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Winning Advice from Miss America!
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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!
Episode Segments:
Pageant Talk Radio: Miss America Nina Davuluri

Nina Davuluri shares her secrets and tips about what it takes to win a top title. And let's be honest - Miss America is THE top title, so you will want to hear what Nina has to say!
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Pageant Talk Radio: Laine Berry of the Royal We

Leading Pageant stylist Laine Berry gives advice on how you can select a winning pageant evening gown that is just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside!
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri was one of over 13,000 young women to vie for the coveted title of Miss America 2014 and its $50,000 scholarship award. This past September in Atlantic City, Nina, a University of Michigan graduate, gain international acclaim by becoming the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition. Over the course of the Nina’s year of service as Miss America 2014, she will travel the country addressing an array of audiences on her platform: Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency. As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, Nina has also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. Through her social media channels, Nina asks people to share “representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness.” This year, Nina will also advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives as well as having the honor of serving as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Together the two organizations share a commitment in raising awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program. Nina is representative of a new generation of women- a diverse generation of women- who are making their mark, through education and community service. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance.

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Laine Berry
Leading pageant stylist, Laine Berry, is a triple crown winner having won the titles of Mrs. Arkansas America, Mrs. Arkansas United States and Mrs. Arkansas International. She went on to win the Mrs. International 2008 title where she won every single category during the pageant competition. After retiring from pageant competition, Laine began working with contestants to help them create their own winning competition look. Her boutique, The Royal We, has styled over 100 winners in pageant systems across the country, and around the world, and has been recognized for her expertise through countless Evening Gown Awards. She offers in-person and well as long-distance styling assistance and really understands what it takes to dress a winner!

Laine's Website- The Royal We