Tina Gebhard, the director of Miss Winnipesaukee, said she understands why the contests have that reputation.

"These girls are gorgeous," she said.

To enter, contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and live, work or attend school in New Hampshire. Other than that, there's a 21-page application and that's it. There's no entry fee or heavy duty shopping required: Most local directors have a stock of dresses and swimsuits to loan out, though most girls bring their own.

Each girl must pick a talent, usually singing or dancing, and a "platform," an issue she feels passionately about. They range from skin cancer awareness to music education. Barry's is SOS: Support Our Soldiers. The winning girl spends the next year volunteering for her cause.

The local pageants have seen a few adjustments this year. There are six categories in which the girls are judged: talent, interview, evening wear, casual wear, lifestyle and fitness (meaning swimsuit) and on-stage question. Previously, the 12-minute judges' interview, completed before the pageant, carried the most weight. Now, talent is worth the most. Swimsuit, which Miss New Hampshire director Bob Oxford said shows whether the girls are healthy, is still 10 percent of the overall score.

The way the Miss America pageants are judged differs markedly from how Miss USA tallies the scores. That competition is run by business tycoon Donald Trump and has half as many categories: Interview, swimsuit and evening wear. It costs money to enter, and the girls only get one local shot at the national competition. Barry describes it as the "glitzy side" of pageantry. Last year, she was first runner up in New Hampshire.

"It's mainly on how you look," she said.

But one day, Barry said, she'd like to win one of the local pageants - mostly for the prize money. This year, Miss Winnipesaukee, which rakes in cash by running bingo and poker games, gave $10,000 to the winner. The runners-up also got hefty checks, and each contestant received $500 for entering.

While not all the pageants are as lucrative, Barry said even $50 can help buy a textbook at school. She said she needs the money because, unlike the stereotypical spoiled beauty queen, she works at the same grocery store as her mother to help earn tuition money.

"My father left me," she said. "So I'm trying to pay for it myself."

Confident veteran

Intermittent mooing from the adjacent cows broke the flow of the Miss Stratham Fair evening gown competition. The girls sauntered onto the stage one by one to Journey's 1980s ballad "Faithfully," clad in form-fitting dresses punctuated by sparkles. Most of them wore pink.

In the middle of the parade, the fair loudspeaker chimed in to plug one of its sponsors: "Are you tired of your old sports equipment?"

It's easy to tell the new contestants from the pros who've been "in the system" for years. The veterans speak clearly and know the rules: Don't wear a skimpy string bikini, don't say "uh" and "um" when you answer questions, and shaking it in front of the judges won't always work. The first-timers seem more nervous; they don't walk as confidently, their clothes aren't as refined and they spit out whatever comes to mind.

When one girl was asked who she considered the most influential person today, her eyes lit up. "Shania Twain!" she said. "She's awesome!"

On stage, it's easy to tell Barry knows what she's doing. She looks poised, eager but not overeager, a bit sexy.

But she's changed her approach over the years and even sought out professional help. She's had several pageant coaches, and her mom solicits tips from past queens over the Internet. For Miss Stratham Fair, Barry switched her talent from tap dancing to hip hop. She's whittled down her platform from the broad topic of community service to focus on the military.

And she's not planning on leaving the pageant circuit anytime soon. Barry said she'll probably be at it until she's too old to compete, or until it stops being fun.

Being in pageants has boosted her confidence, she said. For example, in singing class this fall, Barry had to belt out "On the Good Ship Lollipop"three times, once like Shirley Temple, once like herself and once like a breathy Marilyn Monroe. Three years ago, Barry would never have had the guts.

"They (pageants) really helped me come out of my shy shell," she said. "Crown or no crown, I'll keep going."

(Melanie Asmar can be reached at 224-5301, ext. 321, or by e-mail at masmar@cmonitor.com.)

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Subject: Confessions of a Wonder Woman


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By Genevieve Fox, Evening Standard
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Date Posted: 09/29/05 10:15:46am


Lynda Carter is starring as Mama Morton in Chicago.

When Lynda Carter hit the stage as jailer Mama Morton in Chicago last night she gave it everything she's got. Sassy sisters are her lifeblood, after all. She made her name in her mid-twenties as Wonder Woman, the 1970s superheroine who left Paradise Island, where she lived in male-free Sapphic bliss, to save America.

The big-haired, chubby-cheeked Amazonian spun into action in a gold spangly stars-and-stripes corset and hot pants, with bullet-repellent bracelets on each arm and a gold lasso coiled above her seriously toned right thigh. Those red knee-high boots! That cleavage!

By the late 1980s Wonder Woman had done another costume change - as Supermom and hostess-mostess housewife. Married to super-whizz attorney Robert Altman, she was one half of a shimmering Washington couple.

Then, one day, the golden girl and former Miss USA saw power's underbelly when her husband was indicted for fraud in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal of 1992.

Her husband "kicked butt" and was acquitted. Carter, so strong during the trial, took solace in liquor - a bad move, since her mother's side of the family was riddled with alcoholics. One of her uncles died from the disease.

At 54, she looks terrific. Has she, er, had help? "I would not do the knife. It terrifies me. I've just seen people with all the money in the world look horrible." To paraphrase a Dolly Parton song, Carter looks a hell of a lot better than she has a right to, given the toll alcohol addiction takes on one's looks. The addiction, she said, "sneaked up on me" until, in the end, "it was a terror, like standing on a cliff and looking into the abyss.

"I had been so in control of everything in my life. My willpower, my tenacity had all worked for me. It didn't work for this. I always ended up, sooner or later, out of control.

"I drank to dull the pain. But if it worried me, I'd stop." And then, of course, she couldn't stop. "I was out of control, but my children never saw me intoxicated.

"I was really afraid of what people would think of me. There is so much shame and denial involved. I thought, how could anyone love anyone like me? I hated myself.

"I talk about my problem now, but I didn't at the time. I didn't want to be a poster child for reformed alcoholics. That's not all I am. It is a part of my life, and if I can help someone else to identify with the problem, great.

"I never really drank when I was younger. But then, one day, I kind of noticed I would drink differently to other people. It was over 10 years. It also affected me differently. Sometimes it didn't affect me at all, so I drank more than other people.

"Gradually, though, the times in between drinking got shorter. Still I didn't really get it. You hide it because of your job.

"After my husband's father died my husband said to me, 'Please get help.' I promised him if I couldn't do it on my own, then I would. That's when I went to Father Martin Ashley's clinic in Maryland, for four weeks.

"It was like a miracle. Everyone in the place - all the staff, all the patients - were in recovery. No one was saying you have a terrible disease. I learnt it wasn't me or my character, it was my body."

Today, Carter hasn't drunk for 10 years; the self-loathing is history. She clearly revels in who she is - and how she looks. As soon as the hairdresser
finishes blow-drying her freshly dyed chestnut hair she dashes into the laundry room, reappearing in a crushed black silk Robert Cavalli blouse with gold-lined cuffs dangling with gold charms.

"I wouldn't have surgery, but that's not to say I don't try to look as well as I can," she says with a toothy grin that's as shiny as it was in her Wonder Woman days. "I keep my weight down and struggle with the same 10lb and cellulite that everybody does."

Carter hasn't actually sung for 18 years. She's not fazed though. "It's like riding a bicycle," she says, "it will come back." Being on stage again, "that thrills me," she says, shutting her eyes, "to smell the greasepaint and all that. I really can't wait, oh God, no!"

Singing, she says, is what first got her noticed, on TV, aged five, then she sang through high school. Did her mother have stars in her eyes? "I think so. Sure she lived out her dream in some way. But she wasn't a stage mother."

At 21, she left for Hollywood, where she studied acting and did some recordings. Then, just when she had $25 left in her bank account, she got the Wonder Woman role. "It was a heady time, a wonderful experience," she says.

In 1979 she did a "Renée Zellweger", meeting "a fella manager type of person" called Ron Samuels (her manager, in other words) and marrying him in LA four months later.

She came to London for the first time a year later. "I played the London Palladium." She grins. "I did some recording. My album sold about three copies."

Two years later she had divorced her manager, by which time she had been the face of Maybelline cosmetics for 13 years. That is how she met "the cocky, extremely successful and handsome Washington lawyer" who would become her second husband.

Maybelline threw a dinner party for her. The sharp attorney was seated next to her. Was he charming?

"Killer charming," she says, throwing her head right back into the hairdresser's ribcage. "I knew right away he was everything I wanted in a mate. I thought he would be a great father, which he is, and a great husband. He's a lover of music and theatre. A well-rounded sort of guy. Athletic! Smart! Good-looking!"

Now he's hung up his pinstripes, having left the law six years ago. "He's bought a company that makes games for Xbox and PlayStation. Computer stuff. Loves it. He doesn't have to wear a suit."

Her easy smile drops when I ask about the trial. "It was horrible. But it was 12 years ago - '93. To tell you the truth, if you want to know about it you can look it up. But he" - she never once mentions her husband by name - "was brilliant.

"It was a witchhunt and he prevailed. You know how Washington is." I say I don't. "Car-ni-vor-ous," she says, fixing me with her pale blue eyes. "Like a beast. But he's moved on. What's the line? 'Living well is the best revenge?'"

Besides, everything is all right now. "He's deliriously successful. We have a ball. My kids are fantastic. I am starring in a West End musical and have two new movies." Disney's Sky High and The Dukes of Hazzard are both big-budget films.

It's a comeback after time out. Her son is now 17, her daughter 15. How has motherhood been? "I feel privileged with these particular human beings," she replies, by way, I think, of saying "great".

Her children, she says, "are full of piss and vinegar." I baulk. The phrase hardly smacks of maternal pride. "They're not goody-two-shoes kids," she explains. "But they are absolutely fascinating, astounding, smart, funny, talented."

So, Wonder Woman has had no low points as a mother. "Well, it is challenging," she concedes. "But I resent it when people say derogatory things about their kids, like, 'I had to put him in deep freeze until he was 17.' Get a grip. Wake up and smell the roses. It's a rollercoaster. Enjoy the ride! If you don't enjoy the ride, you shouldn't have gotten on in the first place." She would doubtless say the same of showbusiness.

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Subject: I am not Lori Reese. I do not know Lori Reese. I do not want to know Lori Reese.


Author:
Far more involved than you could ever know. You would be very suprised to know who I am.
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Date Posted: 09/27/05 1:53:41pm

I am not a disgruntled mom. I am not a former director. I know very few people in your state. I do have information that could cause great harm to your states directorship. I never intended to hurt anyone. I have information that proves this pageant was very pre-determined. I would be considered an accessory to the crime if I did not divulge what I knew. I did not come forward with this information to gain any points or vengence on any one person. I just knew what has gone on and I chose to share it with the entire viewing audience. I chose this board because I feel that some of the other boards are extremely biased and very slanted to a specific group. I am not saying that is wrong or bad, just that I have found this message board opposes the one sided opinions that are very obvious on others. I am not in any position to carry this matter further. I have copies of the original letters and I will relinquish them to any parties that acquire a class action suit and need them for legal purposes. That is a promise I will keep.
If a class action suit does follow, I can be contacted through the moderator of this board.

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Subject: Tonight the winner will be.....


Author:
Madam Bulgari
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Date Posted: 09/23/05 3:13:19am

Well lets see, my crystal ball shows that Lauren Krow will win. You ask why? Cause daddy Warbucks bought into the system. He got himself a drag, oops I mean dress shop for the pageant world and has done MEGA sucking up to all the right people. That is how this pageant crap works. DAH. You buy your spot. Simple math. Not a prediction but a fact. Mark the time of this post and then the time that Lauren wins. Not sour grapes. Just a rigged and crooked race.

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Subject: Call me crazy? How does crow taste?? I have more. Stay tuned.


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Shall I continue Mr. Dausey or are you choking on the feathers?
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Date Posted: 09/23/05 12:14:35am


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Subject: Letter #2 from Roberta Pethers to USA Organization, dated October 18th, 2003


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Date Posted: 09/22/05 12:06:55pm

You know, you seem awfully quiet Dave D. What do you have to say for yourself now? Shall I post the next letter Dave?
The letter that went from R. Pethers to USA org. dated Oct. 18, 2003? Seems the cat has one big strong-hold on your tongue now. Still need to defend your lord and master Melissa? Or are you a big part of this too? Seems pretty quiet suddenly. I think I will post the next series of letters so that everyone can see what you people are really made of.

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Subject: Is that a "yes" Mr. Dausey? Should I post the letters? Should I let the entire viewing audience see what really took place?


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Date Posted: 09/22/05 7:58:32am

I am not in this to make any money or recruit vulnerable girls to your system, therefore I do not need to put my identity down for you. Actually, I like it better this way, watching you squirm and getting all your responses. Your so guilty you can't keep your mouth shut. Like I said before, greed has made you people react foolishly. You are merely Melissa's scapegoat for now. Accessory to the crime. You took over so that she could take a long needed rest. Abusing her position has taken its toll.

So whats your answer Dave? Shall I post all those letters from Pethers to Mr. Prem? Should I let everyone know what really took place?

Just say the word.

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Subject: Michigan directorship has themselves to blame for all the negative publicity.


Author:
Dr. Dr.
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Date Posted: 09/22/05 7:55:44am

Keep in mind that the very people who are complaining about the negative remarks regarding Michigan winners, are the very people who started these message boards to intimidate the girls they do not like. They have done it for years now. They start up new message boards just before the pageants and then the nasty remarks begin.

I think the reason that people are continuing to diss this girl is because the bad rep that Michigan has. The winners are pre-determined. No question about it. Sam and Melissa wanted Crystal to win and that is why they went as far as to stage the question part of the pageant. They gave each of the five remaining, their own question to answer,, giving Crystal time to practice her answer.
Could not allow her to mess up the way she did the year before. We are not dealing with the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to Crystal. Melissa is known to manipulate the pageants in such a way, so that she gets who she wants.
Melissa has a group of "recruiters" that chooses and fine tunes certain girls that they want to succeed. These are the girls that end up being the last few standing on stage in the end. Shannon, Sam and Cyndee are a few of the recruiters that cater to Melissa's obsession to win at nationals, and of course when the girls that they hand pick wins, then they ALL win, by creating more business for themselves. Remember that all of the girls want to be trained, dressed, and photographed by the very same people responsible for the girls who have previously won. In other words, it is a vicious circle of theivery. If there are 100 delegates, 99 are losers, yet for Melissa's group, they are ALL winners. They will even tell you themselves that it is a "BUSINESS".
I am glad for this message board. It allows for ALL comments, not just the ones the moderator wants you to read. It also allows young ladies to post their own negative experiences with the pageant.
I just think that after all of these years of shoving crap down the readers throats, it is time for them to open their mouths wide and prepare for the choke.

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Subject: Creepy behavior from a grown man


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Shauna M.
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Date Posted: 09/21/05 1:44:56pm

I get the creeps when I hear and see middle-aged men so extremely involved in girls/womens pageantry. This Dave seems almost obsessive to the point he is even visiting and writing on pageant related message boards.That is very strange.Just seems that the normal married man would be golfing fishing or watching football and not so interested in girly stuff.He seems like the kind of guy that secretly plays with Barbie dolls when no one is looking changing their gowns and shoes over and over again.Creepy.Creepy.Creepy.

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Subject: Beauty Pageants: The Cost of Fame


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BBB
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Date Posted: 09/21/05 9:47:12am


Many advertisements seeking beauty pageant participants read, “Win Big Prizes! Scholarships! Cash! Become the Next Supermodel!” These ads are appealing to parents of young children, teens and others who are convinced they have what it takes to become the next big star. Every year there are thousands of beauty pageants held throughout the country. While there are legitimate ones, there are also those pageants whose only purpose is to fatten the pockets of promoters.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives hundreds of thousands of inquiries each year from consumers asking about beauty pageant promotions. Before entering into a pageant, parents and others who want to get involved should consider the following questions:

How long has the company been operating pageants? Who are the directors? Usually pageants are operated by for-profit organizations that solicit participants by mail or print advertising, or by broadcast media, to compete for recognition and prizes from the promoter.

What is the total cost of pageant participation for both the entrant and the chaperone? Oftentimes, family or business sponsors are asked to pay a sponsorship fee, which can vary in size, to the pageant promoter to cover hotel rental fees, awards, administrative costs and salary for company personnel and to generate company profits. Also, keep in mind that there are other costs for entrants, such as clothing, make-up, food and lodging.

Can the location (place of business) of the pageant company be verified? Where and when will the actual pageant be held? What accommodations are provided for contestants? Will there be adequate supervision?

Who are the judges and what are their qualifications? Do they have any affiliation with the company?

Are refunds possible if a contestant decides to withdraw from the pageant?

How are the winners chosen? What criteria are used for selection?

What are the obligations of the winning contestant?

What do former contestants and winners have to say about the pageant? Ask the company for references.

Finally, what benefit will be derived from participating or winning?
If you are contacted by a pageant company, contact your BBB first, for a reliability report on the company.

Be sure to read any contract carefully and thoroughly in advance of entering a pageant to understand the rights and responsibilities of the winner or other contestants.

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Subject: Tykwinski is named Miss Valley City Teen USA


Author:
News Media Side Kick
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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:51:24pm


Megan Tykwinski of Valley City, and the daughter of Joe and Betty Tykwinski, has been named Miss Valley City Teen USA.

She will compete as a delegate in the statewide 2006 crownings of MISS ND USA and MISS ND TEEN USA on Nov. 26, 2005, at 8 p.m., at the North Dakota State University Festival Concert Hall in Fargo.

Contestants in the Teen Division must be between the ages of 15-19 and the Miss Division between the ages of 20-26. Judging for the title is based intelligence, beauty, physicaL fitness, personal style and charisma in the categories of swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

Each state's title holders will go on to compete in the nationally televised MISS LISA and MISS TEEN USA¨ pageants held by the Miss Universe Organization.

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Subject: Diller Miss Ohio


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Delphos Herald
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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:39:17pm

Jena Diller of Columbus Grove was recently crowned National American Miss Ohio in the Pre-Teen Division.

The daughter of Jon and Lisa Diller received her official state crown, banner and trophy with a $1,000 cash award. She will participate in the national pageant in Anaheim, Calif., in November.

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Subject: TRIMSPA Reshapes Mrs America


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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:36:09pm

For the third year running, TRIMSPA has been named the official dietary supplement of the Mrs. America competition. Among state title holders, this year’s product’s usage topped 80% – more than 15% growth over last – and is a staple for the accomplished women in the competition. Andrea Preuss, Mrs. America 2006, “TRIMSPA gives me the energy to do all I have to do in the day, confidence that I am working to be the best I can be, and it helps with my physical appearance so that I am fit not just physically, but mentally.”

Whippany, NJ (PRWEB) September 16, 2005 -- For the third year running, TRIMSPA has been named the official dietary supplement of the Mrs. America competition. Among state title holders, this year’s product’s usage topped 80% – more than 15% growth over last – and is a staple for the accomplished women in the competition.

Andrea Preuss, Mrs. America 2006, “TRIMSPA gives me the energy to do all I have to do in the day, confidence that I am working to be the best I can be, and it helps with my physical appearance so that I am fit not just physically, but mentally.”

Andrea Preuss, crowned Mrs. America 2006 in this year’s competition at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, is a native Californian, dedicated mother of 2, and business professional. She succeeds Julie Love Templeton, Mrs. America 2005, also TRIMSPA user.

First runner up, Mrs. New York Stephanie Tsarsi, was awarded the TRIMSPA Challenge Winner. Losing over 60 lbs. using X32, Tsarsi walked away with a $2000 cash prize and a $5000 modeling contract. Second runner up was awarded to Mrs. Washington, Jennifer Tapang.

While the competition focuses on women’s extraordinary qualities of leadership, humanity, intelligence, and beauty, there is another common thread among them, noted president of the Mrs. America Organization, David Marmel; their use of TRIMSPA X32 in preparation for the pageant. “That percentage (80%),” added Marmel, “speaks eloquently of the quality and purpose of TRIMSPA’s high quality.”

An encore presentation of Mrs. America will telecast nationally on the WE (Women’s Entertainment) Network on Saturday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and again at 9:00 p.m. eastern time; and on Sunday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.

For photos, log onto www.trimspapr.com.

About TRIMSPA, Inc.
TRIMSPA Inc., headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, is the maker of TRIMSPA® X32™, a leader in weight-loss supplements. TRIMSPA® X32 is the “Official Weight Loss Product” of the Hawaiian Tropic®, Mrs. America® and Mrs. World® Pageants. TRIMSPA Inc. is a supporter of various high-profile celebrity events, such as the American Music Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and more. TRIMSPA, Inc. is an associate sponsor in the NASCAR® Busch Series racing circuit through Braun Racing. The company has worked with numerous charitable organizations including the Millennium Women's Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation®, American Cancer Society®, and Make-A-Wish Foundation®. For more information about TRIMSPA Inc. and its other products visit www.trimspa.com or call 1-800-TRIMSPA.

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Subject: Teen queen lesbian revelation sparks formation of 'Operation Take Over'


Author:
ANGELO ARMBRISTER
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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:34:23pm



The recent controversy surrounding the former Miss Teen Bahamas' revelation that she was a lesbian has infuriated youth leaders throughout Grand Bahama, prompting them to launch a full-scale attack against anti-social behaviour among our nation's teens.

Leading the charge is St. John's Jubilee Cathedral's Youth Pastor Winslow Johnson, who said it is their responsibility as Christians to take a stand and bring back the moral and spiritual standards of our land.

At a press conference earlier this week, Pastor Johnson, along with two other youth leaders — Pastor Valentine Johnson and Pastor Duree Thomas — spoke out against the former teen queen's open confession, noting that she was sending the wrong message to today's youth.

As a result, "Operation Take Over" was introduced to combat the negative influences plaguing young people.

Operation Take Over consists of a prayer rally and march that will allow churches and young people throughout Grand Bahama to get together under the theme of "Take a Stand."

The prayer rally is slated for 7:30 tonight at St. Johns' Jubilee Cathedral and on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. the youth march will commence from the Winn Dixie parking lot downtown.

Pastor Johnson explained that gay, lesbian and bisexuals in the community need to know that they in no way shape or form represent the majority of Bahamian young people and certainly not the teens.

"We are in total disagreement with her boldness to claim that she represents the Christian youth, young adults or leaders of Grand Bahama," Pastor Johnson said.

Noting that a role model should be more than just smart and able to win a pageant, he added, "It is someone who stands strong on the principles of God and adheres to Christian standards."

Pastor Valentine said that they are not attacking the young lady, but rather her words, adding that she made a declaration that she represented all of our teens.

"The Bible says the power is in the tongue and we will have what we speak... We cannot allow or afford what she has spoken to open a door way in the lives of our young people to stir up spirits of perversion that were not designed for them," he said.

He said she is only flesh and blood but our battle is not with flesh and blood.

"We fight the words that she has declared and spoken into the atmosphere, over this region and into the lives of our young people," he said. "With 'Operation Take Over' and the power of God, we will make every word she spoke null and void."

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Subject: Pageant winner and witness in shooting death dies in Nome


Author:
The Associated Press
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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:31:58pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman whose boyfriend was shot to death outside a popular Anchorage nightspot last month has been found dead in Nome.

Angela Button, 21, was a key witness in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Kylan Brown, outside Chilkoot Charlie's, authorities said.

She was found dead on Saturday of an apparent alcohol or drug overdose at a close friend's home, authorities said Thursday.

Button's mother, Jeanie Hayes, said her daughter kept having flashbacks to the scene outside the popular Anchorage bar.

"My poor baby, she suffered so much," Hayes said, sobbing during a telephone interview from Unalakleet with the Anchorage Daily News. "It was too traumatic."

Hayes read Button's diary entry from the day before her body was found.

"This month has been one long nightmare. My whole insides hurt," Button wrote. "I like to sleep only during the day because it hurts too much to live. I think about all the things I should have done differently."

Nome police declined interviews and said no foul play is suspected in Button's death. Dr. Franc Fallico, the state's chief medical examiner, said no autopsy would be performed.

Button was the mother of a 3-year-old girl and a former beauty pageant contestant, high school basketball player and student youth leader.

She had been dating Brown, 30, for several months before the shooting. On Aug. 10, the couple got into a tense dance contest with another couple at Chilkoot Charlie's, according to court documents.

Button told authorities she had heard Steve Lapitre, the man from the other couple, insult them and told Brown. The argument escalated into a fight outside the bar.

Lapitre, 25, pulled out a gun and shot Brown, according to police and charging documents. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Lapitre was out on bail for weapons charges at the time of the killing.

Button received crank calls from people blaming her for her boyfriend's death in the weeks after the slaying, said her friend Lynette Sears.

Button moved to Nome to live with her mother. Hayes said a counselor had diagnosed her daughter with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I didn't really understand the trauma she was going through," Hayes said.

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Subject: Atlantic City marks first year without Miss America


Author:
Newsday.com
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Date Posted: 09/17/05 1:28:26pm



September 17, 2005, 2:58 PM EDT


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The swimsuit competition is gone. The parade of shoes is no more. Where are the earnest young women in high heels?

If Atlantic City somehow seems quiet this weekend, that's because usually at this time every year the city plays host to the Miss America competition. After 84 years of hosting the contest to find America's sweetheart, in August the nonprofit that organizes the event announced it was pulling out of Atlantic City.

The announcement came after years of falling revenues and dwindling television viewership for the pageant.

The pageant lost its network TV contract last fall and is slated to air on Country Music Television in January, but officials don't know yet where the event will be held.

Traditionally, preliminary competitions took place earlier in the week, then on Friday the contestants would roll down the boardwalk in convertibles and _ in a Miss America tradition _ show off their fancily decorated shoes. Then on Saturday night came the final pageant competition.

In Atlantic City, many said they would miss the pageant and all the events that went with it.

"I seldom watched the pageant," Norma Durso of Toms River told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill for Saturday's newspapers. "But I used to come down to Atlantic City for the parade. I loved the festivity of it."

For many, the loss of the pageant was like losing a piece of America.

"I think it's a shame they gave up a tradition so many looked forward to," said Chris Kreybig of Manahawkin. "It's an American tradition."

The loss of the pageant has also had an effect on some area businesses that used to cater to pageant contestants.

"This is a big blow," said Dave Bowen, the manager of Tony's Baltimore Grill. "Parade night was one of the strongest nights of the year for us."

The pageant's pullout has had some unintended consequences for a less-traditional Atlantic City tradition as well. Usually the day after the pageant, a group of drag queens held a pageant parody and AIDS fund-raiser.

But so far this year, plans to hold the faux pageant minus the real thing have fallen through.

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Subject:


Author:
BTC
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Date Posted: 09/15/05 5:52:30am

Brandi Sherwood
As the winner of the 1989 Miss Teen USA Pageant, Brandi also has the distinction of being the only woman to win both the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA titles. Prior to being named Miss USA in 1997, Bandi devided her time between her hometown of Idaho Falls and Los Angeles where she worked as a model and actress. Her acting credits included featured roles in "The Young and the Restless" and "The Single Guy" as well as a number of commercial spots. Sherwood, who was the first runner-up at the 1997 Miss USA Pageant in February, was the second woman in three years to assume the Miss USA title after the pageant. In 2001, Sherwood was featured as Bob Barker's Beauty of the Week through May 11, 2001, on the CBS game show "The Price Is Right." She is now married to actor Dean Cochran and lives in Los Angeles.

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Ali Landry, Miss USA 1996
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Date Posted: 09/15/05 5:48:28am

For the eleventh edition of our "Picture of the Week", Behind The Crown would like to take a look at a young and energetic woman who does not only have the honour of being crowned the coveted and prestigious title of Miss USA, but also had a chance to compete in all Miss Universe Organization Pageant Families. (The Miss USA, Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA Pageants). In 1990 she represented her state of Louisiana at Miss Teen USA pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi. Then in 1996 she went back to earn in her state title, competed in South padre Island, Texas, and finally won the Miss USA crown. In the same year, she represented the United States in the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. We are talking about a doubled crown beauty, Miss USA 1996 Louisiana's Ali Landry.

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Subject: AMERICAN DREAMGIRL OPEN NATIONALS, OCT 8-9, 2005, LEXINGTON, KY


Author:
Terena
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Date Posted: 09/11/05 1:27:18pm

American Dreamgirl Open Nationals
Oct 8-9, 2005
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort
Lexington, KY

WEBSITE: www.geocities.com/americandreamgirlpageant
email: americandreamgirlpageant@yahoo.com
National Director: Terena Wallingford cell: 606-422-6096

Supreme Optionals include:
Beauty, Casualwear, Swimwear, Photo, Natural Beauty
Miscellaneous Optionals:
Photo Portfolio, Talent, Costume
Free Side Awards and overalls in all age divisions:
Hair, Smile, Eyes Personality/Poise

Pageant open to Girls Age 0-25
Talent open to Boys & Girls

NO PREQUALIFY NECESSARY
Many ways to earn free or $$ off fees!!

Age divisions
0-6 month, 7-11 mo, 12-18 mo, 19-23 mo, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs,
5-6 yrs, 7-8 yrs, 9-10 yrs, 11-12 yrs, 13-14 yrs, 15-16 yrs 17-19 yrs, 20-25 yrs
Natural System

Awesome Cinderella Theme!!

HURRICAINE RELIEF PROJECT
"FROM THE BAYOU TO THE BLUEGRASS"
Along with proceeds, we will also have a donation box for any personal care items for the Red Cross to take for the Hurricaine Katrina victims.

AFTER PAGEANT FUN BASH
GREAT MUSIC, GAMES, PRIZES, FOOD, PUMPKIN PAGEANT, TREASURE HUNT, CRAZY HEADS AND TOES CONTEST AND MORE!!

UNBELIEVABLE PRIZES AND AWARDS INCLUDE: Huge crowns, Robes, Savings bonds, Trophies, TV/VCR Combo, DVD player, movie packages, Cordless Phones, Pre-paid cellphones with minutes, CD players, Dora Dollhouse, Barbie, Cabbage patch, Disney, Chuck E. Cheese, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Bath-n-Body, Jewelry, Make-up, and too much more to list!!

COME JOIN US FOR A GREAT WEEKEND
IN THE HEART OF THE BLUEGRASS!!

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Subject: WEIGHT


Author:
Tessa
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Date Posted: 09/ 9/05 6:12:14am

I am curious as to how many girls actually gain weight after miss usa. I notice Melissa (FL) looked like she put on a few when she gave up her title not to long ago and MI has put on more than just a few. Any word on our other miss contestants.

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Subject: beautiful gown! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5423686116


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gorgeous!
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Date Posted: 09/ 7/05 1:45:19pm


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Subject: I'm so gonna win Miss Michigan Teen USA 2006


Author:
Stephanie Hurkmans
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Date Posted: 09/ 5/05 2:52:45pm

Just to let you all know, I've been reading up on your thoughts of Michigan's Pageant, and I'm just lettin' ya'll know I think your probably all right about it being cooked and all. But that is why I'm soo gonna suck up to everyone at the pageant because I'm gonna win, because for 1 I so know that I'm prettier than all the girls that are gonna be there and like, thats all that matters with this one right? Ya'll said that its cooked and all so I'm totally gonna win cause, besides being prettier than everyone... I'm just better overall, so like, thats why I am gonna be Miss Michigan Teen USA 2006. See you when I win!

~*Stephie*~
*^Hurkmans^*

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Subject: Anyone heard anything on Miss Michigan USA?


Author:
MI fan
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Date Posted: 09/ 5/05 2:45:56pm

Just wondered if anyone heard how many will be competing. Just been waiting to see the contestants that will be competing. 13 more days until the new Miss Michigan USA will be crowned.

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Subject: New Pageant Forum!


Author:
Queen
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Date Posted: 08/24/05 12:29:57pm

There is a new board for pageant discussion of all types at http://www.thepageantforum.com. There are boards for every state, competition phases, and so on. Also some great links on the home page. Check it out!!

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Subject: Fitness Bootcamp for YOU!


Author:
fitnesswithmaria.com
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Date Posted: 08/20/05 4:42:45pm

Are you as FIT as you want to be?


Whether you are preparing for an upcoming competition or just want to be healthier, let Maria help you!

As the winner of 9 fitness awards, and multiple international, national and state pageant titles, Maria knows what it takes to get you fit!

Maria prides herself on her education, obtaining a degree in exercise science, graduating in the top FIVE of her class and earning the prestigious Health and Fitness Instructor Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org/)! Plus, Maria was once 12 sizes larger! She knows what it takes to get fit! Let her almost 20 years of fitness experience help you!

Now, for the first time, Maria is offering a ONE DAY fitness boot camp that will guarantee you will change your body in just 6 short weeks!


The boot camp will include:

A specific weight training program to get you to your goal!
A customized cardiovascular training zone for optimum calorie burning!
A general overview of nutrition, including dis-spelling the myths of diets!
One on one correcting of form, along with learning breathing techniques and speed of exercises.
An aerobic class lead by Maria!
AND tips and techniques, including modeling in a room lined with full length mirrors, that will help you on stage!


This is an ALL DAY workshop.......the price is only $125 and includes lunch! This is a fraction of the price you would spend on a personal trainer! PLUS, since there are NO legal regulations requiring trainers to be educated OR certified, you could run the risk of not finding a qualified trainer! Why trust your body to just anyone?!


When: Sunday, November 6th, 2005, 8 am-5 pm
Where: Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club
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Midlothian, Virginia 23112
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Hurry space is limited due to the intense training of this workshop and the one on one time spent perfecting YOUR fitness and nutrition program! Workshop will be limited to the first 12 registered participants. Additional boot camps MAY be offered due to demand.

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For more information, email Maria or visit www.fitnesswithmaria.com

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Subject: Lets get the story straight...


Author:
Saw what you did
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Date Posted: 08/16/05 4:20:23am

The unfortunate truth about Michigan is simple. It was primlim directors Dave Dowsey's turn. He has been patiently waiting (since becoming a prelim director)to have any of his girls do well at state competition. Sweetheart deal is made between state director and prelim director and that is how and why Crystal won at state. If you need proof, look at the tapes. Not only did Crystal win the title, her inexperienced, greenhorn, sister placed 2nd runner up in teen, and another one of Daves girls won the teen title. If anyone with half a brain views the tape, it is clear the sister had no right to 2nd place, once again unfairly filling spots of girls who truly deserved them. I was there and would bet my right arm that Sam T'ang is directly involved. I have been directly involved with that system and I do know what I have seen and heard with my own eyes and ears. It saddens me to see so many deserving girls get treated like crap or over looked because of hers and Sams greed. I read another post saying Melissa has said its busisness, and they were right. We also had a nickname for the husband, which I can't say on the post but it is not complementary. He has issues of his own.

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Subject: Bridget Hall: The Wild Child


Author:
Addicted to Fashion
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Date Posted: 08/14/05 2:29:08pm


One of the world`s top ten best-paid supermodels Bridget Hall started modeling at the tender age of nine, signing up with Kim Dawson agency in Dallas. At 15 she dropped out of high-school to pursue modeling full-time. Bridget's all-night partying and clubhopping, and the stories of her romantic escapes with Leonardo DiCaprio earned her the nickname “wild-child.” She`s impatient and believes in living for the moment, because you never know when it might end.

She signed her first big contract with Ford models in 1992, which helped her launch her career, but was soon kicked out for her excessively wild behavior. That didn`t hinder her success, as she was bound to become one of the most successful models in the industry, due to her striking natural beauty which combines sexuality and innocence.

She has graced the covers of Allure US, Elle Italia three times in 1996, Elle US, Esquire Marie Claire and Glamour. In 1997, she did covers for Allure, Flare Canada, Glamour and Zest UK. 1998 was her busiest year appearing on covers for Arena UK, Cosmopolitain US, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire Duetsch, The Face UK, Frank UK, Vogue Espana, and Vogue UK. In 1999, she was seen on Marie Claire Italia and US magazines. On the whole she has appeared on over 200 top fashion magazines.

Her recent advertising work includes ads for Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Versace Couture, Valentino, Pepsi and Maybelline. She also did widely recognized work for Guess, Bill Blass, Patek Phillipe watches, Polo Sport and Christian Dior.

Athletic by nature she is an expert snowboarder and spends a lot of time in Vermont and Telluride. She also enjoys reading, drawing and playing volleyball, and, coming from Dallas, she is a big Cowboys fan. Aged 26, Bridget plans to continue her modeling career and to try her hand at acting. And, judging by experience of other supermodels, she might as well be a success.

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Subject: What's everyones thoughts on the Miss Ohio USA pageant? I was extremely disappointed with the top five standings


Author:
oh proud
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Date Posted: 08/14/05 9:53:11am


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Subject: All the men could not wait for the swimsuit segment of the Miss Teen USA?


Author:
Make me sick.
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Date Posted: 08/13/05 3:26:23pm

The Teen USA host admitted that all the men were waiting for the swimsuit part of the pageant. Alot of these girls are 15 years old for gods sake! Yet adults are being arrested for downloading kiddie porn on their computers but Teen USA is nationaly aired for all of the sick-o's to freely watch and jack off while these children are walking around half naked on stage. Welcome to America. Land of the free for those who can afford it!

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Subject: Miss Galaxy 2006 comes to Milwaukee Radio Program


Author:
Tim Kretschmann, Stimmung Stunde
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Date Posted: 08/13/05 3:10:27pm

Jackie Hart, Miss Galaxy 2005Jackie Hart, Miss Galaxy 2006, comes to the Stimmung Stunde, August 20th!!!!

The newly crowned Miss Galaxy 2006, Jackie Hart, has agreed to an interview on the Stimmung Stunde. This lovely young midwesterner won the Miss Galaxy
title in June and already the offers are pouring in around the country--she's been offered a role in a rock video and being considered for a major role in an upcoming horror film. I'm just glad she's going to try to fit us in between fashion shoots and her charitable events.


Jackie is living in Chicago, but she grew up and went to school in Florida for Real Estate. Currently, the incredibly busy Miss Galaxy is pursuing a successful career as a real estate market analyst for a Chicago-based developer specializing in housing for active adults.


Did I mention she was also chosen as a feature model for a Miss Florida USA Jantzen Swimwear commercial? I guess not. Well, remind me next time.


Jackie just had a photo shoot and she was nice enough to share some of the photos with us!


How can you see them?


There is only one place to them right now--the Webshots gallery
we launched in her honor. It includes great photos from her photo shoots and great shots of her as she won her crown. Best of all, they are all photos of Jackie--from Jackie. Sure to be an attraction to the webpage all summer long!


For more information, you can check our website at http://www.stimmungstunde.com.


We can't wait to have you out on our guest deck at the WJYI studios! It's sure to be a highlight of an exciting year at the Stimmung Stunde.

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Subject: Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley, was interviewed on the Stimmung Stunde, August 13, 2005!


Author:
Tim Kretschmann, Stimmung Stunde
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Date Posted: 08/13/05 10:39:02am

Chelsea Cooley, of Charlotte, North Carolina as she reacts to winning the title of Miss USA 2005 at the conclusion of the live NBC Telecast from The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland April 11, 2005. ho/Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.
Chelsea Cooley, Miss USA 2005, was on the Stimmung Stunde July 2, 2005. Chelsea won Miss USA back in April and just recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand after competing at Miss Universe. Not only is Chelsea a lovely young woman, but she is a supporter of many charities including Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics and the fire prevention program "Flames to Blame." She has also been a competitive shag dancer for 13 years!

All this and a future that is sure to continue to rocket skyward. She was an absolute delight to speak to and we're sure you'll enjoy this interview as much listening to it as we had recording it.

Now you can hear the entire interview by clicking on the clips on our home page or visiting our media page. This includes a clip not heard on the air as a Web Exclusive! You won't want to miss a syllable!



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Subject: Cursed


Author:
Tarot Terry
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Date Posted: 08/10/05 4:27:59pm

It's in the cards. Michigan / Ohio are cursed. Repayment for all of the sneaky & dirty deeds the director & crew have done. It will not be lifted, until the wrong has been made right.

Read them for yourself

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Subject: Happy Birthday Minki ! ! ! !


Author:
Christine de Kock
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Date Posted: 08/ 6/05 6:56:20am




Cape Town model Minki van der Westhuizen, who turned 21 on Saturday, has signed a lucrative lingerie contract with major British label Eveden Limited.

The announcement was made at her 21st birthday party, held at Rhodes House on Friday night.

Eveden did not disclose the value of the contract but it is said to be worth "a substantial amount", topping Van der Westhuizen's Guess Jeans contract, which she signed in 2001.

It was a night of high spirits and some emotion for Van der Westhuizen who was unmissable in a red dress designed by Hip Hop, and followed around by a river of photographers and a bodyguard for most of the evening.

Décor specialists turned Rhodes House into a fairyland, stringing a kilometre of lights in the main dance hall, which was crammed with more than a thousand people.

Former pop idol Heinz Winckler sang a number of songs including a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

Celebrity guests included super-model Brett Shuttleworth, former Miss Universe and presenter Michelle McLean and P4 Radio presenter Natalie Becker.

Also there were Big Brother winner Ferdinand Rabie, ex-Springbok rugby player James Small and Christina Storm, cricketer Jacques Kallis and fiancée Cindy Nel and cricketer Andrew Hall's wife Leanie Hall who came from Johannesburg for the celebrations.

Van der Westhuizen's former boyfriend, SA cricket captain Graeme Smith, was nowhere to be seen.

Eveden's art and creative director for the Freya lingerie range Pippa Neal said Van der Westhuizen was chosen from hundreds of models and signed because of her "great personality", and her "small back and big bust size", which was a growing trend in body shape in Britain.

The young model will remain in South Africa, travelling overseas only when necessary.

Van der Westhuizen celebrated her actual birthday at home with family and friends in Durbanville on Saturday night.

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Subject: First black woman wins pageant


Author:
The Sun News
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Date Posted: 08/ 5/05 5:03:02am


Posted on Sat, Jun. 04, 2005




Joycelyn McElveen, 19, of West Columbia, is crowned the 2006 Miss Sun Fun USA.

Joycelyn McElveen wants to be an actress and model.


McElveen makes history as 2006 Miss Sun Fun USA


Joyce McElveen winced when she saw the No. 13 attached to her daughter's hip, but something inside her still knew victory was certain.

"I said, 'Oh no!'" McElveen said while wiping away tears. "Why did they give the unlucky No. 13 to my baby?" Then I said, 'That's OK. She will win, anyway.'"

Her mother's intuition didn't fail her.

On Friday, Joycelyn McElveen, a 19-year-old from West Columbia, became the 2006 Miss Sun Fun USA and made history Friday during the 54th annual Sun Fun Festival.

McElveen, who wants to be an actress and model, is the first black woman to be crowned winner for the pageant, which is presented by Hawaiian Tropic.

"I feel like Halle Berry," said McElveen while crying. "People can do what they dream."

In 2002, Berry became the first black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Oscar for best actress. It was a moment in which Berry cried a bit before gaining her composure to speak. McElveen, who also was voted Miss Congeniality by her competitors, wept, too.

Her mama, however, cried more. Joyce McElveen, 49, raised her daughter as a single parent. And there were rough times, but she said she always encouraged her daughter to believe in herself and hold firm to her faith in God.

"I always said, 'Joycelyn, don't ever be fake. Be yourself. Never be ashamed of who you are,'" she said. "And she did that. What you see is who she is, and she is a warm and energetic person."

Vera Morris-Bennett, Miss North Carolina USA 1998, told her parents and Joyce McElveen that Joycelyn got everyone around her hyped-up with excitement and confidence through sheer effervescence.

"She was telling the girls, 'You can do it! You can do it!,'" said Morris-Bennett while pumping her fists into the air as McElveen did. "And I was like, 'Yeah, you can do it!'"

Other pageant winners, including Ashley Cannon who won Miss Bikini Wahine 2005 and Nina Tuttle, Miss Sun Fun 2005, were among the women who lined up to hug McElveen.

Other girls who won rave reviews from audience members included Kirsti Grinna of Myrtle Beach, who designed her own dress out of canary yellow bathing suit fabric for the teen competition. Kristin Oates of Myrtle Beach, wore a white evening gown with a thigh-high slit during the Miss Sun Fun competition.

This year marked the first Miss Sun Fun USA and Miss Sun Fun Teen USA contests, both preliminaries to the Miss South Carolina USA and Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageants.

Marlana Carter, a student at Fort Mill High School, won 2006 Miss Sun Fun Teen USA.


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Winners of Miss Sun Fun USA pageant

Miss Sun Fun USA | Jocelyn McElveen, West Columbia

First place | Reid McLeod, West Columbia

Second place | Brittany Gantt, Cayce

Third place | Kristin Oates, Myrtle Beach

Fourth place | Jessica Horton, Abbeville

Miss Photogenic | Kristin Oates, Myrtle Beach

Miss Congeniality | Joycelyn McElveen, West Columbia

Miss Sun Fun Teen USA | Marlana Carter, Tega Cay

First place | Kellie Horton, Abbeville

Second place | Ashlyn Clark, Myrtle Beach

Third place | Kirsti Grinna, Myrtle Beach

Fourth place | Taylor Stathes, Conway

Miss Photogenic | Marlana Carta, Tega Cay

Miss Congeniality | McKenzie Byrd, Myrtle Beach

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Subject: THE STARS SPARKLE BRIGHTLY IN THE ILLINOIS GALAXY!


Author:
Glenn Fox
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Date Posted: 08/ 3/05 7:07:58am

~ Our State entry Fees are the lowest in Illinois!
~ Each division winner -- Mrs., Miss, and Teen -- receives a generous prize package.
~ Each division winner receives all expenses paid -- transportation, hotel, meals -- to the international pageant.
~ Each division winner receives an “all expense paid” trip to the following year’s state pageant to crown their successors!
~ We actively promote our local and state titleholders!
~ We assist in scheduling personal appearances!
~ We are “hands-on” directors!
~ We can easily be reached by phone or e-mail and, if we’re not immediately available, we’ll always respond to your messages within 24-48 hours.
~ We use all resources available to help our winners prepare for the national competition!
~ Our web site is updated in a timely manner.

THE “LADIES” of ILLINOIS GALAXY
We refer to our titleholders as “Ladies” because we respect the many contributions they make, not only to the pageant, but also to their families, friends, schools, workplaces, and communities as well. They are truly “Ladies” in every since of the word and we treat them as such!

SEPTEMBER CROWNING
Crowning early in the pageant season allows our “Ladies” to have approximately nine months to make personal appearances and prepare for the international competition.

ONE of the FASTEST GROWING PAGEANT SYSTEMS in the U.S.
Illinois is fortunate to have state programs for nearly all the major pageant systems. Galaxy International, however, is one of the fastest growing programs and its international titles are rapidly becoming some of the most prestigious in the world. The Illinois Galaxy experience is the most attainable in the the state at this time.

PLEASE BE SURE TO VISIT OUR NEWLY REVISED, UPDATED WEB SITE!
http://www.theillinoisgalaxypageant.com

Glenn Fox
Executive State Director
Teen, Miss, and Mrs. Illinois Galaxy Pageants

Phone: 708-524-2459
Cell Phone: 630-440-0533
E-mail: illinoisgalaxy@yahoo.com

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Subject: Beauty contests under critical spotlight at LU


Author:
By Chen Chekki - The Chronicle-Journal
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Date Posted: 07/31/05 4:56:16pm


March 05, 2005

A conference being set up mostly by women at Lakehead University next week will question the ethics of beauty pageants, which many say treat women as objects.

The all-day gathering on March 11 is being held by graduate students and faculty from the departments of history, women’s studies, sociology and English, pursuant to a controversial event held on campus last November.

Most of the conference’s organizers are said to have opposed the Coors Light Maxim Girl Search, which was looking for candidates for a possible appearance in the magazine.

They, along with the university’s Gender Issues Centre, were upset with the beauty pageant’s objectification of women, said Alice den Otter, a spokeswoman for the upcoming conference.

“Let’s actually question what the implications are,” said den Otter, who also works in LU’s graduate studies department in English.

The “beauty pageant fiasco,” as den Otter called it, was what motivated the conference, entitled Activism Communities Transgression: Representation of Bodies on Campus, otherwise known as the ACT conference.

With a grant of $2,500 from the school’s International Studies Office, and support from the student union and the Gender Issues Centre, the conference will have multiple speakers throughout the day.

A focus group will discuss sexism and racism in the morning, followed by the film Women in Science and a related discussion.

A drama debate about beauty pageants, with voices arguing both sides, will occur as well as a slide show about the history of the bathing suit and sleepwear.

“Basically, any kind of sexualized clothing,” den Otter said.

It will all be topped off in the evening by the Wyrd Sisters, a Winnipeg-based band, at the Outpost, where the Maxim event occurred.

“Our motivation was to use the Outpost for something positive,” den Otter said.

Maxim Magazine, which claims to be “the best thing to happen to men since women,” was not the best thing for Lakehead University last November, said Becky Davis, a graduate student in LU’s English department.

She said pageants’ promotion of certain body types “doesn’t give a fair assessment of the population as a whole.”

And the pageants hurt men, too, she said, as men are led to believe that having hair on their heads and large calves is the only acceptable way to look.

Davis said she wants the public to know that it’s fine not to look like the ideals portrayed in the contests.

Davis believes some magazines are getting better at including people of different shapes and sizes, and so are some clothing designers. But there is still a long way to go, she said.

A Maxim spokesman said last year that some young women gave the Girl Search a strong response, and LU’s student union said it entered into the arrangement because it made financial sense.

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Subject: Miss Teen USA Daily Reports on The Internet


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Date Posted: 07/30/05 12:39:22pm

Miss Teen USA Daily Reports on The Internet


The first and best website to give you daily reports from our nations championship of pageantry, Miss Teen USA is of course www.missfloridateenusa.com who once again is at the top of their game! From pageant registration to the final crowning on NBC this is the best place to get your information on the pageant with a distinctively Florida twist.

This year we feature the latest photos, first hand reports from Miss Florida Teen USA 2005 Victoria Ratliff and daily features on the delegates who all represent the finest of teenagers throughout the land. For all the information you will ever need visit www.MissFloridaTeenUSA.com the leading Teen Pageant site on the internet. Then visit the all new www.PageantDiva.com debuting Monday August 1st with new articles including an exclusive teen competition section featuring the writing of Miss Florida Teen USA 2004 Anastagia Pierre!

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Subject: Michigan Message boards


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Date Posted: 07/18/05 2:22:15pm

Britt Harrison ran the first Michigan Unofficial message board. The reason why the board was closed was because so many posts were written by herself and other directors in Michigan including the states director. Fear got the best of them. They knew that MUO was capable of finding out who was posting and they did not want MUO to think they were the least bit involved. So of course the board closed. Of course not before Britt posted all of the posters IP's. Naturally this was not done until all of the directors posts were deleted. This way it only looked like everyone on the outside was saying negative things about them.
Very sly, so they thought. If you read the sentence just below this highlighted box, it reads: Copies of your message may be stored on public search engines.
Guess they neglected to read it. They presently control other message boards, (American Beauty being one)through alias's so don't be fooled by these people. Greed has overcome their rationization. They have a message board that shows all of the boards they moderate. Most of the State boards are moderated by their little group. Be careful what you say and remember most of the posters are directors alias names. No such meemaw's or smellycat's really exist.

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Subject: Sam T'ang


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Date Posted: 07/16/05 2:48:42pm

I have just browsed the Sam T'ang web site and was impressed with the diversity of his work. I would be interested in knowing how many pageant delegates that never won, cross over and go into playboy or other nude or semi nude magazines. Does Sam recruit the losers into that direction? I have noticed many past delegates that he has worked with in pageants, changing over to the nudie type modeling. Wondering if that is the way a lot of girls end up going. Just curious.

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Subject: "Pageant" Struts Onto Renaissance Stage


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Date Posted: 07/14/05 9:58:39am

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Men Wearing Skirts & Make-up Is No Joke in Huntsville
Six Contestants...Only One crown!
"PAGEANT"
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly
Music by Albert Evans
Conceived by Robert Longbottom
Directed byLee Deal
Musical Direction by Ron Simmons

Starring:
Frankie Cavalier.........................Shane Kennedy
Miss Deep South ......................Casey Hollingsworth
Miss Bible Belt ..........................Doug Maze
Miss West Coast ......................Caleb Brown
Miss Industrial Northeast ........Mark Moorehead
Miss Texas.................................Brett Warnke
Miss Great Plains......................Rodney Pruitt
Assistant....................................Nicole Shelton
Assistant....................................Nicole Shelton
Providing music for Pageant is Joe Manning on Bass, Becky Waters and Ron Simmons on keyboard and George McCluney on drums.

Six men competing as women in a beauty pageant sounds like a lot of fun to me...and it was! This interactive play is as much fun for the audience as it is for the actors.

In fact, I think those men were having entirely too much fun pretending to be women! This is one contest you won't want to miss.
We have our own Mrs. America right here in Huntsville, Miss Teen USA was on TV last week (Miss Teen Alabama got in the Top 15!) and I was involved (behind the scenes, of course!) with some county beauty pageants in Iowa. So this show by Bill Russell (who also wrote "The Texas Chainsaw Musical") seems right up my alley.

Here's how the Renaissance promotes this show: "One of the rowdiest farces to ever take the stage. Pageant pits six wacky beauty queens against each other in Glamouresse Cosmetics' annual extravaganza. Miss Texas, Miss Great Plains, Miss Deep South, Miss Industrial Northeast, Miss West Coast and Miss Bible Belt sing, dance and camp it up in evening gowns and bathing suits. A hilarious talent contest is equaled only by the zany "spokes-model" event which requires them to hawk the sponsor's products, among them facial spackle and nutritious, edible lipstick in 27 colors including roast beef red and poached salmon pink. While les girls swirl around the charming host in the funniest beauty contest ever seen, judges selected from the audience score them to decide who will be crowned Miss Glamouresse. Rave revues appear in city after city when Pageant is in town."

It's hard to believe that Director Lee Deal had to hold four auditions to fill these roles. It's obvious that the "men" adapted readily and easily to playing women. The makeup and costume people have done an outstanding job making these poor homely ladies look like real beauty queens...and not just cross-dressers or men in drag. These statuesque, buxom beauties with shapely legs are obviously enjoying "being a girl." In fact, I thought they strutted around in high heels better than I do. Three actors in the show are making their theatre debut...of course, you won't recognize them or anyone else, for that matter. Every one of the girls are just excellent in their rendition of Miss "Whatever" and make you believe you are really watching women.

Every night, five judges are chosen from the audience and allowed to score the contestants. At the end of the evening, Miss Glamouresse is crowed--without anyone knowing who will win until the end of the show. This show spoofs beauty contests, right down to the silly questions and the stupid answers, the swimsuit competition, and the lame talent show. I was impressed with one contestant's ventriloquist skills (sorry I forgot which contestant!). "She" did three voices (well, four, if you count his own!) and it was quite impressive towards the end. I was also amazed at the rollerskating while playing an accordion--not sure if it was real. I know the skates were, though.

Bob Baker has created another gorgeous set for these lovely ladies to prance around on. He even built a nice looking space ship for one scene. I guess we're just lucky that we live in Space City, USA and the space suit was available "around the corner." I can only imagine the trouble other theatres went through coming up with something.

This show is fun, fun, FUN--and one you really shouldn't miss. If you've been meaning to get over to see something at my favorite theatre, then this will be the show that you really should go see. The Renaissance Theatre is always giving us something different and quirky and this is just another example of their delicious offerings. The "Misses" in "Pageant" will be competing weekends through August 21st.


Production dates:
August 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.
August 15 at 2:30 p.m.
For tickets call (256) 536-3117.

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Subject: Botswana beauty pageant crowns Miss HIV


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Date Posted: 07/ 6/05 10:24:28am


February 27, 2005, 09:45

A Botswana beauty pageant crowned 32-year-old Cynthia Leshomo "Miss HIV" today in a contest aimed at fighting the stigma of the killer disease that has infected more than a third of the population. The 12 contestants - aged 21 to 35 and coached by Miss Botswana 2004 - strutted on a catwalk in front of almost 500 people at an exclusive hotel resort in the capital Gaborone. They said they wanted to show there was life after an HIV diagnosis.

"This beauty pageant is a beauty pageant but it is beauty with a purpose," said Leshomo as friends and wellwishers thronged the stage following her win in the early hours of the morning. "We should pull everybody out of that fear of stigmatism." Botswana has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, but has used its diamond wealth to provide life-prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs.

However, campaigners say many sufferers are unwilling to have tests, put themselves forward for treatment or talk about the disease. Many of the contestants in the pageant, now in its third year, are voluntary counsellors or health workers. As well as sashaying up and down the catwalk, they answered questions on their attitudes to Aids and stigmatism.

"Look at me. I'm attractive. I'm HIV positive. What's the big deal?" contestant Anna Ratotsisi told the crowd. But locals say many will still refuse to share cooking utensils or living space with HIV-infected people for fear of contracting the disease.

Annihilation
Leshomo, who works as an Aids counsellor, will receive a scholarship, free beauty treatment and a monthly allowance after winning the contest. She will also travel around the sparsely-populated country trying to educate young people about the disease, which President Festus Mogae says threatens Botswana with "annihilation".

Around 37% of the population is infected, according to UN figures. Part of the aim of the pageant - funded by a local charity backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and drug giant Merck as well as by major local investors such as mineral giant De Beers and British bank Barclays - was to show that Aids drugs work. "That is at the heart of it," Brad Ryder, spokesman for the African Comprehensive HIV/Aids Partnership, said. "Botswana was the first country in Africa to provide publicly funded ARVs. People in Washington and Geneva said it couldn't be done. Botswana has proved them wrong."

Organisers said similar competitions might be run in neighbouring South Africa and Namibia while current Miss Botswana, 21-year-old student Juby Peacock, said the country could soon even see an openly HIV positive Miss Botswana. "I think it could happen quite soon," she said. "People are getting open to talking about their HIV status." - Reuters

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Subject: Parents need to let children develop passions of their own (SARA MIA)


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Date Posted: 07/ 5/05 8:18:57am

With the popularity of the seven-part Bravo reality-TV series Showbiz Moms & Dads, parents in living rooms around the country may be wondering if they, too, have a budding star on their hands. Here are two words of advice from early-childhood educator Nancy Carlsson-Paige of Somerville, Mass., who also happens to be the mother of movie star Matt Damon:

"Back off."

She doesn't mean that in a laissez-faire kind of way. Not, back off and do nothing, but back off from anything that smacks of the adult world overtaking your child's natural ability and talent, not to mention a normal childhood.

For children under 10 she recommends no talent competitions, auditions, commercials, or TV roles, no coaches, no agents, no nothing, except doing whatever comes naturally to them: acting out favorite storybooks, or creating and embellishing characters and story lines of their own.

Like some of the parents on Showbiz, which follows five children as they audition for roles, rehearse for music competitions, and participate in beauty pageants, Carlsson-Paige knew early on that Matt had a passion for drama. As a 2-year-old, he created simple, dramatic scenes with action figures. At 3, he put a towel around his neck to turn himself into super-hero characters. "It was what he wanted to do every day, as soon as he woke up in the morning," she says.

Unlike the Showbiz parents, she didn't try to broadcast it to the world. "My goal was to keep anybody from knowing this child had talent because I knew it could be corrupted and taken away from him," says Carlsson-Paige, a professor at Lesley University who is co-author of several books for parents and teachers as well as a storybook for children, Best Day of the Week (Redleaf Press).

Nurturing a child's passion has nothing to do with performance or recognition, she says; "That's an adult agenda." Her goal was helping both her children (son Kyle is a successful sculptor) be all they could, not just in one arena of life, but also in all ways.

Carlsson-Paige's professional training taught her that a parent's job is to provide opportunity and support, to be pulled along by a child's passion rather than to push it. Given the buzz Showbiz has created and the status that stardom of any kind generates in America today, her advice may sound like a bitter pill to some parents. She gets plenty of support, however.

"Children need to experiment with different activities, interests, hobbies, without it being a career choice. It's how children grow and process the world," says child and adolescent psychiatrist Gregory Fritz of Brown University.

Carlsson-Paige didn't enroll Matt in drama classes; she carved out time, space, and materials at home for his dramatic play. When he was 8 and ran in from outside to announce, "Mommy, I know what I want to be when I grow up: an actor," she just sent him back out to play. But she did seek out an alternative public school in Cambridge, now known as the Graham and Parks School, where the drama program responded to students' interests rather than focusing on miniature adult productions. When he finally had his first audition, at 14, it was because he answered a posting on a bulletin board, not because she suggested it.

Fritz says, "Let the child come to you, begging for one more lesson. Even if you have a prodigy, that's good parenting." He is medical director at Bradley Hospital in Providence.

Educational psychologist Robin Schader, a professor at the University of Connecticut whose area of research is talent development and whose daughter was a piano prodigy at 4, offers two questions for parents to ask themselves as a way to gauge whether they are crossing the push-pull line.

Question 1: If my child wanted to quit tomorrow, how would I feel?

Question 2: Is this my child's passion or mine?

If you're uncomfortable answering the first one, you probably won't answer No. 2, and that's a dead giveaway. The danger, she says, is that the more you push, the less likely your child is to have a well-rounded childhood, whether the passion is for baseball, violin, or chess.

These are the children who tend to end up feeling resentful and rebel before the gift reaches fruition, says Tufts University developmental psychologist David Henry Feldman, who has studied child prodigies.

With young children, it's easy to say, "I'm not pushing, my child loves it!"

Don't believe it. "Young children want to please their parents. That's reason enough for them to comply," Feldman says. Indeed, he says 5- to 10-year-olds who lose in a competition typically think they have failed the parent. "That's a lot of pressure for a child to handle," he says.

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Date Posted: 06/29/05 10:51:27am

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Angelina Harvey goes for just one more push-up as she and the other women in her class train for an upcoming fitness competition. The team, L.A. Explosion, focuses on the blend of strength and beauty for their competitions. Team member Laurie Daly said any woman can compete if they are willing to train.

Female bodybuilding team breaks down boundaries
Group promotes ladylike figure


February 28, 2005

With rhinestoned bikinis and high heels, L.A. Explosion is breaking down boundaries in the fitness world one pageant at a time.

The six-year-old Louisiana-based fitness competition team blends strength and grace, creating a new standard for feminine beauty.

Fitness competitions are pageants that judge looks, but can include obstacle courses and fitness routines, generating an unusual new breed of athletes – pretty women.

Fitness competing is a tough, respected sport, although it is not very mainstream, said Laurie Daly, team member and personal trainer.

“It kicks our butts,” said Amanda Schenk, another team member and personal trainer.

A fitness competition judges strength, endurance and flexibility, Schenk said.

The first thing that comes to mind when people think of fitness competitions is bodybuilding, but the real focus of this sport is maintaining a ladylike figure with long, lean muscles, Schenk said.

Daly said, “In a sense, it is bodybuilding, but not to the extreme — it is a stepping stone for other things, to further degrees of success.”

“It’s not big, nasty women; everyone’s extremely feminine,” Daly said.

The competitors do choreographed fitness routines and modeling in specially-made rhinestoned swimsuits with full stage hair and makeup, said Keri Bourg, University dance instructor and team member.

In one pageant, Bourg said she began her choreography by pulling off some clothes to reveal an LSU baseball outfit underneath.

The sport may be tough and a little intimidating, but any woman can do it if they are willing to train, Daly said.

“Everyone is so supportive; there’s no cattiness,” Daly said.

The goal for most of the competitors is to get publicity, through Web sites or magazines, said Amie Soileau, University graduate and team member.

For many competitors, exposure is everything — athletes compete on ESPN, ESPN 2, appear in Oxygen Magazine and Fit Magazine and have their own promotional Web sites, said Katie Uter, team leader and former Miss Fitness Universe.

Soileau said she was featured on the cover of the University Recreational Center guidebook.

“It’s positive — it’s not posing in Playboy,” Daly said. “It’s about making a name for yourself to have some credibility.”

Six weeks before pageants, competitors begin an intense diet and exercise program, Bourg said.

Diuretics, dieting and exercising make the preparation process tough, but the low-salt, low-carbohydrate diet is the hardest part, said Brittany Messina, a nutrition studies sophomore and team member.

The diet is a constant learning process, but it is 80 percent of training, so it is very important, Soileau said.

To get down to competition size, athletes have to lose weight — Soileau said she dropped her body fat content down to 9 percent for her last competition.

“It’s not healthy, but it’s not something you do year-round,” Daly said.

Body image issues can become a problem, Daly said. The things women do before contests, such as cutting out excess water and sodium are sometimes taken to the extreme, but the team tries to promote a healthy body image.

“You can go the unhealthy route,” Soileau said. “But the girls at the top are all truly healthy individuals.”

The hard work pays off by giving women outlets to do other things, Daly said.

“Women don’t really have sports, so this is important,” Daly said. “You don’t have the sports guys have to do this.”

Fitness competitions make women stronger, Bourg said.

“It changed my life,” she said. “I had never thought I could meet my goals before this.”

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American Beauty: Is The Swan Only In Skin Deep?
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Date Posted: 06/28/05 1:50:26pm

By Kristina Tabor

Unfortunately it's not possible to oversimplify American beauty when reality television is an endlessly sensational business. The latest version of the reality trick is Fox's The Swan, and it contorts every idea of what makes a woman beautiful. The promos reveal the premise: 18 "ugly ducklings" who are molded with plastic surgery until they are model-beautiful.

In college, my girlfriends and I considered it sport to watch pageants on TV. I was never the type of girl to think about beauty queens, except in jest. They weren't exactly wandering around campus, and my all-girls high school indoctrinated me with the idea that beauty is more than skin deep.

But in one of life's unexpected little twists, a former Miss USA works in my office. Undeniably, she's physically beautiful, but it's that kind of "perfect" look that belongs on TV -- on shows like Baywatch, ones I'd rather mindlessly view or choose to ignore altogether.

But with the influx of reality shows, there's good television now that obscures the pageantry and helps us inspect the idea of how a real-life American beauty looks and acts. This girl is aware of her appearance -- and often flaunts it -- but also has a job, a family, a mortgage, something connects us to her story.

The New York Times recently published an analysis of the conclusion to UPN's show "America's Top Model." The competition did not feature simply a conventional who's-hot-who's-not contest, but Tyra Banks and her bevy of judges required their contestants prove themselves useful. America's top model must be beautiful, inside and out, so the American public must somehow feel the same, concluded the Times writer.

Donald Trump might agree. On NBC's The Apprentice, a group of attractive business women have competed with men to win a chance to be "The Donald's" next top-salaried employee. The beginning of this season featured a battle of the sexes, and for awhile the women's team won, and won again, often because they didn't hesitate to flaunt their beauty and their sexuality to sell. But in its last weeks, The Apprentice group was whittled to two male finalists; good looks and sex appeal notwithstanding, the women's wits (or lack thereof) got them fired.

As a contrast, MTV has exhibited what an ugly American really looks like. Four very different women inhabit The Real World: San Diego house. One is Robin, a busty twenty-something, who in real-real life works as a Coyote at Coyote Ugly bar in Florida. She has sex appeal and good looks on her side, but the early episodes of the season expose her very bad temper. She's provoked when drunk, uncontrollably belligerent and eventually arrested for assaulting a guy outside a bar. Never has The Real World been so ugly; the roommates' self-indulgence this season shadows their physical good looks with bad taste. Even on MTV, where the potty physical stunts on the new Wildboyz (Steve-O's reincarnation of Jackass) and dysfunctional families like The Osbournes are the norm, beautiful women acting stupid in the real world look ugly.

Unfortunately it's not possible to oversimplify American beauty when reality television is an endlessly sensational business. The latest version of the reality trick is Fox's The Swan, and it contorts every idea of what makes a woman beautiful. The promos reveal the premise: 18 "ugly ducklings" are molded with plastic surgery until they are model-gorgeous. The catch: the women are not allowed to gaze in a mirror until three months after their altering surgery. And then Fox takes it to the next level -- these women must compete in the newest of reality-show gauntlets: a beauty pageant. Which woman, once so ugly she could barely bare her face in public, will now win the ultimate of all beauty contests, The Swan?

Fox says it's giving these women "a second chance at life," but I call this rough stuff. The show requires that "Those not up to the challenge will go home." I have been interested to see how a physical transformation could truly help these women face life's real challenges. There's much more to a fulfilling life than overcoming cosmetic disparities. I wondered, will "an intensive 'boot camp' of exercise, diet, therapy and inspiration" really help these women with real-life occupational, domestic and emotional problems "achieve their goals?"

In the third episode, Cindy and Tawnya are pitted against one another -- only one will graduate from her appearance-altering surgery to the actual season-ending beauty pageant. Cindy is a 32-year old mom with a big nose, and she's dubbed herself "the witch." Besides her distinctive features, she's plagued by facial hair that requires a daily shaving. She decries that "people don't know what it feels like on the inside to feel ugly." Tawnya is the oldest Swan contestant. The 40-year-old mom lost her brother in a tragic accident, her husband to a divorce, and was laid off from her job. These events amplified a very low self-esteem, and the "experts" agree she's "a big project."

After three months of plastic surgery, dental work, a controlled diet, and hours at the gym, these women appear cured of their woes. During the big "reveal" at the end of the show, Cindy and Tawnya are allowed to see themselves in the mirror for the first time. Gasp! Sigh! And a round of applause! The women are physically refined from their former selves.

Nose job. Fat transfer. Brow lift. Liposuction. Tummy tuck. Although these women are more attractive physically, neither has transformed into a great beauty. Their true beauty lies in the stories that preface their surgery. The show opens with these little vignettes: Cindy raises her son alone when her Marine husband is called to active duty, and single parenting is one of life's most difficult challenges. With or without the surgery, her husband sees her as beautiful, and she is admirable because her love for her family.

In an unprecedented move, Tawnya actually rejects most of the facial surgery recommended by The Swan's doctors, but even without a facelift, she glows at the end of the show. At the beginning of the episode Tawnya literally hides under her covers in a dark room, but after just three months of therapy sessions, she appears to have made progress towards an emotional recovery. Tawnya's strength provides true testimony that a beautiful woman is more than the sum of her physical features.

So Fox designed a show that overtly subscribes to the beauty pageant ideal but covertly exposes what real beauty is. These women lead very regular lives before their surgery, and they will return to all of life's joys and tragedies when The Swan concludes. Because Fox tells their whole story -- and doesn't just focus on their plastic surgery -- viewers can see these women are true beauties; they deal with their blemishes while simultaneously managing life's real challenges.

Makeover shows are most visibly impacting audiences in a superficial way. Callers have swamped radio shows in Denver for the opportunity to win life-changing plastic surgery. A weekend casting call at the local ABC station attracted a long line of potential Extreme Makeovers. I drove by as the hopefuls waited on the sidewalk for their chance to change their physical appearance on national TV, and I wished for the makeover message to translate in every aspect to these reality show fans. With or without a Swan-like bodily transformation, real-life beauty shines through the daily tests of life.

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Subject: Miss Michigan gets ready to pass on her crown


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Date Posted: 06/27/05 8:49:26am

Kelli Talicska, reigning Miss Michigan, put 50,000 miles on her car in the past year driving to various appearances.

The 25-year-old Auburn native feels she has accomplished her goal to serve and inspire Michigan residents and advocate for children who have speech, language and hearing disorders. She will crown a new Miss Michigan -- a moment that is bound to be bittersweet -- during Saturday's finals at the Frauenthal Theater.

"This year has been one of the most amazing years of my life," she said in a phone interview to promote this year's pageant. "I've spent this year as a servant to Michigan. It's hard to walk away from something that's been such a huge part of your life."

Talicska said she never grew up competing in pageants. Rather, at age 20, she decided to enter the Miss Auburn/Midland Area pageant at the prodding of contest organizers. She placed second runner-up and the journey began. She won three different local pageants, finally winning the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant as a representative of Kalamazoo County.

"I started competing to earn money for college," she said. "Then it became an opportunity for me to speak out publicly on my values and on behalf of people who are speech, language and hearing impaired."

Talicska holds bachelor's and master's degrees in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University and feels passionate about her chosen profession. She recently accepted a job as a speech-language pathologist in a private California clinic and plans to move to the West Coast in July with Miss America contestants from Kansas and Missouri.

"Miss America was a huge highlight," she said. "I made some great friends. They are all hardworking women who want to make a difference and have found a way to do that through the Miss American Organization."

Her platform, Speech, Language, and Hearing: Foundations for Life, took her to Lansing to help advance legislation that would require state licensing for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Talicska also served on Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Council on Health and Physical Fitness and helped plan this year's Labor Day Bridge Run.

As Miss Michigan, she spoke to 13,000 students on behalf of Texas-based Acquire the Fire youth ministry, and promoted Right Decisions, Right Now and Character Building with Wodney Wat in Michigan's schools.

Other highlights included singing the national anthem at a Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers playoff game, appearing in America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, attending the International Auto Show, and speaking at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's national convention in Philadelphia.

Despite her travels, Talicska kept her home base in Muskegon, living with host parents Bob and Mary Kendall for most of the year. The couple said Talicska has become like a daughter to them. They have hosted the state winner for the last three years and still keep in touch the women.

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Subject: Miss America to hold pageant for teenage girls in Orlando


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Date Posted: 06/27/05 3:39:52am

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The nation's premier beauty pageant, waning in popularity, is looking to youth for a revival.

The Miss America Organization is creating a spin-off pageant for teenage girls, officials said Wednesday.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen, a pageant for girls 13 to 17 years old, will be held Aug. 17-20 in Orlando. It will pit winners from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, against one another in talent and evening wear - but not swimsuit - competitions.

Contestants will also be judged through a personal interview, active wear and lifestyle/fitness competitions.

The junior Miss America pageant will be a smaller-scale version of the event that's been held in Atlantic City since 1921. Negotiations are underway for a television deal.

The announcement comes at a crucial time for the organization. The Miss America pageant's ratings have been declining for years, with last year's show on ABC attracting a record-low 9.8 million viewers.

ABC dumped the pageant in October, and no other network has of yet stepped forward to broadcast this year's event.

Art McMaster, the president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, believes the teen event can stem that slide, by giving the organization an opportunity to "rebrand itself."

"It could become a new national standard in teen achievement programs for girls, an area where there is lot of variety and inconsistency from community to community," McMaster said.

Most of the current Miss America contestants are of college age, as they must be at least 17 years old to compete. Deidre Downs, the reigning Miss America, is 24.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for teens to participate in and benefit from the lasting tradition of Miss America," Downs said.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen will divide about $150,000 in scholarships among the contestants, with the winner taking home a $30,000 scholarship.

"I've always believed that giving young people a reason to do well and rewarding accomplishments is a primary building block to a successful and healthy future," McMaster said. "The more tools we give our kids to succeed, the better we become as a society."

The Miss America Organization has signed a three-year deal with the host venue and hotel: the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Hotels, respectively. But this doesn't signify a possible move for the Miss America pageant, McMaster said.

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