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Subject: Glittering gowns: Carrollton boutique owner dressed Miss Universe 2017 contestant


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Date Posted: 14:15:47 02/03/17 Fri

For Larissa Maner, a Carrollton shopkeeper, all that shimmers is gold. Having reinvented her life as a gown wholesaler, Maner is now dressing some of the world’s most premier debutantes.

Most recently, Maner, a Flower Mound resident, dressed Miss Belize Rebecca Rath, who competed last week in the Miss Universe pageant.

“There were 14 bags, and each had 100 crystals in it,” Maner said of the hundreds of Swarovski crystals that she applied to Rath’s Miss Universe gown. “It took me four days to do it.”

For the entire 18-day pageant event, Rath needed dozens of outfits to wear to dinners, interviews, runway walks and other engagements. It was Maner’s job to collaborate with designer Fernando Wong to create each original outfit tailored specifically for the variety of options Rath would need in Atlantic City.

“We took pictures of each one and numbered them so when she was there she’d text me throughout the week and tell me she needed an outfit for dinner or something and I’d go look at the photos and tell her which number to wear,” Maner explained.

Maner has dressed other pageant contestants as well, including women in the Miss America and Miss USA pageants. Her shop is a sponsor for the Miss Texas organization.

She met Rath when she came to look at dresses after the father of a woman Maner had dressed referred her. Rath was in America visiting her Texan godmother and shopping for apparel.

“I thought, ‘Oh, she’s definitely going to win,’” Maner said of her first encounter with Rath, who didn’t end up making it into the top 13. “She represented Belize very well,” Maner said. “She’s going back to Belize a celebrity.”

Maner has been in the dress business for 30 years. As a wholesaler, she moved from her original spot on the Downtown Carrollton Square to Addison and then back. Her signage brought in girls looking for prom gowns, but Maner turned them away initially. She eventually decided to lease a nearby storefront to have a few dress racks on the weekends.

A drive past the Plaza Theater on the other side of the Square turned all that around. Maner saw a pageant advertised there and offered to sponsor the winners. She dressed Coppell native DaNae Couch who became Miss Lake of the Pines. Further upping the ante, she handed out business cards at fast food drive-thru windows where teens often work. Landing Rath’s trust and dressing her was a piece de resistance.

“In my little pageant world that was a big deal,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”

When she was a young girl, Maner would watch pageants with her ballroom dancer grandmother.

“It’s kind of something. At any age dreams can come true. I never stopped to believe I couldn’t do it.”

At age 46, with two children of her own, Maner said she enjoys the entire process of sponsoring and dressing pageant contestants and even prom-bound high schoolers.

“For them to look up to me and respect my opinion and help them be better versions of themselves … it’s a blessing,” she said. “I love every minute of it.”

And her own children think she’s pretty hip too, household chores and all.

“I'm still mom, and they’re hungry and they want dinner and they want me to make their lunches,” she said. “But when they see my dresses on TV they’re proud of me.”

With a host of other fashion-related feathers in her cap, Maner said she’s pleased that her workplace is on the Square. Some of her clients will go down the way to Nail Spa by Sarah to have their nails done and Wonderful World of Cooking to eat. And that’s where this mom’s world becomes a bit more real.

“It’s a great spot; we all work hard,” she said.

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Subject: Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen Contestants - STATE PAGEANT: MARCH 3-5, 2017


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Date Posted: 23:07:20 02/01/17 Wed

http://outstandingteen.homestead.com/2010Contestants.html

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Subject: I'm just curious and a little bored, HA, but have any of our Miss America's children become notables in our American culture?


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Date Posted: 19:47:41 01/26/17 Thu


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Subject: Will there be a Road to Miss America contest this year?


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Date Posted: 00:29:38 02/02/17 Thu


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Subject: Crowning will be Sept 10th per Press of AC


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Date Posted: 09:43:09 02/01/17 Wed

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/life/miss-america-competition-happening-sept-in-boardwalk-hall/article_5045f75c-c99b-5211-991c-fc08b77c8eb6.html

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Subject: Do states require the local Miss organizations have an outstanding teen competition?


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Date Posted: 08:40:37 01/16/17 Mon


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Subject: In what states do titleholders get an apartment for the year? I know SC does and I think FL does too.


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Date Posted: 18:05:31 01/29/17 Sun


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Subject: LA Contestants


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Date Posted: 05:54:09 10/05/16 Wed

Blake, Anna (LA Tech) (2016-Top 10)(2015)(2014-T10)
Bonacquisti, Laryssa (Shreveport) (2016-Top 10,Prelim Talent Award)(2014-TX 4th R/U, Prelim SS Award)
Cleveland, Victoria (Louisiana Delta) (2015)(2014-NFT Award,Prelim Talent Award)(2013)(2012-NFT Award)
Crews, Meagan (Spirit of Ruston) (2016-Top 10)(LAOT - 2014)
Curry, Payton (Bossier City) (New)
Deloach, Ana (Capital City) (2016)
Eddy, Elizabeth (Red River City) (New)
Edinger, Eva (Louisiana Watermelon Festival) (2016-Top 10,Prelim SS Award)(2015-4th R/U and Prelim SS Award)
Ford, Lauren (Heart of Pilot) (2015-Top 10, Prelim Talent Award)(2014-Top 10)(2013-Top 10)(2012-Top 10)
Gilbert, Eleanor (Holiday in Dixie) (Gilbert)
Gray, Christina (Union Parish) (2016-NFT Award)(2015)
Gulino, Alexandra (Dixie Gem Peach) (2016-4th R/U)(LADYW - 2011)
Hammons, Courtney (Louisiana Jazzland) (New)
Hawthorne, Samantha (Spirit of the Twin Cities) (New)
Henderson, J'Lyn (Taste of Twin Cities (2016)(2015)
Hillard, Jo' (Cane River) (2016)(2015)
Huffman, Baylea (Monroe) (2016)(LAOT - 2013)
Humphries, Molly (Spirit of the Ouachita) (New)
Jackson, Emily (Greater Baton Rouge) (New)
Jarlock, Erika (Benton) (New)
Kelly, Erin (Spirit of the Red) (New)
Lanford, Ashlynn (ULM) (2015-Non-finalist Talent Award)
McCoy, Macie (Cenla) (New)
Newton, Allison (Louisiana Stockshow) (New)
Parker, Stephanie (Nachitoches) (New)
Randon, Emily (St. Tammany Heritage) (2016-2nd R/U,Prelim SS Award)(2015-2nd R/U)
Reynolds, Abigail (Minden) (New)
Rome, Maria (Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet) (New)
Seeley, Colleen (Slidell) (New)
Tanner, Morgan (Pride of Monroe) (New)
Teutsch, Hannah (Louisiana Port City) (2016-NFT Award)(2015)
Ware, Macy (Southern Oaks) (2016)(VA 2014)

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Subject: when does my friend age out?


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Date Posted: 14:57:45 01/30/17 Mon

birthday is August 29, 1993

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Subject: Most popular cities and local titles by state MAOTeen


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Date Posted: 20:04:27 01/28/17 Sat

AL- Birmingham (3), Painted Rock's OT (2)
AK- Eagle River (4), Anchorage & Chugiak/Eagle River's OT (3)
AZ- Chandler (3), Twirling Athlete & Surprise's OT (2)
AR- Little Rock (4), Greater Little Rock/South Arkansas's OT (2)
CA- San Francisco (2), no local has won more than once
CO- Not Enough Information
CT- Wolcott (3), no local has won more than once
DE- Middletown (5), New Castle's OT (5)
DC- no locals
FL- Jacksonville (4), Orlando's OT (4)
GA- Marietta (2), Cobb County/Capital City's OT (2)
HI- Haleiwa/Wailuku/Honolulu (2), not enough information
ID- Boise/Twin Falls (2), not enough information
IL- Not enough information
IN- Kendallville (2), Harvest Homecoming/Three Rivers/Limberlost's OT (2)
IA- Muscatine (2), Scott County's OT (4)
KS- Derby (2), no local has won more than once
KY- Louisville (3), Louisville's OT (2)
LA- No city has won more than once, Louisiana Harvest Festival/Holiday in Dixie's OT (2)
ME- Saco (3), no locals
MD- Frederick (2), College Park's OT (2)
MA- Dartmouth (3), New Bedford's OT (2)
MI- St. Clair Shores (2), no local has won more than once
MN- not enough information
MS- Madison (2), no local has won more than once
MO- St. Louis (2), Metro St. Louis' OT (3)
MT- Glendive/Missoula (3), no locals
NE- Omaha (3), Omeha's OT (2)
NV- Las Vegas (4), no local has won more than once
NH- Gilford (2), Lake Region's OT (3)
NJ- Egg Harbor (2), Coastal Shore's OT (2)
NM- Albuquerque (3), not enough information
NY- Staten Island (4), Staten Island's OT (3)
NC- no city has won more than once, Thomasville's OT (2)
ND- Bismarck (6), not enough information
OH- no city has won more than once, Portsmouth's OT (3)
OK- Tulsa (4), Edmond Liberty Fest's OT (4)
OR- Klamath Falls (2), no local has won more than once
PA- no city has won more than once, Laurel Highlands/Central PA's OT (2)
PR- not enough information
RI- Barrington (3), not enough information
SC- Duncan/Greenville (2), no local has won more than once
SD- Rapid City (4), Rapid City's OT (3)
TN- no city has won more than once, Henderson County's OT (2)
TX- Houston (3), Houston/Frisco's OT (3)
UT- Provo (2), not enough information
VT- Jericho/St. Albans (2), no locals
VA- Chesapeake (3), Greater Richmond/Roanoke Valley's OT (2)
VI- Saint Croix (7), no locals
WA- Kennewick (4), Tri-Cities' OT (2)
WV- no city has won more than once, no local has won more than once
WI- Milwaukee (3), Milwuakee's OT (5)
WY- Sheridan (4), Sheridan's OT (3)

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Subject: Fun MAOTeen to MAO Miss Facts


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Date Posted: 03:54:00 01/28/17 Sat

Total OTs since 2005 (including national winner successors): 628
Competed at Miss America- 65 (10.3% of state teens)
Made the Finals- 27 (4.3%)
Top 16- 1
Top 15- 1
Top 12- 3
Top 10- 8
4RU- 2
3RU- 2
2RU- 4
1RU- 4
Miss America- 2

Additional awards- 24 (3.8%)
Preliminary Talent- 4
Preliminary Swimsuit- 5
NFT- 4
NFI- 2
Miss Congeniality- 2
STEM Scholarship- 1
Quality of Life- 2
QOL Nomination- 4

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Subject: I know that Kate Shindle sometimes visits this board, so I'm hoping she sees this or someone else might know how I can contact her. Our local pageant is doing a silent auction in connection with the pageant and I have a copy of her book that I'd like to mail to her to autograph and then send back to me. This book would be bid on at the silent auction. Anyone know how I can make contact with her?


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Date Posted: 02:18:47 01/27/17 Fri


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Subject: Wanda Faces Hurdles in Closing Dick Clark Prods. Deal (EXCLUSIVE)


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Date Posted: 22:36:23 01/27/17 Fri

The Dalian Wanda Group announced its eye-popping $1 billion deal to buy Dick Clark Prods. back on Nov. 4. But the transaction is taking longer than expected to close, stirring chatter in the media finance community as political conditions on both sides of the Pacific appear to pose hurdles for Chinese investment in Hollywood.

Sources close to the situation still expect Wanda to close the acquisition sometime in February, and say that the only speed bump has been that some details are still being worked out. With the Chinese New Year holiday beginning on Saturday, work is expected to be halted for at least the next week.

One person said that work on the deal also came to a standstill a few weeks ago, amid concerns that the nationalistic focus of the new Trump administration might mean greater scrutiny to big investments in the U.S. by Wanda, Alibaba and the new breed of Sino mega conglomerates. The Dick Clark Prods. transaction was only the most recent mega-acquisition for Wanda, which also bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion last year and AMC Theaters for $2.6 billion in 2012. Wanda’s buying spree has caught the attention of members of both parties in Congress, who worry that they could mark a strategic extension of Chinese “soft power.”

Chinese overseas investment jumped by 50% in 2016, according to an estimate compiled by the American Enterprise Institute. The U.S. was by far the largest recipient with a record-setting $50 billion of Chinese investment.

However, China has been taking steps to curtail overseas investment. AEI projects that the number of Chinese deals will decline in 2017. China’s efforts to stem capital flight could pose a complicating factor as Wanda seeks to close the Dick Clark Productions deal. In December, Chinese metals company Xinke abruptly and mysteriously dropped its deal to buy a majority stake in Voltage Pictures for $345 million, opting to buy a Hong Kong entertainment company instead. Voltage is now suing to recover a $4 million deposit.

In Hollywood, observers are still astounded at the $1 billion price tag for DCP. Guggenheim Partners bought the company in 2012 for $370 million, and at the time many considered that price to be inflated. Dick Clark Productions in late 2015 changed hands again when investor Todd Boehly left Guggenheim, taking DCP, the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and other assets with him to the new Eldridge Industries banner.

Dick Clark Prods.’ biggest franchises are its award shows, notable the Golden Globes, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the American Music Awards. It’s also the home of ABC’s annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials, which made headlines this year for problems during Mariah Carey’s live performance.

With Dick Clark Prods., sources said the company is moving forward as if the Wanda acquisition is a done deal. There’s excitement at the prospect of being part of a larger entity with ample resources at its disposal. But getting the deal to the finish line is proving more complicated in the current political climate than both sides expected.

Wanda and Eldridge Industries each declined to comment.

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Subject: Swimsuit | Gown | Talent | On-stage Question | Crowning: Miss America 2009 Katie Stam


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Date Posted: 13:34:36 01/27/17 Fri

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P8IO1w-DMk&t=323s

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Subject: Headshot pricing


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Date Posted: 23:59:30 01/03/17 Tue

Hey! Looking for pricing info on Jen Cady, and suggestions for other photographers on the east coast (or at least not too far west, can travel some). Already have info on Matt and Meredith Boyd!

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Subject: Miss America 2007 talents and final questions Lauren Nelson Winner


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Date Posted: 08:30:04 01/14/17 Sat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eYInx009gk

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Subject: VA Contestants


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Date Posted: 03:09:01 10/09/16 Sun

Braxton, Julia Anne (Greater Prince William County) (DCOT - 2010)
Luzynski, Kasia (Loudoun County) (2016)
Mitchell, Lauren (Cardinal) (2016-2nd R/U)
Murray, Dominga (Roanoke Valley) (2016)
Reilly, Francesca (Crooked Road) (2016)
Reynolds, Taylor Nicole (State Fair of VA) (2016-3rd R/U, QoL Award,Prelim SS Award)(2015)(2014-Top 11)(2013)
Richardson, Demi (Patrick Henry Community College)
Shedd, Olivia (Greater Richmond) (2016-4th R/U)
Shepard, Casey (Apple Blossom) (New)(VAOT - 2014, 3rd R/U in Orlando)
Short, Amanda Lynn (Hanover)(2016)
Smith, Cameron (VA Highlands) (2016-Top 11)(2015-Top 11,Prelim Talent Award,CMNH Miracle Maker Award)
Swanson, Carlehr (Piedmont Region) (2015-Non-Finalist Talent Award)
Weber, Cecili (Arlington) (2015-Top 11)(OH-2014)(OH-2013-1st R/U)(2010 - OHOT, Top 10 in Orlando, Prelim EG/OSQ Awards)
Weinroth, Caroline (Mountain Laurel) (New)

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Subject: TN Contestants


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Date Posted: 14:23:50 10/09/16 Sun

Bobinger, Hannah (Nashville) (2016-Top 10)(2015-Top 10, Miss America State Community Service Award, CMN Miracle MakerAward, Prelim SS Award)(2014)
Boling, Naomi (Music Row) (New)
Butler, Madison (Tipton County) (2016)(2012)
Coleman, Grace (Decatur County) (New)
Compton, Callie (Memphis) (New)
Dalton, Nicole (Sullivan County) (New)
Davis, Caty (Lexington) (2016-1st R/U,Miss America State Quality of Life Award Prelim SS Award)(2015-Top 12)(2013)
Everhart, Hannah (Greene County) (2016-Top 10)(2015)
Garcia, Yvannah (Dixie PAC) (New)
Gonce, Tessa (Volunteer) (2016)
Hale, Elizabeth (Music City) (2016)
Harris, Sarah (Chattanooga) (OK-2016-4th R/U, Prelim Rookie Talent Award, Prelim Overall Talent Award)
Higgs, Laura Ann (TN Soybean Festival (2016-Top 16,Peoples Choice
Hubbard, Chloe (Queen City) (New)
Jordan, Kailey Alexis (Jackson) (2016)
Mason, Brianna (Tennessee Waltz) (2016)
Munsey, Morgan (Historic Jonesborough) (New)
Perry, Kristen (MTSU) (2016)
Reed, Amber (Collierville) (New)
Roberts, McKenzie (Fall Fest) (New)
Rush, Melanie (East Tennessee) (2013)
Sanderson, Shayla (McMinnville) (New)
Shelton, Whitney (Johnson City) (2016)
Smith, Katelynn (Kingsport) (New)
Smithson, Hillari (Parsons) (New)
Snipes, Madison (Tennessee Valley) (2016-Top 10, Prelim SS Award,CMN Miracle Maker Award,QoL Award)(2015-Top 10, People's Choice Award, Prelim Talent Award) (TNOT - 2011)
Stiles, Aria (Shelby County) (2015-Top 10, Prelim Talent)(Miss TN 2014 - Top 12; Preliminary Talent)
Timberman, DeLaney (Mid South) (2016-Top 12)
Traun, Leslie (Murfreesboro) (New)
Tucker, Anna (Austin Peay) (New)
Tucker, Jordynne (Capital City) (New)
Wallen, Morgan (Knoxville) (New)
Wilkins, Brenna (UT-Martin) (New)
Williamson, Christine (Scenic City) (2016-3rd R/U)(2015-2nd R/U)(2014)
Wilson, Peyton (Watauga Valley) (2016)
Wolkonowski, MaryGrace (Gallatin) (2016-Top 12)

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Subject: Miss Iowa Org YouTube Channel


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Date Posted: 22:13:16 01/19/17 Thu

https://www.youtube.com/user/MissIowaOrg

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Subject: What is the minimum scholarship amount that can be awarded at the local level?


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Date Posted: 18:58:37 01/15/17 Sun

I saw a response in a thread that said $500. Is that correct?

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Subject: OH Contestants


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Date Posted: 06:13:24 10/05/16 Wed

Atchison, Bry (Maple City) (SC-2016-T15)(OH-2015)(2013-SC)
Chrisman, Matti-Lynn (Akron Canton) (2015)
Clapper, Sarah (Clayland) (2016-4th R/U,Prelim SS Award)(2015-3rd R/U, Prelim SS Award)(2014-Top 10, Theresa Ann
Hitchens, Abbey (Portsmouth) (New)
Hitchens, Amelia (Northwestern) (2016-Top 11)(2015-Top 10, Prelim SS Award)
Wagner Commitment to Excellence Award)(2013)
Wiers, Paige (North Coast) (2016-Top 11)
Ulasevich, Karolina (Miami Valley) (2016-2nd R/U)(2015-2nd R/U, Overall Interview Award, Community Service Award)
Yasechko, Stephanie (Shawnee) (2016-Top 11, Prelim Talent Award)(2015-Academic Award)
Zimmerman, Hannah (Montgomery County) (2016-1st R/U, Prelim SS Award, Spirit Award)(2015)

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Subject: AL Contestants


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Date Posted: 07:04:44 10/05/16 Wed

Abston, Summer (UWA) (New)
Andrews, Shelby (Circle City) (New)
Bryan, Thomason (St. Claire County) (2016)
Chapin, Harley (UAB) (New)
Dugans, Mikaylah (Childersburg) (New)
Edberg, Payton (Greater Gadsden) (2016-Miss America Academic Award)(2015)
Edwards, Abby (Southern Union State Community College) (New)
Fair, Karson (Auburn Opelika) (New) (NCOT - 2014; Scholastic Excellence Award in Orlando)
Gathings, Maddie (Phenix City) (2016)(2015)
Harper, Shiann (Northeast Alabama) (2016-Top 12)(2015)
Hayes, Lexi (Cahaba Valley) (2016)(2015)
Holloway, Mary Katherine (Walker County) (New)
Holt, Brooklyn (Auburn University) (2016)
Jacks, Cassidy (Iron City) (2016-2nd R/U, Prelim Talent Award)(2015-Prelim Talent Award)(2014-Top 10)
Kennon, Bailey (Hoover) (2016)
Kontos, Stella (Center Point) (2016-Top 12)
Lancaster, Riley Kate (Tuscaloosa) (2016)
Lazenby, Braden (Birmingham) (New)
Locke, Charlton (Smiths Station) (New)
McDougal, Mary Ann (Coastal Alabama) (New)
McGuire, Meg (Gardendale Magnolia Festival) (New)
McKinney, Loreanna (Hamilton) (New)
McTier, Caitlyn (Sylacauga) (New)
Moore, Mary Beth (Troy University) (New)
Mordecai, Chandler (West Central Alabama) (2016)
Moreno, Julianna (North Jefferson Area) (2016)(2015)
Montgomery, Celeste (Jefferson State) (New)
Nuwayhid, Allyson (Jefferson County) (2016-Prelim SS Award)
O'Rear, Emily (Quad Cities) (New)
Ozment, Annie (Covered Bridge) (New)
Patel, Nikita (Guntersville) (New)
Procter, Jessica (Leeds Area) (2016-4th R/U, Miss America Community Service Award, Prelim Talent Award) (2015-3rd R/U)(2013-ALOT, 2nd R/U in Orlando, Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness, Preliminary Evening Wear/On Stage Question, Troy University Millennium Scholar's Award)
Repasky, Kxayla (Trussville) (2016)(2015-PA Top 11)
Rizzuto, Samantha (Marble Valley) (NJ-2016-State Community Service Award)(NJ-2015-State Community Service Award) (NJOT - 2014, Outstanding Achievement in Academic Life Award, Teens in Action Award, Non-Finalist Interview in Orlando)
Shields, Chandler (Tennessee Valley) (2016)
Sumler, Chassidy (Shelby County) (2016-Prelim Talent Award)(2015)(2014-Prelim Talent Winner, NFT)(2013-MS-Prelim SS Winner)(2012-MS-3rd R/U)
Swatts, Camden (Jacksonville State University) (New)
Walker, Callie (University of Alabama) (2016-1st R/U, Prelim Talent Award)(2015-Top 12, Prelim Talent Winner)(ALOT - 2012)
Yarber, Chelsea (Marshall County)(2016)(2015)(2014)
York, Aly (Samford University) (New)

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Subject: Sure, I'm a Pageant Girl


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Date Posted: 15:53:50 01/16/17 Mon

Everyone who competes in pageants has a story; I am no exception. This year I competed with over 180 other girls for the title Miss New York USA. The Miss Universe program is acknowledged as the most competitive pageant system, and the state of New York is one of the hardest to win. A record one hundred and eighty six girls competed this year.

My biggest take away from my first pageant was that you need to extensively research your competition. The Miss USA pageant is nothing more than a beauty pageant. They allegedly have a scholarship program, but that is a stretch. The scholarship is small and awarded only to an unremarkable school in upstate New York. I would be surprised to hear that any winner actually used their prize money.

If you have a career, extensive schooling and anything that passes as a talent you need to be competing in the Miss America system. More on that later.

Miss USA is not a scholarship program; however, it is an excellent beauty pageant. The competition is made up of three parts: interview, swim wear and evening gown. The interview is only two minutes long. The judges could not care less about your accomplishments, they only want to see that you can string a few words together without sounding daft (an accomplishment for some girls). You could say anything in interview if you answer the question they ask, and answer it confidently.

Anyone considering Miss New York USA should know that at least eighty percent of the girls have never competed in a pageant before. Quite a few girls posted on social media that they “qualified” and “were selected” to compete. Don’t be fooled, there is no selection process to become a state finalist. Anyone can pay to play, and pay you will… If you pay early you can compete to the tune of $1,300. If you wait you will pay $1,500. Miss USA is a business. They would have double the number of girls compete if they could. You are not special because you are selected, you are special because you chose to sign up.

The swimsuit competition is your chance to hit the runway. I don’t know many people that are thrilled at the prospect of strutting the stage in what may as well be lingerie. Deciding to step on the runway is a massive accomplishment. The pageant asks that you wear a solid color suit, and if you want to win you will wear a bikini that shows off your fabulous spray tan.

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During this portion of the competition it becomes obvious how many girls are uncomfortable with their bodies. I cannot count how many vegan, calorie counting machines I met competition weekend. Fortunately, I am a long distance runner and that takes care of my body well enough. I didn’t diet extensively for the competition. To fuel my body for long distance running I have to feed myself well. I do not run so that I can compete. Running is my lifestyle, the pageant was a two-day event. The pageant certainly motivated me to be a more diligent runner, but that is just the beginning. I will run for the rest of my life.

I witnessed so many ladies making changes in their lifestyle just for the pageant. What good is it to develop new, healthy habits if they do not last?

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The second most prevalent mistake I noticed were girls competing who could not afford to. If you are going to compete in the Miss USA system you need to have at least $2,500 readily available. The entry fee is too steep to halfway commit. You need a professionally done headshot, hair and makeup (unless you are a makeup artist or stylist yourself), and you need a stunning gown. If you can’t afford it don’t compete, it is most likely going to lead to regret. A girl this weekend told me she was feeling pessimistic about the finals, and that she was upset because this was her vacation money… I gave her the best advice I could, “It’s not about being pessimistic, it’s statistics. You have a 1 out of 186 chance of winning. That’s less than a one percent.” There were at least fifty girls this weekend competing that won the genetic lottery. Any of one of those fifty could have won and nobody would have batted an eye, the prettiest girl there had a 2% chance of success.

If you don’t have the money compete in Miss America system. They only ask that you fundraise $100 dollars to compete. That is a much more palatable entry fee. Miss America is truly a scholarship program, not an enterprise. They want girls who have talent, they want girls with a resume. If I compete again it will be for their Miss Manhattan title.

I competed for Miss New York USA because I am proud of myself. I am proud of my body. I am proud that I am successfully recovering from sexual assault. I am proud that I have a career. I walked away from this weekend realizing that I am a winner because unlike most girls I have an incredible life waiting on me. My title for the weekend was Miss Wall Street which said it all. I am blessed beyond reason. I love my life, I love my family and friends, and most importantly I love myself just the way I am.

If anything, do it for the photos! I can't wait to get the professional ones.

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Subject: Local title collages


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Date Posted: 03:16:57 01/17/17 Tue

I have been going through many state locals that have been completed so far to save headshots for my state pageant collages, and I must say that this year's contestants in all states are so beautiful! We are going to have some gorgeous Miss States in 2017! A few of the states that have stood out to me as far as beauty while going through photos were AL, AZ, SC, NC, LA, and OH. WOW!!!!! I am SO excited for state pageants this year.
Well, let me know when states have completed their pageant seasons so I can jump into making their collage. I hope you liked the NH one. What did you like/dislike about it so I can make an even better one next time? Also, any collage requests? Thanks so much for your support guys, I love editing the photos and learning more about the local titleholders as I go!
Also, as many of you may or may not know, I am actually eligible to compete in the organization and will be competing in my state's open/sweeper pageant in March! So maybe I'll be editing my own headshot into a collage this year!

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Subject: Improve Your Public Speaking for the Q&A Category!


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Date Posted: 01:41:06 01/17/17 Tue

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Subject: WY Contestants


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Date Posted: 23:02:01 10/20/16 Thu


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Subject: CO Contestants


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Date Posted: 00:45:18 10/15/16 Sat


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Subject: According to missamerica.org the following is supposed to be the website for Miss Hawaii. What the heck is wrong with it?


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Date Posted: 06:45:43 01/07/17 Sat

http://www.misshawaii.org

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Subject: Local titleholders


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Collage Queen
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Date Posted: 01:48:30 01/13/17 Fri

Hello, pageant fans! Are there any states that have completed their local pageant season? I would like to start compiling headshots for state pageants and posting them like I did with Miss America headshots. Let me know if you have any requests for collages as well! I can do almost any subject, but would like to begin state headshots soon.

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Subject: NH Contestants


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Date Posted: 08:04:57 10/05/16 Wed

Belanger, Alainna (Kingston) (2016)(2015-NFT Winner, Prelim Talent Winner)
Bogardus, Emma (Littleton Area) (New)
Burke, Bonnie (Strafford County) (New)
Cunningham, Megan (White Mountains Region) (New)
El-Sayed, Jana (Winnipesaukee) (2016)(2015)
Flahive, Kacie (Gate City) (New)
Gatchell, Brooke (Souhegan Valley) (2016)
Gile, Shawna (Lake Sunapee Region) (2016)
Henry, Elizabeth (Lakes Region) (New)
Iacuzio, Stephanie (Bedford) (2016)(2015)(2014-Top 10)(2013)
Kurto, Kylee (Merrimack) (New)
Larocque, Mariah (Greater Derry) (2016-3rd R/U)(2015)
LoDuca, Alexa (Greater Plaistow) (New)
Mackes, Samantha (Exeter) (2016-Top 10, Prelim SS Award)(2015)(2014)
Marsh, Ashley (University) (New)
Masso-Glidden, Katie (Capital Area) (2016-4th R/U)
Mastin, Delaney (Rockingham County) (2015-4th R/U)
Mills, Brooke (Weirs Beach) (New)
Missert, Kaley (Londonberry) (2016)
Murphy, Reagan (Berlin-Gorham) (New)
Orfao, Grace (Hooksett) (New)
Patnaude, Laura (Liberty) (2016)
Percy, Lauren (Auburn) (2016-1st R/U, Overall Interview Award)(2015-3rd R/U)(2013)(NHOT - 2011)
Smith, Katie (Goffstown) (2016-2nd R/U, Prelim SS Award)(2015-NHDYW)
Soucy, Kaitlin (Manchester) (New)
Stone, Blair (Granite State) (New)
Tubbs, Sarah (Seacoast) (2016-Top 10)(2015-1st R/U, NH Sweetheart, People's Choice @ National Sweetheart)
White, Sarah (Portsmouth Area) (2016-Top 10)

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Subject: Which Miss America's were able to meet with US Presidents during their year??


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Date Posted: 19:18:05 01/10/17 Tue


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Subject: Hi, local titleholder here. Does anyone have any recommendations for what to do when your crown breaks? Long story short, it was knocked around by TSA from my flight yesterday and the base snapped near the little MAO thing on the inside. I have an appearance coming up soon and I would like to wear my crown for it. What should I do?


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Date Posted: 10:05:17 01/11/17 Wed


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Subject: Just Out Of Curiosity....


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Date Posted: 19:58:28 12/15/16 Thu

does anyone out there recall any contestant ever singing (for talent)what I consider to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written for the Broadway stage---"50 Percent" from "Ballroom"?

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Subject: ISO yellow contemporary/lyrical costume; adult small or medium -- not for pageant use, just a former competitor(::


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Date Posted: 01:32:23 01/11/17 Wed


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Subject: How are the state level judges chosen? Is there a committee, individual, or does it vary greatly from state to state? Are some states considered "better" than others to judge, and some states considered best to stay away? Have wondered about the process.


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Date Posted: 16:45:44 01/09/17 Mon


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Subject: What do contestants use these days for swimsuit to help the bottom stay in place. I used firm grip spray years ago. Do they still use it?


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Date Posted: 21:56:55 01/07/17 Sat


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Subject: MISS AMERICA 2017, SAVVY SHIELDS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR NC WORK WEEKEND 2017


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Date Posted: 07:40:25 01/09/17 Mon

The Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant announced this week that Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields will address the 2017 contestants as the keynote speaker during Work Weekend. The Miss NC Work Weekend is a convention for local contestants to prepare for the State pageant in June. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro March 31-April 2, 2017.

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Subject: Rules


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Date Posted: 17:00:26 01/03/17 Tue

Is there any truth to the statement if an individual competes in a OT local but does NOT swin she is not permitted to compete in any other like pageant (NAM, COED, CINDERELLA)for a year or until that competition season is over. Makes no sense to me

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Subject: theatrical makeup


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Date Posted: 16:12:20 01/05/17 Thu

Has anyone ever tried theatrical makeup for competition? How does it compare to regular makeup and is it worth the extra $$?

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Subject: Runway


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Date Posted: 20:36:00 12/19/16 Mon

Could someone please post a picture of the beautiful circular runway the year Jennifer Berry won???

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Subject: What was the interview attire like in this year's interview DVD? Anything fashion forward other than dresses, like jumpsuits or pantsuits, shirt and skirt?


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Date Posted: 14:48:03 12/26/16 Mon


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Subject: in every class there are favorites. WE the fans have ours and the ladies have theirs and this year a fav Savvy won.


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Date Posted: 14:07:48 12/20/16 Tue

In your opinion do the favorites see themselves as favorites? Give examples

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Subject: How do you make images smaller when posting?


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Date Posted: 13:47:10 01/03/17 Tue


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