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Mrs. United States
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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!
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Gariane Gunter - Part One
Gariane talks to Valerie about her pageant background, her prep for both the Mrs. South Carolina and Mrs. USA Pageants, and why she thinks it's better to compete as an adult, rather than a teen. She also talks about her platform of mental health awareness, and her personal experience in that field.
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Gariane Gunter - Part Two
Gariane discusses her experiences in the Mrs. South Carolina and the Mrs. USA Pageants, and the thrill of being crowned. She shares advice on getting in shape and working with a trainer, selecting the right gown, having a winning interview, and also gives the three main things you should focus on at your next pageant.
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Ask Valerie!
Catching a cold isn't exactly a fun experience, but according to Valerie, it is something you can learn from. Plus, get answers on hairstyle changes during the pageant, and prepping for your first pageant.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Gariane Gunter
Dr. Gariane Gunter was crowned Mrs. United States in Las Vegas on July 24, 2008. This pageant honors married women for their beauty and intelligence. Dr. Gunter says the Mrs. USA pageant is a "celebration of today's modern married woman." Her agenda as Mrs. United States 2008 is to speak out against the negative stigma associated with mental health. On her pageant web page it says "She is helping to bring mental illness into the light and people's lives are changing." Dr. Gunter received her MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gunter initially studied to be a pediatrician, but during a counseling session at Hall Institute, a child said to her, "Dr. Gunter, your purpose in life is to help children like me." She said it was a pivotal moment in her life. As Mrs. USA, she feels this gives her an opportunity to spread her message.