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For the love of the pageant

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By Kirsten Laskey

Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

Next year, Lopez will again put on a sash, and hopefully the crown, in the Mrs. International 2010, which will be held July 13-18.

The competition will include all 50 states and seven international countries. Contestants will compete in an interview session, which is 50 percent of the score, as well as model fitness wear, which is 25 percent of the score, and model an evening gown, which is another 25 percent of the score.   

Lopez entered the competition at her husband, Joseph’s, encouragement. He saw information about the pageant and told her to pursue it.

Lopez explained she has a real passion for pageants. She has watched the competitions since she was a little girl.


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