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The first visitors to my display table at the Miss America Pageant where I was selling and autographing my new book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas, were two sisters, Judy Erk from Louisville, Kentucky and Connie Sams from River Falls, Wisconsin.  Two years ago when I first came to Las Vegas to make initial contact with former Miss Americas for my book, and when I was just a face in the crowd, I sat next to these two lovely ladies. 

A year later, I was there and so were they.  Seeing them was like a mini-reunion.  And then, this year, they were the first to show up, so excited that I had done what I said I would do and that my book was published.  That mini-reunion was full of exclamations of delight.  And of course, they couldn’t wait to purchase a book.  I was so thrilled to see them. Here we are.

Connie, me & Judy

Connie, me & Judy

And here’s more pictures of others who made me feel like a minor-celebrity.




When I launched my book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, I sat behind a display table and watched as a parade of people walked by.  So many stopped and talked with me and bought a copy of Pretty Smart, or even several copies.  I was happy to autograph each one and hear a bit about everyone’s stories – from executive directors of local and state pageants, to young women involved in a variety of competitions and the proud parents and family members of  current contestants as well as people who are just passionate about the Miss America pageant and what it can do for young women.

Dozens asked to take a picture with me – that’s when I felt like a minor celebrity.  And my ever supportive husband Bob whipped out his camera and took pictures too.  Though I don’t remember everyone’s name, I do remember the warm conversations and friendly interchanges. Here are some of the photos.  I’ll be posting more over the next couple of weeks. So stay tuned!

Dewana Little, ED of Miss Louisiana

Dewana Little, ED of Miss Louisiana

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