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Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Elizabeth Tran parents immigrated from Hong Kong and Vietnam to pursue the American Dream in Florida. The two met at a Disney college program working at Chinese restaurant in Epcot. This would eventually come back around as Elizabeth participated in the Disney Friends for Change Program as an adolescent. Elizabeth’s parents being immigrants of asia…
 
Katherine McQuade was born and raised in Whitestone, New York. While she grew up as a timid child, her mom always instilled in her communication skills, confidence, poise and grace. As a young child, Katherine started opening up to her natural skills and talents through dance. Through the Landrum School of Performing Arts Company Dance Team she was…
 
Olivia Culpo was born in Cranston, Rhode Island to her parents Gus and Sophie. Olivia was the middle child of five siblings. She remembers getting along with her siblings, and the occasional argument or two between them. But who doesn’t bicker with their siblings, right? Her parents are the co-owners of several Boston Businesses, cafes and restaura…
 
Victoria Mendoza was born in El Paso, Texas but grew up in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. She is a middle child of an older brother and a younger sister. Her fourth additional sibling growing up was her dog, Oliver. Victoria lived in a very loving family of Mexican descent. Her parents have been together for almost 30 years, now that is something t…
 
Misha Grimes is a 21 year old fashion model and social media personality who was born and raised in England. Her YouTube channel has more than 225,000 followers and has racked up more than 33 million views. Misha started her youtube channel in her second year of college when she was competing for the UK Galaxy title. This meant she was balancing cr…
 
You probably remember Gazini Ganados as being the reigning Binibining Pilipinas 2019 queen. Gazini won the title and this allowed her to represent the Philippines at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant. Gazini’s journey begins in Dapitan City in the Philippines. In sixth grade her family moved to Cebu where she spent most of her life. Growing up without…
 
Corrin Stellakis grew up in a very small town called Bridgeport on a family owned horse farm. If you think having pets teaches children about responsibility at a young age, you can multiply that amount by 10 when it comes to taking care of animals on a farm. She grew up mucking stalls, cleaning water buckets, and riding horses daily. Her and her mo…
 
Alyssa Klinzing is a seasoned pageant contestant and queen, and she is one of those girls you will always get excited to see on stage. Alyssa has competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant, Miss Kansas’s Outstanding Teen, Teen Miss Earth United States, Miss California USA, Miss Kansas USA, and at Miss USA 2019. In 1997, Alyssa was born and raised in Mod…
 
Riza Santos is one of the few contestants to ever go to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth! She was born in a rural town in Alberta and grew up in Calgary, a larger city in the province of Alberta. She grew up in a culturally diverse family, and is a mix of Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. This allowed her to look at her life and travels as an…
 
Amanda Moreno has been in the pageant industry for over 19 years. She has made her way around the block through competing in pageant competitions and now she is using her years of experience to coach young princesses on how to become pageant queens. Some of her own crowning accomplishments include winning National All-American Miss 2011-2012 and Mi…
 
Sarah Rose Summers is a Nebraskan beauty who has won the state titles of Miss Nebraska Teen USA and Miss Nebraska USA as well as the national title of National American Miss. But let’s be real, we all know her best for being the very first woman from Nebraska to win the title of Miss USA in 2018. Her work as a Child Life Specialist helps her to be …
 
Mia Jones is a triple threat state titleholder after winning the titles of Miss Delaware Teen USA 2014, Miss Delaware USA 2017, and Miss Delaware Earth USA 2019. A graduate from Delaware State University, Mia graduated with a major in art education and now works as a middle school teacher. She experienced racism and bullying at a young age which is…
 
Dani Walker has over 10 years of experience competing in pageants in the National American Miss, Miss America and Miss USA state organizations. The most notable thing about Dani’s pageant journey is the way she was able to overcome the adversities of coming from a low-income household. Dani is often featuring the reality of pageant costs as well as…
 
No matter where you are in the world, you have heard about the Black Lives Matter movement reaching new heights in the United States. This is due to a largely politicized case of a man named George Floyd being killed at the hands of the police during an arrest on video. This shed a light on continued challenges with police brutality and the black c…
 
Vanessa Lachey was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines almost 40 years ago. She has an older brother, who is adopted. Vanessa’s father was in the Air Force which meant they did not settle permanently into the places they travelled to. Vanessa calls her and her brother ‘Air Force brats’, which is a term used for military kids who travel cons…
 
Victoria Piekut will be representing her state as Pennsylvania at this year's Miss USA 2020 pageant. This will be the most popular and televised pageant Victoria will be competing in, but she has had many experiences in competing to prepare her for this journey. Victoria has done very well for herself in the National American Miss and International…
 
In this episode Jesse Ladoue and Steven Roddy, interview Kaliegh Garris, Miss Teen USA 2019. Throughout this interview Kaliegh talks about finding her uniqueness in high school and her pageant journey that led her to the Miss Teen USA stage. She attributes her winning to her finding and embracing her differences. After you listen to this podcast yo…
 
In this episode Jesse Ladoue and Steven Roddy, interview Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019. In this interview Zozi discusses what it’s like to be quarantined in New York and her journey from South Africa to Atlanta and then to New York. After this interview you will get to understand what makes Zozibini a success. Through her stories and practical…
 
In this episode Jesse Ladoue and Steven Roddy interview Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019. The interview covers a variety of topics including what’s it like being quarantined in the Miss Universe suite, most memorable and embarrassing moments as Miss USA. Additionally, Cheslie shares her best pageant tips, rubbing elbows with celebs like Oprah and how t…
 
Sarah Bazey is identified as “One woman’s inspiring path from helicopter crash survivor to Mrs. International 2012.” She is a former pageant queen, a Harvard Business School graduate, and an accomplished business professional. You may have known this from her website www.sarahbazey.com, but we are going to learn more about her and how she became Mr…
 
So many pageants are moving to a digital format in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has turned all of our lives upside down. In light of this we thought doing a podcast specific on how to compete successfully on a digital stage would be wise. So, we have done our research and put together this episode to share what to consider when competing onli…
 
Olivia Miller reigns from Delphos, Ohio and has been involved in the USA National Miss since 2015. It took Olivia four long and dedicated years to finally obtain the title. Each time coming back as a wiser and more experienced version of herself paid off! USA National Miss is an award winning national pageant organization that enriches the lives of…
 
She’s an American journalist, model and beauty queen. She’s Alexandra LaForce, or Allie as she’s best known. Allie is a former Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 and she also won the title Miss Teen USA 2005. Although this was fifteen years ago she is still making a name for herself! Allie was born and raised in Vermilion, Ohio. Allie’s parents were college a…
 
Gracie Hunt was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Gracie was raised by her mother, Tavia Shackles, and father, Clark Hunt. Gracie has a younger sister named Ava and a younger brother who is 17. Her and her sister share a birthday. Just two weeks ago on March 29, 2020, Gracie turned 21 and Ava turned 14. Gracie grew up in a sports-loving family. Her…
 
This is a special edition episode where we will cover how to respond as a titleholder, contestant and business during these unique times in our shared history. Never before has a single event impacted the world so unilaterally. All industries are being impacted by the coronavirus and in this episode we cover: Ideas for digital appearances How to de…
 
Today we are going to be taking a look at a contestant that will be competing for Miss USA 2020, Rachel Slawson, our Miss Utah USA 2020. Rachel has gained a lot of publicity since her win at Miss Utah USA. Not only because this is her fifth time competing for a state title in the USA system, but because she is the first openly bisexual contestant t…
 
Born in Sincelejo, Colombia, grew up in Barranquilla. Ariadna Gutierrez was born on Christmas Day, and is 26 years old. She grew up with her parents and four older siblings. An interesting fact is that she is a cousin of Miss Universe 2014 and Miss Colombia 2013, Paulina Vega. Family is very important to Ariadna. She has 10 nieces and nephews that …
 
Cara Mund was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. At a young age, Cara showed interest in the arts and dance. She began dancing at the age of two. This allowed her to train for four summers with the Radio City Rockettes, an iconic American dance team. Cara became well versed in many extra-curricular activities in highschool. She attended Cen…
 
Andreia Gibau is a first-generation immigrant to the United States. She was born in Cape Verde which is a group of 10 islands on the west coast of Africa, and her family moved to Brockton, Massachusetts when she was seven years old to have a future with better opportunities. Her family settled in Brockton, Massachusetts where Andreia grew up and ex…
 
Darcy Castro is a writer, creator, and an advocate. She is an experienced pageant queen with a heart of gold, and amongst her pageantry successes has won the Elite National American Woman of Service 2019. Darcy became quite the successful pageant competitor in her time competing as a Miss, winning several local titles. After taking time to focus on…
 
Today we are going to be talking more about Kaliegh Garris, the current Miss Teen USA 2019. In April 2019, Kaliegh Garris brought the state of Connecticut its second Miss Teen USA title after Logan West’s win in 2012. The pageant was held in Reno, Nevada. 18 year-old Kaliegh is now a national titleholder, competitive dancer, model and student. All …
 
Alayah Benavidez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up, Alayah’s ambitions did not know any limits. Dreams of becoming a professional model, pageant queen, author and professor were never just dreams to her, they were something she could make a reality. We all know that most pageant queen success stories do not come without some sor…
 
"Ava Hill” is a 22-year-old from Kindred, North Dakota. Ava is truly the ‘girl-next-door.’ She enjoys spending time with her family, watching Netflix, snuggling with her cat named Pringles and drinking coffee. She likes to start off each morning with a cup of coffee…. Or five. Although she has made her way to the top of the pageant world you won’t …
 
Zozibini Tunzi was born in Tolso Eastern Cape located in South Africa. Here she grew up with her parents and three other sisters. She is the second oldest of her siblings. Zozi grew up close with her family and considered her parents her role models. “My mother taught me the importance of being kind and humble and always helpful to those around me …
 
Betty Cantrell Maxwell was born and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. This 25 year old beauty queen was ironically named after her Greek Grandmother, Baciliky, which means ‘Royalty’. Growing up, Betty lived the true country girl life as her and her family lives on a 675-acre farm in rural Georgia. She knows how to drive a full-sized John Deere trac…
 
Jackie Watson is the woman we are going to be taking a look at today, which some of you may know as the Director of the system USA National Miss. Jackie Watson is a natural leader as she spent years directing a state pageant, which she founded. Now running for 9 years, the USA National Miss Systems is one of the highest regarded national pageant sc…
 
In today’s podcast we are going to be talking about a woman well known in the Miss America, Miss USA, and Mrs America organizations, Mekayla Eppers. Mekayla began her pageant journey at 12 years old and has captured seven pageant titles in her life, including the titles of Miss Indiana USA 2016 and Mrs. America 2018. While some people know Mekayla …
 
Lorraine Schuck’s pageant career dates back to over 40 years ago. Lorraine won the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas 1979. Mutya ng Pilipinas began over 51 years ago in 1968, and it’s titleholders have gone on to win 15 of the largest international pageant titles in the world. The pageant is best known for promoting tourism in Asia, social responsibility…
 
In today’s podcast we are looking into the life of Emanii Davis, the current Miss Earth Air 2019 and former competitor in the Miss USA and Miss World America pageant systems Emanii began competing in pageants when she was 14 years old and has captured numerous prestigious pageant titles and become a role model and pageant icon to many women. She ha…
 
We have done so many podcasts about being the contestant who is trying to mentally prepare to overcome the stigma of the runner up or the high performing transfer of another system. But, today we are saying... first runner up, or perpetual top 5 finisher... we see you and are here for you. It is a huge mental conundrum to be able to finish so close…
 
Winning a pageant is both an art & a science. The art of winning a pageant is presented fashion and in the conversation of interview. The “science” of winning a pageant is in the pageant you choose and the team you surround yourself with while you compete. This episode focuses on finding the best pageant based on your skill set. Listen in as Jesse …
 
Kendra Hale is an only child who grew up in a small town in rural southwestern Virginia called, Christiansburg. She graduated as valedictorian from Christiansburg High School and the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School. Kendra recalls that in her hometown, pageants were not common and many people didn’t understand the different aspects of being in…
 
Today’s podcast features none other than Paula Shugart, who is the beloved president of the Miss Universe organization, as every fan of the pageant knows. With more than 30 years of experience in the television industry, Paula Shugart has been a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences. As presid…
 
Before he became known as, Mac Duggal, one of the most successful and well known fashion designers in the world, he was called, “Manmohan Singh Duggal”. He was born in New Delhi (Deli), India, in 1960 to a very spiritual family, where his grandfather, father and brother, were all the heads of an international spiritual organization that teaches a f…
 
Katerina Rozmajzl may look like a Barbie doll, with her waist long platinum blonde hair and icy blue eyes, but don’t make the mistake of writing her off as, “just a model” or underestimating her business acumen. I personally am super excited for today’s podcast because even I learned SO much about this contestant I may have just showed up on stage …
 
Hannah Brown grew up in Tuscaloosa Alabama and is a major Crimson Tide fan! She graduated magna cum laude from theUniversity of Alabama in 2017, the same college that her parents attended, where she earned her degree in communications and Information Sciences with a minor in public relations. She became a sister of Alpha Chi Omega sorority during h…
 
Fondly called "Mama J" by his friends and protégées, Jonas Antonio Gaffud is the unquestionable force behind the tremendous success of the Philippines in international pageants. Jonas Gaffud is frequently called, “The Queen Maker”, but he doesn’t just specialize in mentoring women for beauty pageants. He is also the President and Manager of Mercato…
 
The Miss America Pageant found its origins nearly 100 years ago, in the month of September. The pageant was first held on September 25, 1920. It was billed as the “Fall Frolic” and began simply as a marketing idea The event was so successful that the originators scheduled it to take place the week-end following Labor Day, to encourage summer visito…
 
Osmel Sousa had a dream that was born out of an obsession with beauty. He longed to create a world that was filled with beauty of every kind. Like many artists, his desire to be surrounded by beauty was to somehow erase the ugliness and pain that he witnessed and internalized as a child. As a boy, he remembers spending all of his time drawing. He w…
 
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