Thursday, June 6, 2013

Miss USA 2013 {part one}

I'm obsessed with pageants, it's no secret (unless you're new around here)

As a former competitor in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems, it's only natural I blog about the national pageants.

Monday kicked off the two weeks leading up to Miss USA 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. I've been following religiously (don't judge) the contestants, their stories, and their journeys. I don't know why I care so much, I just do.

It has been a dream of mine for some time now to have the opportunity to experience the glamour of being involved in a national pageant. Millions of viewers watching you on TV, strutting your stuff and showing how hard you've worked. Maybe it's silly, but it's so fascinating to me I can't stop!

Moving on..

During the two weeks prior to the final night of Miss USA, the contestants go through numerous photo shoots, video interviews, prelims with judges, and several appearances. Talk about glamour.

The first round the contestants go through is shooting professional glamour shots with the ever so famous Fadil Berisha. I thought I would show off my favorites and Top 16 based on these photos alone, which I have to admit are not my favorite. I will also be doing a list for headshot, swimsuit shot, and evening gown shot. Ultimately I will be putting together a Top 16 I think the judges will choose on the final night of competition. So without further ado, here is my Top 16 based on Fadil glamshots.

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken from the Miss USA website contestant profiles. I DO NOT own any rights to these.**

"Great Gatsby"

Top 5




South Dakota


Top 10



 West Virginia



Top 16


New Jersey




New Hampshire

Again, that is only based on these photos alone. To see the entire gallery go to the Miss USA homepage. The pageant airs live Sunday, June 16th from Las Vegas.

Who is your favorite? Do you like the Great Gatsby theme?

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K. @ Life's an Adventure said...

I have to say that Connecticut, Louisiana and Utah stuck out to me, mostly because their hands are not all over their faces at weird angles! I like the theme, though.

Liz @ Fitness Blondie said...

The Gatsby Theme is amazing. I love it. Utah is gorg!

Jessa @ Life of A Sports Wife said...

I love this theme, and I LOVE the photos. If you come to Vegas I'll meet you up there. :)

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

South Dokota is my favorite, thanks for sharing!

Sparkles and Shoes

Alyssa Whitt said...

Yay! You picked Alabama! Gatsby is HUGE right now and the shots are beautiful but I prefer them less stylized so you can see the girls' natural beauty.

Caravan Sonnet said...

My favorite of this group was Minnesotas! But seriously so many gorgeous shots!

Cece said...

What's with the hands on the faces? This is your passion I feel the same way about gymnastics. Obsessed! And mostly nobody else cares but I blog about it anyways.