Monday, July 9, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Ms. United States!

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”- C. JoyBell C.

Completing my final duty as the 2011 Ms. United States, this weekend I had the pleasure of crowning Ms. Arizona United States Ashley Dickerson on Sunday, July 8 in Arlington, Virginia at the 2012 national pageant. First runner up was Ms. Texas Dr. Corinne Devin. Second runner up was Ms. New York Jeannette Josue. Top Five also included Ms. District of Columbia Tina Montgomery and Ms. North Carolina Lisa Patel.

Wishing you the best Ashley!

Ashley graduated from college with a degree in Business Management and is currently the Co-Owner of a Remodeling Company here in the beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. She has also played competitive volleyball for over 15 years.

The charity that she works closest with is The American Cancer Society. She choose this charity because its something that hits very close to home. This past October she was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. She was unaware of the symptoms or how common of a disease it is in women. Ashley plans to use her year to educate her community on the symptoms of Thyroid Cancer and how important it is to take care of it early on. While this is charity that she has chosen to dedicate her year to, she has also worked with a wide range of other charities which include: Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fight for Life - Donate a Life, Kitchen on the Street and Crisis Nursery.

Ashley is a mother of three beautiful children: Mason - 6 years old, Audrina - 3 years old and Lyla - 11 months old. She and Ryan, her "other half" of over thirteen years enjoy spending their time hanging out with the kids or working on their home.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Behind the Scenes at the 2012 Ms. United States Pageant

Having a great week in Washington, DC! Here are some behind the scenes shots!

With Ashley Smith at our final on stage rehearsal before evening gown preliminaries.

Kyle Haggerty and Katie Turner lead the contestants during stage rehearsal.

Olivia Caputo and I arrive to the evening gown preliminaries!

All 2011 queens join in our nation's capital for the July 4th celebration and the upcoming crowning!

The 2012 Ms. United States delegates ride the bus to the 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill. Here are Ms. Idaho, Ms. Michigan, Ms. Georgia and Ms. Virginia!

The 2012 Ms. United States delegates ride the bus to orientation. Here are Ms. Georgia, Ms. District of Columbia and Ms. Texas!

Stopping for a photo on the 4th of July with Ms. Kansas!

Welcoming Ms. Michigan to our nation's capital.

Leading the July 4th Parade on Capitol Hill with the 2012 Ms. United States delegates!

Our final night together as queens! Congratulations Ashley, Ashley and Olivia!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

One Month Until 2012 Crowning

Message from 2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers:

As we prepare for the 2012 crowning of Ms. United States, it's so thrilling to think back of the anticipation I was feeling this time last year. What will I wear? How can I shape my platform? Will I get along with my roommate? What if I WIN?

Right now I am reaching out to all of the 2012 Ms. United States candidates to offer a friendly hello and support before and during the July pageant. One of the best things national contestants can do is watch the videos of the 2011 pageant to observe the women who have walked before you. Videos of the Miss Junior Teen, Miss Teen, Miss and Ms. United States pageant stage shows and on-stage questions are available at the Miss United States Youtube page. It humbles me to watch these videos and be reminded of the talent and sincerity in each of the contestants. There can be only one national titleholder, but what an achievement to represent your state in the nation's capital! I cannot wait to breathe in the opportunity to meet each 2012 delegate, learn about her hometown and life, realize her motivation and goals, and be there to support her during that emotional week before the crowning. Delegates, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or at

I had the pleasure of selecting the 2011 national video song, "Waiting Outside the Lines" by Greyson Chance. The lyrics are so indicative of what it means to be a United States titleholder. How are YOU going to reach the top? That question will be in the minds of all of the 2012 Ms. United States contestants in the coming month. Best wishes to you all, and we will see you in Washington, DC!

By Greyson Chance

You never enjoy your life
Livin' inside the box
You're so afraid of taking chances
How are you going to reach the top?

Rules and regulations
Force you to play it safe
Get rid of all the hesitation
It's time for you to seize the day

Instead of just sitting around
And looking down on tomorrow
You gotta get your feet off the ground
The time is now

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

Try to have no regrets
Even if it's just tonight
How you gonna walk ahead
If you keep living blind

Stuck in the same position
You deserve so much more
There's a whole world around us
Just waiting to be explored

Instead of just sitting around
And looking down on tomorrow
You gotta get your feet off the ground
The time is now, just let it go

I don't want to have to force you to smile
I'm here to help you notice the rainbow
'Cause I know what's in you is out there

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

I'm trying to be patient
Each step is the hardest
I know you can make it
Go ahead and take it

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting
I'm waiting
I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines

Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

You never enjoy your life
Livin' inside the box
You're so afraid of taking chances
How are you going to reach the top?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ms. United States to Present in Chicago

On June 24, 2012, Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers will present a seminar on pageantry and teach choreography at a Chicago expo.

Visit the Expo Website

Sunday, May 6, 2012

United States Titleholders to Model for Johnathan Kayne and Heidi Elnora of Project Runway

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the four United States titleholders will reunite to walk the runway for Art in Heels in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 2011 titleholders include Miss Junior Teen United States Olivia Caputo, Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield, Miss United States Ashley Smith and Ms. United States Laura Eilers.
Art in Heels, produced by the University of Virginia Art Museum, will feature fashions by celebrity designers Johnathan Kayne and Heidi Elnora of the popular TV show Project Runway, and Cate Lyon, whose designs have been produced for Victoria's Secret and Henri Bendel.
The event will be hosted at Main Street Arena, 230 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, on Thursday, May 10, 2012 beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets may be purchased for the show and additional events held throughout the evening.

Visit the event page

6pm The VIP Pre-Party for Fashion Icon, Haute Couture & Fashion Muse with Celebrity Designers. Music by Olivarez Trio
7pm The Party with Art in Heels Silent Auction featuring items hot off the runway and artwork from local favorites
8pm The Art in Heels Fashion Show
9pm The After-Party Music by DJ XSV

Ms. United States on Cover of May 2012 Belle Magazine

This month's Belle Magazine by Style Weekly features Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers as their May cover model.

Belle Magazine is the free women's periodical available at newstands around Laura's hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Style Weekly is one of the area's most read publications. 

"In the Limelight" written by Ranee Kamens and photographed by Scott Elmquist can be read on page 21, discussing Laura's opinions on style and fitness, as well as offering an inside look at her professional life.

View the article

Monday, April 23, 2012

Building Your Self Esteem

It is April 23, and in just two and a half months I will be crowning a new Ms. United States at the national pageant in Washington, DC. I love seeing the Facebook updates of new state titleholders being crowned around the nation and look forward to meeting these women this summer. While we say "one life will change forever," the truth is that ALL of these women have the choice to change not only their lives but the lives of others serving as a state titleholder.

Like me, each of these women has overcome personal, professional or financial struggles to get where they are. Many probably doubted the decision to vie for the state title - dollars spent on training, gowns, swimwear, not to mention that ever present self-doubt and fear of rejection. And when you are blessed with the state crown, you then must challenge yourself again while heading to the national stage - which will take even more dedication, more hours and more sacrifices.

The question is, why do it? Sure, every girl likes to put on makeup, see their name in lights, hear the well wishes of others, but the truth is that by facing our own fears, we instill confidence in others. And by overcoming those fears, we are given a platform for change. What we do with that platform is truly the challenge - making the most of the opportunity of becoming a state or national titleholder.

This morning's "Motivational Monday" email from former Mrs. Tennessee Dale Smith Thomas, author of Love Your Hair, Hope You Win, really spoke to me. It reminds me of the short time I have left to make a difference as the reigning Ms. United States and there is no time for selfishness, self-doubt or self anything. This time is not for me, it is for others.


Saturday night my husband and I went out to a restaurant to hear our friend Trish and her band. We had some friends join us and they both have very young daughters. The girls are ages 6 and 9. What is so remarkable to me is the self esteem of these two very bright young ladies. During the evening they danced to the music and even got on stage and sang with the band. I didn't have that confidence at age 20 and certainly not at the age of 6 and 9. I commented to both of their parents how impressed I was that these two girls have such amazing self esteem. They took the risk of getting on stage in front of a full restaurant of people simply because they loved to sing.

I am sure many of you have children in your life that remind you daily to embrace life and live with joy. However, I see so many people that have lost their child like wonder and excitement for living!! You can tell they don't believe in themselves or their dreams. The following article has great ideas for all of us to build our self esteem on a daily basis.

Building Your Self Esteem, written by Mary Johnson

The following list consists of ten different steps to take that will help you to raise your self-esteem. For all those times you need to feel good about yourself, using these methods will help you take control of the way you feel about yourself. Your greatest victory will come in knowing that it’s not the way others perceive you, but rather it’s the way that you perceive yourself, which can make all the difference.

Step Number One: Remember that without risk, there is no progress. If you never try anything new, you will never know anything different about yourself. Learn to be a risk-taker with some aspects of your life. And by taking a class, or learning something new, you’ll discover new things about yourself.

Step Number Two: Imagine your goals are achieved. Of course, most of us rarely accomplish all the goals that we’ve set for ourselves. But if you want to own a home, start a business, have children, or travel- whatever your goal may be, you can visualize it and at some point, it helps the dream to become reality.

Step Number Three: Start a Victory Wall of accomplishments. Along the way, we all have moments in our lives that we cherish and want to remember. Whether it was a childhood blue ribbon, a photograph of a special time or place, or a memento or an award that we received, we can all use a boost from showcasing our triumphs and achievements. These can be displayed on a bulletin board or by using a wall of photos.

Step Number Four: Remember to thank people who are helpful to you. You will feel better about yourself if you give other people strokes for their accomplishments too. Whether it is your child or someone else’s, a friend who needs a boost, or someone you admire or perhaps has helped you in some way, you will learn that by boosting morale in others it is an important boost for you as well. It says good things about you if you are able to acknowledge strengths and triumphs in those around you.

Step Number Five: Make your bedtime a happy, quiet time. We all must deal with chaos around us at some or all moments of our day. But everyone should make an effort to set aside some part of the evening for him or herself. You must learn to create a haven around you, to nurture yourself, and to treat yourself well. After all, if you don’t create a sense of calm about you, then who will?

Step Number Six: Outline your personal goals. Keep your personal goals on index cards, or use a similar system to list exactly what it is you want to do with your life. This can be easily updated and changed on a frequent basis. Our lives are constantly in a state of change, so our goals will experience similar changes.

Step Number Seven: Simplify your life. When you learn to un-clutter your living space, you may sometimes find that you can prioritize other things in your life as well. You may be clinging to something that reminds you of the past. But if you learn to let go of material objects, you may find that the only thing that was holding you back!

Step Number Eight: Don’t give up! Sometimes we goof up, make mistakes, become embarrassed, or confused in front of other people. And what? Most people feel the same way. It’s a rare person who never suffers from a blooper or a social mishap. The best thing to do is to persevere when we start something. Maybe we won’t like it once we are finished, but we’ll still feel better about ourselves for having finished it and followed through on a commitment.

Step Number Nine: You may need to renegotiate some broken agreements. If the past is stopping you from doing some of the things that you would like to do, then you may need to come to terms with a problem before moving ahead. Think about a broken promise or commitment that you may need to re-work. Or perhaps there is a simple phone call that you need to make. In any case, remember to adjust your outlook. Sometimes things don’t work out as we would like, but we can learn to control our feelings and adjust our outlook accordingly. We can’t control other people or events, but by learning to change our outlook-the outcome of any situation may turn out better than we had ever imagined.

Step Number Ten: Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. You need to become your best friend and biggest fan. Everyone needs a cheerleader, and if you don’t happen to have one, then do it yourself! Talk yourself up. When someone says something negative or discouraging about you, try to look at the remark in a different light. If there is a grain of truth in the remark, take the advice that it conveys. And try to look past the criticism to understand why the person would offer it. Perhaps its completely unfounded, and in that case, you need to realize other people have hang-ups and motives that keep them from realizing their potential as well.

**CHEERS!** - 2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ms. United States Emcees RVA Fashion Week

On Sunday, April 15, Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers appeared as the emcee of the 4th Annual RVA Fashion Week kick off show at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The mission of RVA Fashion Week is to bring together thousands of people in the Greater Richmond area to learn about Richmond’s unique fashion, nightlife and entertainment culture. The April 15 show included the shopping center's retailers such as Macy's, Everything But Water, Bevello, Dillard's, Saxon Shoes and The Buckle.

RVA Fashion Week includes events throughout the week. Learn more about RVA Fashion Week

Watch Ms. United States kick off the 2012 4th Annual RVA Fashion Week.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ms. United States Sports Bra Featured in Celebrity Ebay Auction

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers, alumni NFL cheerleader of the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams, is honored to be invited to participate in this cause.

MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction was formed through a friendship between Women's Professional Soccer star McCall Zerboni (MZ), 5 1/2 year-old Emma Bayer (Emmers) and her parents, Carey and David Bayer.

The auction is designed to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer through the empowerment of women's athletics.

In October 2010, we participated in a local breast cancer festival with friends from the WPS's Atlanta Beat and raffled several autographed items raising $300 for Komen for the Cure.

In July 2011, we held a week-long eBay auction of 84 sports bras, autographed and decorated by women's professional soccer players from around the world. All 84 bras were sold and a total of $4400 was raised for Komen for the Cure.

For 2012, we have expanded to include the entire women's athletic world. Currently, we have a diverse group of close to 200 female professional athletes (soccer players, olympians, paralympians, fitness gurus, dancers, race car drivers, mixed martial arts athletes, mountain bikers, football players, X gamers, sportcasters, etc.) participating in the event by autographing and decorating sports bras. Some of the more notable athletes participating include Jane Fonda, Shannon Miller, Brandi Chastain, Nadia Comaneci, Gabrielle Reece, and many more.

The auction will run from April 7-15, 2012 through eBay. Beneficiaries are Keep A Breast Foundation, Susan G Komen for the Cure and Breast Cancer Survivors' Network, Inc. We have chosen these charities based on their commitment to education, research and direct services for those impacted by breast cancer.

Visit the auction headquarters

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers - National Competition Video Highlights

Ms. United States 2011 Finalist Videos

Ms. United States Says Farewell in Home State of Virginia

On April 1, 2012, Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers crowned a 2012 state titleholder, Khia Moon of Portsmouth, Virginia. Laura will continue to represent the United States through early July. The national pageant will be held in Washington, D.C. on July 8, 2012. 
"Sofia Vergara said 'I've lived a life full of things I never thought I could achieve. It takes effort and sacrifice, but why not risk trying to be better?' 
Being a titleholder is just that - achievement, effort, sacrifice, risk, and the opportunity to be a better woman and to build a better America. One year ago, at the age of 31, I thought I had accomplished quite a few amazing things. I had been an NFL cheerleader for two teams. I started a company working in an industry I love. I had traveled to eight countries to support the United States military. I was content with love, friendship, and family. Then along came Chris Wilmer, and before I knew it, I entered my very first pageant and was crowned the 2011 Ms. Virginia United States.

When I first walked the stage as Ms. Virginia United States, I knew the title would provide a platform for positive influence, one that I embraced while representing the "Let's Move" organization. I knew that I had been given a true honor to represent a state of distinguished history. I knew that I would be challenged to stand, pose, speak and dress my very best for the next year. I knew I would visit many cities, shake hands with governors and senators, and stand alongside other pageant queens. What I did not yet understand was that I was not walking alone. The "Virginia Queens" family - Chris, Ashley Squared, Shania, Jeff, Chantel, Steve, Lucinda, Kyle, and Alice - to name a few - made the experience unforgettable. And being crowned Ms. United States in Las Vegas was most blissful because I shared the moment with my sister queens and this new family.

As I walk my final steps as Ms. Virginia United States, my crown symbolizes that achievement has no expiration date. I wish the very best to the 2012 titleholders and humbly thank you for the opportunity to represent this great state."

Congratulations to the new state titleholders in Virginia! Learn more on Facebook. Learn more about the Miss United States organization on their website.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ms. United States to Crown 2012 Ms. Virginia on Sunday, April 1

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers will crown her state successor on Sunday, April 1 in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia delegates will also be crowned for Miss Junior Teen, Miss Teen, and Miss.

Meet 2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers, 2011 Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield and 2011 Miss United States Ashley Smith at the following dinner reception:

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm
Richmond Marriott West
Bistro 64 Restaurant
4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060

The annual Virginia United States pageant is open to the public during the following segments:

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:00pm
Swimwear Competition

Richmond Marriott West - Commonwealth Ballroom
4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060
$15.00 Admission, Cash only

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 6:00pm
National Directors Fashion Show
Richmond Marriott West - Commonwealth Ballroom
4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Ms. United States will serve as a judge
$10.00 Admission, Cash only

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2:00pm
Evening Gown Competition and Finals
Scottish Rite Auditorium
4204 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
$20.00 Admission, Cash only

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ms. United States to Appear as Arena Football Game Emcee

For the third season, Ms. United States Laura Eilers prepares to step on the field as the Richmond Raiders arena football game day emcee.

Raiders Professional Indoor Football League games are held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evenings: March 10, March 24, April 14, May 5, May 19 and June 16. Eilers also serves as the Lady Raiders Dance & Cheer Team Coordinator and Choreographer. Eilers was an NFL Cheerleader for two teams and has appeared in multiple radio and television advertisements.

Learn more and purchase tickets at the Raiders website.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ms. United States is Featured Presenter at Feb. 19 Virginia Women's Expo

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers has been selected as a featured presenter at the Virginia Women's Expo taking place in Richmond on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

During Laura's stage presentation on Sunday at 12:00 noon, attendees can learn the "Move Your Body" routine to promote health and wellness at all ages, then listen to an exclusive presentation regarding the secrets of a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Ms. United States and other pageant representatives will be on hand throughout the weekend, including another stage show on Sunday at 3:00pm with Virginia Bride Magazine. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Sunday, February 19, 2012
Virginia Women's Expo 
Richmond Convention Center
403 North Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Meet representatives of the United States pageant throughout the weekend at booths 1032-1034 near the Entertainment Stage 
Visit the event website
Sunday Entertainment Stage Schedule: 12:00-12:25pm Learn the "Move Your Body" fitness routine by Ms. United States 
12:30-12:45pm Ms. United States and Lady Raiders Coordinator Laura Eilers presents on health and wellness 
1:00-5:00pm Meet Ms. United States at booths 1032-1034
3:00-4:00pm Virginia United States title holders and 2012 pageant contestants model in the Virginia Bride Magazine fashion show
About Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers:
Laura Eilers (Richmond, Va.) is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor of arts in Public Communication. She is recognized nationally for her contribution to the cheer, dance and fitness industry. After working for Universal Dance Association as a high school camp instructor, Laura cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams, visiting seven countries to entertain the U.S. military. Laura was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders semifinalist and appeared on CMT’s “Making the Team.” Laura created Going Pro Entertainment, a nationwide agency comprised of pro cheer alumni, offering events, private coaching, choreography and other services. Laura has developed fitness and nutrition programming for Club KidFit St. Louis, i9 Cheerleading, J’adore Fit, Miss Virginia United States Pageant and more. During her reign, Laura will present at the national Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Directors Conference in Washington, DC, the NFL Cheerleaders Alumni Reunion in Las Vegas, throw the first pitch at a Kansas City Royals Baseball Game, emcee game day for Richmond Raiders arena football, and participate in multiple children’s and women’s fitness events.

About the Event:
Gather your gal pals and treat yourselves to the best local shopping, fashion, entertainment, food, travel, cosmetics and so much more at the Virginia Women's Expos. A new two-day event comes to the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 to celebrate women with an extensive array of entertainment, services, lots of shopping opportunities, information and fun. February is a great time for renewal, self care and fresh starts and that’s what the Virginia Women’s Expo is all about. We invite women of all ages to come and spend a day or two with us and recharge your batteries. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ms. United States to Appear at Feb. 11 DC Pro Dance Convention

Join Ms. United States Laura Eilers on Saturday, February 11, 2012 near Dulles Airport in Virginia.

Previously an NFL cheerleader for the Chiefs and the Rams, Laura cheered for six seasons and also became a semifinalist for the world famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Laura now directs the dance team for arena football in Richmond, Virginia, the "Lady Raiders" and serves on management teams for pro cheer businesses including Going Pro Entertainment and Angela King Designs Go Wild! Wear.

Visit the event website at DC Pro Dance Convention and see other events located across the United States at the Going Pro Entertainment event website.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Virginia United States Pageant to be Held March 30-April 1 in Richmond

Statement from Ms. Virginia United States 2011 Laura Eilers, now Ms. United States 2011:

Virginia's state pageant is just around the corner. I can't wait to meet the women vying to become Ms. Virginia United States. In early 2011, at the age of 31, I thought that I had "aged out" of the opportunity to participate in pageants, but then I learned of the Ms. United States pageant.

The United States pageant hosts four divisions: Junior Teen (age 13-15), Teen (age 16-19), Miss (age 20-29), and Ms (age 20-50 but allows for candidates to be previously married and have children). Having never entered a pageant, I trained for a few weeks and became Ms. Virginia United States. I stared at my new sash and crown and thought perhaps I did not belong to this "circle of winners." However, my state director Chris Wilmer and my new "sister queens" boosted my confidence, and the training to compete at nationals began.

One of the things that I find most special about the United States pageant, is that you share the experience with others. There is a welcoming environment throughout the state and national level competitions. When you have the opportunity to receive the crown, the other three state titleholders become your family. The four of you represent Virginia at many events and travel to the national contest together supporting "Team Virginia." I am blessed to say that I became the 2011 Ms. United States, crowned in July 2011 in Las Vegas. What made the experience even more special was seeing the amazing success of my sister queens, Miss Junior Teen Virginia Shania Weaver, earning second runner up to the national winner Florida's Olivia Caputo, and Miss Teen Virginia Ashley Greenfield and Miss Virginia Ashley Smith both standing alongside me as national titleholders on July 14, 2011.

Having just moved to Virginia in 2009, becoming a state titleholder allowed me to meet so many new people and focus on a charity that is very important to me. Supporting "Let's Move," the White House's campaign to combat childhood obesity, I have led workouts at countless events and organizations, spoken to classrooms, and educate others about my cause. I have appeared on television and radio programs, met important local and national politicians, and received endorsements from fitness, apparel and beauty companies. To me, the opportunity to become Ms. Virginia United States was never an option, it was an obvious next step to achieve my personal and professional objectives. I look forward to sharing this experience with the 2012 candidates.

Candidates should visit:
  • (Junior Teen, Teen and Miss divisions)
  • (Ms. division)
All single, never married, no children:
  • Junior Teen: age 13-15
  • Teen: age 16-19
  • Miss: age 20-29
Can be divorced or widowed, can have children
  • Ms: age 20-50
Did You Know?
  • ...the national United States 2012 pageant will be in Washington, DC, allowing for reduced travel expenses for our Virginia winners and their friends / families?
  • ...the Virginia United States state level pageant is so well respected that 4-year state director Chris Wilmer was recently hired as the pageant national director? Chris is based in Charlottesville and will continue to have involvement coordinating the 2012 state pageant alongside interim state director Renee McNair.
  • 2011, Virginia set a historical record for the most number of national titleholders coming from one state in any national pageant? Miss Junior Teen Virginia Shania Weaver placed as second runner up, the crown being awarded to Miss Junior Teen Florida Olivia Caputo. Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield, Miss United States Ashley Smith and Ms. United States Laura Eilers were all from the state of Virginia.
  • ...that Laura Eilers, at the age of 31, had never competed in a pageant and became the 2011 Ms. Virginia United States and then was crowned the 2011 Ms. United States?
  • Virginia titleholders receive free pageant training from the best in the country, including Kyle Hagerty and Lucinda O'Reilly at About Face Salon in Crozet, Va., plus other prizes such as photography, attire and beauty products?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ms. United States Pageant to be July 8, 2012

The Miss United States organization has announced the 2012 pageant schedule to be held in the nation's capital Washington, D.C. The pageant includes four divisions of Junior Teen, Teen, Miss and Ms. United States. Delegates arrive on Tuesday, July 3, and the final pageant will take place on Sunday, July 8.

Miss United States Organization Website

2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers will join her 2011 titleholders to lead the festivities. The week's schedule will include the following events open to the public:
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2012 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill
  • Thursday, July 5, 2012 Major League Baseball - San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
  • Friday, July 6, 2012 Fashion Show and Swimwear Preliminaries
  • Saturday, July 7, 2012 Evening Gown Preliminaries
  • Sunday, July 8, 2012 Pageant Finals
Interested pageant delegates should visit the website to enter at their prospective state level. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lady M Swimwear Congratulates Ms. United States 2011

Michael St. George, designer of Lady M Swimwear, congratulates the 2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers with a tribute to the titleholder on his homepage.

In the 2011 Ms. United States national pageant in Las Vegas, Eilers wore the "Bibi" two-piece in lime green. This style is accented rhinestone embellishment.

"I instantly loved the way Lady M felt and looked on my figure. The style needed no alterations and appeared beautifully on stage," commented Eilers after the pageant.

Lady M Swimwear is dedicated to providing the best quality pageant swimwear at affordable prices. Well respected designer, Michael Valley-St. George has been designing for the Bridal and Pageant Industry since 1983, with his designs featured in such magazines as Marie Claire, Bride’s Magazine, Modern Bride, Super Models Unlimited, Your Prom, Prom Time and Pageantry Magazine. His swimwear designs have graced virtually every major pageant runway from coast-to-coast. Using the finest quality fabrics and imported trims, including Swarovsky embellishments, Michael brings the highest quality designs to the Pageant Community. The Michael St. George line of interview knitwear is unsurpassed for quality and fit. Lady M Swimwear and Michael St. George knits are available in many of the finest pageant shops across the country.

Ms. United States to Appear in Virginia Bride Fashion Show on Jan. 8

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers will appear in the Virginia Bride Magazine fashion show in Fredericksburg on Sunday, January 8, 2011. 

In the 2012 spring issue, Eilers appears alongside Miss United States Ashley Smith and Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield. Magazine issues will be available at local bridal shops and other retailers in January. Photographs were taken in Buena Vista, Virginia, wearing gowns by Becky's Bridal.

The Hospitality House and Conference Center Hotel Central Park
Fredericksburg, Virginia 
Sunday, January 8, 2012
1:00-4:00pm (Fashion show at 3:00pm)

Welcome to Virginia Bride Magazine
Welcome to Virginia Bride Magazine. I am proud to continue to offer the only regional bridal magazine that showcases local services for local brides from the Mountains to the beach, and from city to rural town. Virginia Bride continues to be a trusted bridal re- source covering the entire state of Virginia.

In our winter/spring 2012 issue you will find many helpful articles and tips on planning your perfect wedding.

Also in this issue is our largest fashion section yet including a haute couture shoot in quaint Buena Vista, (whatever name you came up for with the main shoot) shot on location in Colonial Williamsburg at The Governor’s Palace, and a celebrity fashion designer’s latest collection.
The venue features in this issue include a Victorian bed and breakfast in Charles City, a stunning chapel on Smith Mountain Lake and one of Virginia’s natural wonders; Natural Bridge.

Finally we have an extended destinations section in this issue showcasing three amazing resorts including The Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, NC, The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas and Scrub Island Resort in The British Virgin Islands. Our staff had the wonderful opportunity of visiting these three resorts! We cannot wait to share our experiences with you.

Each issue of Virginia Bride strives to give a Virginia Bride useful information to assist in planning the perfect Virginia Wedding.

Happy Wedding Day!

Angeline H. Frame, Publisher

Monday, January 2, 2012

20 Tips from Jon Gordon

I love to surround myself with positive people and positive messages. Just received a great newsletter from Jon Gordon!

20 Tips for a Positive New Year (Updated for 2012)
20121. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a "Thank You Walk." It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
4. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: "What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?" Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
5. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.
6. Remember that adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.
7. Don't chase success. Instead decide to make a difference and success will find you.
8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
11. Live with the 3 E's. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
12. Remember there's no substitute for hard work.
13. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. Remember that complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.
15. Read more books than you did in 2011. I happen to know of a few good ones. :)
16. Don't seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you. 
17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.