MEET YOUR DIRECTORS
JEAN AND RHONDA
Rhonda is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in Business Administration. Her husband of 29 years, is a local judge, part time pastor and writer, who has written two novels. They are the proud parents of a 27 year old daughter that is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
Rhonda has been involved in the pageant field for over 39 years as a contestant, pageant shop owner, coach and state director. She is a former Alabama’s Perfect Teen (1982), Miss Alabama Teen All American (1983) and Miss Alabama USA 1987. She has judged numerous pageants, including several Miss USA state pageants. In 1998, she began taking photos of her titleholders and has become a highly regarded photographer. She is the Official Photographer for the Mrs. America and Mrs. World Competitions. If you would like to make an appointment for a photoshoot call her on her cell phone – 205-616-6655. Her website address is: www.gilliamphotography.com
She has directed the Mrs. Alabama America pageant for 26 years. In that time, under her guidance, Alabama has had several Mrs. America finalists and four Mrs. America titleholders, three of which were third alternate to Mrs. World. Her Alabama titleholder placements are: Four Mrs. Americas, One 2nd Alternate, One Third Alternate, One Fourth Alternate, One Top 15, Four Top 10’s, One Photogenic, One Mrs. Congeniality, One Dream Body Award Winner and Three Third Alternates at Mrs. World and One Mrs. World Dream Body Award Winner.
She also was a State Director for the Miss Universe Organization which was owned by Mr. Donald Trump and is now owned by WME | IMG. She directed the Miss USA and Teen USA Pageants for the state of Alabama for 19 years, Arkansas for 6 years and Mississippi for 9 years. Her titleholders received two first runner up awards, two second runner up awards, one third runner up award, several semi-finalist, photogenic and congeniality awards.
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Jean Garrett, Rhonda’s Mother, is a retired entrepreneur. She believes the work ethic and discipline required to be successful in pageants can be applied to reaching any goal you have in life. Their love of pageants has inspired a 42 year ongoing adventure into many different areas of pageantry. The question I have been most asked is "How did you get involved with pageants and why in the world do you produce them?" My answer is always that I have seen how the preparation for a pageant leads to life lessons learned. The preparation for a pageant requires learning interview skills, inspires a fitness routine, stage presence, grooming and walking practice and an overall attention to detail.
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