MILLTOWN — Courtney Fay's mother, grandmother and great grandmother had competed in beauty pageants, so it was almost like destiny that Courtney should too. But she and her mother, Monica Fay, agreed that school should come first. Still, Courtney Fay always longed to enter a pageant.
“I love dressing up and being a girl, getting to wear beautiful gowns,” said Fay, 20, of Milltown. “And I've always watched beauty pageants. Not only are these girls beautiful, they are smart, elegant and graceful. They're so well-rounded. Yes, it's a beauty pageant, but there's so much more to it. I always thought those girls were so amazing.”
This past summer, Monica Fay, on a whim, decided to send a photograph of her daughter to the Miss New Jersey USA Pageant.