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She’s ready for her close-up

Jessica Cabe
jcabe@postindependent.com
17-year-old Glenwood Springs High School senior Bre L'Estrange is competing in this weekend's Miss Colorado Teen USA pageant, her first pageant ever.
Courtesy of Bre L’Estrange |

UPDATE:

L’Estrange finished as a semi-finalist at the Miss Colorado Teen USA pageant. Visit the pageant’s website for a full list of winners.

“From beginning to end, this has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my life so far,” L’Estrange said. “I am forever grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what else life will bring me.”

Bre L’Estrange, a 17-year-old senior at Glenwood Springs High School, is competing in this weekend’s Miss Colorado Teen USA pageant in Greeley. Although this is her first pageant ever, L’Estrange is bringing her A-game and keeping her sights set on the scholarship money that winners receive. Last year, scholarships up to $45,600 over four years were awarded. If she wins this pageant, she will go on to compete in Miss Teen USA. The Post Independent sat down with L’Estrange to talk about fashion, college and meeting the other girls.

Post Independent: How did it come about that you would compete in this pageant?

Bre L’Estrange: It’s actually the most ironic thing. I was watching Miss USA with one of my best friends, and I was like, ‘I should do that!’ And the next day, in the mail, I get a pamphlet to sign up for it. I’m with Barbizon, which is a modeling and talent agency in Denver, and they send them off to their students and people that are in the agency. I was like, ‘Holy crap, this is totally destiny.’ So I decided to sign up for it. Also, I would really love a scholarship. I love acting; I’m part of the Thespian Society at my school, and I just thought it would be really cool if I could get a two-year scholarship. I never thought that I would ever do a pageant, but I thought, ‘I’m really down to earth, and I get along with people, so why not?’

PI: Did you have any reservations about signing up to compete?

BL: I think it’s just really important to do spontaneous things sometimes and just live on the edge. Obviously there are always hesitations with things in life, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to maybe help my mom out, because my mom is a single parent. So I thought the scholarships would be great, and I’m kind of debating what I want to do right now in life and what schools I want to go to, so I was like, ‘Well, if I have a scholarship for this school, it would be so helpful.’

PI: What’s the process been like preparing for the pageant?

BL: Stressful. It’s hectic. I’m sure we’ve been to Junction 16 times in the past four weeks. But it’s really fun because I love fashion and clothes, so I’m enjoying every minute of it. But it’s a lot of money and a lot of time. I’ve done some research on the questions for the interview, but you don’t know what they’re going to ask you. But I also am in DECA, which is the business class at our school. We do role plays where we sit down, they give us a sheet: This is what you need to sell, and this is what you need to figure out. Then we have to go in and just use our best communication and social skills. So I think that school has definitely helped me because I’ve been involved in drama and that. It’s beneficial.

PI: Talk a little bit about the outfits you’ll be wearing.

BL: There are four outfits: There’s an interview, an opening number, a swim suit and an evening gown. We had no idea what color we were going to pick for the dress, and I decided to go with something that I’ve never worn before, and I’m going to be wearing a yellow dress. I thought blonde and yellow, I think it would go well. We went with a really simple, elegant swim suit from the Hot Springs that we got. It’s black, and it wraps around, and we’re going to make it so it has a bow in the back. For the interview, we just went with something simple and fashion-forward, just very professional. I’m going to have to say my opening number is my favorite outfit. You could pick between black, silver or black and silver, and I thought, ‘Well, black would be really good with my hair, but I’ve never worn all silver before,’ so I went with silver. I have these princess silver shoes that I’m wearing, and this babydoll chiffon, really pretty, poofy dress, and it’s also all silver. It’s definitely my favorite because it’s the most unique of them all.

PI: Are you nervous about meeting the other girls?

BL: I think with every girl, we’re probably all really nervous. But I think if I’m just myself, I’ll get along with all of them just fine.

PI: Do you have nightmares about tripping?

BL: No, I honestly don’t. I feel like I’ve gotten enough practice with walking in heels. And since I went through classes and training with Barbizon, how to runway walk, I feel like that definitely toned me up a bit for it. I’m not really trying to stress out too much about it. I’m sure there are other girls who are very much like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to win! This is everything!’

PI: Even if you don’t win, what are you hoping to get out of the pageant experience?

BL: Oh, I’ve already won. For me, personally, with as far as I’ve gotten, I already feel like a winner. And whether I go in there and win or not, I feel like it’s going to be a great opportunity and a great learning experience. I mean, it’s my first pageant ever. I don’t expect to go in there and win a title. Obviously it would be great to win, and I’m going to do everything I can to, but I’m really just doing it to try and get money for college, because college is important to me, and meet new people and do something that I’m interested in: fashion, fun and glam, and doing good for people.

Miss Colorado Teen USA is being webcast at $14.99 per day. The pageant preliminaries start at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and the finals start at 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.misscoloradousa.com/co_home.cfm.


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