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All of Pageantry's writers are experts in their field. Through their columns and departments you will gain valuable information about all areas of preparation for any competition, and for life.

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COMMUNICATIONS 101 by Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill, a graduate of Rider University, holds a B.A. in Speech Communication with a concentration in business and professional speech. For more than eight years she has been coaching women from across the country and around the world through her seminars and one-on-one training sessions. Her company, Makris Consulting, has been featured on television, in magazines, and on the Internet. For more information, please visit

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MR. BLACKWELL'S WORLD by Mr. Blackwell

Richard Blackwell's fashion designs have graced such noteworthy people as Nancy Reagan, Mrs. J. Paul Getty Sr., Jayne Mansfield, Jane Russell, Ann Blyth, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, as well as many political wives. The dictates of Seventh Avenue "enraged" Mr. Blackwell, so in 1960 he inaugurated "The List," announcing the Ten Worst-Dressed Women of the Year. In his career, he's outraged Barbara Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, Phyllis Diller, Lynn Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg and Madonna. Today Richard performs at sold-out fashion extravangas around the country and is a most sought-after lecturer, columnist and entertainer. As a result, he continues to appear on such television "ratings winners" as Oprah, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy,and American Journal.

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CROWN TIPS by Katy Johnson

Katy Johnson has been Miss Vermont USA 2001, Miss Vermont 1999, Miss Oktoberfest 98, and the YMCA Advocate for Values. Katy promotes her character education through her cartoon strip, The Six Starrlettes, her web site Pageant City and herbooks, True Beauty Pageants: A Sunny Face Means a Happy Heart, What's All the Noise About Boys? and A Pearl of a Girl. Katy is a fashion model who has starred in nine European movies. She is currently a law student at Stetson University College of Law.

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J.J. Smith has interviewed, photographed, and written feature articles about contestants and winners of many pageants. Delegates from all over the world and the 50 states, ranging from international titleholders to pageant celebrities and models, have been the subjects of his features. As an experienced pageant judge, J.J. has judged on the local, state, national, and international levels. He has also participated in numerous theater productions and is the recipient of many public-speaking awards, including the prestigious Veterans of Foreign Wars' "Voice of Democracy" National Scholarship Award.

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FITNESS by Mike Mauney

Mike Mauney is a Personal Fitness Trainer certified by the National Federation of Professional Trainers. Mike specializes in Personal Fitness Training for women of all ages. For Fifteen plus years he has been training dancers, models, cheerleaders, pageant and swimsuit contestants of all ages and competition levels (local, state, national, and international). His daughter Michelle Mauney-Lowery was "Miss North Carolina USA 1995". Some of Mike’s training credits includes the following: Shelley Hennig "Miss Teen USA 2004", Susie Castillo "Miss USA 2003",  Tonya Matney "Mrs. International 2002,  Carrie Stroup "Miss United States World 2001", Janice Ward "Mrs. United States 1999", Vanessa Minnillo "Miss Teen USA 1998", Keyna Baucom "Mrs. America 1994".

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HAIR STYLES by Kristianna Nichols

Kristianna Nichols is one of the country's new beauty experts. She is a former Mrs. America, NFL cheerleader, professional model and commercial actress. Kristianna has had her own TV talk show and was a popular entertainment reporter for the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis before moving to Vail, Colorado. She has hosted many TV shows, from Mainstreet USA to On The Move. She is the president and CEO of Noble Tress beauty company and the inventor of "Kristianna’s Crown."

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JEWELRY by Judith Neiss and Nilsa Algarin

Judith Neiss and Nilsa Algarin work for Sassy South, LTD., a wholesale distributor and designer of prom, pageant, social occasion, and bridal costume jewelry, as well as tiaras, pageant gifts, and pins. Sassy South has been serving retailers for the past 15 years. The company’s showroom is located at the Atlanta Apparel Mart of the AmericasMart.

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MAKEUP by Ernie McCraw

Ernie McCraw is director of beauty for Sally Beauty Company, the world's largest distributor of professional beauty products. A licensed cosmetologist for more than 30 years, he is frequently asked by newspapers and national fashion and beauty magazines for beauty advice.

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MODELING by Cristina DeHart

Cristina DeHart has forged a highly successful career in the New York City fashion and beauty industry as a model, in high fashion, beauty, and commercial print modeling, as well as an actor in daytime soap operas and commercials. Cristina has created The Agency Forum, which has a presence on the Internet, to host seminars nationwide that assist models in finding high-quality representation, successful marketing, and worthwhile bookings



Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD is one of only two women dentists and one of only 35 dentists in the world to achieve Fellowship status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is the founding president of the Atlanta Society of Cosmetic Dentistry and is the president of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, which has been profiled by USA Today, CBS, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been described as "the Ritz-Carlton of Cosmetic Dentistry." Dr. King is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Dental School.

BODY SHAPING by Dr. Ronald Bergman

Dr. Ronald Bergman is a plastic surgeon practicing in the Des Moines, Iowa area for more than 20 years. He specializes in breast surgery and body sculpting. His physician assistant, Susan Schooler, has specialized in non-surgical procedures for 12 years.

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T.J. Reid is a former fashion and gift retailer with over 30 years of experience in merchandising. Profiled in The Dallas Apparel News as "one of the Southwest's most outstanding retailers," and in Women's Wear Daily as "the ultimate accessory expert," she is now an author and editor of the Fashion Advantage, a newsletter for specialty-store owners. In addition, T.J. has written several books including What Mother Never Told Ya About Retail and Fashion, Fun, & Feelings, a trilogy on fashion and life.

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MISS TEEN USA 2003 BLOG by Tami Farrell

Miss Teen USA 2003 Tami Farrell
writes this column exclusively for Pageantry magazine. The popular Miss Oregon not only won the national title last August, she also captured the Miss Congeniality Award as well. As a youth advocate focusing on self-esteem, anti-violence, and anti-drug issues, Tami is working with organizations throughout the U.S.A. to help communicate the importance of safe living, educational, and social environments.

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WEB WATCH by Deborah Richardson

Deborah Richardson is the Art Director and Webmaster for Pageantry magazine. An accomplished artist, she has had work on display at the United States Capitol Building in adition to many other awards. Deborah is also responsible for building and maintaining Pageantry's Internet presence. In each issue, "Web Watch" explores a different aspect of industry-related Web sites.

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Fred Abel, Pageantry's editor, is a magazine journalist whose career has included editing and designing several award-winning regional magazines in central Florida, where Pageantry offices are located. He graduated from Syracuse University School of Communications and also spent four years in Maryland as a reporter and editor. He lives in Orlando with his wife and their two daughters.

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