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Miss Louisiana, Jaden Leach, Aspires to be Crowned Miss America

Jul 12, 2013


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Preparing for a pageant is demanding and competitive. We need the perfect hair, the perfect beauty pageant dress, and the perfect smile to win over the judges. We worry so much about how we present ourselves and how we’ll do match up against our competitors that it’s easy to forget why we’re there in the first place.

That’s where Jaden Leach comes in. Leach has just been crowned as Miss Louisiana and she’s hoping to become the Pelican State’s first pageant contestant crowned Miss America. But Leach isn’t just another pretty face. The 21-year-old junior at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is hard at work on more than just beauty competitions and her education.

Leach’s heart is with her platform, Children at Risk. She’s committed to promoting creativity and the arts among children with learning disabilities. Leach says these activities give the children confidence and the ability to cope with their hardships.

A platform is something from which to build, but also a cause that demands struggle and dedication. Competing in pageants is not about the beauty pageant dress or the talent you perform onstage. The competition itself is a platform for you as a person.  Each public appearance is an opportunity to further yourself and the causes you support. Your work offstage makes you more of a competitor on it. And more importantly, the platforms you champion are what really matters. Because no matter what happens onstage, how you judge yourself in life is the most important competition.

Dust off Your Beauty Pageant Dress for the 2014 Miss America Pageant

Apr 19, 2013

Every girl has a dream, and sometimes that dream comes true. Every September, one girl from every US state dresses up in an elegant beauty pageant dress, and competes to be crowned the next Miss America. For many this is a dream come true, but there’s no doubt that these girls had to work hard in order to take their rightful place on the Miss America pageant stage.

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In order to qualify for the Miss American pageant, contestants must first compete at the county level and then at state level. Right now, the states are getting ready to hold their pageants. After a girl is crowed from each state they will move on to compete in the 2014 Miss America competition, which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

That’s right; this year’s Miss America pageant will be held at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 15th. You’ll be able to watch the competition live on your local ABC affiliate from 9 pm to 11 pm Eastern standard time. You can learn more about the 2014 Miss America competition at Make sure you check back with for updates on one of the most beloved beauty pageants!

Stylish and Sleek Pageant Swimwear for Women Tips!

Apr 30, 2012

You know all the answers to every tough question and you’ve practiced your talent to the utmost perfection. Here at we so often go over the first two portions of any pageant competition, the interview and talent portion, but until recently haven’t been able to speak to the swimwear portion.pageant swimwear for women

Today we’re proud to say that we will we be glad to help any young ladies look their best for the swimsuit potion of the competition!

  • We now carry two fabulous lines of pageant swimwear for women from Lady M which means you can now get both your pageant dress and pageant swimsuit from the same convenient location!
  • We can provide you with help and tips to pick out the right swimsuit for your body and personal style, be it the bolder two piece or the fashionable one piece swimsuit.

What is Lady M Swimwear?

Designed by Micheal Valley-St. George, Lady M swimwear has been featured in pageants and pageant magazines across the country. Winning styles mean winning crowns, so why settle for anything less than competition worthy. You wouldn’t settle for an off the rack pageant dress, so why choose an off the rack pageant suit?

What do you look for when you choose your swimsuit, a plunging one piece neckline or a two piece to show off your chiseled abs?

Meet Some of the Miss World 2012 Contestants

Apr 23, 2012

Since its start, the pageant has had a larger global audience than the Olympics! In 1951, Eric Morley organized the very first Miss World pageant, which was introduced as a part of the Festival of Britain celebrations. Recently, the Miss World Organization released a list of some of this year’s pageant contestants. This year, over 120 pageant contestants from different countries across the world are expected to shine one stage in their beautiful pageant gowns.

pageant gowns crownSome of the Miss World 2012 pageant contestants include:

Miss. Angola

Edmilza Nicosia Mota Dos Santos – The 22 year old student is studying psychology. She loves to dance, and has a passion for fashion.

Miss Barbados

Marielle Wilkie – The 22 year old loves spending time outdoors and surfing. She believes that one person at a time can make a difference in the world.

Miss Belgium

Laura Beyne – The 19 year old was training to be a real estate broker when she won the title of Miss Belgium 2012.

Miss Cape Verde

Tirzah Evora – The 19 year old graduated from high school in July 2011. She enjoys reading and dancing, and volunteers within her community.

Miss Ethiopia

Melkham Endale – The 22 year old is currently going to school at a university near her home. She enjoys reading books, and writing poems.

Check back with Pageant Designs for more information about the Miss World 2012 pageant contestants, and don’t forget to tune into the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant, which will be held in July in Ordos, China.

Infamous Child Beauty Pageant Star – JonBenet Ramsey

Mar 19, 2012

Beautiful Little Princess With Tiara Smelling Roses Over WhiteThink of a legendary child beauty pageant contestant. Now who is the first child pageant contestant that comes to mind? No, we’re not talking about the pageant princesses on Toddler’s With Tiaras! We’re talking about the infamous JonBenet Ramsey! During her short time competing in beauty pageants this 6-year-old child pageant star from Boulder, Colorado, claimed many pageant titles.

  • When she was just 4 years old in April 1994, she won the Colorado State All-Star Kids pageant.
  • A few months later, over the Fourth of July weekend, she won Little Miss Charlevoix Michigan.
  • In October, 1995, when she was a mere 5-years-old, the rising pageant star won the title of Miss Colorado Sunburst.
  • JonBenet took home the division title for America’s Royal Miss in July 1996.
  • She took home the title of America’s Royale Miss Colorado Dream Queen in the America’s Royal Miss Beauty Pageant.
  • During the Sunburst National Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 13, 1996, JonBenet was just 6-years-old. But that didn’t stop her from going home with the pageant’s second place trophy!
  • She was also crowned Colorado’s Little Miss Christmas on December 17, 1996.
  • She won a medal for talent in the December 22, 1996 All-Stars Christmas Beauty Pageant in Colorado.

Pageant Designs would like to honor JonBenet Ramsey, the tiny beauty queen who loved dancing across the stage in the prettiest pageant dresses for little girls, and all of her accomplishments in the world of pageants.

Miss American 2012 Laura Kaeppeler Trades Her Pageant Gown For An IHOP Apron

Feb 27, 2012

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Tomorrow, February 28th, is National Pancake Day, and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler is ready to celebrate! In honor of this flippin’ awesome day, Laura will be trading in her high heels and beauty pageant gowns for an IHOP apron while she visits an IHOP restaurant in Hollywood, California to help celebrate this delicious day.

This isn’t the only IHOP promoting National Pancake Day! In fact, IHOP restaurants around the globe are offering customers a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. All they ask is that customers leave a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  As Miss America 2012, Laura is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Miss America titleholders from across the United States will be promoting and participating in National Pancake Day events all week long!

IHOP has been celebrating National Pancake Day since 2006, and since then they’ve raised around 8 million dollars that has been used to support local charities! This year, IHOP hopes to raise 2.7 million dollars.  Pageant Designs encourages all beauty pageant contestants, pageant parents, pageant lovers, and everyone else to visit your local IHOP restaurant and eat a short stack for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

5 Things You May Not Know About Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler

Feb 17, 2012

Laura Kaeppeler is our new Miss America title holder, but how much do we really know about her? Well, one thing we already know is she has great taste. Her pageant gown resembled the style of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and we think she looked absolutely stunning!


Today we will let you in on five unknown facts about the 23 year old, Kenosha, WI native.

  1. Laura is the first Miss Wisconsin to win a Miss America pageant since the 1973 winner, Terry Meeuwsen.
  2. She says that she wants to help children of incarcerated parents. Having been one herself, she started her the organization, Circles of Support-Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents, in which she plans to “reduce the endless cycle of crime by mentoring children of incarcerated parents and providing resources and tools to help them positively overcome adversity.”
  3. She says she would like to use the scholarship money she’s won to pursue a law degree and become a family attorney.
  4. She has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Carthage College and won the talent competition portion of the pageant.
  5. She isn’t a mom to a child, but she confesses that her little shih tzu is the love of her life.

We hope you have learned some interesting facts about Miss America 2012 that you didn’t know before. wishes Laura a great and accomplishing year!

A History of Beauty Pageants & Miss America Timeline: Part 1

Jan 23, 2012

Today beauty pageants are judged on a variety of talents, beauty (aka how you look in the perfect pageant dress) and your knowledge, but this wasn’t always the case. In the beginning, beauty pageants were based on just the beauty and size of the participant. Since you’re going to be highly knowledgeable for the question and answer portion of the pageant, we’ve provided a timeline of how the beauty pageant has evolved for your reference. Study well, so you’re prepared for ALL questions!

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  • The tradition of the beauty pageant arrived in America and started in Atlantic City, NJ. The pageant was designed to keep tourists interested in the area beyond the summer months and Labor Day. The pageant’s goal? To find the best bathing beauty in America.
  • The title the winner would hold would be “Miss America.” Eight lovely ladies competed for the title the first year and Miss Washington D.C. was crowned the winner.


  • Mary Katherine Campbell became the only woman to win the Miss America Title two consecutive years in a row.
  • The number of contestants grew to 70.

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  • During this time, there were no Miss American pageants due to the Great Depression. How sad!


  • The Miss America pageants started again under new management. They didn’t see much success.

Next week, we’ll come back with the ‘comeback’ of the Miss America pageant!

2012 Miss America Pageant Contestants Continued

Dec 29, 2011

Before you sit down to watch these beauties grace the stage at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on January 14th in their beauty pageant dresses learn about all of the 2012 Miss America Pageant contestants. In this post will introduce you to eight more contestants of the 2012 Miss America Pageant.

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Miss Ohio – Ellen Bryan, 23, from Celina recently graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications from Ball State University. Ellen has competed in many pageants. In addition to Miss Ohio 2011, she has also been crowned Miss Lake Festival 2008, Miss Miami Valley 2010. Ellen’s talent is vocal.

Miss Oklahoma – Betty Thompson, 23, from Davenport is a senior at Oklahoma State University where she studies elementary education. Her talent is Irish step dancing, which she has been doing since she was 11-years-old.

Miss Oregon – Caroline McGowan is a 20-year-old from Waukee. Caroline is a new media communications major at Oregon State University. After graduating, she hopes to begin a career in event planning or public relations. Her talent is vocal

Miss Pennsylvania – Juliann Sheldon, 21, from Plum Borough is a Dean’s List student at Point Park University where she is studying advertising and public relations. Juliann is fairly new to the pageant world, as she began competing in pageants in December 2010. Her talent is lyrical dance.

Miss Puerto Rico – Laura Ramirez, 21, from Arecibo is a graduate of the Univeridad del Sagrado Corazon. In the future Laura wants to take graduate classes for journalism and she also wants to become certified as a master in sign language. Her talent is Ballet en Pointe.

Miss Rhode Island – Robin Elizabeth Bonner is a 20-year-old from West Hampton, New York. Robin is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. One day she hopes to work as a fashion editor for an international magazine. Robin’s talent is jazz dancing.

Miss South Carolina – Bree Boyce, 22, from Florence is a student at Francis Marion University. Bree’s platform issue, eating healthy and fighting obesity, is personal to her. This beautiful beauty queen beat the odds and shed 112 pounds! Bree’s talent is vocal.

Miss South Dakota – Anna Simpson is a 21-year-old from Rapid City. Anna studies business economics at South Dakota State University, where she is also a member of three honor societies. Her talent is playing the piano.

Tune in to ABC on Saturday, January 14th and see which one of these beauty queens is crowned Miss America 2012. Check out our blog next week to learn about the last 10 contestants!

2012 Miss America Pageant Contestants Continued

Dec 23, 2011

With less than three weeks until a Miss America 2012 is crowned, this year’s pageant contestants have created videos of themselves explaining their personal style, personality and why they should be chosen as Miss America 2012. Viewers and fans can watch each video and vote for their favorite contestant online at Don’t forget to tune in to the pageant on January 14 to see all of the fabulous beauty pageant dresses and who is crowned Miss America 2012. From Minnesota to North Dakota, here are some of the contestants you can look forward to seeing compete in the 2012 Miss America pageant dresses

Miss Minnesota – Courtney Porter, 25, from Clay is a 2009 graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in communication. One day Courtney hopes to achieve a Master’s degree in communication. Her talent is tap dancing.

Miss Mississippi – Mary Margaret Roark is a 21-year-old from Cleveland. Mary is a communication major at Mississippi State University. She is the third MSU communication major to be crowned Miss Mississippi. Mary’s talent is playing the piano.

Miss Missouri – Sydney Friar, 22, from El Dorado Springs is a 2011 graduate of Evangel University where she majored in public relations and advertising. One day Sydney wants to work on community and leadership development for rural communities. Her talent is vocal.

Miss Montana – Veronika Ohlinger, a 23-year-old from Cooke City, is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan. One of Veronika’s ambitions is to earn a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism. Her talent is vocal.

Miss Nebraska – Kayla Batt, 21, of Alliance, is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2007 Kayla was crowned Miss Outstanding Teen. Her talent is playing the piano.

Miss Nevada – Alana Lee, 22, of Las Vegas, is a student at Dixie State University where she majors in mass communications. One day Alana hopes to be a news anchor on a national television station. Her talent is vocal.

Miss New Hampshire – Regan Elizabeth Hartley, 20, of Dover is a junior at Suffolk University majoring in advertising. Regan is a Dean’s list student and a 2009 member of the Broadcaster’s Association. Her talent is vocal.

Miss New Jersey – Katharyn Nicolle is a 20-year-old from Wenonah. Katharyn is a student at Dickinson College, where she is majoring in International studies. In addition to her many scholastic accomplishments, she was accepted to study at the University of Bologna, Italy. Katharyn’s talent is dance.

Miss New Mexico – Sarina Turnbull, 24, of Alamogordo, is a graduate of New Mexico State University. One of Sarina’s ambitions is to earn a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Her talent is ballet en Pointe.

Miss New York – Kaitlin Monte, 22, of Pittsford, is a graduate of the University of Tampa. One day Kaitlin hopes to become a professional actress and an entertainment producer. Her talent is vocals.

Miss North Carolina – Hailey Best, 21, of Goldsboro, is a student at Meredith College. Hailey hopes to achieve her Master’s degree in education, and her talent is operatic vocal.

Miss North Dakota – Ariana Walker, 20, of Bismarck, is a graduate of the University of Mary. Ariana hopes to earn a Doctorate in physical therapy, specializing in pediatrics. Her talent is contemporary lyrical dance.

Pageant Designs would like to wish these and all of the other 2012 Miss American contestants the best of luck. Check out our blog next week to learn who else will be competing in the 2012 Miss American pageant.