All I want is … World peace, and a sexy bikini


A local company hopes to benefit its brand as it helps reinvent the Miss America pageant.

With nearly 30 people ogling and staring, Brazilian model Fernanda Mellon lowers herself onto a wooden beach chaise, ruffles her honey-highlighted curls and sticks her tongue out at the video camera perched on a moveable dolley in front of her.

One of two models hired to star in the first national televised commercial for Venus, a Jacksonville-based Web and catalog swimwear business, Mellon is wearing a push-up bikini and high heels in a darkened downtown television studio.

An official sponsor of the Miss America Organization, Venus’ commercial will debut Jan. 29 during the Miss America pageant telecast on the Country Music Television cable channel. And along with the 30-second commercial slot, every Miss America contestant will be outfitted in Venus swimsuits during the show’s “health and fitness” portion. It’s a decidedly sexy departure from last year’s swimsuit sponsor, Speedo – a company know for its athletic apparel. Unlike the sporty Speedo bikinis in muted tones of gray striped with pale yellow or red worn by contestants in 2006, Venus bikinis are generally skimpier, with flirty fabrics in psychedelic or python prints.

And that’s the idea. Pageant officials say the skimpier bikinis are more contemporary with today’s contestants – and viewers. Media and pageant experts surmise that the upped sexiness could revive Miss America’s “starchy” image and sagging ratings.

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We’re ‘bringing home the crown,’ Miss Iowa says


With a focus on character and her singing, she’s off to compete for the Miss America title.
By KEN FUSON
REGISTER STAFF WRITER

January 13, 2007
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Governor Race Update

Former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry said he intends to file for the Democratic nomination for governor next Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007.

Henry has declined to discuss his running mate situation, except to say he’s “pretty far along” in choosing someone.

Henry said he does not intend to put his wife on the ticket. She’s former Miss America Heather French Henry.

State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, former Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear and Otis Hensley Jr. are also seeking the Democratic nomination.

And Paducah businessman Billy Harper said it doesn’t bother him that former Congresswoman Anne Northup may seek the Republican nomination for governor and he won’t change his plans.

Harper said a three-way race would require a runoff if no primary candidate receives at least 40 percent of the vote.

The primary is May 15, 2007 and a runoff would be June 19, 2007.

Governor Ernie Fletcher has also announced that he’ll seek re-election.

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5 or 6 trucks later Conversations with Miss Georgia Amanda Kozak Warner Robins graduate to compete for Miss America crown

By Jenny Gordon

TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER

Amanda Kozak is a former Miss Warner Robins and Miss Valdosta and the current Miss Georgia. The 22-year-old Warner Robins High School alumna is in Las Vegas this month to compete for the Miss America title. Miss America will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29 on the CMT Channel.I had a chance to sit down with Amanda earlier this month during a visit she made to Warner Robins to attend an “On to Miss America Party,” hosted by the city and the Miss Warner Robins Scholarship Pageant Board.

QUESTION: What has a typical day been like for you since winning Miss Georgia?
ANSWER: A typical day would be waking up and eating some egg whites and some toast. It’s healthy. I try to stay healthy as much as I can. If I don’t have an appearance then I would go to my trainer and go there for about two hours and then I go and tap dance for a couple of hours. And then come back and do some more cardio if I can. Then go back to Natalie’s house, my preparation advisor. We’ll go over current events.
QUESTION: What have you been doing to prepare for Miss America?
ANSWER: The biggest thing right now is just working on my talent. Because I think mentally if I have that under wraps then I feel a lot more prepared. It’s been a lot of just working out and staying physically fit because also during the week you’re very, very tired.
QUESTION: What about those interview sessions with judges?
ANSWER: I’d be in this room. There are five to seven judges and they ask you everything from what’s your favorite color to how you feel about Iraq to who was the recent president who may have passed and what was his platform. So they’ll hit you with anything. You’ve got to stay up on it because the more you know the more powerful you’ll feel when you walk in there. Anything’s game in interviews. A lot of times they’ll try to hit you where you’re weak because they want to make it as challenging as possible.

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Even Cancer Couldn’t Defeat Miss Rodeo America 2007


(Above left) 2007 Miss Rodeo America, Ashley Andrews. (Right) Miss Rodeo Tennessee 2006 Holly Scott.

Ashley Andrews

The winner of the 52nd Anniversary Miss Rodeo America Pageant has emerged from a field of 28 fabulous contestants. Miss Rodeo America 2007 is Ashley Andrews, formerly Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2006. She was crowned Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2006 at The Orleans Hotel showroom by Amanda Jenkins, Miss Rodeo America 2006.

After a challenging year that included defeating cancer, Andrews topped off 2006 with another win of a lifetime, becoming the First Lady of Professional Rodeo.

She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in January 2006, immediately following an appearance as Miss Rodeo North Dakota at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver.

After receiving six months of chemotherapy treatment, Andrews was given a clean bill of health before competing at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas.

A 21-year-old senior at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, Andrews studies communications, public relations and political science. Upon graduation she would like to enter the field of public relations in the area of agriculture or cancer research.

A statuesque beauty at 5’8”, Miss Andrews has blonde hair, brown eyes and a genuine, heartwarming smile. She is the youngest of six children to Bob and Rita Andrews . They are residents of Bowman, ND.

With her new national title, Andrews is carrying on a successful rodeo queen career that began when she served her state as North Dakota High School Rodeo Queen in 2001.

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Miss R.I. Heats Up Competition

Allison Rogers and Al Gore do some heavy lifting with a Solarjo Solar Power Purse that will charge a cell phone or iPod. Allison participated in the first Climate Project Training Session run by Former Vice President Gore this past September in Nashville.(Courtesy of TheClimateProject.org)

The Miss America pageant is an enduring icon of American culture. This year, Miss Rhode Island, Allison Rogers, hopes to heat things up at the competition by wearing a bikini, playing Chopin, and giving a platform statement on global warming. She talks with host Bruce Gellerman.

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Letters | Even more on Miss USA

THE DECISION of Donald Trump concerning Miss USA Tara Conner is still bugging us.

Vanessa Williams was stripped of her Miss America crown because she’d posed for some “questionable” photos several years before. Not fully nude, not pornographic, but “questionable.” On the other hand, we have Tara Conner, who got “caught up” in the New York party life, visited bars while under age, was found to have used cocaine at the time of the pageant, but will not be stripped of her title.

Although the wisdom of Vanessa Williams’ decision can be questioned, she did nothing illegal. But underage drinking is illegal, and so is possession of cocaine. Miss Universe spokeswoman Lark-Marie Anton said, “Miss USA is considered a role model, and her conduct must reflect that.” Is this what we want as a role model?

We don’t think so. We certainly don’t want our daughter to see someone who is involved in drugs and alcohol as someone to look up to. It is absolutely outrageous and hypocritical that Donald Trump and the Miss USA Organization condone this behavior and allow Miss Conner to keep her title.

They say everyone should get a second chance. Well, Vanessa Williams paid the price for her indiscretion, and did get a second chance, and has had a great career. What price is Tara Conner paying? None!

On the contrary, the message is that it’s OK to drink and take drugs, even though that’s illegal, because it’s the “party scene.” Rubbish!

So what is it? Are Trump and cohorts blinded by the blonde? What would happen if they did remove Conner? Hmmm, Tamiko Nash would become Miss USA. And if my eyes don’t deceive me, Miss Nash is not blonde and blue-eyed. Hmmm.

The very essence of beauty pageants have been scrutinized and criticized in the past few years. This development is an embarrassment to all pageants, and a slap in the face to all contestants who truly live up to the standards that are set.

William & Robyn George

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