Still Chasing the Crown: Queens

Still Chasing the Crown: Queens

"I think about pageants almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because it started off as a hobby, and it's turned into a job," says Jennifer. She hosts Pageant Talk International, an Internet radio show about pageants. "You name it, we talk about it."



ennifer says that she will wear her crown and banner anywhere, including public appearances and parades. "There have even been times I've been practicing around the house wearing my heels. Sometimes, my kids will even jump in and give me advice," she shares.


Jennifer's son offers her a tip. "Maybe when you come out and you do the little hip thing, maybe you should do that one more time at the end," he says.


Pageantry became a hobby for Jennifer on a whim. "I had just been diagnosed with Lupus. I sat around the house being depressed, and I remembered that I watched a pageant on TV. I just ki

nd of sat up one day and said, ‘You know what? I can do this,'" she recalls. "When I competed in Mrs. Arizona, although I didn't win, the pageant bug bit me, and I wanted to keep going and going." She has since earned the top prize. "I won, by unanimous vote, the Mrs. Congeniality Award, and I won the coveted Pageantry Magazine Spirit Award. It was probably one of the happiest times of my life. It just gave me the drive to go forward and do more."

Jennifer competed in her first pageant in 2006 and since then, has participated in six others. Referring to Jennifer's radio show, Dr. Phil asks her, "Do you have a lot of listeners?"

"Yes, we do," she replies. "It's on the Internet every Wednesday, live at 3:00 p.m."

Dr. Phil asks her if she teases her family members by wearing her sash and crown in public.

She explains that as a joke, she wore them to pick up her parents at the airport. "They were a little embarrassed," she says of her family.

Dr. Phil introduces Sharon, a former crown holder who's now ready to start competing again because she wants a national title. Her husband, Steve, shares his concern. "How am I going to help her cope when she reaches a point when she feels she can no longer do the pageants anymore?"

"I understand that women go to pageants for their platform and all of that, but it's a lot about beauty," Dr. Phil says to Sharon.

"It is very much about beauty," she says. "For me, it's just being well-rounded as a person and loving life."

"There will come a point where you're not competitive, right?" Dr. Phil asks.


"I will always be competitive," she says.


"I mean when you get some miles on you, and there are younger contestants there, and so it might be difficult to really be in contention to win," Dr. Phil points out. "What do you say to yourself at that point? You've got to keep it in balance along the way."

"You do," Sharon agrees. "I keep everything in check."

Dr. Phil introduces another competitor, Shelly, who is trying to talk her husband into buying her liposuction. "Some judges told you that you were a little chunky," he says.

Shelly recalls, "She said, ‘Shelly, you need to get that weight off.'"


"If you can just sign up and get a crown and a sash, we could all be queens," Dr. Phil joshes.