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Communication Skills and Mishaps

I love writing about the fearless, fabulous, and first lady of pageantry Queen Esther in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.” It was a blast reminiscing about pageants and the many hours I spent working on my interview and communication skills while laughing at myself through the mishaps.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I consider “pageant world’  life on steroids.  Preparing for the Miss America Pageant was a great teacher for the rest of my life since communication is a key element for success. Unlike the other phases of competition, this is one aspect that won’t develop wrinkles or sag with age. Our communication skills improve as time passes. Call it whatever, interview is where I learned the fine art of expression. There are two kinds of skills: dumb and smart.  Here is dumb.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, funny, humor, laughter, memories by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Spanx for the Memories


Miss South Carolina week arrived!  I dragged the old pageant gown box from underneath my bed, blew off the dust and proceeded to pray that some garment with rhinestones fit. Outfit after outfit, the mirror was not too kind. UGGH. Finding the perfect outfit and dealing with weight issues is one flip-flop women do not like! My new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops”,  being released in September, addresses weight issues that women face, spanx and much more!

Spanx to the rescue! I have a whole drawer filled with them; high waist, low waist, long boys, bra Spanx, non-bra, body suit Spanx, and the list goes on.

As an aging beauty queen it truly is a marvelous way to recapture somewhat of your pageant weight and revisit special memories.

Yes, as I walked the runway at the Township Auditorium with my Miss SC sistahs, we each remembered our moment of being crowned Miss South Carolina. Spanx for the memories…. 

Posted in aging, beauty queens, storytelling by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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How to Experience Extragavant Joy


Bree Boyce Marsh chooses JOY! My buddy and Miss South Carolina “sistah” made a decision several years ago that changed her life in a dramatic way.

It is Miss South Carolina week and in honor of this exciting event and the theme of my new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops,” I thought of Bree Boyce Marsh. Bree possesses many of the same qualities I highlight in a chapter in my book entitled, “Fearless and Fabulous Esther.”  Like queen Esther, Bree is brave, bold and beautiful. But it did not start out that way.

Bree was 17 years old and weighed in at 234. She was unhappy and traveling down a road with an unhealthy end. She made a dramatic decision. Bree began an extensive fitness program that turned this young woman into a new person. She lost 114 lbs. and went from a size 18 to a size 4. You see, Bree chose a challenging path but her journey led to extravagant JOY.

Posted in beauty queens, inspiration, Miss South Carolina by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Yep, She called Me Ugly; A Flip-Flop Faux-Pas

 

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In honor of my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” I remembered a funny flip-flop story that occurred a few days after I was crowned Miss South Carolina-enjoy!

 

 


I was riding high after being crowned Miss South Carolina on Saturday night. Now it was time to prepare for the Miss America Pageant.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, humor, Miss South Carolina, sense of humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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America – Melting Pot or Septic Tank?

I was PROUD to sing the National Anthem at the Miss South Carolina Pageant last week. It was a fun week filled with Queens, Princesses, Princes, Wanna-bees, Should-a-Beens, I’m-Done-With-This Pageant, and I-Can’t-Wait-till-Next-Year Competitors.  It was a beauty queen melting pot of variety of gowns, bodies and political opinions. It was a slice of America on steroids.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, pageants, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Miss America and Social Media Cowards

 

 I would rather be a product of the Miss America Program and help to make a positive difference in this world that to sit in front of a computer and slam those who do.Last week many commented on the annual Miss America Pageant.  It was held in Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey like it was at its genesis.  As always, the competition consisted of swimwear, gown, some talents (thank God) and interview.  Historically, there is always some controversy and this year was no exception.  The drama was spawned from our own precious Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller who would not hurt a fly.  Brooke introduced herself with words written for her. A firestorm of controversy led to Tweets and other postings on social media that highlighted how uneducated the most educated are about pageant competition. It also prompted me to write about Miss America and social media cowards.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, humor, life lessons, motivation, pageants, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Impression of Miss America 2014

On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City……welcome home, Miss America.  Glad to have you back. I will be honest, Miss America won my viewing preference but it was tough to record my favorite show, “Breaking Bad.” Then I thought if only a Miss America contestant’s talent was making Crystal Meth…….shame on me. Here isOn the Boardwalk in Atlantic City……welcome home, Miss America. Glad to have you back. I will be honest, Miss America won my viewing preference but it was tough to wait to watch my favorite show, “Breaking Bad.” Then I thought if only a Miss America contestant’s talent was making Crystal Meth…….shame on me. Here is my impression of Miss America 2014; a pageant that I was a part of many years ago. my impression of Miss America 2014; a pageant  that I was a part of  many years ago.

The women were amazing.  As one contestant speaks the side bar pops up giving us an inside track into her life.  Written about a contestant was, “ earned her BA and MA in four years.”  The next contestant’s side bar said, “secretly afraid of clowns.” Somehow those comments seemed a bit unequally. I thought I would want my side bar to say: Will secretly give away all of her earnings if chosen Miss America…. to the judges.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, humor, laughter, memories, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Billy’s Funeral Home- Miss America Pageant Memories

I trained for pageant competition at Billy's Funeral Home.In the “minor league” pageants there are normally 4 categories on the judges’ ballots: poise, smile, projection, and overall appearance.  It does not take a genius to figure out that poise is smile, projection and overall appearance.  In fact, poise is everything.  I learn how to perfect my beauty queen walk and talk at Billy’s Funeral Home.  Billy helped me walk all the way to the major league of  pageantry,  the Miss America Pageant.

I heard that Billy’s  technique was the best in the South and to perfect took years of practice and discipline.  I heard that he had so many winners he lost count.  His accolades included the likes of “Miss Universe” to “Little Miss Saturday Afternoon at The Mall”.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, fun, funny, humor, memories, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, pageants, Southern by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Spanx, False Eyelashes, and a Spray-on Tan

I opened the letter from the Miss South Carolina Organization.It read, “Join us for the 75th Anniversary of the Miss South Carolina Pageant where we will honor you for your reign……” All of this translated in my mind to….”Jane, you have to lose 15 pounds, try to erase 20 years, buy a new gown, Spanx, false eyelashes, a spray-on tan, make sure your roots are covered, get a facial, pedicure, manicure and take half a valium in case you don’t get this all together.

What would I do if the weight will not come off my body? I had heard about this all- in-one body suit that takes at least 15 pounds off. So on my speaking engagement to Minnesota, I went to the Mall of America to find the wonder garment.The first one of these spandex marvels I located could fit in the palm of my hand.I thought even Barbie would struggle with this thing. I pulled that gismo as high as my knee and knew then to peal it off. The search continued and I finally settled on a Nordstrom body suit.Pulling the undergarment up was like stuffing an opened can of Crest Rolls back into the canister.

Posted in beauty queens, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, pageants by Jane Jenkins Herlong.