Monday, February 27, 2012

National Queens Photo Shoot

Our National Titleholders traveled across the country to take part in our annual National Photo Shoot. The girls had fun bonding, having slumber parties, getting hair and make-up tips from professionals, being treated like royalty, and of course - working the camera. You'll be seeing their faces for the next year on our websites and literature as they continue to represent the nation as our NAM National titleholders!! Check out some candids and fun photos from the shoot!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

NAM girl gets goofy with Larry The Cable Guy

Larry The Cable Guy, stand up red-neck comedian, and 1/4 of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, recently goofed around with Lainey Oliphant while headed on a plane from Nebraska to our National Pageant. Lainey was super excited because her family is a big fan of Larry and this was the first celebrity Lainey has ever met. Can you imagine how much fun that plane ride would have been for Lainey and her family, sitting next to Larry the Cable Guy!!!! Lainey's family said he cracked a lot of jokes!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

NAM girls is reaching POPSTAR status...signs with RCA..tells RCA it's all because of NAM

Kiana Brown is not only a 3 time NAM Miss Arizona titleholder, but she even was a former National titleholder, and she is both a former state and national optional talent winner with National American Miss. Basically, Kiana has grown up in NAM. And for those of you that know her, know this girl can SING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently she won the Kidz Star USA talent search which resulted in being featured on the Kidz bop commercial and an RCA recording contract. Everything has happened so quickly but she is so excited and grateful. Here is a link to the KidzBop music video that all the finalist recorded together. NAM has been such a big part of her life, you can even find her former sister queens in the video!!

From this opportunity, Kiana has also was offered an opportunity by Mattel to sing the theme song for the new Barbie Movie coming out "Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2" which is available March 6th. Check out the music video below

Kiana's mom shared this with me about the experience; "When she met with the team she will be working with at RCA, they asked her how she learned to interview so well. Without hesitation she said "NAMISS" and went on to explain how she had been learning and practicing interview skills and being active in the community with the pageant since she was little. Thank you for letting me share and thanks for giving her such awesome experience and memories"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MISSOURI GIRLS: AMAZING opportunity to get involved and give back

Five years ago, Jordan Somer, a former two-time National American Miss Nebraska wanted to really make an AMAZING impact with her title. After volunteering with the Special Olympics, she was inspired to give girls with mental and physical disabilities the same opportunity to gain confidence and life skills that she had had during her NAM experience. Thus, the Miss Amazing Pageant was created and since then both Jordan and the Miss Amazing Pageant have received nation-wide recognition, even being the recipient of a Nickelodeon, TEENNICK HALO award, among others. With this award, Jordan, has been able to establish non-profit status and spread this pageant statewide! This is the first time it will be here in Missouri!

The Miss Amazing pageant will be April 13th and 14th at Lindenwood University and YOU can GET INVOLVED!!!!!!

Currently, the Miss Missouri Amazing pageant is looking for buddies and former and current pageant titleholders and participants make great buddies. As a buddy, you who would be paired with a contestant and act as her supporter and mentor throughout the day. Also, you will perform onstage with your buddy in the opening number. This is an all day commitment on Saturday April 14th from 9 in the morning until 10 at night. Attendance on April 13th is optional, as it is an optional talent showcase for contestants, but buddies are welcome to come watch.

To become a buddy and find our more information - you can visit or contact Miss Amazing Missouri State Director, Ellie Lorenzen at

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen spotting!

Cassandra Salas, NAM Nebraska Pre-Teen, was recently spotted singing the National Anthem at a Omaha Lancer Hockey game. Cassandra has been competing in NAM since she was 4 and has even held the Princess and Jr. Pre-Teen titles before aging into and capturing the Pre-Teen title. Aside, from all of her experience being on stage, Cassandra is still just a typical tween. Her mom shared this with me about her experience, "it's really funny because she never gets nervous when she sings at NAM or in front of the judges but she was really sweating it right before she went on. Maybe it was the idea of singing in front all those boys! But, the Lancer's director said it was refreshing to see two organizations (NAM and Lancer Hockey) come together in support of our youth today."

Super cool!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Miss Wisconsin Princess, Shelby Hohneke, works with SUPER famous photographer - Fadil Berisha

Shelby Hohneke, 2011 National American Miss Princess attended The Beauty is Power Seminar last month with her sister queen, 2011 National American Miss Wisconsin Teen, Brittany Wondrash.

The Beauty is Power Seminar is produced by our friends over at Future Productions and is an awesome seminar that draws the top titleholders out across the country to work alongside major fashion and pageant experts, and take part in informative workshops to help them do better in pageantry, modeling, and life.

Usually, the Beauty is Power seminar participants are teens and older, but Shelby - who is a spunky tot - wasn't going to let her age deter her away from working with BIG NAMES and learning BIG THINGS! Although, she was the youngest to attend she says she "learned some valuable lessons that will carry through her pageant career, and will help her succeed in life."

But, even more exciting, Shelby had a rare opportunity to work Fadil Berisha - the largest name in photography today, and Official Photographer to Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization in. Fadil works with the worlds top models, celebrities, designers, and pageant titleholders. Shelby was able to work Fadil on a photo shoot that she says was one of the greatest experiences she has ever had! And, having, worked with Fadil, as well - I don't doubt it! Check out this awesome photo (above) from her photo shoot!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

National American Miss: From the perspective of one of our judges

Steven Roddy, founder of, a popular website tool for pageant girls judged our NAM New York pageant last summer. Check out what he had to say in this article about his preception of NAM.

Read the article below of click anywhere to go directly to the story and write a review, yourself!

A few weeks ago I was asked by Steve Mayes to judge the National American Miss pageant in New York. Now up until this event I have not yet experienced NAM (National American Miss) but following the week spent at the National American Miss New York pageant I was hooked.

National American Miss System

nationalamericanmiss National American Miss Reviews: What Directors Can Learn

Logo for NAM

NAM is easily the McDonald’s of the world of pageantry. I call them the McDonald’s of pageantry because they are a well oiled machine. Each pageant that is organized follows a systematic pattern that allows the event to run without hiccup. Now, some directors might say that it takes away from the creative flare of the pageant, I say that the system helps reduce production costs and allows the pageant focus less on the pageant and more on the end user (the girls competing).

The reason McDonald’s is the most successful franchise in history is not because they have the best burger…it’s because they have the best system. People find comfort in the familiar. By having a systematic way of running your pageant people know what to expect as far as production, when they are going to get paid (should they win), and how their girls are going to be treated.

By creating a system like NAM has done you will launch your pageant forward in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

National American Miss Director Steve Mayes

The world of pageantry and entertainment is a world of egos. Frequently, when I sit down with pageant coaches, directors and girls I get the opportunity to listen to the person who is sitting on the other side of the table talk about how GREAT they and their organization are.

I have gotten to the point where it no longer bothers me to listen to people whom speak about themselves for hours on end because I learn so much. But, when I met Steve Mayes, who runs the largest directs the pageant in the world, he was down to earth and was just as interested in my business as I was his.

I cannot tell you how rare this is or how much this attitude of servanthood will aid you in constructing a successful pageant organization. People will be interested in you if you are interested in them. Steve Mayes didn’t ask me to write this article, nor did he pay me, nor did he even suggest it though we spoke for several hours.

The reason why I wanted to write this article is because after seeing National American Miss from behind the scenes I thought WOW pageant directors could learn so much from them. So the second key to running the largest most successful pageant in the world is to serve others before serving self.

National American Miss Reviews

No onto the National American Miss pageant. Though I have already touched on how systematic the organization is I have not mentioned anything about the pageant itself. First, nothing is more time consuming than writing a script for a pageant. In NAM their script is pretty much the same from one pageant to the next which I think is brilliant. With all of that time saved you can now focus on getting more girls to come to your pageant, and serving them better. Which will translate to more numbers and a better experience for the girls competing.

Second, EVERY girl gets a flower and a trophy. Since this is a pageantry for beginners they want to instill confidence in the girls whom are competing. NAM encourages their judges to smile throughout the entire competition and to be warm and welcoming to the girls. Everything that I have seen them do was positive and uplifting for the girls.

Which for those of you who know me know that we love all of our Pageant Planet family so this was a HUGE plus for me.

Third, before the last girl was called in their top 20 list they told all of the girls on stage (and the parents in the audience) that they had so much to be proud of and it’s not whether or not you get into the top 20 it’s about the experience and the growth.

National American Miss Tips

Though no pageant is perfect, National American Miss is one of the top 3 pageants that I would recommend to girls just starting to compete. They just do so many things right and I feel that they really do set the standard for how a pageant should be ran.

What has been your experience with National American Miss? I would love to read your NAM reviews below.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peyton Newman, National Jr. Pre-Teen Queen teams up with Barnes & Nobles

If their is 1 thing you should know about Peyton Newman, our National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen is that she is passionate about literacy in america and is taking BIG action. Peyton is teaming up with Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide to raise money for Book Worm Angels, her own charity. If you can't make the event, you can go into any Barnes & Noble store or online, and use the code at the bottom when making a purchase. Portion of the proceeds will go to Book Worm Angels and support Peyton's mission to erase illiteracy!

Sunday, February 12th, 1pm – 4pm

Barnes & Noble

Westfield Mall, Vernon Hills, IL

Come and Support Book Worm Angels:

• Listen to Local Authors Read from Their Works!

Scheduled to Appear are: Alan Woodrow, Susan Finerty, Shari Brady & Barb Rosenstock

• Get your picture taken with Peyton Newman, 2012 National American Miss.

• A coloring contest will be held with a local “celebrity” panel awarding two winners!

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National American Miss & Vernon Hills 4th Grader,

Peyton Newman Presents a …

Visit to support us online from 02/13/12 to 02/17/12

by entering Bookfair ID 10669976 at checkout.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases

will benefit Book Worm Angels.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Iowa: We are Holding Open Calls!!!!

The 2012 NAM tour is rolling through Iowa, looking for the next National American Miss Iowa representatives!

Have not applied this year? Not familiar with National American Miss? First time pageant contestant? Interested in learning more about NAM? Be sure to reserve your spot and pre-register for an Open Call near you by visiting:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

NAM girls took Vegas by storm...supporting Miss America

Well, NAM took Vegas by storm again! Our National representatives took their annual trip to Vegas for the Miss America pageant! The girls had so much fun cheering on other NAM girls, looking up to Miss America's whose footsteps they are following in.
The 2011-2012 National American Miss National Titleholders travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Miss America Pageant!
NAM National Winners with Pageantry Editor and Chief Carl Dunn

NAM Titleholders ready to watch the LIVE show of Miss America
Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler wins Miss America 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

American Idol!

American Idol. A road to musical superstardom. A dream for many aspiring entertainers. A reality for numerous NAM girls....including Britnee Kellogg.

While many NAM girls have gotten the golden ticket to Hollywood and have made it to the finals, this year is proving no different. NAM's own, Britnee Kellogg is a former Miss Washington Jr. Teen and is now one our Official Entertainer's here at National American Miss. Today, she is a single mom of 2 boys whose dream of becoming a singer started on our very stage. She is super talented and having had the chance to have worked with our at our National pageant, I can say first hand - what you see is what you get....she is SUPER SUPER SWEET!!! But, that's no surprise since she is, after all, a true NAM girl!

Check out Britnee's IDOL audition below and stay tuned right here, to the OFFICIAL NAM ROCKS BLOG, as we keep you posted on Britnee's journey to Hollywood....and hopefully to the final show!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lessons of the Pageant World from Minnesota Public Radio...a must read!

Recently, our NAM team came across this article on Minnesota Public Radio from one of their own interactive producers, Julia Schrenkler about her own pageant experience when she was kid. No, this women is not a NAM girl, but I wish she had been! A MUST READ!!

Lessons of the pageant world: Be kind, speak gracefully and show up on time

By Julia Schrenkler
Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio, Miss Minnesota pageant, National American Miss, NAM, Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples, It was 1976, and I was living what some little girls dream of. I was a princess.

A Junior Miss Princess in Maplewood, Minn., but a princess nonetheless. The title came with a tiara, parade appearances and a formative experience I never expected.

The pageant itself didn't resemble anything you see in reality television shows. We didn't have a high-tension talent competition or outfit changes. We wore no makeup. My hair was done with a barrette and a few runs of the curling iron.

It was my decision to participate (because my friend was doing it and invited me) and the only coaching my mother gave me was to have fun.

It was innocent and enjoyable, and when I "won" I didn't really understand what my life would be for an entire year. It was more than rhinestones and dresses; it was a role and it was a responsibility.

I would represent my city at festivals, at carnivals, and in those slow parades. I learned lessons: how to wave, how to speak clearly and diplomatically, how to help — or at least not hamper — the young adults who had won scholarship money and had to actually host events.

I observed young women giving each other advice about health, doing chemistry homework while waiting for an appearance to begin, talking about men and feminism in code words I only partly understood. I witnessed ambition in those dressing rooms; most of the talk I remember was about scholarship money, college choices, resumes and networking tips.

As for me, I don't recall being handled, managed or manipulated. Certainly my cut-off-wearing, free-running self had to wear dresses and sit still for the curling iron sessions, but I bore no actual pressure. The expectation was that I demonstrate kindness, that I not embarrass anyone, that I express myself gracefully when speaking and that I be in the right place at the expected time. Good lessons for a career if you think about it.

I spent an entire year absorbing these lessons while throwing candy to kids during parades, meeting talented people and local government officials at events, and tagging along with two extremely beautiful, glamorous older women (who must have been all of 19 or 20).

But I didn't continue in pageants. I had a glimpse into that world of perfecting vocal and instrumental pieces for extremely competitive performances, of makeup and prepping before going anywhere. I distinctly remember a circle to speed-read the newspaper to be up on issues. It was a world of public expectations I was pretty sure I didn't want yet. The desire to read more "fun" books, to ride my bike without a schedule and generally embrace my true tomboy nature, won that particular competition.

For many years I didn't mention my pageant past. Most of my friends wouldn't have believed it. Some of my colleagues probably still don't, despite the photographic evidence.

Over time I'd hear criticism of pageants: the exploitation of women, the focus on beauty, the sheer pressure to win at any cost, including one's health. Perhaps I was too young, the stakes weren't as high, and the physical definition of beauty wasn't so extreme. Or perhaps the past 36 years have buffed my memory to an innocent, satin-sash finish.

But when the cameras focus once again on the swimsuit and talent competitions — as they did last weekend, for the Miss America extravaganza — I remember the precision, dedication and passion of the pageant participants.

I didn't choose that path for myself, but I learned a little bit about the world in my own time. Most importantly, I learned that I could make decisions about what I did and did not want to do. And that I could make those decisions stick.