Friday, September 25, 2009

Miss Virginia Shaves Her Head To Fight Kids’ Cancer Miss Virginia Shaves Her Head To Fight Kids Cancer

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 Miss Virginia Shaves Her Head To Fight Kids CancerIn January, she took to the stage in a black bikini to compete for the Miss America crown. This week, Miss Virginia 2008 Tara Wheeler sat down to shave her hair off to help fight kid’s cancer.

 Miss Virginia Shaves Her Head To Fight Kids Cancer

Beauty pageants are never going to get me out there shaking my pom poms, but is it any surprise that the beauty queen willing to shave her shoulder-length hair has been bucking the traditional girly girl trend all along?

shaved tara wheeler 300x226 Miss Virginia Shaves Her Head To Fight Kids Cancer

In a society where hair is a defining feminine characteristic intertwined with our beauty ideals, I’m going to wager this is an even bigger stereotype buster. And dare I say a better example for little girls?

Let’s start ticking them off, shall we? Beauty comes from within. Check. Give back. Check. It’s just hair. Check. Should we keep going?

Watch it all go down (note the braiding of her hair - the braids were saved to donate to another organization that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair):

Image: St. Baldrick’s
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'The Amazing Race': Show off to another rousing start, this time with UCF's Miss America -- and here are 'Amazing Race' pit stops

exciting premiere suggests that an eighth prize wouldn't be a surprise.
"The Amazing Race" is simply television's best reality contest, even if it doesn't have the ratings to match "American Idol" or "Dancing With the Stars."

Fans of Ericka Dunlap, the Miss America who graduated from the University of Central Florida, will see a lot of her with her husband, Brian Kleinschmidt.  (They are pictured.)

There's a nasty surprise at the starting line, a highly entertaining stop at a Japanese game show in Tokyo and a gripping race through flooded streets in Vietnam.

And -- spoiler alert -- here are the pit stops this season:

1. Tokyo

2. Cai Be, Vietnam

3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

4. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7. Groningen, The Netherlands

8. Stockholm

9. Tallinn, Estonia

10. Prague, Czech Republic

11. Prague

12. Las Vegas

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Miss Universe back home to celebrate win, says Venezuela aiming for third consecutive crown

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CARACAS, Venezuela — The newly crowned Miss Universe returned to her native Venezuela on Saturday to celebrate her historic selection, saying the nation would go for its third consecutive win at next year’s pageant.

Stefania Fernandez, 18, was welcomed at the airport with a red carpet and flowers.

“Nothing is impossible, Venezuela!” she said, stepping off the plane in a blue dress and sparkling crown.

Asked what she would say to Colombian rocker Juanes regarding his controversial “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana on Sunday, Fernandez said she believes that musicians, like beauty queens, “are always here to unite, not to create one more problem in the world.”

Sunday’s concert has drawn criticism in the Cuban-American exile community, where many complain Juanes is endorsing the island’s communist system. Organizers insist the show has no ideological overtones.

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California Teen Queen recognized on school website

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Archbishop Mitty High School - Home: "Congratulations to senior Kylie Kucinski who was crowned Miss California in the National American Miss pageant this summer. National American Miss is a nationwide program that focuses on developing young women to become tomorrow's leader."

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Beauties of America Website Updates Coming Soon!

Jennifer won't even tell her ol' buddy Tim what she has up her sleeve. Hmmm...Intriguing...
Anxious for more updates from the 2009 national pageant on the national website? Can't wait to see who's competing so far for 2010 (there are quite a few already!)? Well, I promise we're not keeping those updates a secret on purpose.... We are upgrading our national website's database and technical features to enhance the Beauties of America website for the coming year! Look for those updates and more soon at
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Reign Fashion Show in High Point NC

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Julie and LaDaria had a great time at the Reign Fashion Show in High Point, North Carolina. The ladies were assisting in showcasing the beautiful gowns and suits offered at Reign to the Miss NC USA Contestants during a Meet and Greet they had.
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Emceeing Humane Society Fashion Show

I had such a wonderful time emceeing the Humane Society Benefit Fall Fashion Show! There were so many wonderful pieces shown, and over a thousand dollars raised for the Humane Society. And no, I do NOT use notes when I speak. I am reading the list of sponsors for the evening. The community came out en masse for this event, and the list of sponsors was literally a page long! Congrats to Adam, Abby and Rick for an amazing and successful event. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it.
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2010 Idaho Intl Pageant Day 1

Wonderful Day to Kick Off Pageant weekend! Great rehearsal, Great Dinner, AMAZING motivational speaker!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Photos From Don Seidman at Mrs. America

I can't wait to get them all, but here's some of my downloads!
Photos are areas of competition: Interview, Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Costume
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Watch Drop Dead Diva this Sunday at 9 pm EST!

Be sure to tune in this Sunday, September 27th to Lifetime TV at 9:00 p.m. EST for episode 11 of Drop Dead Diva! I'm so excited to be an extra in this episode, you may spot me in the hip and trendy night club scene as a "club-goer" wearing a pink halter top! So who knows if you'll see me, but look for the girl in the hot pink top, that will be me! :0) It may be kind of like Where's Waldo...I met some really great people and we all had a lot of fun on set filming this episode in Atlanta.

Drop Dead Diva is such a cute show, it's a spirited new comedic drama series that puts a wildly unique and entertaining spin on the complex issues of a woman's identity in today's world.
"Drop Dead Diva" is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

James Taylor + Oregon=FABULOUS!!!

My best friend Kathy Shepherd and I, along with our husbands, are huge James Taylor fans.  So when she called to tell me she had purchased James Taylor concert tickets for my wedding anniversary, I was speechless.
The encore left everyone smiling and cheering as the act concluded for the night.  The evening was nothing short of spectacular!

Taylor ended the concert reminding those who had been drinking (and there were plenty) to find a ride home, and "don't drink and drive."  The alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery professional in me wanted to jump up and thank him, yet again!
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Miss America 2009 Katie Stam To Make a Special Go Green Announcement on FOX News Channel's Fox & Friends


Miss America 2009 Katie Stam

To Make a Special

Go Green Announcement on

FOX News Channel's Fox & Friends

Tomorrow, Sept. 23 at 8:50 a.m. EST*

on FOX News Channel

Tune in to Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel tomorrow, Sept. 23 at 8:50 a.m. EST* to see Miss America 2009 Katie Stam interview with Fox & Friends co-host and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson. Katie will speak about the 2010 Miss America Pageant on TLC and our Go Green initiatives.

After her interview, immediately log on to Fox & Friends' LIVE streaming internet show, After the Show Show, where Katie will chat with the hosts from 9 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

You won't want to miss it!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Miss Wisconsin USA and Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2010

Courtney Lopez from Racine (Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2008) was crowned last night at Performing Arts Center @ Middleton High School, Middleton, Wisconsin. Courtney will represent Wisconsin in Miss USA 2010 pageant next April.

On the otherhand, Kirsten Norderhaug from Brookefield won the Miss Wisconsin Teen USA title.  
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