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Have a 4th of July Beauty Pageant

Jun 30, 2011

Find a true American beauty this summer!

Find a true American beauty this summer!

Are you hosting a 4th of July beauty pageant? We know that 4th of July celebrations generally consist of fireworks, food, and other plans… but a beauty pageant can be a great twist! There are so many patriotic themes for this pageant. It’s a great way to give those who enter an opportunity to show off their beauty and talent to the rest of the community.

Stars and Stripes Pageant

You can hold a beauty pageant for girls called “The Miss Stars and Stripes Pageant.” This can be great for younger contestants. Encourage them to showcase their star power with a gown competition. They can then show off their stripes with a passion for some kind of community cause. This can help get young girls involved with the community at a young age.

Patriotic Beauties

Patriotism is a great theme for a pageant, too. Quiz the contestants on their knowledge of U.S. history. The talent portion could consists of an activity that requires them to make some sort of red, white, and blue craft. Be sure to theme the décor accordingly!

However you choose to celebrate this 4th of July, be sure to do it safely. Have fun and celebrate America’s birthday. If you do have a patriotic pageant, we’d love to see some pictures!

An Amazing Prom Story: The No Worries Prom Now Prom Night

Jun 30, 2011

prom nightIn Hollywood this month, there was a special event that touched the lives of many. It was the No Worries Now prom night and it recognized kids who have been through some of the toughest challenges of life. The No Worries Prom was an amazing even put on by No Worries Now, a non-profit organization that received ABC7’s Pay It Forward Prize. With thousands available for the special event, No Worries Now was able to host a gorgeous prom night for hundreds of teens who have dealt with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.

For those 500 or so teens, it was a night to forget about doctors, treatments, and all of the stress that comes with the challenges of illness and disability. It was a night to feel like a celebrity – there was even a red carpet!

Held at Madame Tussauds museum in Hollywood, the No Worries Prom was an amazing event that we hope to see repeated. For many teens, this was a chance to attend the prom – worry free – in a place that would dazzle and leave them with many memories to come!

To learn more about the No Worries Prom, check out this official story from ABC7.

Can Pageants make you Famous?

Jun 27, 2011

There are better ways to Hollywood!

There are better ways to Hollywood!

Is it your dream to be famous one day? What little girl doesn’t dream of being a star? Well, there are many famous faces that have graced the pageant stage! You could be the next one—if you walk with confidence in a dress from Pageant Designs. We can’t promise you fame, of course. But we can promise that you’ll look and feel your best when you participate in a pageant. Let’s take a look at some famous beauty pageant winners (and losers!).

Famous Pageant Faces

  • Oprah Winfrey was Miss Black Tennessee in 1971. We all know how famous she became!
  • We talked a bit last time about how Halle Berry was the runner up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant.
  • Diane Sawyer was America’s Junior Miss 1963. She now ranks as one of the highest paid newswomen in history.
  • Vanessa Williams was the first African American to win the Miss America pageant in 1984. She had to resign when some less-than-modest photos came to light. She became a wonderful singer and actress since, though.
  • Gretchen Carlson was 1989’s Miss America. She joined Fox News in 2005.
  • Jeri Ryan was Miss Illinois in 1989, competing in the 1990 Miss America pageant. She went on to have a successful television career.
  • Sharon Stone was Miss Crawford County in 1976. She went on to be a huge movie star.
  • Who could forget Tiffani-Amber Thiessen? The Miss Junior America winner was extremely successful on shows like Saved by the Bell.
  • And Raquel Welch was Miss San Diego. She was considered to be one of the world’s most attractive women. She has many film credits to her name.

What’s your ambition? Can a beauty pageant and the right pageant accessories get you there?

Choosing a Prom Theme

Jun 21, 2011

Jovani Silver Prom Dress

Jovani Silver Prom Dress

Are you on a prom planning committee? If so, no worries – we’re here to help you pick the perfect prom theme. Choosing a prom theme can be pretty tough. You want to have an occasion that everyone can enjoy and you don’t want to pick anything lame. So how can you keep it fun for everyone? Well, to hep you pick the perfect prom theme, has put together these great tips and ideas for prom themes:

  • Try picking an exotic destination that’s romantic or fun, like “One Night in Paris”, “A Tour Through Egypt”, or even a “Mardis Gras Celebration in New Orleans”.
  • You can even get creative with locations that aren’t exactly the type you would visit on vacation, such as outer space, in dreams, or under the sea.
  • Center the prom around a popular movie or song. Try decorating the venue like the set of the movie or have decorations that tie back into the lyrics of a song.
  • Hold a vote! Letting students vote on a prom theme ensures that everyone gets a voice.
  • Try themes for  your prom around a decade. The 20’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s are all great decades to explore.

What method will you use when picking a prom theme?

Second Place is Nothing to Sneeze At…

Jun 17, 2011

Be yourself and you're already a winner!

Be yourself and you're already a winner!

It’s not necessarily all about winning. And everyone should remember that before she enters a pageant. It’s about the experience and bettering who you are. Just ask Halle Berry! Back in 1986 she was crowned Miss Ohio USA. That meant that she got to compete for the title of Miss USA. Halle’s a famous actress now—but back then she was just a 19-year-old pageant contestant. Do you think winning a pageant will change your life? Why don’t you ask a runner up?

Halle almost won the Miss USA pageant that year. But it just wasn’t meant to be. She came in second to Christy Fichtner of Texas. That didn’t stop Halle from having a successful career, though. She even went on to be the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. She’s had many successful movie roles, and she’s an ambassador for Revlon.

So what happened to Christy Fichtner? Last we heard, she starred on the reality show Who Wants to Marry My Dad?. She came in second.

Take your cue from Halle Berry… you don’t have to win the pageant to be a superstar! With the right pageant dress and some preparation, you’ll be ready to get out there and gibe it your best shot. Just don’t worry about the outcome!

Be America’s Next Top Model

Jun 13, 2011

Casting Call

Did you know that there’s a casting call for CW network’s America’s Next Top Model? It’s true – and it’s happening right here in Greenville, South Carolina!

Carolinas CW 62 will hold a local casting call for the show on Saturday, July 9th at Dimitra Designs in Greenville, SC from 9am and 12pm.  We’re located at 303 N. Pleasantburg Drive, right across the street from the Krispy Kreme.

To participate, you must be female, between the ages of 18 and 27, 5′7″ or taller in height, and a United States Citizen. For all of the event specifics, requirements, and application information, please check out our Casting Call Information page.

Still have questions? Give Kristina Smith a call at 864-595-4637 or email ksmith(at)wspa(dot)com.

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Get Ready for Summertime Soirees!

Jun 11, 2011

Riva Designs Short Cocktail Dress

Riva Designs Short Cocktail Dress

Summertime means lots of things. It means time off from school, vacations, weddings, sweet sixteen parties…the list goes on and on. But one of the best things about summer is the chance to look absolutely fabulous in a great dress that can fit just about any occasion. Summertime is sure to be full of soirees, weddings, and formal parties, so be sure that you’re ready for anything by checking out the selection of new short cocktail dresses at

From designer creations that flatter your figure to cutting-edge styles that are completely your own, the selection of short cocktail dresses at is sure to have something for everyone. We carry exquisite creations from Riva Designs, Mac Duggal, Hannah S, Sherri Hill, Sticks & Stones, Jovani, Faviana, Alyce, Landa, Terani, La Femme, and many other great designer lines so that you can find the one that makes your personality shine through.

Looking to attend a wedding? Need a fancy party dress for a sweet sixteen bash? Want to look fabulous at the annual boat parade or a local community pageant? We’ve got you covered with all of the latest short cocktail dress styles – just in time for summer.

Check out’s short cocktail dress section to start saving on the perfect dress for your summertime soiree.

Winning Pageant Hair

Jun 10, 2011

What hair is going to win your pageant?

What hair is going to win your pageant?

What sort of hairstyle can help you win a beauty pageant? Logic tells you to look at the shape of your face and see what works best for you… but what do the statistics say? While the latest hairstyle trends might be on the shorter side, the odds are more in your favor to win a pageant if you have longer hair. In fact, many of the big winners in the past several years have had long hair. And it gets even more specific! The hairstyle that is the most likely to win you a pageant is long, down, and wavy.

Why do you think that is? Most pageant judges are looking for a glamorous appearance from contestants. But you have to strike that balance between glamour and what looks natural and becoming on you. You should also take your talent into consideration when you’re constructing your overall look. You’ll also want to be able to comfortably move around in all stages of the beauty pageant.

Interestingly enough, the top five contestants in the 2009 Miss America pageant all had the same hairstyle.

What was it?

Long, down, and wavy.

FitOne Studios: The Edge for Pageantry Competitions in South Carolina

Jun 7, 2011

It’s so much fun to get in touch with other South Carolina businesses who have a hand in helping young women make it big in pageantry contests. That’s why we couldn’t help but tell you about FitOne Studios, where you can work with a Certified Personal Trainer to work on your fitness regimen to help you reach your body goals before your next pageant, or lend you that edge for your dance or wedding.


His motto, “Fitness is Life” is a great one, because fitness doesn’t stop after the pageant winner is crowned or once the wedding cake cut. A fit and healthy life can continue!

FitOne Studios works with people of all ages, from kids to geriatrics, but also has worked with beauty pageant winners in South Carolina and Georgia. One of the FitOne Studios clients, the lovely Miss Estrella Gomez represented South Carolina most recently in the Miss Latina America of the World Pageant. So exciting!

FitOne Studios offers one on one personal training that covers it all, strength, flexibility, agility and nutrition counseling. Just the thing to get you in shape for your next pageant or to help you fit in that dream dress! – Modeling Photography Expertise to Support your Pageantry Passions

Jun 2, 2011

We love to get to know local photographers! With the release of our new pageantry site it’s great to know that there are South Carolina photographers who specialize in modeling, like

bob-pardueGetting a start in the pageantry circuit can be hard. Whether you’re just beginning the process for your first pageant or this is your tenth, it’s never too late to start a strong modeling background – it can definitely help your chances!

Modeling helps with:

  • Learning proper poise and body posture. Working with modeling photographers you’ll learn how to best present yourself in front of a camera and on stage!
  • Raising money. Pageant entry fees cost a lot, many pageantry contestants will work as a model in their spare time. (Besides all the great volunteer work you do as well!)
  • Staying busy in your downtime between pageants. Life isn’t all about living from pageant to pageant. While you’re getting ready for your next big pageant, stay active with modeling!
  • Preparing the perfect headshots. Many pageants require a headshot quality photo along with your application. Why not work with a professional modeling photographer for your perfect headshot. You might find that modeling is just the thing for you!
  • Improving your confidence! Modeling is just another great way to help you develop your confidence and skills!

Of course going to a modeling photographer like will help you get your glamour shots ready for the pageants. If you’re looking for tips and modeling advice, you’ll love the Bob Pardue .com blog. Bob is one of the largest sources you’ll find for getting started in modeling.