Life After the Miss USA Pageant

Oh hey, remember that time I was on national television competing for the title of Miss USA? That statement still seems ridiculous to me as the whole experience feels like a dream more than my reality. Almost 3 months after the pageant, I now feel ready to reflect on that adventure.

I’m not sure how other queens from the class of 2013, or past  title holders felt after coming home from the Pageant, but I had a very difficult time adjusting. I spent a good month eating my feelings and watching Gossip Girl from start to finish on Netflix. The hardest thing was accepting the fact that it was over. For an entire year I had one main focus – Win the crown. I was working out, eating right, taking walking lessons, creating my wardrobe, and bettering myself in any way that I could. While it has never been my ultimate dream to be Miss USA, when the opportunity was dangling in front of my face, I decided to wholehearted reach for it.

The 2 and a half weeks I spent in Las Vegas for the Miss USA Pageant were the best of my life. We had very long days, and I went through about 20 pairs of false eyelashes, but I was waking up every day and doing work that I loved. Photo shoots, sponsorship events, interviews, rehearsals, and dancing didn’t feel like work to me. My biggest disappointment was not coming home without the Miss USA crown. It was coming home and thinking, what now? Having to go back to my day job, and being unsure about what the future holds is daunting. But, being the eternal optimist that I am, I know that things happen for a reason. Let downs aren’t really let downs. They’re more like set ups for the amazing things coming my way!

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7 thoughts on “Life After the Miss USA Pageant

  1. Joanne, you may not have won the crown, but you won a lot of hearts. Red Eye fans have a new love, as well. OK, it’s a 3AM show, but still, you have a new opportunity for people to get to know the funny, sexy chick from Hell’s Kitchen. Just keep an eye on Bill Schulz.

    Best of luck to you.

  2. Just wanted to say that I enjoy your appearances on Red Eye. Best of luck with the acting career. You definitely demonstrate a natural charm and comedic flair. Hopefully the lucky break is just around the corner. The Red Eye appearances should help. The camera is nice to you and you sparkle on the screen. Keep up the hard work and God bless.

  3. You bring class, beauty and a millennial outlook to topics of the day. A great addition to Red Eye. And, when your next big break comes, I hope it doesn’t take you away from Fox. Love seeing you.

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