Miss North Carolina Definitely Makes Her Rounds

Miss North Carolina International 2008 Appearances October – December 2008:

October 2, 2008
All Knights Bash

Raleigh, NC

October 3, 2008
NC State Homecoming Parade

Raleigh, NC

October 4, 2008
NC State Football Game

Raleigh, NC

October 11, 2008
Cops for Kids Toy Drive

Weaverville, NC

October 11, 2008
Parade of Homes

Weaverville, NC

November 3, 2008
Red Cross Blood donation

Raleigh, NC

November 8, 2008
Make-A-Wish Foundation Princess Party

Raleigh, NC

November 9, 2008
Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Game

Raleigh, NC

November 22, 2008
Asheville Christmas Parade

Asheville, NC

December 19, 2008
Speaking about True Beauty

Black Mountain, NC

December 2008
Donald Latham Party with reigning queens/models

Asheville, NC

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Miss North Carolina Definitely Makes Her Rounds

Miss North Carolina International 2008 Appearances October – December 2008:

October 2, 2008
All Knights Bash

Raleigh, NC

October 3, 2008
NC State Homecoming Parade

Raleigh, NC

October 4, 2008
NC State Football Game

Raleigh, NC

October 11, 2008
Cops for Kids Toy Drive

Weaverville, NC

October 11, 2008
Parade of Homes

Weaverville, NC

November 3, 2008
Red Cross Blood donation

Raleigh, NC

November 8, 2008
Make-A-Wish Foundation Princess Party

Raleigh, NC

November 9, 2008
Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Game

Raleigh, NC

November 22, 2008
Asheville Christmas Parade

Asheville, NC

December 19, 2008
Speaking about True Beauty

Black Mountain, NC

December 2008
Donald Latham Party with reigning queens/models

Asheville, NC

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Planning your Pageant Year…

clipped from globalbeauties.com

Working in the pageant industry is exciting, and at the same time, stressful.  It doesn’t matter if you are a fan, a director, or a blogger.  The excitement of these annual events enter our lives several times a year.

2009 got to a slow start. Most contests have been moved to the 2nd half of the year.  But those of you who love to plan ahead might enjoy reading these lines.

As confirmed by the Miss Universe Organization, the 2009 Miss USA pageant will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Sunday, April 19th.  Those who enjoy the show as well as seeing the contestants up close will be excited to plan ahead for this event.  Who knows, you might be able to catch the next Miss Universe (Last year, Dayana Mendoza attended the event).

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Miss America hopes to see Super Bowl champ crowned

clipped from www.bradenton.com

Fresh from becoming Miss America, Katie Stam would like to see another winner crowned this weekend.

Only one problem: She doesn’t have a ticket to the Super Bowl.

“I’m still hoping,” Stam said Friday.

Super Bowl Football

The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student won her title Saturday night in Las Vegas. She’s in town this weekend for “Taste of the NFL,” a charitable event that combines chefs, athletes and entertainers.

Stam was the first Miss Indiana to win the pageant. This Hoosier said her favorite sport is football, not hoops.

“I know, it’s supposed to be basketball,” she said.

She was raised in Seymour, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis. Rather than the home-state Colts, she roots for the Chicago Bears. That’s the team her boyfriend of three years cheers for.

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MISS AMERICA A RATINGS WINNER

Multichannel News

27-Jan-2009

The Jan. 24 live telecast of the Miss America pageant drew 3.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The pageant telecast, in which Miss Indiana Katie Stam won the 88-year old pageant’s title, was the second-most viewed on cable, behind last year’s Miss America Live! event on TLC, which averaged 3.6 million viewers. The show was the most-watched show on cable for the night among adults 18 to 49 (1.73 million viewers), women 18 to 49 (1.2 million), adults 18 to 34 (977,000 viewers) and women 18 to 34 (714,000).

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Update: Snubbed Miss New York tells us she’s not bitter

There’s only one person who disputes that the Miss America Organization made an egregious error when it snubbed Miss Brooklyn Leigh-Taylor Smith: Leigh-Taylor Smith.

Showing the grace and style that she has shown throughout the grueling death march that is our nation’s premiere beauty pageant, Smith told The Brooklyn Paper on Tuesday that she did not feel snubbed, betrayed, abused, let down or otherwise dismissed by the panel of judges that made Miss Indiana, Katie Stam, this year’s Miss America.

“No, the fix was not in,” Smith told me by phone when this columnist suggested that the fix was, um, in. “I was right up there with the others, in the final five, because it was a fair process.”

Readers of this column have long known that I have little respect for the Miss America Organization.

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Miss D.C.: Washington will one day take the crown!

clipped from www.dcexaminer.com
Gosh darn it … another Miss America beauty pageant and another miss for D.C.’s candidate. In fact, no D.C. beauty has taken up the crown since D.C.’s own Margaret Gorman won the pageant’s very first title back in 1921.

This year, the winner was Indiana’s Katie Stam, but we caught up with D.C.’s representative, Kate Marie Grinold, who did crack the pageant’s top ten.

“D.C. will absolutely win it one day!” she told us. “It’s just a matter of time.”
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Local miss to be featured on TLC show

When The Learning Channel chose local six-year-old Kayleigh Ledbetter to be part of its “Toddlers in Tiaras” series last year, they got a bit of a surprise. Although Kayleigh has been appearing in beauty pageants since she was 18-months of age, she is not your typical contestant-or, that is, her family is not your typical contestant’s family. The family doesn’t spend a lot of money on hair and make-up. In fact, Kayleigh doesn’t wear make-up at all. Neither does she spend hours in coaching sessions and rehearsals being “prepped” for pageants, and there are no tears if she doesn’t take first place.

“Kayleigh thinks just being in the pageant is winning. She’s so happy, even if she doesn’t win,” says Kayleigh’s aunt, Allsion Layne.

It was Kayleigh’s granddad, local pharmacist Bobby Ledbetter, who encouraged the family to enter Kayleigh in the Miss Gold Rush pageant, her first.
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Miss Utah 2008: More Pictures!

I thought I should make a separate post for the rest of the Miss America pictures.  These pictures are a little different because they are pictures AFTER the pageant.  And to make them even more special they were taken by “Everyday by Tuesdee.” My Sister In-Law is a freelance photographer and she was kind enough to capture every moment perfectly with her skill and perfection.   Her pictures are some of the best pictures I have.  She is a very talented photographer.  You can see more of her creations at http://everydaybytuesdee.blogspot.com/  

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Confessions of A Beauty Queen

clipped from www.cbsnews.com

A Recovering Beauty Pageant Contestant Reflects On Her “Bedazzled” Journey

In six months, I will officially be too old to become Miss America.
This is not to imply that my likelihood of making the top ten has ever been stellar or even existent; however, it was nice to know that if college, career, or real life in general didn’t work out, there was always Miss America.
Technically, I should hate everything about beauty pageants. The idea that intelligent, attractive young women would willingly parade around in little more than bronzer and double-stick tape and subject themselves to a judging process that closely resembles a prize emu competition at the state fair, seems antiquated at best.
However, this past weekend, as I watched a lace-clad Miss Indiana become the 52nd young woman to cry and take home the crown, I realized to my great horror, that the emotion welling up in my chest was not complacency, it was jealousy.
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