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Get Swimsuit Ready!
Every contestant knows that the swimsuit competition can either make or break you at the pageant. Contestants spend hours and hours in the gym, eating plain chicken with veggies and agonizing over every aspect of their competition swimsuit. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss USA® swimsuit sponsor Kandice Pelletier, of Kandice Pelletier Swimwear about what it takes to select the best swimsuit to show of your personal fitness level. Then Valerie will talk with Brian Attebery, of Results Fitness USA about how to structure your workout and nutrition programs in order to get a top swimsuit score at your next pageant. It’s going to be an informative and inspiring episode that you won’t want to miss!
 

Here comes Miss USA®!
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start the count down for the crowning of the next Miss USA®! Every year smart, motivated, beautiful women from all across the country come together to make new friends, experience the glamour of pageant competition, and compete for a title than can change your life. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss Kansas USA, Audrey Banach, Miss Nebraska USA, Amanda Soltero and Miss Arkansas USA, Helen Wisner about the upcoming pageant competition. They’ll share what they’re doing to impress the judges and what you can do to walk away with top scores at your next pageant. It’s going to be an informative and inspiring episode that you won’t want to miss!
 

Pageant Success Tips from Miss America's Outstanding Teen
How you prepare for your next competition can either make or break you as a pageant contestant. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014, Leah Sykes, about what it takes to win over the judges and find success at your next pageant! Leah will share her down-to-earth advice about impressing the judges during both your personal interview and onstage competition. Plus, David Hatfield of Studio D Photography will share his tips on how you can get a winning headshot that impresses the judges before you even walk in the room. It’s an episode that will leave you better prepared to find success at your next pageant!
 

Winning Advice from Miss America!
Competing in a pageant can be fabulous – if you’re ready for the competition. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, about what it takes to be a top contestant. Nina will share her been-there, done-that advice on developing an impressive platform, preparing for tough pageant interview questions, and how to create a talent presentation that gets top scores from the judges. Plus, Laine Berry of The Royal We will share her tips on how you can select a winning evening gown that creates an iconic look for your next pageant. It’s an information and inspirational episode that will help you learn how to achieve your true pageant potential!
 

Get Ready for Miss America!
It’s hard to believe, but this weekend we’ll be crowning a brand new Miss America! Join Valerie as she talks with Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, about her amazing year of service as well as what this years contestants can expect at the pageant. Plus, Laura will share her tips to marketing your platform during the personal interview and how to ace your on-stage question. We’re kicking off our Countdown to Miss America and you won’t want to miss it!
 

Prepare to be Swimsuit Ready!
It’s that time of year again when contestants everywhere are worried about how they’ll maintain their fabulous swimsuit figure during the busy holidays. Join Valerie as she talks with pageant fitness guru, Brian Attebery of Results Fitness USA, about his Essential On-the-Road Workout for maintaining your fitness level through the busy holiday season. Then Valerie will chat with Allyce King, founder of Allyce King Swim, about the 10 steps to selecting the best color and cut for your competition swimsuit. We’ll cover everything you need to know to be 100 percent swimsuit ready on this episode of Pageant Talk Radio!
 

Mrs. United States Success Stories
There’s nothing more exciting than a Mrs. Pageant, and there’s no more coveted title than Mrs. United States. Join Valerie as she talks with the current Mrs. United States, Aquilla Vang, about how she won her first state and then national Mrs. pageants within a span of a few months. Then Valerie will chat with Mrs. Tennessee United States, Tiffany Love and Mrs. Texas United States, Lacey Pruett about how they’ve used their pageant success to launch their television careers. All three titleholders will share their personal success tips so you can be the ultimate success story. Tune in for this informational and inspirational episode!
 

Killer Fall Appearance Wardrobe
Join Valerie as she talks with master stylist Laine Berry, of The Royal We, about the 10 Must Haves for your fall appearance wardrobe so you’re always dressed to kill! Find out which fashion basics you need and how to add on trend accessories to look your beauty queen best. Then, Valerie will talk with national makeup artist Sheila Ybarra, of Makeup By Sheila, about quick and easy hairstyles and a great makeup look for day appearances. This episode is all about looking FABulous so tune in and get your Pageant Glam on!
 

Secrets from Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!
Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013, Rachel Wyatt! She'll get the inside scoop on how Rachel felt when they announced her name as the winner and what she's been up to so far in her year of service. She'll also get Rachel's winning secrets so you can prepare for your next pageant! Then Valerie will talk with Jennifer McKenna about MAOTeen’s fab Princess Program and how you get can your little princess involved. We look forward to having you join us for the show!
 

Miss America Does a Body Good!
Everyone wants to wow the judges during the fitness portion of their pageant competition, but do you know the secrets to getting a winning score? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2011 Lifestyle & Fitness Winner Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York and Third Runner-Up Jennifer Sedler, Miss Arizona and two-time Miss Arizona Lifestyle & Fitness Winner about their secrets to creating a balanced physique. We’ll dish about aerobic workouts, weight training, stretching, nutrition, and how to get the perfect tan. Plus, learn why self-confidence is the most important accessory for your moment under the lights. If you’re getting ready to bump up your fitness score this year, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Miss America’s Got Talent!
The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2011 Talent Award winner Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, and Top 10 Semi-Finalist as well as Louanne Gamba Insturmental Award winner, Miss Texas Kendall Morris about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. We’ll talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. Plus, Valerie will answer your coaching questions about developing a winning pageant platform.You’ll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges at you next pageant competition!
 

Rock Your Swimsuit Competition!
It’s that time of year again when contestants everywhere are getting ready to rock the runway in their best pageant swimsuit and nude strappy heels! But if you’re working on a limited budget what’s the best investment of your pageant dollars? Join Valerie as she talks with Collage Video’s Co-owner, Jill Ross about how you can get a perfect 10 in fitness by doing video workouts that won’t make a huge dent in your pageant budget. Then Valerie will talk with Allyce King, founder of Allyce King Swim, about the four C’s of selecting your competition swimsuit. And for the finishing touches to your competition look Valerie will talk with Laine Berry, owner of The Royal We and Mrs. International 2008, about the dos and don’ts of swimsuit accessories. We’ll cover everything you need to know to be 100 percent swimsuit ready on this episode of Pageant Talk Radio!
 

Miss America's Outstanding Teen!
Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011, Elizabeth Fechtel! She'll get the inside scoop on how Elizabeth felt when they announced her name as the winner last August and what she's been up to so far in her year of service. She'll also get Elizabeth's winning secrets so you can prepare prepare for your local or state Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant. Then Valerie will talk with Teens in Training Camp Founder Tawni Darby about what's in store at this year's informative and inspirational pageant camp. Tune in to learn what you need to do in order to have your best Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant ever!
 

Catching Up with Miss America!
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012 hit the ground running and has already had a busy year promoting her personal platform Circles of Support - Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents. Join Valerie as she talks with Laura about what it’s like to be Miss America, the 2012 pageant, and what advice she has for contestants who are preparing to compete in their local and state pageants. Whether you're pageant competitor, judge, pageant staff, or pageant fan, you do not want to miss this entire hour dedicated to Miss America!
 

Winning on a Budget
Never before has competing on a budget been so important to so many contestants! Join Valerie for this special episode of Pageant Talk Radio where she’ll walk you through everything you need to know to create a winning pageant budget! You’ll learn the essential aspects of a streamlined budget, how to creatively work within your budget, and the best areas to reduce costs while still displaying the skills and abilities of an elite contestant. You’ll be surprised by how easy it really is to compete and win on a budget!
 

Creating The Perfect Pageant Glam Image
Hair and makeup trends change every season and it is so hard to keep up! Are you struggling with your pageant glam look or just want some new insider tips? Join Valerie as she chats with Danielle Capps of Rain Cosmetics, the 2011 Miss USA Cosmetics Sponsor, about how to pull together day and evening looks with the perfect Rain product! Plus, Valerie will be tying your pageant glam look together by talking with Jen Green of Sin Pretty Hair. Find out how to use bonded hair extensions, clip-in extensions and what looks to try out for your next day or evening appearance! If you are wondering how to create the perfect pageant glam image, then you can't miss this FABulous new episode!
 

Make The Most Of Your Miss USA Experience and Look Good Doing It!
Miss USA is right around the corner and this year is going to be another year of exciting competition! Join Valerie as she talks with Morgan Woolard, Miss Oklahoma USA , and First Runner-Up at last year's Miss USA Pageant about what it takes to compete at Miss USA, how to achieve true pageant success, and how she's rocking that First Runner-Up placement. Plus, ready your questions as Valerie talks with Brian Attebery, Owner and Personal Trainer for Results Fitness and Nutrition Center about what you can do in two weeks to be swimwear ready. For you non-pageant girls, Brian will let you in on the secrets to looking your best at the beach this summer. Be sure to set your reminders, because you can't miss this FABulous new episode!
 

Talent at Miss America
Wonder what it takes to perform a winning talent piece at Miss America or at your next pageant? Join Valerie as she talks with the Miss America 2011 Talent Winners Adrienne Core, Miss North Carolina and Deborah Saint-Vil, Miss Rhode Island as she discovers the secrets behind the perfect song and dance! Then, Valerie will be answering all of your questions in a talent Q&A session that’ll be sure to make you the most knowledgeable talent contestant out there! Get ready to wow the judges after you tune into this Friday’s talented new episode!
 

Pageant Fab Fitness
We all want to get high marks for how FABulously fit we are, but do you know the secrets that the winners use to get a top score? Join Valerie as she talks with the Miss America 2011 Lifestyle and Fitness winners Ashley Davis, Miss Alabama; Emoly West, Miss Oklahoma, and Jalee Fuselier, Miss Hawaii about how they created their pageant ready physiques. Learn what eating plans really work, how you should be working out, the importance of stretching, and of course achieving the perfect tan. If you're wondering how to increase your fitness score at your next pageant, you won't want to miss this episode!
 

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan
Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, has already had a busy year promoting her personal platform Eating Disorders; A Generation at Risk, while traveling around the country! Join Valerie as she talks with Teresa about what it’s like to be Miss America, the 2011 pageant, and what advice she has for contestants who are looking to compete in local and state pageants. Whether you're pageant competitor or just a pageant fan, you do not want to miss this entire hour dedicated to Miss America!
 

USA National Miss Scholarship Organization
USA National Miss Scholarship Organization is a national pageant program designed to reward young women for their achievements and to mentor them to reach their goals and true potential. With six different divisions, there is truly a potential title here for you! Join Valerie as she talks with Jackie Watson, National Executive Director of USA National Miss, Alex Durkee the current USA National Miss and Ava Tortorici the current USA National Pre-Teen. They’ll be talking about what judges are looking for, your interview style, and much much more! If you’re a contestant looking for a scholarship pageant, or just a fan, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Winning Your State Mrs. United States Pageant
It’s that time of year when Mrs. contestants are getting ready for their pageants. Join Valerie as she talks with John Vannatta, President and Executive Director of VanBros and Associates, the holders of six state licenses for Mrs. Pageants, Angie Neal the current Mrs. Texas and Stephanie Lynch the current Mrs. Tennessee. They’ll be sharing their secrets, tips and ideas for getting a winning score at your pageant! You’re going to want to tune in!
 

Teens in Training at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
Are you a Teen looking to bump your pageant skills up to the elite level? Or are you a Teen who doesn’t compete in pageants, but wants to develop the poise and confidence of a pageant girl? Then the Teens in Training Camp just what you’ve been looking for! Join Valerie as she talks with Tawni Darby, Teens in Training Camp Founder, about all the fabulous activities and learning opportunities at this year’s inaugural camp. Then Valerie will talk with Lacey Russ, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, about what she’s been up to, plus she’ll chat with Jennifer McKenna, Princess Camp Coordinator, about what the exciting program they’ve got planned for this year. It’s going to be a whole hour dedicated to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and you won’t want to miss it!
 

I Know You’re Not Going to Win When…
Part of the personal development necessary to compete at an elite level is the ability to be open to change. Join Valerie for this lighthearted, and slightly irreverent, episode as she walks you through the typical things contestants do that get in the way of their success. She’s going to give you the direct, honest approach she’s known for, with a tiny bit of humor to help this pageant medicine go down. If you’re stuck in a pageant rut and want to know what you should be doing differently in order to be Pageant Fab, then you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Countdown to Miss America 2011!
In just a few weeks we’ll be crowning a new Miss America! Join Valerie as she talks with Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, about her incredible year of service and her accomplishments inspiring others. Plus Caressa will talk about what being Miss America is really like and share her insider tips on what this year’s contestants can expect. Then Valerie will talk with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Lacey Russ about what it takes to impress the judges in the interview room and on-stage during the talent competition. We’re kicking off our Countdown to Miss America and you won’t want to miss it!
 

Looking Your Best at Appearances and Everyday
In the past the only exposure judges and pageant directors had to contestants was during the actual pageant competition. But with the introduction of blogging and social media judges and directors have access to photos that let them know what image you’re going to project during your year as the titleholder. Join Valerie as she talks with leading pageant stylist Laine Berry of The Royal We, expert hairstylist Jennifer Green of Sin Pretty Hair, and nationally known makeup artist Lisa Proctor about what you need to do to project your best pageant image. You’ll learn the importance of developing your pageant look, how to practice every day, and what you need to update so you look is current and fabulous! It’s time to develop your pageant fab look today!
 

Ms. & Mrs. Corporate America
It’s time to celebrate the career women of pageantry! The Ms./Mrs. Corporate America pageant is quickly establishing itself as an exciting pageant experience for professional women across America. Specifically developed to address the needs of today’s busy contestant who combines pageantry with a career, the pageant highlights a woman’s achievements and accomplishments in the community and in the workplace. Join Valerie as she talks the reigning Ms. Corporate America, Donnell Rank and Mrs. Corporate America, Sharon Fletcher. If you’re a professional woman and really want to compete, then you won’t want to miss your chance to get the inside scoop on this pageant!
 

Get the Most Out of Your Miss USA Experience!
The local and state preliminaries to the Miss USA® pageant are in full swing and this year is going to be another year of exciting competition! Join Valerie as she talks with John Vannatta Executive Director of the Vanbros pageantsabout their unprecedented placement off all five of their state USA titleholders in the Top 15 at this year’s Miss USA®. Plus, Valerie will talk with Morgan Woolard, Miss Oklahoma USA® and First Runner-Up at the year’s Miss USA® Pageant about what it takes to be successful at the state and national level and how she’s been working that First Runner-up placement! If you want to get the most out of your Miss USA® experience, you don’t want to miss this episode!
 

Pageantry Magazine
Pageantry may have changed over the last four decades, but the one thing that remains constant is the impact the Dunn family continues to have on every aspect of the pageant community. Join Valerie as she talks with Pageantry Magazine CEO Carl Dunn about his humble “back stage” beginnings and what it’s like to run the #1 most recognized pageant publication in the world. Learn about the roots of pageantry’s most recognized family and hear whether or not Carl thinks pageantry will change or remain the same in the future. If you’re a true pageant fan and just love to be “in the know”, then you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Miss Universe Recap
One of the biggest and brightest pageant events during any year is the Miss Universe pageant. And who can watch an exciting pageant that’s broadcast all over the world without critiquing the contestants and picking out a personal fave? Join Valerie and her guests, leading pageant stylist Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa and international uber pageant fan Jason Smith as they dish about this years’ pageant highlights and disasters. So grab yourself a bowl of popcorn and see how your review of the pageant stacks up against our expert panel!
 

Must Have Products for Your Hair & Make-up!
Every pageant girl wants to look her best whether she’s making an appearance, competing at a pageant, or just out for a day of shopping with her girlfriends. Join Valerie and her daughter, Laura, as they walk you through the “must have” products they’ve been “test driving” this summer. They’ll clue you in on the duds and the delights of all the stuff that’s been showing up in the Pageant Talk Radio mailbox. This is your chance to get some downright honest feedback so that you don’t waste your hard earned money on products and tools that just don’t deliver what they promise. This is a must listen episode for those of you who want to create your very own pageant fab look!
 

Do You Want Killer Hair & Makeup?
You just can’t under estimate the importance of combining high quality make-up with the right techniques to create your winning pageant image! Join Valerie as she talks with Rain Cosmetics’ National Make-up Artist, Junior Renteria about how to work magic with the right colors and simple application techniques to create your best pageant look! Plus, Valerie will also be talking with leading pageant hair extensions stylist, Jennifer Green of Sin Pretty Hair, about what you should be looking for in clip-in and bonded hair extensions and the questions you should be asking before you book that hair appointment. This is a “must listen” show if you’re planning to have killer hair and make-up so you can project the image of an elite titleholder at your next pageant!
 

Who Will Be Miss Teen World?
On Friday, August 13th the next Miss Teen World will be crowned and everyone’s dying to find out who it will be! The Teen World pageant is the fastest growing international Teen pageant and this year over 30 countries will be represented. Join Valerie as she talks with International Executive Director, Gaspar Cruz about why everyone’s so interested in this relatively new pageant. Then Valerie will talk with the reigning Miss Teen World, Tayla Robinson, who will have traveled all the way from South Africa to crown her successor. If you compete in, or follow, international Teen pageants you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Get Your Best Body Now!
Are you tired of trying one-size fits all fitness and nutrition programs that either leave you too bulky for pageant competition or just to exhausted to compete? Join Valerie as she talks with personal trainer and fitness model Marzia Prince about the unique nutrition and workout needs for today’s busy pageant contestant. Marzia is the secret weapons that Valerie has been quietly using to refine and improve the fitness level of her private coaching students! This is an important episode that could turn your fitness weaknesses into fitness strengths. Whether your body needs a complete overhaul or just a little tweaking this is the show for you!
 

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
The excitement is building as everyone gets ready for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant! Join Valerie as she talks with Jeanette Morelan about her fabulous year as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2010. She’s been busy talking to teens around the country about the importance of scholastic achievement, community volunteerism, and creative accomplishment. She’s truly a teen leading other teens! Then Valerie will be talking with Autumn Marisa Lexer of Crowning Around by Autumn, official sponsor of the Princess Program. She’ll be giving Valerie the inside scoop about the Princess Program and how it’s contributing to the lives of young girls everywhere! It’s a whole show devoted to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and you won’t want to miss it!
 

Winning at International Junior Miss
The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program is a program organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to build self awareness in our youth and young women of today. The International Junior Miss program awards scholarships to individuals on the basis achievement throughout the week of competition and service throughout the year as an International Junior Miss titleholder. Join Valerie as she talks with International Director and Executive Producer, Nikki Clark as well as the current International Miss, Brooke Harris. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a winner at the International Junior Miss pageant!
 

Dumb and Dumber: Things that Keep You from Winning
Okay, so no pageant contestant is completely perfect in every way. But did you know that the reason why most pageant contestants don’t win is because they keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Join Valerie for this lighthearted look at the most common mistakes made by pageant contestants and which one’s she thinks are “dumb” and which ones truly qualify as even “dumber”. If you’re looking for a little lighthearted motivation to improve for your next pageant, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

American Renaissance Pageant
The American Renaissance Pageant is a platform-based pageant that highlights women who are leaders within their communities at the same time they juggle successful careers and remain committed to their families. Contestant platforms might be related to a nationally recognized organization or might be something a contestant is devoted to or has a passion for, such as family, career, education, personal improvement or another important goal. Join Valerie as she talks with National Executive Director, Janet Remington and Ms. American Renaissance, Charissa Payer about what makes the pageant unique within the pageant community. You’ll get all the inside tips on how you can an American Renaissance Queen!
 

Miss USA Recap Show
Pageant fans everywhere love to sit down with a bowl of popcorn to dish with a few friends after a pageant. Join Valerie as she talks with leading pageant stylist Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa and Cari Baker of Makeup By Cari about this year’s Miss USA pageant. We’ll cover favorites in swimsuit, gown, and on-stage interview as well overall impressions of the pageant production. Join us for this fun episode and see how your personal favorites stack up against the experts!
 

Persevering for the Crown
Of course your Mom told you if at first you don’t success, try, try again! But sometimes it feels like you’ll never achieve your goals. Join Valerie for this special episode where she shares what she has learned from coaching hundreds of contestants who felt frustrated in persevering for the crown. She’ll talk about the emotional challenges of persevering as well as how to identify exactly what’s in your way. If you haven’t achieved your pageant goals yet, you will definitely want to tune in for this informational and motivational episode!
 

Getting Ready for Mrs. America
Did you know that the fastest growing area of the pageant community is Mrs. pageants? More and more married women are embracing pageantry beyond the traditional Miss and Teen years and working hard to compete at an elite level. Join Valerie as she talks with Mrs. World 2007, Diane Tucker as well as expert make-up artist Kelly Wisniewski about what it takes to compete at the Mrs. America pageant. We will talk about selecting your competition wardrobe as well as how to develop and define your best pageant image. If you are competing in a Mrs. pageant this year, you do not want to miss this episode!
 

Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron
Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, has already been busy promoting the Children’s Miracle Network as well as her personal platform Real Talk: Aids in America. Join Valerie as she talks with Caressa about how she won at the state level on her fourth attempt, what a day in the life of Miss America is like, and what advice she has for contestants who are currently competing in local and state MAO pageants. We’re devoting the whole hour to Valerie’s conversation with Caressa so that you can learn everything you need to know in order to become the next Miss America!
 

Achieving Excellence in Pageant Production
Pageants have come a long way in recent years and directors everywhere are working hard to advance pageantry forward as a competitive hobby/sport. Under the direction of John Vannatta, VANBROS and Associates Inc. has established a reputation of excellence within both the Miss USA and Mrs. United States pageant systems. Join Valerie as she talks with John about how pageantry has evolved over the last ten years, what it takes to produce a quality pageant, and what sets contestants apart in both the interview room and on stage. If you’re a pageant contestant or a pageant director you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Charisma on Camera
Are you looking for guidance for a pageant TV appearance or do you need help getting ready for your next on-camera audition? Join Valerie as she talks with Sandra Dee Robinson of Charisma on Camera about what you need to know and do for your next big moment in the spotlight. Sandra Dee Robinson has spent all of her adult life on camera and now spends her days as an in-demand media coach. She’ll share her insights and tips for how to build on-camera confidence and how to impress the decision makers who are watching your audition. If you’re planning to make the transition from stage to camera, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Lifestyle & Fitness at Miss America
Everyone wants to rock the fitness portion of their pageant competition, but do you know the secrets to getting a winning score? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2010 Lifestyle & Fitness Winners Alyse Zwick, Miss New York and CC Barber, Miss Oregon about their secrets to creating a balanced physique. We’ll dish about aerobic workouts, weight training, stretching, nutrition, and how to get the perfect tan. Plus, learn why self-confidence is the most important accessory for your moment under the lights. If you’re getting ready to bump up your fitness score this year, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

True Beauty in Las Vegas!
True Beauty Special Events is all set to host the “must attend” events again this year during Miss USA weekend! Join Valerie as she gets the inside scoop from Maureen Atwell on the new and exciting additions to the True Beauty Expo 2010 plus the fabulous designs that will be featured at the True Beauty Rocks Fashion Show! We’ll catch up with Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa and Rain Andreani of Rain Cosmetics to see what they have planned for this year, plus much, much more. Pageant fans from all over the world will be converging in Las Vegas May 15th and 16th for Miss USA weekend. They love the socializing, the people watching, and getting all dolled up for all the special events. If you’re going to “see and be seen” at this years Miss USA weekend you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

What to Do When You’ve Won
Winning is the ultimate goal of any pageant contestant – you work hard to prepare for the pageant and then celebrate when you’ve achieved your goal. But what comes after that big win? Join Valerie Hayes as she walks you though the many aspects of being a successful titleholder. She’ll talk about how to handle your new director, interacting with the pageant sponsors, getting appearances, and collecting on your prize package. If you’re currently a titleholder or plan to win the crown at your next pageant, you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Selecting the Perfect Photographer
Contestants all over the world want to make sure they’ve got the best possible headshot for their pageant competition. Your headshot is the first impression the judges have of you as a contestant. Join Valerie as she talks with veteran pageant photographer, Paul Ladd of Ladd Photography about everything you should ask when selecting a pageant photographer. We’ll talk about how to evaluate the photographer’s portfolio, what questions to ask when setting up your appointment, what makes pageant headshots unique, and how to prepare for your photo shoot. We’ll go over everything you need to know about getting the perfect pageant headshot!
 

Amazing Talent at Miss America
The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2010 Talent Award winners Miss California, Kristy Cavender , Miss Michigan, Nicole Blaszczyk, and Top 5 pianist, Miss Louisiana, Katherine Putnam about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. We’ll talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. You’ll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges at you next pageant competition!
 

Starting Beautifully
We’re receiving tons and tons of emails at the show from people who want to know how to get started in pageantry! On today’s show we’ll focus on some of the most often asked questions about how to compete without looking like a beginner. Miss Teen United States, Courtney Turner will be sharing her winning tips for Teens who want to work their way up to the big pageant competitions and Bonnie Hubert, Mrs. Texas International, will join Valerie to share her secrets for getting sponsorships to cover 100% of her costs to compete at her state and international pageants. If you’re a newcomer to the world of pageant competition, then this episode will help you to start beautifully!
 

It’s All About Your Score
Pageant systems use a variety of different scoring systems but did you know that some scoring systems are actually set up to benefit the pageant, not the contestant? The scoring system of a pageant and the instruction the judges receive have a direct effect on your ability to be a top contestant and to improve after each competition. Join Valerie Hayes as she walks you through the common scoring systems and discusses the pros and cons of each. She’ll talk about the trends in pageant scoring and judging and tell you what you should be looking for in your next pageant!
 

It’s an Average World!
Studies show that the average woman is a U.S. size 14 and we all know that average-sized women are just as beautiful as a size 2! Join Valerie as she talks with Angela Howell, National Director of the American Beauties Plus pageant, about pageantry for contestants who more closely resemble the average size of today’s modern woman. Then Valerie will talk with fashion guru Kimberly Brinkley of FabFindsUnder50.com about how the average woman can look pageant fab each and everyday! If you’re an average woman and what to celebrate all you have to offer, this episode is just for you!
 

Pageantry 101
Are you a new contestant who’s feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure how to get started? Are you an experienced contestant but don’t think you’ve achieved your true potential in pageant competition? If you find yourself in either of those situations then it’s time for Pageantry 101! On this episode Valerie will walk you through everything you need to know and do in order to have your best pageant year ever! Valerie will cover what to look for in a pageant, the basics of wardrobe selection, how to develop your “pageant glamour look”, and of course, how to prepare for your pageant interview. Becoming an elite contestant is really just a matter of mastering the basics and this episode will tell you everything you need to do to make a winning impression at your next pageant!
 

Miss America 2010 Pageant Recap
There's nothing more fun that hanging out with a few friends to dish about your favorite pageant! Join Valerie as she talks about this years Miss America pageant with Julie Anne Wieland, Associate Editor of Fourpoints Magazine and broadcast journalist, eco-TV host and former pageant contestant, Tamara Henry. We’ll talk about the swimsuits, the gowns, the talent, and the on-stage interview. Plus we’ll review all the production aspects that are the backdrop to any great pageant. Don’t miss this chance for a little pageant dish among friends!
 

Get Ready for Miss America 2010!
In just a few short days we’ll be crowning a new Miss America! Join Valerie as she talks with Katie Stam, Miss America 2009, about her incredible year of service and the memories that she has created! Katie’s accomplishments and down-to-earth style have inspired young women all around the world to achieve their own personal dreams. Katie will talk about her efforts on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network as well as her personal platform, Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement. Whether you’re planning to be in the live audience or host a watching party at home, you won’t want to miss Katie’s insights on what it really takes to become the next Miss America!
 

It's Time to Judge Miss America!
Well, it’s time to start the countdown to this year’s exciting Miss America pageant! This year's contestants will demonstrate their community leadership throughtheir community leadership through their personal platforms, their amazing diversity of talents through the talent competition, and their poise and confidence through the personal interview and on-stage competition. But how could anyone possibly pick just one winner from all these amazing contestants? Join Valerie as she talks with Rick Brinkley, the official Judges Consultant for the Miss America Organization, about everything you’ve always wanted to ask about judging at Miss America. Get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a judge and what this year’s panel of judges will be looking for! If you’ll be scoring in the audience or watching from home you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Looking As Good As You Feel!
Everyone wants to know the secret to safe, effective weight loss and there are so many different diet programs out there that it can be confusing! Join Valerie as she talks with sugar addiction expert James Hahn, about how hidden sugar is wrecking havoc with your diet. He’ll cover how sugar and insulin can impact your energy level, as well as your fitness goals, so that you can look good and feel good in that swimsuit! Then Valerie will talk with Tina Aldatz, the inventor of the Stiletto Stylist Kit, about how you can handle anything that your high heeled shoes are dishing out! There’s no reason to wince in pain at your next pageant competition. Tina will walk you through the must have products for looking and feeling great in your heels whether your competing, making an appearance, or presenting at a public speaking event!
 

What's Up for 2010?
2009 was another incredible year in the pageant industry! Join Valerie as she talks about the highlights and lowlights of 2009 and gives you some insights on what to expect for 2010. She’ll talk about the biggest mistakes directors make, what contestants absolutely must stop saying, and what we can all do to help positively shape the pageant industry. Plus she’ll go beyond the usual “goal setting” hype to tell you how to make this your most successful pageant year ever! Whether you’re a contestant, director, or pageant fan you won’t want to miss this episode!
 

Directing Your Fabulous Pageant!
Directors everywhere want to make certain that their pageant is as fabulous as the contestants who compete in them. But it’s often difficult for directors to find helpful information about best practices in the pageant industry. Join Valerie as she talks with Shelly Winters Black, creator of The Complete Pageant Director’s Kit, about what it takes to start and grow a pageant. If you’re a new director who is just starting out or an experienced director who wants to continue developing your pageant then this episode is for you. You’ll learn all the insider secrets to making sure your next competition is pageant fab!
 

Lights, Camera, Action!
Most pageant contestants don’t compete just to win a great crown and sash; many see pageantry as a stepping stone to a successful career in broadcasting, modeling, or the entertainment industry. Join Valerie as she talks with Marc Durso, ActTrue acting coach, Jenna Edwards, Miss Florida USA 2007, and Janice McQueen Ward, Mrs. United States 1999 about how you can work your pageant skills at your next audition.
 

The Ms. & Mrs Corporate America Pageants
While a relative newcomer to the pageant scene, the Ms./Mrs. Corporate America pageant is quickly establishing itself as an exciting pageant experience for professional women across America. The pageant highlights a woman’s achievements and accomplishments in the community and in the workplace. Join Valerie as she talks with pageant founder and Executive Director, Anissa King, as well as the reigning Mrs. Corporate America, Sonja Fisher. If you’re a professional woman and really want to compete, then you won’t want to miss your chance to get the inside scoop on this pageant!
 

Great Pageant Style on a Budget!
Every pageant contestant knows that youve got to look great from head to toe for your entire pageant competition. But wardrobe costs dont just end at your competition wardrobe; theres your arrival outfit, orientation outfit, multiple rehearsal outfits, appearance outfits, and the list just keeps on going! Join Valerie as she talks with pageant style guru Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa about how you can create great pageant style on a budget.
 

All You Need is a Little Inspiration!
Pageant girls understand the importance of a little inspiration and who better to inspire you than Kim Alexis, supermodel and host of Shes Got the Look? Join Valerie as she talks with Kim about what keeps her going and what she would still like to achieve. Plus Valerie will talk with Gladys Magazine founder and pageant alumni, Andrea Patrick Forte, about what makes her happy and how she would like to be remembered. Take a little time out to listen and to be inspired!
 

Step Into My Office
Ever wondered what goes on in Valeries office? Well, step into Valeries office for a day and shell share with you which emails she gets over and over again, the advice shes giving to beginners and top pageant contestants alike, and what she really thinks of pageant directors and pageant moms. Shell also talk about trends in pageant judging, pageantry on the Internet, and what it really takes to make it as a pageant coach. Listen in as Valerie talks about the challenges currently facing the pageant industry and where she finds inspiration. If youve ever wanted to learn a little bit more about the voice behind the microphone then you wont want to miss this episode!
 

Secrets for a Great Pageant Headshot!
Your pageant headshot is typically the very first thing the judges see and should establish you as a leading contender for the crown! Join Valerie as she talks with one of pageantrys top make-up artists, Sheila Ybarra, about everything you need to know to select a photographer and get a fabulous headshot! Plus Valerie will talk with Youval Krigel about how you can turn a less-than-fabulous headshot or snapshot into a winning photo with a little budget-friendly photo retouching. Thanks to this episode your next pageant headshot will be pageant fab!
 

Crown Worthy Branding
The concepts of consumer advertising and marketing have definitely crossed over into the pageant industry. Join Valerie as she talks with advertising guru Kevin Berry (husband of Mrs. International 2008, Laine Berry) as he walks you through how to create and sustain a strategic brand for yourself or your pageant.
 

Green is the New Black!
Almost every industry is getting on-board with environmentally friendly programs and the pageant industry is no exception. Contestants are embracing environmentally-based platforms and pageants have embraced going green as the new black. Join Valerie as she talks with actress Rachelle Carson-Begley about staring on Planet Green’s show, Living With Ed , and what you can learn from the program to prepare for your next pageant competition. Then Valerie will talk with Jolie-Noelle Schamber, Miss Teen Earth United States , and Jamillette Gaxiola, Miss Cuba Earth about their green platforms and the upcoming Miss Earth pageant.
 

Pageant Fashion Preview!
Every year the leading pageant designers bring their latest collections to the Atlanta Apparel Market and this year Pageant Talk Radio went too! Join Valerie as she interviews Tony Bowls, Heather French Henry, and Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie about their fabulous new collections. And Valerie does surprise on-the-spot interviews of Maria Montgomery, Miss Kentucky USA; Amanda Kelly Miss Massachusetts; and Talia Markham, Miss West Virginia. Plus Valerie will share her 10-point checklist for picking out the perfect pageant gown. If you want to get a top evening gown score you wont want to miss this episode!
 

Balancing Your Physique
Getting a top score in fitness isn’t achieved by following a generic workout program. You’ve got to understand how to balance aerobic workouts and weight training for your particular body type. Join Valerie as she talks with award-winning pageant fitness trainer, Jay Mondick of Jay's Gym, about what you need to know in order to balance your fitness level and achieve your best pageant physique. He'll share his secrets for training top elite contestants and tell you how to select the best workout program for your body type. If you're competing on-stage in swimsuit or fitness attire you’ll want to tune in for this episode!
 

Pageant News and You
There's no doubt that the internet provides pageant contestants and fans with the opportunity to follow the pageant community worldwide. Join Valerie as she talks with Tim Kretschmann, host of the #1 pageant podcast, Pageant Cast, and find out what he did to celebrate his 200th episode! Then Valerie will talk with our favorite pageant blogger, Julie Ann Wieland of Fourpoints Magazine. Julie Ann will talk about whats new on her blog and the upcoming issue of Fourpoints. If you want to stay up on pageant news then you dont want to miss this episode!
 

Miss Universe 2009 Recap Show!
One of the biggest pageant events during any year is the Miss Universe pageant. And who can watch a pageant that exciting without critiquing the contestants and picking out a personal fave? Join Valerie and her guests, India's top pageant coach Ritika Ramtri Kumar, Hollywood Fashion Tape's Marni Bumstead, and Laine Berry, co-owner of The Royal We.com as they dish about this years pageant highlights and disasters. So grab yourself a bowl of popcorn and see how your review of the pageant stacks up against our expert panel!
 

Contestant to Co-host: Claudia Jordan
Claudia Jordan was Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1990 as well as Miss Rhode Island USA 1997 and competed at Miss USA 1997 where she was the first Miss Rhode Island USA to place in the Top Ten in 45 years! Claudia has brought the same dedication and focus that helped her become a pageant winner to her entertainment career. She has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, is currently one of the suitcase models on Deal or No Deal, and will be co-hosting the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant live from the Bahamas. Join Valerie as she talks with Claudia about her path from contestant to co-host and how you can follow the same steps to create pageant fab success in your own life!
 

Gown Crazy with Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie!
Every pageant girl goes crazy over a great gown, but who knew that gown designers went crazy too? Kayne Gillaspie's dream to be the #1 pageant and prom gown designer in the United States will be the focus of TLC's one-hour special GOWN CRAZY. Join Valerie as she talks with Kayne about how he and his staff try to design and sew five outfits for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant; design and complete a custom evening gown, a wedding gown and put on a charity fashion show all while filming his special! You'll get the inside scoop on why Kayne is gown crazy!
 

Beauty is All Around You
There are so many ways to celebrate and find beauty within the pageant community that it's amazing! Join Valerie as she talks with Erika Valdez, Ms. Belleza Latina, about competing in a specialty pageant and the secret to what makes the Belleza Latina contestants so beautiful! Then Valerie will be talking with Lorre Wilson about her fabulous new online column devoted to beauty tips that you can use everyday as well as at your next pageant competition! In this episode youll learn how to get in touch with your inner and outer beauty and let it shine!
 

Get Your Make-up Colors Right!
Developing and perfecting a beautiful competition image is essential for any elite contestant. But selecting the right make-up to coordinate with your wardrobe can be confusing and overwhelming. Join Valerie as she talks with Jennifer Kalman, of QDazzleProm.com about how to select the best make-up colors to enhance your natural complexion and coordinate with the colors in your pageant wardrobe. Jennifer will review the dos and donts of picking out your competition make-up and talk about the tools and skills you need to be your own make-up artist. Youll learn everything you need to know to look pageant fab at your next pageant!
 

Fashion Forward Swimwear with Jamye Shaw
Jamye Shaw's pageant swimwear designs have an edge and flair that have established her as a recognized leader in the swimwear and pageant industries. The combination of design, fabric selection, and attention to detail make her swimsuits the choice of top contestants everywhere. Join Valerie as she talks with Jamye about what it takes to design a winning pageant swimsuit and what you should be looking for when shopping for your pageant swimwear. Plus, she’ll be sharing with us the scoop on her brand new line of swimwear.
 

Sam Haskell & Taylor Fitch, Miss Americas Outstanding Teen
Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Miss America Organization is touring the country talking about his fabulous new book,Promises I Made My Mother. Join Valerie as she talks with Sam about his amazing career in Hollywood and the advice and inspiration he shares in his book. Then, Valerie will be joined by Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Taylor Fitch to talk about her year of service and this year's exciting pageant.
 

I'm Just Saying
Are there things about the pageant industry that you think are just a little crazy? Well, Valerie thinks so too! Join Valerie Hayes and Liz Fogg-Ababon of MyPageantPlace.com for a light hearted discussion of all the little things in pageantry that just don't seem to make sense. They'll cover everything including pageant websites, pageant directors, production staff, contestants, and pageant fans. You'll get an insiders perspective about what works, and what doesnt. Join us for this slightly irreverent conversation about pageants and the pageant industry. This is an episode you definitely don't want to miss!
 

The Savvy Girls!
Jessica Nicely and Stacey Kole have done it all in the pageant community! Now theyre using the skills they learned within the pageant industry to launch one of the most exciting new magazines, Savvy Magazine! Join Valerie as she talks with Jessica and Stacey about their experiences within the pageant industry and which pageant skills they used to launch their new magazine.
 

Laine Berry, Mrs International & Jayna Altman, Miss International
Within a few short weeks it will be time to bid a fond farewell to Laine Berry, Mrs. International and Jayna Altman, Miss International! Join Valerie as she talks with them about their accomplishments during the past year for the American Heart Associations Go Red for Women campaign and their work on behalf of their personal platforms. Plus theyll talk about the upcoming pageant and walk through each scoring division to discuss what this years contestants should be doing to get a top score at the pageant. Also, Valerie will talk with Tammy McDonald, Mrs. International 2004, about her experiences as a judge at the international level. Shell explain the basics of judging and talk about what the judges are really looking for in the International Pageants. If youre competing this summer or gearing up for your state pageant you wont want to miss this episode!
 

Are You Pretty Smart?
While people outside the pageant community often think that beauty queens are beautiful girls without any substance, we all know that beauty queens are actually pretty darn smart! Join Valerie as she talks with author Penny Pearlman, about her new book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas. Penny will talk about her own perceptions of the pageant community and how that changed and why she wrote the book. Joining us for the show will also be former Miss Americas Phyllis George, Heather French, and more! If youre a contestant or a beauty queen wanna-be you wont want to miss your opportunity to learn how to be pretty smart!
 

Pageant Must-Have Accessories
Do you have the latest must have accessories for your next pageant competition? Join Valerie as she talks with Jamie Kern of It Cosmetics, Jo Bernard of Go Commandos, Laura Castillo of Sassy Soles, and Marni Bumsted of Hollywood Fashion Tape. Theyll be talking about exciting accessories and products that you can use to enhance your ability to compete at your next pageant. No doubt youll want to add everything on this show to your pageant tool kit!
 

Miss Galaxy 2009 & Ms. Galaxy 2009
Emphasizing beauty, style, and cultural appreciation, the Galaxy International Pageant is a personal development opportunity for women of all nations. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss Galaxy 2009, Jennifer Ruiz and Ms. Galaxy 2009, Laura Buhmann about their experiences during this last year as titleholders. Theyll talk about their winning moment, the highlights of their year, and what its going to take for contestants who want to become this years reigning queen. If youre a contestant or a fan, you wont want to miss this episode!
 

Platinum Collection: Swimwear, Shoes, Accessories
Every pageant contestant understands the importance of getting the right swimsuit, pageant shoes, and accessories for her next pageant competition. But what goes into designing attractive, fashionable swimwear and shoes that can hold up to the unique aspects of pageant competition? Join Valerie as she talks with Cheryl Prewitt Salem, Miss America 1980, about her experiences as a contestant and titleholder and how she uses those experiences to bring you just what you need for your next pageant! If you want to look great and feel confident that your wardrobe will hold up under pressure, you wont want to miss this episode!
 

Miss America Update
Miss America 2009, Katie Stam is already off to a busy and exciting year! Join Valerie as she talks with Katie about preparing to compete at the national level, the Miss America 2009 pageant competition, and what shes been up to since winning the crown. Then Valerie will be joined by the Miss Puerto Rico Executive Director, Joselo Sostre,to talk about preparations for the first Miss Puerto Rico pageant. Plus, well hear from Julie Anne Wieland of FourPoints Magazine about next exciting issue and what shes talking about on her blog. Whether youre a contestant, family member, director or pageant fan you wont want to miss this Miss America update show!
 

Winning Talent at Miss America
The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2009 Talent Award winners Miss Delaware, Galen Giaccone, Miss Vermont, Ashley Wheeler, and Miss Georgia, Chasity Hardman about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. Well talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. Youll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges during your next talent competition!
 

United States Earth Pageants
Known as "Beauties for a Cause", the Miss Earth pageant has become one of the largest international pageants in the world. The pageant seeks to showcase not only the beauty of its participants, but to support the promotion of nature and the environment. Join Valerie as she talks with National Organizer Evan Skow as well as the current Miss Earth United States, Jana Murrell about the unique aspects of this exciting combination of pageantry and environmentalism. Youll learn how to go green while preparing to be a top contestant at the pageant!
 

Miss USA 2009 Pageant
Pageant fans everywhere love to sit down with a bowl of popcorn to dish with a few friends after a pageant. Join Valerie as she talks with leading pageant stylist Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa and Savvy Magazine Founders and Editors Stacey Kole and Jessica Nicely about this years Miss USA pageant. Well cover favorites in swimsuit, gown, and on-stage interview as well overall impressions of the pageant production. Join us for this fun episode and see how your personal favorites stack up against the experts!
 

Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008
Its hard to believe that its time to say farewell to Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008. Join Valerie as she talks with Crystle about her fabulous year of exciting events and impactful community service activities. Then Maureen Atwell, Founder and President of the Atwell Group, will fill us in on the exciting events being held during Miss USA weekend in Las Vegas.
 

Miss America 2009 Lifestyle & Fitness Winners
There's just no short cut to getting ready for the fitness portion of your pageant competition. Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2009 Lifestyle & Fitness Winners Leigh Taylor Smith, Miss New York and Christine Kozlowski, Miss Mississippi, whoshare their secrets for preparing for the Lifestyle and Fitness competition and talk about the importance of a well planned approach.
 

Accessories Can Make or Break You
Join Valerie as she talks with legendary pageant jewelry designer Stefanie Somers about how you can select jewelry that adds a little "something extra" to your competition wardrobe. She'll talk about factors to consider when selecting jewelry, what to look for when buying fashion jewelry, and how you can compliment your look with custom jewelry. This show will help you sparkle and shine at your next pageant!
 

Competing and Staying Balanced
In many ways preparing for a pageant can be a full-time job. Youre preparing for the fitness competition, keeping up with appearances, and working on your community service project. Who has time for anything else? Join Valerie as she talks with Laura Lewis, author and life coach, about how to maintain balance and have fun as you prepare for your pageant.!

Plus, Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler joins us to talk about her fund raising efforts, which will hopefully have some hair-raising results!
 

Mrs. United States
Described as "the premier event of its kind" by The Las Vegas Sun newspaper, the Mrs. United States National Pageant is a spectacular event. Since 1986, the Mrs. United States National Pageant has assembled annually in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate the achievements of married women throughout the 50 States and U.S. Territories. Join Valerie as she talks with Gariane Gunter, 2008 Mrs. United States, about her pageant experience and her amazing year as the titleholder. Gariane will share her pageant preparation tips and advice for this years Mrs. United States hopefuls!
 

Getting Sponsors During a Tough Economy
During a tough economy everyone has a hard time lining up sponsors. It takes more than a letter and a positive attitude to sell an ad page or sign-up a sponsor. Join Valerie as she talks with Erika Lafata, Director of the Mrs. Texas United States Pageant and Founder and President of Full Circle Marketing, about the correct way to approach sponsors and generate interest in your pageant competition.
 

Catching the Crown and Everything Else!
As a journalist, actress, author, former teacher, and Emmy Award winner, Lu Parker, Miss USA 1994, is without question one of pageantrys most successful titleholders. Join Valerie as Lu talks about her multi-faceted career as well as her fabulous book, Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition.
 

Its About Feeling Beautiful!
Every pageant girls knows that youve got to love your competition wardrobe in order to feel beautiful on stage! Join Valerie as she talks with Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, about her fabulous new design line of pageant gowns and cocktail dresses. A talented designer, Heather is able to approach the design process from the unique perspective of a successful contestant. You wont want to miss her views on how pageant design fits into the fashion design industry and shell also share her tips for feeling beautiful at your next pageant!
 

Branding Yourself and Your Platform with Marshawn Evans
As Miss District of Columbia 2001, Marshawn Evans finished 3rd runner-up at the Miss America Pageant, winning talent and interview. She is now one of the nation's leading experts on the art of maximizing human potential. Join us as Marshawn shares her tips for branding yourself and your platform for success during your Miss America interview.
 

America's National Teenager Pageant
America's National Teenager is the longest running premier pageant for teens in the U.S. ANTSO has a positive approach to pageantry that implements a scoring system focusing on a "real girl". Valerie talks with Jenny Telwar, CEO of the Americas National Teenager Scholarship Organization, about the areas of competition and what you need to do to be a top contestant.
 

Confidence Is Queen with Susie Castillo, Miss USA 2003
Susie Castillo,Miss USA 2003, has been successful in the pageant industry, entertainment industry, and now shes even a successful author! Join Valerie as she talks with Susie about her new book Confidence is Queen: The Four Keys to Ultimate Beauty through Positive Thinking. Susie will share the four secrets to success and talk about her experiences in pageantry and the entertainment industry.
 

Miss America Pageant Recap
There's nothing more fun that getting together with a few friends to dish about your favorite pageant. Join us as we talk about this years Miss America pageant with Julie Anne Wieland, Associate Editor of FourPoints Magazine and Kary Moening, Account Executive of FourPoints Magazine. Well talk about the swimsuits, the gowns, the talent, and the on-stage interview. Plus, you can call in with your comments about the 2009 Miss America Pageant! Dont miss this chance for a little pageant dish among friends!
 

Miss America Pageant Preview
The Miss America pageant will be held on January 24, 2009 and will be broadcast live on the TLC cable network. Join me for my interview with Art McMaster, President and CEO of the Miss America Organization, as he shares whats in store for this years pageant. Then, Tony Eaton, the producer of the Miss America live broadcast talks about what it takes to produce a show viewed my millions around the world and what is unique about this years show.
 

Road to the Crown: Laine Berry, Mrs. International
Laine Berry captured the title of Mrs. International at the 21st annual pageant at on the eve of her 12th wedding anniversary. But the road to the crown wasnt without a few bumps along the way. Join us for Laines inspirational story of how she worked towards her dream of being Mrs. International and learn her top tips for winning the crown!
 

Make 2009 Your Best Pageant Year Ever!
Are you a new contestant who wants to make the most of your first pageant competition? Or are you an experienced contestant who hasnt achieved your pageant goals? Join Valerie for this exciting episode as she walks you through the 10 steps you need to take to make 2009 your best pageant year ever! Youll learn why you need your own pageant fan club, how to handle unwelcome criticism, and the key to developing confidence for the personal interview and on-stage competition. This informative episode will change the way you approach your pageant preparation and will help you to achieve your pageant goals!
 

Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008
The Miss America 2009 pageant is just around the corner and what a perfect time to talk with Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008! Join Valerie for this full-episode interview and listen to Kirstens inspirational story of overcoming an eating disorder and what she tells other young women struggling with their own personal challenges. This is Kirstens most in-depth interview and she shares her thoughts on being crowned Miss America, her plans for the future, and three things you must do in order to win the title! You wont want to miss this episode with this impressive and down-to-earth young woman who just happens to be Miss America 2008!
 

Miss United States International & Miss Teen World Pageants
No doubt youre probably already reviewing your pageant competition options for 2009. For the first time ever, youll have the opportunity to compete in one national combined pageant featuring two different pageant systems! The directors of the Miss United States International pageant and the Miss Teen World pageant will be talking about their pageant systems and the inspiration behind this combined event!
 

Designed to Win: Kayne Gillaspie
Kayne Gillaspie won the Miss USA Evening Gown Challenge on Season 3 of Project Runway and went on to design a fabulous custom gown for Miss USA to wear at the Miss Universe pageant. Now hes launched his amazing Johnathan Kayne Evening Wear Line plus his fabulous Johnathan Kayne Shoe line. Join us as he shares his secrets for winning design and helps you to make the right choices for your next pageant!
 

No Excuses Fitness
The holiday parties have begun and its time to enjoy this festive season without adding inches to your waistline! Join us as Josh Rogers shares his tips for holiday success as well as how you can kick off 2009 with a no excuses fitness regime!
 

Winning the Talent Competition
Are you convinced that your talent presentation is fabulous, but youre just not getting the winning scores you need? Or, are you trying to decide which one of your many talents will get the best score at the pageant? Join us as we talk with pageant talent expert Cy Frakes about what it takes to get a top talent score!
 

Contestant Weight Loss Secrets
It seems like this is the time of year when every contestant is a little concerned about fitting into her gown, swimsuit, or fitness wardrobe for her pageant competition. Three champions of pageant weight loss will share their secrets to weight loss success: Tiffany Lloyd, Miss Black Louisiana USA, Rebecca Crosen, National Mrs. Virginia 2006, and Lisa Schraw, Mrs. Corporate America.
 

Become a Platform Spokesperson
So youve got a fabulous personal platform, but how to you go about getting appearances and becoming an official spokesperson for your platform? Join me as the queen of appearances, Alexandria Rodriguez, Mrs. Texas International, and Brian Marquis, Public Liaison Officer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, talk about how to put together an appearance plan that works.
 

International Junior Miss Pageant
What could possibly be better than an exciting international pageant located in sunny Orlando, Florida? The International Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant offers competition divisions for young women of all ages and includes optional competitive divisions such as Talent, Spokes Model, Photogenic, and Cover Girl. Join me as Director of Operations Denise Hairston, talks about this fabulous pageant and what it takes to be a top contestant. Youll learn everything you need to know to be a winner in Orlando!
 

Pageant Style Made Simple
One of the biggest investments youll make for your competition is your pageant wardrobe. But what should you do if youre not getting the scores you hoped for? It could be that your style just isnt crown worthy. Expert pageant stylist Robin Fleming of La Casa Hermosa will walk you through everything you need to do to project a winning image.
 

Perfecting Your Pageant Look
Every pageant contestant wants to project her very best look at the pageant. But how do you use hair and make-up to project a winning image? Expert pageant make-up artist Kelly Wisniewski shares her professional secrets for always looking your very best! Diane Tucker, Mrs. World 2007, also joins us to talk about how make-up artists can enhance your competitive edge.
 

Message Boards: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
Message boards are part of the internet, part of the pageant industry, and theyre definitely here to stay. But are they valuable sources of information for contestants or just an opportunity for tabloid-style trashing and bashing? Christie Cole-Pearson, pageant contestant and message board moderator talks about everything you need to know about message boards. Then - pageant industry insider Maria Beall talks about the negative impact message boards can have on contestants & the pageant industry.
 

New Pageants Just for You!
Every year smart pageant professionals decide to take the plunge and create a new national or international pageant. Join us as we talk with pageant insiders who have created new pageants to meet the needs of todays fabulous pageant contestants. Well be talking with the directors of Americas Top Miss, Ms./Mrs. Corporate America, American Image, Ms. Plus United States, and the National Sweet Teen pageant. This is your chance to learn about the newest and most exciting pageants!
 

Make Your Platform Work For You!
Personal platforms have become an important part of pageantry even if youre not competing in a pageant that requires a platform. Jayna Altman, Miss International 2008 is an expert at making her platform work! She has competed in a variety of pageant systems and she'll tell you how to make your platform work for any pageant!
 

The United States Pageant
The United States Pageant is a multi-divisional pageant that offers a chance for everyone to compete! Join Valerie as Chris Wilmer, Marketing Director of the United States Pageant, and Brittany Williams, Miss United States, talk about what makes this pageant special. We discuss everything you need to know to be completely prepared to win the title!
 

When a Pageant Isnt Just a Pageant
Pageants today are aligning themselves with charity and non-profit organizations. But what are these pageants looking for in a titleholder and do you need to drop your own personal platform in order to compete? Joining me will be Connie Wallace, founder and National Executive Director of the American Queen Pageant, which was one of the first pageants to lead the way in supporting a non-profit organization.
 

Journal Your Way to Pageant Success!
Maintaining a positive attitude has been proven over and over again to be an important part of winning any pageant competition. But sometimes it can be a challenge to maintain that level of focus with all the other things going on in your life. Internationally known inspirational author and journaling expert Sandy Grason tells us how she found success in the pages of her journal and gets you started on the path of journaling for pageant success!
 

Your Best Swimsuit Body Ever!
In order to get a top score during your pageant swimsuit competition you need to be trim, toned, and lean. Pageant fitness guru Rocco Castellano walks you through the dos and donts of developing the perfect swimsuit body. His no frills approach and straight talk will help get you started towards your best swimsuit body ever!
 

Pageant Blogging Made Easy
Contestants and Directors around the world have discovered the many benefits of blogging! Nationally recognized blogging expert and website consultant, Jennifer Haubein of BestBizWebsiteSolutions.com joins us to talk about the basic blogging dos and donts! We'll also talk about blogging to promote your title, platform, or pageant with Mrs. Oregon International Debra Gilmour, and Lauri Rottmayer, the Director of the Oklahoma International pageants.
 

Everything You Want to Know About Plastic Surgery
As the choice to pursue plastic surgery has become more socially acceptable and available within society, more and more contestants are considering plastic surgery to enhance their pageant image. Dr. Jaime Garza,is a leading plastic and constructive surgeon with international recognition and he answers all the questions youve always wanted to ask about plastic surgery.
 

Buying & Selling Your Pageant Wardrobe on the Internet
More and more contestants are using the internet to buy and sell their pageant wardrobes! Join us for this informative hour as we discuss eBay purchasing and selling strategies with pageant contestant Savannah Teegarden and eBay retailer Norieta Stephanos. Plus -Rachel Henry of PageantResale.com shares her insights on how to build a wardrobe using the internet.
 

Galaxy International & Belleza Latina Pageants
A recognized force within the pageant industry, Maria Torres is the national director of not just one pageant, but runs two well-known pageants at the same time: The Galaxy International and Belleza Latina pageants. Join us as Maria Torres discusses the philosophy behind her two pageants and shares what its like to run two pageants at once!
 

Miss Universe 2008 Recap Show
One of the biggest pageant events during any year is the Miss Universe pageant. And who can watch a pageant that exciting without critiquing the contestants and picking out a personal fave? Join us as Valerie Hayes, The Pageant Coach, Pageantry magazine correspondent J.J. Smith, and Andrea Patrick Forte, CEO/Founder of Patrick Talent agency dish about this years pageant and the contestants!
 

Use the THRIVE Principles for Pageant Success
Author and international award- winning life coach Carolyn Ellis joins us on Pageant Talk Radio to discuss her simple success formula that works for everyone!! Listen in as Carolyn shares her THRIVE principles and how you can use them to for a winning performance at your next pageant!
 

Challenges of being a Mrs. Contestant
Whats the secret to being a successful Mrs. Contestant? Darlene Deeben, Mrs. Galaxy 2008, is one Mrs. contestant who has definitely been a success! As a busy titleholder, small business owner, and community volunteer she somehow manages to do it all! Join us as she shares all of her best secrets to successfully competing as a Mrs. contestant!
 

Shopping for a Competition Wardrobe
Kara Hall, owner of Serendipity pageant boutique, joins us to talk about the art of shopping for your competition wardrobe. Shell share her secrets for putting together a killer wardrobe that establishes you as a top contestant! Karas tips will help make sure that your next pageant wardrobe is a winning wardrobe!
 

Moving from Pageants to Entertainment
Andrea Patrick Forte is not only the CEO/Owner of one the world's most enduring and service-oriented modeling agencies, Patrick Talent, but she is one of the only titleholders to capture the crown in both systems being named Miss Pennsylvania-USA in 1980 and Miss West Virginia America in 1983. Join us as she shares her secrets to launching a successful modeling or entertainment career!
 

Attracting Pageant Sponsors
Are you looking for sponsors to help support you as a pageant contestant? Are you unsure where to look for sponsors and how to approach them? Kate Stier, Mrs. American Queen, shares her expertise as a public relations professional, former director, and contestant to help you approach potential sponsors and gain their support. With over 20 years experience in the pageant industry shes helped countless contestants to gain sponsors. Join us as we discuss the best way to attract sponsors for your next pageant!
 

Competing Across Pageant Systems
Is there really a difference in the skills necessary to compete in different pageant systems? Leigh Patton, State Director of the West Virginia International Pageant, and Gabrielle Colombo, Miss West Virginia International have both competed in state level Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss International pageants, and discuss the unique aspects of each pageant.
 

Marketing Your Title and Your Platform
We all know that winning a title isnt just tiaras and roses. You have to go out and work on behalf of the pageant, marketing your title and your platform. But how do you schedule appearances and get people involved in your platform? Stephanie Hunt, Mrs. United States, is a master at marketing her title and platform. Join us as she shares marketing tips and techniques that you can use to be a successful titleholder.
 

Secrets to Selecting a Winning Gown
How do you know if your gown is a pageant disaster? How can you avoid the most common mistakes when purchasing your gown? How do gown requirements and styles change for different pageants? Renowned prom and pageant evening wear designer, Sherri Hill, answers questions about custom gowns, off-the rack gowns, and the secret to selecting a winning evening gown.
 

A Pageant Director's Perspective
How do the decisions made by a pageant director impact the competition and ultimate outcome of the pageant? What does it take to build a recognized brand within the pageant industry? How can looking at competing from a Directors perspective help you to be a more prepared contestant? Mary Richardson, National Director of the Mrs, Miss, and Miss Teen International pageants, joins host Valerie Hayes to answer the questions that contestants and pageant parents have been dying to ask.