| By Alexa Hinton, firstname.lastname@example.org |
July 12, 2006
|Two weeks after graduating high school in late ‘70s, Denise Davis won the Miss Alabama pageant and was soon launched into competition for the coveted Miss America crown.|
“I went from the high school lunchroom to state dinners with Neil Armstrong and the governor. I didn’t know anything about table manners. I was like, ‘Oh my God, there are 15,000 forks!’” Davis said.
The then-18-year-old had the beauty and skill to win over judges but not the know-how to maneuver a silverware-laden table — she was simply unprepared. So Davis hid her embarrassment, disguised her awkwardness, and got her social graces up to speed on the spot.
Years later, after modeling for more than a decade at what was then Castner Knott in the Mall at Green Hills, Davis was asked by the department store to run its manners class.
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