Big Puffy Hair, An Evening Gown And A Swimsuit

cindy My daddy always wanted me to be a girly-girl.  He thought my height would be good for a modeling career.  He even told me one day that he would love it if I was a flight attendant so that I could fly him all over the world. I, on the other hand, was interested in sports and singing.  Not make-up.  Not fashion.  Not boys.  Okay, yes I was interested in boys, but spent less than five minutes donning my blue eye shadow and blue eye liner to make sure my eyes were definitely blue.  Ya think, Cindy? One of the things I did for my dad and my mom was enter a pageant. Stop laughing. I was 17 1/2 years old.  The year was 1988.  Many of my closest friends were in the pageant as well. We spent months of preparation for this spring event.  Learning to walk and turn and walk some more and turn some more and pose and make the triangle with our legs touching at the calf but not at the knees and then again at the top of the leg.  Good thing for me, my athletic legs came in handy and I didn’t have to worry about extra cellulite in those days. Choosing my song proved to be a chore.  I spent time with a dear friend, who happened to win the pageant a few years prior, who found the song, trained me and continued to work with me.  She even gave me one of her evening gowns that my parents paid to have altered.  It was a red, sequined dress fitted all the way to my knees, just flaring out to the floor.  My 5 foot 10 1/2 inch frame was sporting a size 6 back then so to say I looked pageant-like was an understatement. I was probably the least likely person to win.  I wasn’t a complete tomboy but I was close.  The transformation people began to see in me was noteworthy.  In fact, I heard things I wasn’t supposed to hear that made me think I was a shoe in. Apparently, the judges thought otherwise.  Not bitter. When the winner was announced, my heart sank.  I didn’t know why at the time because quite frankly, I didn’t care.  I did the pageant for my parents.  I wanted them to be happy…to have a daughter that accomplished something that a woman would accomplish. The pageant ended and my parents walked me to their car.  “You’re a winner to us,” my mom said.  It really ticked me off that she said that. Now a mother myself, I understand exactly why she did. Thanks, Mom.

30 thoughts on “Big Puffy Hair, An Evening Gown And A Swimsuit”

  1. I remember that pageant well. It makes me laugh to think about it. Looking back, it was so cheesy. (no offense to those of you who take pageants serious, I’m just speaking as one who was not made for competing) I can’t remember what you sang. I sang a Loretta Lynn song dressed in a white cowboy hat and a white dress with fringe. I was soooo jealous that you had Tricia to help you. Unfair advantage!!!

  2. now i kinda wish that i’d been in that pageant.

    a little.

    i was expecting a glowy picture here, cindy (similar to natalie’s glam shots). =)

    i’m impressed that you did it for your parents. good job. and…do you still have the dress?

  3. It is wrong to post this with no pic. I feel cheated.

    “Your a winner to us!” my mom said. Hahahahaha! That is exactly the kind of thing my mom would say. You are cracking me up.

    Even though you didnt win, I bet it was a hard decision for the judges.

    I will be missing you guys on Wed. 🙁

  4. baby, hate to tell you this but our copy machine serves as a scanner…..everyone, give me an hour or so and i will get you a picture. sorry baby.

  5. Right now, Chris Beall is my favorite Beall (assuming he gets that pic up)….but I am sure, after the pic is posted, you will again reign supreme as my favorite Beall 🙂

  6. That’s what I’m talking about!!! Totally understand the heart sink, the first time I didn’t get something I was working for, I sure didn’t think then that one day I would need to be prepared to console my own kids when that day comes for them… I hope I do better than my parents did, I don’t even think they asked me about it 🙁

  7. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Is that a big puff sleeve on one arm of the dress???

    Oh but you look like a million dollars. Like PRETTY WOMAN!!! What a fun experience for you. Thanks for making the post complete. I am officially staisfied. Chris, thanks! (Your probably dead when you get home, but it will be at the hands of a very sexy woman if thats consolation.)

    Love ya!

  8. Guess who has a picture of her in the swim suit? Stay tuned so I can send it to Chris for publication. You won’t want to miss it!

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