An opportunity for beauty pageants in Winnemucca has been pretty much nonexistent until Bailey Miller contacted the city, to get the approval of something that is well-known in more populated areas like Reno and Las Vegas: the Sweetheart Beauty Pageant. This pageant was specifically for girls ages eight through 18.
Miller thought this would be a great opportunity to start a new tradition in Winnemucca, since her hometown of Nashville,TN, was so crazy about them.
“The Sweetheart Beauty Pageant gave people the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones, become more self-confident and to let the people in this town enjoy an event they might not have seen besides TLC’s ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’,” said Miller.
Since in the pageant business you need to spend money to make money, Miller knew that she needed some help to provide an adequate venue since this pageant only lasted one day.
The prize for each winner was $1000. Undoubtedly, when mentioning that kind of money to several preteen and teenage girls, they seem to get a little too competitive. The winner of the 15-year-old group can attest to that.
“Even though I lit the stage on fire to make sure that I won first place, I could have avoided the fireworks, but it’ll get fixed,” said 15-year-old Actavia Ruiz.
This pageant was supposed to be an annual event but because of the “over-the-top performance”, Ruiz will be taking a break from her dream for a while to do something less soul-crushing.