Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
|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
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!
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 www.missamazingpageant.com or contact Miss Amazing Missouri State Director, Ellie Lorenzen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Steven Roddy, founder of ThePageantPlanet.com, 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.
National American Miss SystemNAM 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).
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
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!
PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR THE DAY’S SCHEDULE:
National American Miss & Vernon Hills 4th Grader,
Peyton Newman Presents a …
Visit bn.com/bookfairs 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
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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!!
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 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.
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.