Miss Tennessee USA 2012 Jessica Hibler: Jessica is only 5′ 6″ (these pageant girls–especially the ones who are winning as of late–seem to be on the 5′ 9″ or taller height spectrum) but with that said, she looked GLORIOUS and statuesque in this strapless gathered bust/draped chiffon lipstick-red pageant gown. The big ol’ bun on her head adds height and I am happy she didn’t do the “Pageant Tacky” and put on 12″ platform Drag Queen/Stripper heels to make herself seem taller. The gold pumps were a good choice. P.S. to all short(er) pageant girls: I’ve spoken to actual Miss USA and Miss Universe judges and they’ve told me that (they) can see the 12″ platform heels and the first thing they think is “Oh Huney, she must be SHORT!”. Just saying. Back to the gown–it’s very “Hollywood Glamour”. Nothing directional or overtly sexy but it looked very nice on her.
Miss Utah USA 2012 Kendyl Bell: Yes, she’s very “Pageant Betty Elegant” in this, but that’s why I am giving her “Pageant Gown Props” for it. She could have gone “I am a 55 year old ‘Real Housewife of Orange County’ at a Black-Tie Wedding” (wait until you see my “Oh Huney” posting!) but she chose to go for a more “Pageant Classic”. This red gathered bustier with fitted taffeta gown with a one-shoulder sequined trim is a very standard Pageant/Prom/Evening Dress that one can find online or at a “Pageant and Prom” boutique, but at least she chose one of the better ones. Nothing wrong with this look on Miss Utah USA…except, for yes…those PUMPS!!!