Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HEY MINNESOTA GIRLS - WE CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS WEEK!!

Just wanted to introduce another one of your choreographers to you - she was a former Miss Minnesota - and I know that she CAN NOT WAIT to be back in her home state with all you sassy girls....and for all you UofM fans, wait until you find out what she does when she isn't working for NAM!
I know you will just love her - she is SOO FUN!!! 
Meet Julie Thomas:

LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am so excited for the pageant to start in my home state, MINNESOTA!  My name is Julie (but most people call me Jules) and I started with National American Miss as a contestant just like you! I was the FIRST EVER Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen and once I gave up my title I just couldn’t say goodbye.  I love National American Miss so much I’ve been working on staff ever since I gave my farewell.


I’ve lived in Minnesota for pretty much all of my life.  I graduated from Apple Valley High School and was involved in theater, speech, track, gymnastics, and dance team growing up.  Right now I live in Minneapolis and recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in broadcast journalism and film.  I work with the men’s basketball team at the UofM along with one of the most high profile coaches in the nation, Coach Tubby Smith.  I also work in production with many local and national television stations.


I love love LOVE my job with National American Miss!!!!!  I get to travel around with some of my best friends (including my sister Dianna who is also on staff) and I get to hang out with all you girls! It is so much fun to be a part of the excitement and see all of you grow into even more confident and poised young ladies.  As your head choreographer I get to help out with a lot of the weekend in all of the age divisions!  I lead formal wear rehearsals, final pageant rehearsals and make sure all the shows run smoothly so you have nothing to worry about J

 My sister, Dianna (Left), and me (Right) behind stage at NAM


I am here to help and make your National American Miss experience as special and wonderful as mine.  If you need anything during the weekend come find me.  Love you all!! Can’t wait to see you! GOOD LUCK! AND HAVE TONS OF FUN!!


-JULES


WE CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN ST. PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

WHO KNOWS - YOU JUST MIGHT BE THE NEXT NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS MINNESOTA!!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Its Miss America Time - and as expected, NAM girls are holding their own!

Soooo....if you are NOT familiar with how the Miss America system works - let me give you a brief Miss America 101.

First, you must win your local pre-lim, this meaning that there are city/county pageants held throughout each  state. Winners of each local prelim  then advance to the state competition. Now, with most pageant systems - once you win - you cant compete for that title again. However, with the Miss America system, you can compete for your local pre-lim title as many times as you want,well until you either age out or you win the state title. However, once you win your state title - thats it, you cant compete anymore - you are officially Miss Alabama of Miss Wyoming, etc - and thats when you go on to compete for MISS AMERICA!!!! 

So to sum it all up: local, state, national.

The competitions and judging criteria are fierce . Contestants must demonstrate elegance in formal wear, have the most up-to-date knowledge and opinions of current affairs for the interview competition, stake a claim on a platform or topic that is meaningful to her, donate numerous hours of community service on this platform and be prepared to share her views and opinions on it. And while doing all this - she must maintain the upmost healthy lifestyle, demonstrating it via the swimsuit competition and topping it all of - she must be talented in some degree( singing, dancing, music, etc). In other words, she is the ideal, well-rounded American woman!

It often takes girls YEARS of competing in the America system to get to the final Miss America stage, the level of competition is beyond compare!!! To even win you prelim title is TOUGH! However, it is never any surprise when I see soo many NAM girls doing well in the Miss America System - lets not forget - Miss AMERICA is pretty much the superbowl of pageantry - and its what most serious pageant competitors dream of  becoming. Well, all the local prelim competitions are done and those winners are advancing on this summer to compete for their state competitions....hoping that they get to the superbowl!!

Lets see which NAM girls we can be rooting for...some of them you may recognize, hoping they take home their State Title. I think its safe to say, from coast to coast, that  NAM girls are holding their own ...take a look:

Stephanie Connelly 
 Miss Chesterfield, competing for Miss VIRGINA
 
2 TIME NATIONAL NAM QUEEN:
 2004 National All-American Miss Teen and 2007 National American Miss





Ravayna Tracey
Miss Spirit of the Red, competing for Miss LOUISIANA

FIRST EVER NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS TEEN & 2005 National American Miss Miss New York









Kenley Minchew
Miss Lafayete, competing for Miss LOUISIANA

National American Miss Emcee, Entertainer, and Choreographer
   







Aubry Bozzano
Miss Dupage County, competing for Miss ILLINOIS

2007 National American Miss Illinois and National American Miss staff (you may recognize AUBRY from OPEN CALLS!!)








Michelle Matlock
Miss Cherry Creek, competing for Miss COLORADA

2008 National American Miss Colorado, 2008 National  Ambassador










Maggie Delaney
Miss Indiana  University, competing for Miss INDIANA

3rd Runner up to National All American Miss Jr. Teen title in 2005









Brooke Kilgarriff
Miss Twin Cities, competing for Miss MINNESOTA

2003 National American Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen Talent Winner 









Erika Frantzve
Miss Scottsdale, competing for Miss ARIZONA

2006 National American Miss Arizona Teen










Melanie Schneider
Miss Southern Central, competed for Miss MISSOURI

National American Miss Missouri 2007










Vanessa Baez
Miss Shore Resort, competing for Miss NEW JERSEY

New Jersey National American Miss 2005










Kara Adams
Miss Kansas City Premier, competed for Miss MISSOURI last week...placed 3rd RUNNER UP!!

National American Miss staff member






Staci Klinginsmith
Miss Emerald City, competed for Miss KANSAS last week - placed 3rd RUNNER UP!!!!!!

2006 National American Miss Kansas Teen, 2nd Runner up to National Title





Sheridan Fulkerson
Miss Eastern Oklahoma County, competed for Miss OKLAHOMA last week - Preliminary Swimsuit Winner

2005 Miss Oklahoma Jr. Teen









Michelle McCoy
Miss South Oklahoma City, competed for Miss OKLAHOMA last week

National American Miss Emcee









I think its safe to say - National American Miss definitely ROCKS!!!! If your dream is to become Miss America, then National American Miss is a GREAT way to start preparing - just take a look at the proof!!!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

From National American Miss to Jovani model...hitting New York in a BIG way

You all have seen her face as she graces the podium at NAM shows where she takes place often as MC. Or you remember when she crowned National American Miss Wisconsin Teen years ago (ok-im making it sound like shes ancient and shes not!). And if you still dont know who Im talking about then you have met her at a NAM open call...one way or another, you know she is. 

Figured it out yet? 

Im talking about Ashley Spingola(if you are still completely lost - read a few blogs down where I feature her under: MEET YOUR STAFF)

Well, where you have SEEN her face may not be as exciting as where you MAY be SEEING her face in the future.

Yesterday, I traveled with Ashley(and her mom, Cheryl - who works our Open Calls and you can always see her at the pageant boutique) to NYC where I acted as Ashley's stylist on a Fadil Berisha photoshoot. 

OK - first, if you haven't heard of Fadil - WAKE UP... because he's one of the most well known photographers in the world. He has photographed just about every pageant queen in the world...not to mention shooting for some of the worlds biggest fashion icons, models, and major AD campaigns, such as Rolex.

CHECK HIM OUT AT: FADIL BERISHA

BUT, for the shoot - Ashley acted as a model for JOVANI's newest line. So, keep your eyes open and watch for Ashley as one of Jovani's new faces!!!

Not only was it exciting to get a sneak peak of JOVANI's new gowns, but it was a great treat to see how far being a part of National American Miss truly pays off!!!

To top of the day...we were personally invited to hit the exclusive Jovani and Stephen Yearick showroom where we spent the day trying on dresses( and purchasing some, of course), and hanging out with world-renowned designer Stephen Yearick, himself...and his son, Sean!

You can check Stephen's couture line out at
and be sure to check Stephen's designs for Jovani out at

I thought I would share some pics with you all of our exciting day. Goes to show, when you are a part of something great, like NAM....even greater things will happen for you! Ashley is a great role model for all of you girls who dream of modeling....it CAN happen and NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS is the place to start....just ask ASHLEY!!!!!

Ashley and I on the roof of Fadil's studio gearing up for the shoot!

Ashley with photographer, Fadil Berisha

One rack of JOVANI gowns...among 3 that were used for the shoot!!!
Working the camera in a white number

Modeling with Miss Florida USA

Ashley works the camera as the other models get their hair and makeup done

Ashley and I at the Jovani showroom in NY with Stephen(left) and his son, Sean(right)
We were all making silly faces...as you can tell...clearly we were quite a goofy clan!




Monday, June 15, 2009

National American Miss featured on podcast radio show - The Pageant Cast

Wisconsin National American Miss Pageant 2009A few blogs ago,  I mentioned The Pageant Cast. Well, the  segment featuring National American Miss girls is airing!!!! Be sure to check it out...heres how:

1. Click here: PAGEANT CAST
2. Listen to Episode #187

THATS IT!!!

So, be sure to listen to The Pageant Cast and hear all about National American Miss from girls just like you! Featured on this episode are:
  • Breanne Maples – National American Miss Director of Marketing and Events (THATS ME!!!!)
  • Amanda Garrity – 2008 National American Miss Wisconsin
  • Bishara Dorre – 2008 National American Miss Wisconsin Teen
  • Ashley Tucker-Swatwood –  owner of AshleyRenee’s pageant shop, former National American Miss, and 2009 WI judge
  • Maria Teresa Grinneby – Owner of Pageants2Go!, NAM Pennsylvania Teen 2007, NAM Pennyslvania Missn 2008, National Talent Winner, and 2009 WI judge



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

And Your 2009 National American Miss Iowa's are:

MISS: 
KIERSTIN POPPE
TEEN: 
ELLEN DAHLQUIST

JR. TEEN:
ALICIA NEY
PRETEEN:
GRACE RIGDON

JR. PRETEEN:
MERRILL DIDDY

PRINCESS:
MYA TAYLOR
CHECK OUT ALL OF THIS YEAR'S IOWA RESULTS at NAM IOWA RESULTS OR see photos of your favorite contestant at NAM PHOTO/VIDEO

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Meet another member of your National American Miss staff!!!

ALRIGHT - so this week, since were in IOWA, getting ready to crown the NEW MISS IOWA's - I wanted to introduce you to another one of your choreographers -  and, hey IOWA - she's a hometown girl! MEET MOLLY BRIGGIE:

Hey girls!!

Im Molly Briggie and just like all of you Iowa contestants- Im from IOWA!!! I started working for National American Miss 6 years ago when my best friend won Miss Iowa Preteen. I got to travel with her to other state pageants and help out...and I was HOOKED!!! I LOVE everything about NAM and I know you will to.  Since then I have worked as a National American Miss choreographer in over 10 different states and have been blessed to be a part of over 200 girls' dreams come true as they were crowned the state queen for their age division!!! 

Just to let you know some things about myself, I graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, where I did track and was a member of National Honor Society, and I currently attend the University of Iowa, where I am a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority! I have a twin sister and I just learned how to drive a motorcycle - which I am pretty jazzed about!! 

All of the other NAM choreographers are some of my best friends and when you participate in NAM, you TRULY do gain a "second family." Also, I have included some pics of a few of my favorite NAM moments to share with you. If you are in any optional competition - you will be seeing LOTS of me, as I usually run those competitions. Also, I teach the production number dance for Jr. Teens and Teens....and I am SOO eager to get to know all of you gals!!  For all you girls coming back, I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN, and for all your first time girls - you are in for the experience of a lifetime...there is NOTHING like National American Miss in the world!!!

So, if there is anything I can help you or your families with to make your National American Miss experience more enjoyable, let me know and I would LOVE to help you...and WELCOME to the National American Miss family!!!

Cant wait to meet you all,
 Molly

Me and some of the choreograprers modeling all the NAM gear from the pageant boutique!
 (Im the blonde in the blue NAM hoodie)
All of the Choreographers right before the start of the Miss Illinois pageant

Ashley(left) and me(right) goofing off with our matching bags!! Not only are we like family....but we even start to shop a like...and dress a like!!

BE SURE TO STAY TUNED...RIGHT HERE...AS THE NAMISS ROCKS BLOG WILL BE THE FIRST TO KEEP YOU POSTED ON THE MISS IOWA OUTCOMES ! 
GOOD LUCK IOWA GIRLS - WE CANT WAIT!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Great resource to Sell your Pageant attire and make some fast cash

You ALL have gowns(prom and pageant), interview suits, shoes, jewelry, talent outfits, modeling outfits, TONS of pageant stuff that either you have outgrown or you wont be needing again. 

Why not resell them to girls who are in search of those items and make some fast cash??

OR

You are LOOKING for that perfect pageant suit, your dream pageant gown - but at an affordable price.

Why not try a consignment alternative?

NOW YOU CAN DO ALL OF THE ABOVE - CHECK OUT THIS GREAT NEW SITE!!

THE CROWNING CLOSET - its like craigslist for PAGEANT and PROM CLOTHES!!!!!!!!

SHOP WHERE THE WINNERS SHOP - visit www.thecrowningcloset.com TODAY!!