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Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win.

Pageant Planet Steven Roddy

    • Fashion & Beauty

Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win.

    Zozibini Tunzi: Miss Universe, South Africa, Model

    Zozibini Tunzi: Miss Universe, South Africa, Model

    Zozibini Tunzi was born in Tolso Eastern Cape located in South Africa. Here she grew up with her parents and three other sisters. She is the second oldest of her siblings. Zozi grew up close with her family and considered her parents her role models.
    “My mother taught me the importance of being kind and humble and always helpful to those around me and my father taught me the importance of education, hard work, and discipline.”
    Growing up some of Zozi’s hobbies included hiking, cooking, and watching her favourite television shows. If you’re doing these hobbies right now, maybe you can also be the next Miss Universe? Surely she didn’t know at those moments what she was destined to become.
    Zozi grew up truly just like any other woman might have. She loves watching Marvel movies and Game of Thrones. 
    She attended Cape Peninsula University of Technology and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Image Management in 2018. Zozi worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town. She also went on to complete a Bachelor of Technology
    Zozi’s love for education most likely came from her parent as her mother is a school principal and her father works at the Department of Higher Learning in Pretoria. Aside from getting her post-secondary education, Zozi also worked as a model in East London, Eastern Cape.
    In 2018, Zozi entered the reality TV show Presenter Search. She was unsuccessful in this venture, but there were other ways she was meant to be in the spotlight.
    Listen to today’s episode to learn more about Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi.

    • 30 min
    Betty Cantrell Maxwell: Miss America, Author, Singer

    Betty Cantrell Maxwell: Miss America, Author, Singer

    Betty Cantrell Maxwell was born and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. This 25 year old beauty queen was ironically named after her Greek Grandmother, Baciliky, which means ‘Royalty’. 
    Growing up, Betty lived the true country girl life as her and her family lives on a 675-acre farm in rural Georgia. She knows how to drive a full-sized John Deere tractor, plow and seed fields, and she can even handle a shotgun. 
    She grew up in a strong Greek Orthodox family and attended church all her life in Macon, Georgia. Betty finds strength in her faith and carried this with her throughout her life and pageant career.
    Betty started taking professional vocal and stage lessons at 14. She loved to write songs but would never show anyone. In eighth grade, she got the lead role in the school play. She was never an A-student, and didn’t enjoy the sciences or math. But when it came to the arts, Betty was first place in all the poetry contests and talent shows. 
    She studied at Mount de Sales Academy for high school and then went on to study vocal performance at Mercer University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal performance.
    Betty clearly had all of the roots to make a great national American titleholder, which lead her to join her first pageant in 2013. Her mother encouraged her to join for the scholarship opportunities, but clearly Betty was meant for much more!
    She held two first-runner up positions in preliminary pageants during her early years competing, and then won the Miss Presidential Pathways 2014 as a major title in the Miss Georgia 2014 pageant.
    That year she placed as the second runner-up at Miss Georgia with a vocal performance as her talent and representing the platform Healthy Georgia, Strong America. 
    Won the title of Miss Warner Robins 2015 where she advanced to the Miss Georgia America 2015 pageant. Betty then went on to win the Miss Georgia 2015 pageant on June 20, 2015. 
    Betty was awarded $15,000 in scholarship money, plus a Kia Sorento during her reign. Betty excelled in talent, evening wear, and on-stage question, making her an excellent, and well-prepared candidate for the upcoming Miss America competition.
    This is all very impressive for a country girl who never saw herself becoming a pageant queen! It was Betty’s mom who encouraged her to compete, which ultimately led her to compete at Miss America 2016.
    Listen to today’s episode to learn more.
    This week’s featured spotlights are: 
    Titleholders Respond to Voy Board Bullies

    • 25 min
    Jackie Watson: Mom, Director, Author

    Jackie Watson: Mom, Director, Author

    Jackie Watson is the woman we are going to be taking a look at today, which some of you may know as the Director of the system USA National Miss.
    Jackie Watson is a natural leader as she spent years directing a state pageant, which she founded. Now running for 9 years, the USA National Miss Systems is one of the highest regarded national pageant scholarship systems in America. Jackie prides her brand on advocating for positive pageantry who loves God.
    This national pageant director started her involvement in pageantry as a pageant mom.
    Jackie’s daughter, Kayla, started competing in pageants when she was 7 years old and this kick started the families pageant journey. She saw the fellowship and personal development that pageants provided to young girls, like her daughter, and loved every part of it.
    While she enjoyed the aspects of pageantry from the stance as a pageant mom, she could not help but notice a void in the industry. She felt that pageants lacked a unique quality about them that could really help girls and women excel in their pageant and personal lives. “What was missing was character development, service, and an elevated experience”, she says. 
    Listen to today’s episode to learn more.
    This week’s featured spotlights are: 
    Find a PageantBest Prize Packages in Pageantry.

    • 23 min
    Mekayla Diehl Eppers: Model, Mrs America, CEO

    Mekayla Diehl Eppers: Model, Mrs America, CEO

    In today’s podcast we are going to be talking about a woman well known in the Miss America, Miss USA, and Mrs America organizations, Mekayla Eppers.
    Mekayla began her pageant journey at 12 years old and has captured seven pageant titles in her life, including the titles of Miss Indiana USA 2016 and Mrs. America 2018.
    While some people know Mekayla for her success in the pageant industry, she is more than just a beauty queen. Mekayla is a model and has been featured in TV commercials, in movies, and in fashion magazines. From her experience in modeling and in pageants she knew she wanted to make a mindset shift in the industry from focusing on ‘size’ and ‘shape’ towards adapting a healthy lifestyle. 
    Mekayla Diehl (her maiden name) was born in 1988 in Elkhart, Indiana. Now Mekayla describes herself as a ‘Michiana’ since the town is on the Michigan and Indiana state line.
    Mekayla is a descendent from the Ojibwe tribe, a member of the Ontario-based Zhiibaahaasing First Nation through her mother.
    For the most part, a child’s life is known as an innocent and youthful experience where the child can live, learn and play. This was not the case for Mekayla. She was sexually abused by a family friend which led to her grandmother adopting and raising her.
    However, what can be described as the unthinkable is not what Mekayla’s childhood is known for. 
    She began her modeling career at just 5 years old, which gave her the opportunity to walk in various local and state fashion shows, model for swimsuit brands and clothing lines, and also appear on TV commercials. She has modeled from some pretty well-known brands including Toyota, Subway, Cadillac, Nissan, and Chevrolet.
    Aside from modeling, Mekayla is also a very talented dancer. She began dancing at the age of 12 up until her college years. She performed tap, jazz, ballet on pointe, hip hop, modern, and is currently dabbling in ballroom.
    Her talents do not stop there. Mekayla also did 8 years of concert flute and 4 years of color guard. 
    Mekayla’s pageant journey began when she was 12 years old placing as the first runner-up at Miss Sunburst, a local Indiana pageant in 2001.
    Listen to today’s episode to learn more.
    This week’s featured spotlights are: 
    Chelsea Hardin of Miss Fit Transformation ProgramLead Fitness

    • 31 min
    Lorraine Schuck: Miss Earth & Miss Earth Philippines

    Lorraine Schuck: Miss Earth & Miss Earth Philippines

    Lorraine Schuck’s pageant career dates back to over 40 years ago. Lorraine won the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas 1979.
    Mutya ng Pilipinas began over 51 years ago in 1968, and it’s titleholders have gone on to win 15 of the largest international pageant titles in the world. The pageant is best known for promoting tourism in Asia, social responsibility, fashion, and beauty pageantry.
    Lorraine was chosen to compete at the international Miss Asia Quest 1979 pageant which was held in Manila, Philippines. 15 countries competed for the title, but Alya Altas from Turkey was the one who took home the title.
    Lorraine represented the Philippines and made her country proud by placing as the second runner-up to winner Alya Altas from Turkey, and first runner-up Maureen Lestourgeon from India. Lestourgeon was unable to fulfill the duties and Schuck was then moved into the position as the first runner-up.
    If the Miss Asia Quest pageant is an unfamiliar name, it is because the pageant has since rebranded itself in 2016 to be called the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant. 
    Lorraine since became the Executive Vice President of the organization named Carousel Productions Inc, which owns the Miss Earth and Miss Earth Philippines pageants.
    Schuck is the executive vice president and co-founder, next to President/Businessman Ramon Mon-zon. The organization is based in Manila, Philippines.

    • 29 min
    Emanii Davis: Miss USA, Miss Earth & Miss World America

    Emanii Davis: Miss USA, Miss Earth & Miss World America

    In today’s podcast we are looking into the life of Emanii Davis, the current Miss Earth Air 2019 and former competitor in the Miss USA and Miss World America pageant systems
    Emanii began competing in pageants when she was 14 years old and has captured numerous prestigious pageant titles and become a role model and pageant icon to many women. She has won the titles Miss Teen Atlanta, Miss Georgia USA 2016, Miss Earth USA 2019, and Miss Earth Air 2019.
    Aside from the titles she has won, Emanii also gone on to place as the second runner-up at Miss USA 2016 and third runner-up at Miss World America 2017.
    She is an environmental activist and advocates for education in her pageant career and in her personal life. Throughout her life and pageant career, Emanii has worked with organizations including Best Buddies, United Service Organization, and the Greenhouse Project.
    She has a passion for helping others achieve academic success by starting her own program to provide resources to help students build on their current knowledge, encourages students to follow their dreams, and helps prepare them for the real world.
    Tune into this week’s podcast to learn more about Emanii Davis and discover how her story can help you win.
    This week’s featured spotlights are: 
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    • 26 min

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