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I appeared on KTNV-TV in Las Vegas the day before the January 30, 2010 Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  Watch anchor Jessica Lovell interview me about my about my award winning book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas, and how the talented and educated women who compete for Miss America prove that the pageant is so much more than glitz and glamour.

From the KTNV-TV website….

Award-Winning Author Penny Pearlman drops by!

Posted: Jan 29, 2010 01:44 PM EST

Award-Winning author Penny Pearlman stopped by the Action News studios to chat about her book “Pretty Smart: Lessons from Our Miss Americas”

Pearlman has interviewed dozens of Miss Americas and reveals how women everywhere can implement powerful success strategies to blow up the “beauty but no brains” stereotype.

Pearlman says, “The Miss America Pageant, held in Las Vegas on January 30, 2010 at Planet Hollywood, will show that these women have shattered the stereotypes of Miss America contestants. At their core, they are goal-achieving and multi-talented women who know it takes more than just being pretty to be successful.”

“The former Miss Americas have passion, commitment, resilience and a firm belief in achieving their dreams,” says Success Coach Penny Pearlman.”  Within this group of women is a pioneer in female sportscaster (Phyllis George, Miss America 1971, was the first female pre-game NFL reporter allowed in the men’s locker rooms and confronted by dropped towels), the first disabled Miss America, Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995, who became deaf as a toddler, one was abused for years as a child, Marilyn Van Debur, Miss America 1958 and another former Miss America (Lynda Mead, 1960) grew up with an alcoholic mother.

 Penny Pearlman MBA has interviewed Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, Co-Anchor of FOX & FRIENDS (FOX NEWS Channel), Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955, award winning actresss and Phyllis George, former TV host & sportscaster on CBS’s ‘The NFL Today’ among many others to find out their secrets of success.

Find her book at, Barnes & Noble & at her website




I’ve started getting feedback from all the folks who have read Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas.  Here are some of their comments.

“I just received “Pretty Smart”, your very impressive book.  How grateful I am for all the time and effort you have given for something good and positive.”  Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943.

Me & Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943

Me & Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943

“I had a chance to read some of your book today and it offers so many good and inspirational lessons.  Your concept of Miss Americas as mentors of these lessons was brilliant.”  Adair Heitmann, author

“Congratulations!  You did a wonderful job.  I htought you wove all the girls’ observations and reflections into a truly inspirational whole.  Thank you too for your accuracy.  I so appreciate your diligence in getting all the quotes right  The book is articulate and insightful and I hope you will use all that talent to write lots more.”  Lynda Meade, Miss America 1960

Here’s some more photos of people who bought Pretty Smart at the Miss America Pageant last month.







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