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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They pay attention when she strides down the Juvenile Hall corridor in her military fatigues--her jaw set, the jangle of her lockdown keys and the sound of her jump boots echoing off the stark concrete-block walls. They pay attention when she strolls across the ballroom runway in her silk chiffon gown--a million-dollar smile on her face, a jeweled crown shimmering on her head, and applause and cheers ringing in her ears. People pay attention to Venus Marie Manuel.
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January 28, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lights were dimmed, the audience held its breath and the master of ceremonies ripped open the envelope. On a card inside was the name of the new People's Miss Johannesburg--"Nani Mokoena!" A crown was placed on the tall black model's head and photographers snapped pictures of her holding the keys to the Opel Kadette she had won. It was the happiest moment in 20-year-old Nani Mokoena's life. But by the next day, her warm glow was gone. Pageant officials said there had been a misunderstanding.
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Girls in Colombia dream of growing up to be queen. They imagine hearing their names being called and walking down the runway to be crowned queen of rice, queen of the sea, queen for a harvest or a day. "Every girl wants to be queen, even if it's queen of the house," quips Angie Melissa Arbelaez, Miss Choco 1997. "It's very obsessive here," says anthropologist Maria Victoria Uribe, Miss Bogota 1968. "There are more beauty contests here. . . . There are millions of queens."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
She's tall, she's blond, she's smart--and now that she's royalty, Christina Leanne Farrell won't have to walk. The 17-year-old senior was named the 81st Rose Queen on Tuesday and will reign over the last Rose Parade of the 20th century atop a float. Last year, Farrell walked the parade in the Arcadia High School marching band. "I'm just really shocked. It's so overwhelming," said Farrell, a National Honor Society member. "I first decided I wanted to be queen when I was 5."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1993 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old Arcadia High School senior who plans to study history in college was chosen Tuesday as queen of the 105th Rose Parade, emerging from a field of seven finalists. When her name was announced in ceremonies at tournament headquarters in Pasadena, Erica Beth Brynes huddled emotionally for a minute with her six princesses. Then, straightening her tiara, she accepted a bouquet of roses and stood gamely at attention for a battalion of photographers and television cameras.
NEWS
September 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Miss Hawaii, Carolyn Suzanne Sapp, was crowned Miss America early today. Sapp smiled, wept and then knelt to receive her crown before walking down the runway waving to the crowd, blowing kisses and at one point pumping her fist in victory. Sapp, 24, of Honolulu, is the first contestant from her state to become Miss America. Miss New York, Marisol Montalvo, 23, of Holbrook, was first runner-up.
NEWS
December 15, 1993 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-four young women in white shorts, red tops and white high heels rehearse a musical number in the lunchroom of Shively Elementary School. The dance begins well enough but soon deteriorates into a mess of missteps, confusion and laughter. "Girls!" The voice comes from choreographer Lynne Ashway. "We have one more week to pageant," she says in the slow but forceful tone of a fifth-grade teacher--which she is. "It's getting kind of panicky, isn't it?
SPORTS
January 2, 1994 | KIRBY LEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a lot of pain in hopes of financial gain, but the investment is worth it for Kelly McColgan, who has dreams of pursuing a career in modeling after appearing in Playboy and Swimwear Illustrated. McColgan, a 25-year-old Hermosa Beach resident, devotes an hour a day to aerobics and lifts weights five to six days a week. The payoff may come this month, when McColgan will be among a field of 175 contestants from 10 countries competing in the $100,000 Miss Galaxy contest in Kissimmee, Fla.
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