Businesswoman named Miss Colorado
Though she jokes about it now, Beckie Hughes, 21, remembers how frightened she was after hearing her final interview question at Sunday’s Miss Colorado pageant. “What do you think is the biggest problem facing women in our generation today?” asked the speaker.”Oh my gosh, seriously?” Hughes thought, before going with her gut feeling. “Peer pressure,” she answered, saying she felt women are far too influenced by celebrities and their actions.Though nervous, clearly Hughes said something right. Soon after, she walked out of the Loveland auditorium with title of Miss Colorado.”I was like, ‘No way.’ I was just jumping up and down,” she said. “Definitely a dream come true.”For Hughes, who’s been competing in the pageant the last four years, reaching goals is nothing new. When she was just 18, she opened her own clothing store in Grand Junction. Pinque, which now has a sister store in Glenwood Springs, features a range of women’s clothing as well as Hughes’ own evening wear line, Luree. She credits her parents, David and Connie Hughes, entrepreneurs as well, with giving her the strength and know-how to strike out on her own.”My mom and dad supported me all the way,” she said.Even as a young child in Glenwood Springs, she was always dressing up in “girlie stuff.” After moving to Grand Junction in first grade, she started modeling and found she had a knack for designing and for being on stage. “In high school, I made all my gowns for every prom and every dance,” she said. Not only did she feel proud of her design, but that was the best way to ensure that absolutely no one would arrive in the same outfit.After high school, and after traveling to the fashion hot-bed of New York, Hughes realized she wanted to bring high fashion consciousness to a small town market. In 2001, she moved back to Grand Junction, and Pinque was born.She feels that being a young woman in the world of business and fashion makes her stick out in Grand Junction – in a good way. Often, she said, girls who come into her store say they’re inspired by her accomplishments. “They say ‘I want to be like you are,'” she said, adding that, yes, she feels comfortable as a role model. To her, the best part of being Miss Colorado is having the ability to spread a positive message to as many people as possible. “You have a bigger voice when you are ‘someone,'” she said. “I would just love to speak to women about goals and dreams.”As she readies herself for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant, which will air on NBC in spring, Hughes says she will continue to be involved with her business as much as possible, as her customers have come to expect her personal touch. She looks forward to growing Pinque and hopes to open a chain of stores in other small towns that might want a little glamour. Whether she’s managing her business, designing a gown or competing on stage, she feels the most important thing in her life is balance.”I have to be prepared physically, mentally and spiritually for anything that might come up,” she said. “When you’re in balance, you’re prepared for anything.”Contact Stina Sieg: email@example.comPost Independent Glenwood Springs CO Colorado
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