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
"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."
Shelly recalls, "She said, â€˜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.