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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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I had more fun at the Evening of Dreams Gala the night before the Miss America Pageant.  Here’s more photos of me with the fabulous women profiled in my book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas.

Me & Rebecca King, Miss America 1974

Me & Rebecca King, Miss America 1974

 

Shawntel Smith, Miss America 1996 & husband, Ryan Wuerch

Shawntel Smith, Miss America 1996 & husband, Ryan Wuerch

Vonda Van Dyke, Miss America 1965

Vonda Van Dyke, Miss America 1965Donna Axum, Miss America 1964

Check out this one – that’s me in the middle.  I look pretty good, especially since I’ve got a good three decades on these beautiful young women!
Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006 & Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007

Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006 & Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007

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