Pageantry fell into my lap. My shy daughter approached me one day and said, "Mom, I'm tired of being shy; I want to compete in a pageant!" I looked at her, puzzled, and said, "Let's do it." We happened to be in Vegas that weekend, and we were staying at Planet Hollywood. When I arrived, the lobby was packed with beautiful women dressed in stunning ball gowns competing for Miss USA! We bought tickets to see the live show, convinced that it was not pure coincidence.
Jada and I were buzzing with excitement during the competition when a woman turned to Jada and said, "You're going to be on the Miss USA stage one day." We never looked back after that. She then competed at Miss Teenage California under different ownership, finishing as the first runner up to 204 contestants despite having no pageant experience and being the youngest contestant at thirteen.
As a director and pageant mom, I spent countless hours researching pageants, learning how to perfect runway walks, interviewing techniques, and the latest fashion trends. With this newfound enthusiasm, I coached my daughter to multiple top finalist positions in the USA pageant system.
After seeing my efforts pay off, I founded Crown U Productions and began producing my own pageants. After establishing a solid reputation in the pageantry world, I was given the opportunity to take over the Miss Teenage California pageant.
Jada and I, as a mother-daughter team, have coached numerous winners who have gone on to win nationally renowned titles. Miss Teenage California will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first pageant in which my daughter competed. I've seen firsthand how Miss Teenage California has impacted youth, and I am honored to carry on the legacy.