Sunday, May 9, 2010
Move over Miss America, Miss USA has talent too...lol I love the Miss America system, but I am excited that the Miss Universe Organization decided to hi-lite our titleholders that have 'wacky talent' since we are more than just pretty girls. Standing with me is Miss Maine who is a former professional basketball player. She played in Switzerland and Italy! Impressive, right?! All of you know that I am a dancer, but you may not know that I am a Sweetheart. After leaving the Magic, I applied for a position with the Sweethearts For Soldiers. This group is comprised of former NBA and NFL Dancers/Cheerleaders with our mission being to support our troops. Now Miss Maine is over 6 feet tall so you may assume that there is a trampoline under me...hint hint :)
YAY! Did you watch the Price is Right growing up? I sure did! All of us reunited at Bally's for The Price Is Right LIVE! Although we did not get to play, it was fun watching everyone else get excited. Plus, our very own Miss USA Kristen Dalton did some imprompto modeling of the prizes. Oh ! AND we got the cool price tage name tags..lol
From there we had a phenomenal night! No shows, no VIP events, NO rehearsal, not even dinner out. We stayed in and relaxed...yay! It was much needed. We were in our rooms by 5:15pm. All we had to do was get our evening gown checked for approval. Good thing because Texas and I were up at 4am for the annual poolside swimsuit shot!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
It was a really busy day. We started with breakfast at 7:30am and then it was on to Registration, hair, make-up, opening number fittings, shoe fittings, swimsuit fittings, evening gown/swimsuit photoshoot, and finally interviews. Unfortunately not everybody finished everything so many of us (including Tx and myself) had to wake up early on Tuesday to finish up our interviews. Monday was over 13hrs long, but it allowed a lot of time to meet all the contestants and HELLO...I am at Miss USA! It was amazing despite the long hours!.
Lunch on Tuesday at Cabo Wabo, PA Gina, LA Sara, SC Rachel
By noon Tuesday, I had finished my last interview so I was invited to be a part of a mini appearance. 10 of us visited throughout the casino and ate mexican food at Cabo Wabo for lunch....I had Mahi Mahi!
Brittany, Roseanne, Renee, MacKenzie, Rachel, Me, Sara
That evening was our BIG Introduction night outside of the Planet Hollywood! It was the first time I was announced to the public as Miss Florida USA during the Miss USA Compeition. I think we all thought that was pretty cool.
Below are all 51 contestants including Kristen Dalton , Miss USA 2009.
From there we split into 3 groups based on Alphabetical order. I was obviously in group 1 so we went to the Paris Hotel. We started with an autograph session inside the hotel. Of course I just happen to notice that the Orlando Magic game was playing so I could not help but to point out the score...>>>Magic ended up winning by 43 points! Big Win!
Cassady and MacKenzie at Planet Hollywood.
Day 3! FUN DAY!!!!!! The day started with Orientation. We had the honor of listening to Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, speak on the many opportunities that Miss USA 2010 will have presented to her and what is expected upon her during her reign. It was excited knowing that there a chance that that could be me! (Above: me and Sarah )
After breakfast we traveled via bus to Caesar Palace. We were welcomed by Roman gods and spent the day in the sun. We enjoyed lunch poolside and I even got to do a taping with a chef in which he made an alaskan king crab salad. It was filling but light as well which was nice considering we were in our bikinis.
It was incredibly relaxing......