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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Beauty pageant set for Feb. 28.

America’s Cover Miss and Cover Boy, USA pageant will hold its annual pageant at the Victoria Mall on Feb. 28.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the pageant will begin at noon.

For more information or to receive a brochure by mail call: 870-837-1075 or e-mail txcovermiss@yahoo.com. Brochures are available online at http://www.txcovermiss.com

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Beauty pageant set for Feb. 28.

America’s Cover Miss and Cover Boy, USA pageant will hold its annual pageant at the Victoria Mall on Feb. 28.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the pageant will begin at noon.

For more information or to receive a brochure by mail call: 870-837-1075 or e-mail txcovermiss@yahoo.com. Brochures are available online at http://www.txcovermiss.com

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"STOMP"ing Back in NYC!!

First of all after I landed, I was picked up and we headed out to see “STOMP”! It was amazing to see how talented folks can be with garbage cans, brooms, and other household cleaning items…lol! It was great, and I enjoyed the show so much!
I used Friday to get settled in and rest up because Saturday morning I was on my way to Philadelphia to see the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dexter University, and meet new friends along the way! And YES!!! Beauties of America’s Teen ran up those stairs with pride and success just like “Rocky” in front of the Philly Museum! I don’t think my muscles are quite that big yet, as the statue that stands out front!!
This was the beginning of what I knew was going to be another America’s Teen adventure!
Til later!
Laurie Kimsey, America’s Teen 2008

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Miss Iowa 2008: Send Off Party (Scroll Down to I’m Back Post)

Before I left for Miss America I was able to throw a send off party!! And it was a PARTY!! Desirae Ball Jones put forth a lot of time and effort to make the send off a success. Jacque Tingey Martineau was the hostess, with many performance groups in the midst of my wardrobe changes. I was overwhelmed by the love the community showed me as they not only came to support me at my send off, but have continuously given me support on my road towards Miss America. I have to thank Snow College for not only allowing us the use of the Eccles Theater, letting me do a radio spot, letting me exercise at the AC for free, and being willing to do mock interviews with me (Thank you Melanie Jenkins.) Also, Snow College’s very own Marlo Rice did numerous personal training sessions with me all for free. THANK YOU!!!

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