The first time was in high school in a program hosted by my hometown’s fire department. The real reason I entered was the $500 scholarship. I wanted to go to college and $500 would pay for a few semesters of community college. So I entered, wrote the essay, borrowed a black swimsuit, wore a sweet long dress of eyelet.
And didn’t win. In all fairness, I was selected from the 24 original entrants to be in the final top twelve. That part was cool. Picture in the paper! The girl who did get the tiara looked 24 not 17 or 18. She really looked like a beauty contestant.
Here’s a teaser from “Raving Beauty,” a romantic comedy short story in the Just You and Me boxed set:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-you-and-me…/1125868014
Confession time! Who had beauty contestant aspirations?