The Good, Bad, and Ugly of being THE QUEEN: tales of a former pageant queen

During my pageant days, I had always heard of girls taking scissors and cutting their competitor’s dress to shreds. I actually saw a girl that didn’t win stand in the wings naked… screaming and crying….throwing bobby pins across the room until the choreographer shook her and said, “THE SHOW MUST GO ON!” Or, in my case, after winning on title, I had my tires slashed twice and vicious rumors that I had a lovechild with my childhood sweetheart circulated to try to get me de-crowned (no, I waited until age 36 to get pregnant with my one and only child, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!). They always said it was lonely at the top :-/

In stark contrast, I’m always impressed by the pageant queens at Ole Miss!!! For the most part, they seem to cheer each other on and support each other in ways that weren’t afforded to me back in my pageant days. I have seen these girls rally together, take trips to Miss America in Atlantic City together, and congratulate each other GENUINELY when one of their pageant sisters takes the crown. It’s a level of camaraderie to be admired even among the best of friends.

Pageants definitely have evolved. It’s nice to see that there are driven, empowered women with beauty on the inside and out who truly want the best for each other. Working with young girls, teenagers, and young adults over the past five years has truly shown me the beauty in pageantry. Sure, every now and then, you have a sore loser. But if you change your mentality to accept a loss, focus on areas of growth, and admire the one who was crowned, your whole perspective on competition will change. Your whole perspective on life will change, and YOU will learn amazing life lessons that will help you through every hurdle you will face in the future :)

GOD SAVE THE QUEENS!!!!

Posted on January 6, 2019 .

Let The Beauty Pageants Begin

This is the same dress that I wore when I won Miss Southern Mississippi. I was able to pull off this classic style 15 years later when I sang La Canzone di Doretta at my best friend's Italian wedding. Hair, makeup, and all stylist work was done by me!

This is the same dress that I wore when I won Miss Southern Mississippi. I was able to pull off this classic style 15 years later when I sang La Canzone di Doretta at my best friend's Italian wedding. Hair, makeup, and all stylist work was done by me!

I always hate to toot my own horn.... but "toot toot!"   I was a former Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Miss Grenada County, Homecoming Maid, and placed in Miss Mississippi USA.  I was also a talent winner at the Miss Mississippi pageant, singing opera.... Ahhhhhhhhh Glory Days!   All this being said, I realize the time, energy, and strenuous preparation that goes into putting a lady together for a pageant.   Without help from my sponsors, pageant coaches, and clothing stylists, I would have been an ultimate flop!   That is why I adore helping other women also achieve their dreams and feel confident both on the inside and the outside.

The Miss University pageant is coming up and then the Parade of Beauties in the spring.  If anyone needs help with makeup & hair, interview, clothing selection, stage presentation, or talent (I specialize in singing), please give me a call.   I would love to help!!!!   310-500-7281

Posted on October 7, 2014 .

Don't be BUSTED BARBIE!

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By now, most of us know that the the sun's UV rays and tanning beds can be damaging to your skin.  Not only will it make you look like a leather bag, but it can also have detrimental effects to your health.  Keep the leather bag on your arm, for fashion's sake; because, no amount of makeover can undo the Busted Barbie! 

"The World Health Organization has declared indoor tanning devices to be cancer-causing agents that are in the same category as tobacco. Studies have found a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning," according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

  What is the solution to get a bronzed glow????  SUNLESS TANNING!

Get a streak free, natural looking, flawless tan with Hotty Toddy Tan!     Call Now to Book Your Appointment!!!!  662-801-6262

xoxo- Keely

 

Posted on September 6, 2014 .