Lizzie Rovsek, star of The Real Housewives of Orange County, has announced her company Sun Kitten Swimwear by Lizzie will be providing the swimwear for the upcoming Miss USA 2015 Pageant.
You may remember her as Lizzie Arnold, Miss Kentucky Teen USA 1998 (shown left) and Miss Kentucky USA 2002.
Did you know that Kenya Moore and Lizzie Rovsek are not the only Real Housewives who competed in pageants? Check out this list of pageant queens who became stars of The Real Housewives on Bravo.
This year's Miss Universe Pageant was not without its controversy. Miss USA has been criticized for her answer to a judge's question, and Miss Jamaica won the fan vote on Twitter.
But one of the biggest Miss Universe stories to go viral this year centered around the sport of hockey. Miss Canada's national costume gained notoriety from critics who clearly didn't know that a horror film costume designer made the costume for Miss Canada.
Speaking of stories, have you heard what happened at the 2015 Miss Amazonas Pageant? Aka the Miss Amazon Pageant, this event brought some attention to pageants as one disgruntled runner-up had a complete meltdown on stage and did the UNTHINKABLE. Read about how a crown was ripped from a pageant queen's head.
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The Miss California USA Pageant has been making headlines since a new winner was crowned at the Long Beach Convention Center back in early January. Check out the latest news about this state preliminary to the Miss USA Pageant.
Natasha Martinez captured the title of Miss California USA. She will go on to represent California at the next Miss USA Pageant. So, what should you know about Natasha Martinez? Meet the new Miss California USA 2015
In other news, the 4th Runner-up at Miss California USA Pageant lost her top during the swimsuit competition. OOPS! Read the full story about Miss Beverly Hills USA and what was arguably the biggest recovery of the year - days before the Super Bowl!
You may recognize April Lufriu as Mrs. Florida America 2011, Mrs. America 2011, or Mrs. World 2012, but what you may not know about April is that she and her family are battling time against a hereditary blinding condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).
In an exclusive interview for my column on Examiner.com, April reveals the story behind her Mrs. America and Mrs. World titles, her family's battle with RP, and her personal advice for aspiring models and pageant contestants.
For all you Mrs. World fans out there, you may already know there is much more to April than meets the eye.
Here are five more things you may not know about Mrs. World 2012 April Lufriu:
She puts others first.
Even I didn't know the extent to which April has been battling RP, because she always speaks about its effect on her children and her sister. But April herself has the condition which causes blindness, and she is battling time to save her own eyesight, as well as for her children and sister.
Mrs. Florida America was her first pageant win.
Although she was 1st Runner-up at Miss Florida USA, and later 2nd Runner-up at Mrs. Florida America, capturing the state crown was April's first pageant win, making Mrs. America and Mrs. World her second and third crowing victories. How's that for a debut?
She had a platform before she competed.
April began her work with Vision Walk in Tampa back in 2007, when she was working for a cure for her sister, long before learning of her own family's condition and the path to her pageant titles.
She didn't start modeling as a profession until after the age of 40.
Looking at her list of modeling credits which include national appearances for Home Shopping Network and Oxy Clean, you would never know that April only recently began her career as a model.
She is the oldest and shortest Mrs. World on record.
At 5'4" tall, April may be the shortest Mrs. World on record, but her heart is bigger than the tallest skyscrapers.
To learn more about April Lufriu and her accomplishments as the national spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, her reign as Mrs. World, and advice for models and aspiring beauty queens, please read the full article on Examiner.com
The Miss USA 2014 preliminaries are in full swing, with the final competition set to happen this coming Sunday, June 8th at 8pm EST, Live on NBC.
This year's hopefuls include many talented, smart, and beautiful young women, so it was quite a challenge to pick a top 15 from their contestant bios and preliminary information. But here goes!
These are my Top 15 picks for Miss USA 2014, and if you want to see who I think could be the winner - check out my latest Modeling Examiner article which features my favorite Miss USA contestant this year.
In random order:
Congratulations to all the state titleholders! Looking forward to watching the pageant this weekend :)
*This blog post originally linked to a Modeling Examiner article by Cherie Wimberly, feature writer for Examiner.com