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You’d be amazed how many e-mails, tweets and Facebook messages we get every day asking us about how to find the perfect opening number outfit. Well, during today’s ‘Office Hours’ segment, we take one of those questions and break down exactly what to look for when buying an opening number outfit for your next pageant!

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

Congratulations to Miss New York 2014, Nina Davuluri, our new Miss America 2014! Could she be any more gorgeous?!?! In all honesty, her head shot didn’t really stand out online before the show but she immediately became Allie’s top pick when she hit the stage in her leopard print bikini (way to stand out, sister!). That amazing first impression stuck with her as she dominated evening gown in what one could argue was the best dress of the night and then answered her on stage question exceptionally well. Nicole’s favorite contestant this year was Crystal Lee, Miss California, who secured the position of 1st Runner Up. We know how to pick ‘em! Congrats, ladies!

What was really great about the show this year from our perspective was the diversity of the contestants in the top 15. There was a redhead, several Asians, an African America, brunettes, blondes…it was fabulous. We love to see all kinds of beauty represented in the top because after all, there are so many different types of beauty in this country. Thank you to the Miss America judges panel for picking an incredible melting pot of women to represent this great country.

The Miss America 2014 Top 15 Semi-Finalists

We also really enjoyed the swimsuit competition this year  because the girls were fit, but they weren’t stick thin like we are used to seeing on stage. We really love seeing healthy bodies. Lastly, the music in this year’s production was hot, hot, hot. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” for swimsuit and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons for evening gown were SPOT ON. We were singing along and totally into it.

Miss America 2014 Swimsuit

What we didn’t like about Miss America this year was the absurdity of some of the intros and the overall rushed feeling of the show. We felt like the contestant intros were kind of strange from a content perspective and the girls didn’t look their best (FIRST IMPRESSIONS!). Hair, make-up, and even wardrobe didn’t seem “full out” for the introductions (that’s a cheerleading/dance term for awesome sauce). During evening gown, we could barely keep up as the girls were seemingly rushing across the stage. We wanted more time to evaluate gowns and get a better feel for the contestants’ general poise. Overall, the show was amazing (the quality of talent was far greater than prior years) and the Miss America team did a phenomenal job really ramping up the hype this year. The media attention over Miss Kansas (for both her military service and her tatts) really created buzz (she was announced first as one of the America’s Choice finalists). The drama surrounding Miss Florida’s knee injury then calling her last for talent really played up the suspense. Florida  was a true competitor with admirable spirit who certainly deserved her place in to Top 5. I have never seen anyone rock a stage like she did in flip-flops. Right on!

Miss America 2014 Talent

Now, let’s get to the ugly portion of this year’s competition because we all know that people can’t help but act crazy around pageants. First of all, it is NEVER ok to bash anyone for their heritage or skin color in any venue…EVER. There were so many disturbing comments coming out of social media after Nina won. Why are we even addressing her skin color; what year is this, 1950? She is a gorgeous, accomplished woman. End of story. If you have a problem with her, you have a problem with Pageant Professors because 2 members of our 3-person team are not white. Find something better to do with your time and reprimand your parents for not raising you better.

Miss America 2014 top5

Lastly, we wanted to direct you all to our Evening Gown 101 video, because we think Nina really made an amazing choice when it came to cut and color. She practiced what we preach: play up the art of contrast in evening gown. Her dark hair really made that yellow dress pop.  Because it had such a deep neckline, she chose not to do a slit. Well played. We love the choices that she made when it came to everything about that dress. For more information on how you can study up to pass your next pageant test, click here for Evening Gown 101 – All About Color (it’s free!): Part 1 & Part 2!

 

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Omigosh omigosh omigosh!

I absolutely cannot wait for Miss USA weekend. I think one of the most exciting things about this year is that we haven’t seen a solid front runner emerge from this group of contestants. I don’t think I’ll be identify that “it” girl until show time.

I’ve combed through the girls’ official headshots and further based my picks on my favorites at states. If I fell in love with them in the fall, odds are I’ll fall in love with them all over again in Vegas after months of prep for the big show. We’ve witnessed some fabulous transformations through the years and I can’t wait to see these gorgeous girls on stage.

At first, I thought it was going to be a serious battle of the blondes but after making my selections, it’s anyone’s game to win.

Nicole’s Picks!

Miss USA 2013 Pageant - Alabama(T5) Alabama: Is it just me or does Mary Margaret remind you of Catherine Webb? I honestly had to do a double take.  [click to continue…]

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Allie’s Preliminary Picks for Miss USA 2013

May 26, 2013

I am not using hyperbole or trying to be dramatic when I say that this year is going to be TOUGH at 2013 Miss USA Pageant. There are so many solid competitors; it blows me away. Unlike last year, I think there is a wildly strong pool of blondes which we haven’t seen in a […]

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You cannot miss this free training!

February 24, 2013

Hey Ladies! I know we haven’t updated the website in a while, BUT its because we’ve been hard at work putting together this awesome FREE 3-video training course on how to rock your contestant bio sheet (and interview)! If you want to get immediate access (and I know you do!) click here and you’ll be […]

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The Top 5 Pageant Gowns at the Grammys

February 12, 2013

What makes a great Grammy gown? If people are chattering about it live via Facebook and Twitter as it makes its way down the red carpet or talking about it for days following  the show, a great Grammy gown was born. This is the case for several attendees this year including Katy Perry (that chest!) […]

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Makeup, Hair and Styling Secrets from Eny Oh – Offical Makeup Artist for the Miss DC USA Pageant!

January 25, 2013

Want to know the secrets for perfect pageant makeup, hair and styling? Then check out our interviews with Eny Oh, the official makeup artist for the Miss DC USA pageant!    

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Top 10 Golden Globe Evening Gowns

January 16, 2013

Va va voom! Award shows can be a mixed bag when it comes to fashion, but the 2013 Golden Globes did not disappoint. There were a variety of amazing gowns that would be great investments for the pageant stage. The color of the season is black black, and more black. Trends include lace, hardware/metal, sky-high […]

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Miss New York Mallory Hagan Crowned Miss America 2013

January 15, 2013

OK, so we didn’t exactly predict that Mallory Hagan, Miss New York 2012 would be crowned Miss America this weekend, but in our defense neither did she! We loved how genuinely surprised she looked as she was announced the winner, beating first runner up, Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers. Here are 5 lessons we learned […]

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Allie’s Top Picks for Miss America 2013 – Contestant Photos

January 9, 2013

I took some time this week to view all of the Miss America contestant photos, and let me tell you, it’s going to be a great show. Be sure to tune in to ABC this Saturday night (January 12, 2013) at 9 PM EST as one woman’s life changes forever as she becomes the new […]

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