Wadsworth figures she’ll start budgeting on Monday for a new dress for the following year, when she’ll make her fifth try. Radiah Hyatte returns home to Virginia and gets word that she’s being laid off by her tech firm. She decides to go full time as a Mary Kay consultant and move to North -Carolina for the lower cost of living—but reinventing her life won’t stop her from pouring everything into winning Miss Galaxy. “I’m going back this summer with a vengeance,” she vows. Debra Gilmour, her Beauties of America reign now over, feels fulfilled and wants to switch to consulting in the pageant world.
“I’m not competing anymore,” she swears. “Stick a rhinestone fork in me. I’m done.”
TAMARA JONES is a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer based in the Washington, D.C., area.
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of MORE.
For more pageantry, see Confessions of the Multi-Age Beauty Pageant Queens.
Check out Debra Gilmour's essay, Reinventing Mrs Oregon.
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