February 26, 2010

National American Miss on the Pageantry Magazine Podcast

NAM National Director Steve Mayes had a chance to talk with Pageantry Magazines Editor Carl Dunn on the Pageantry Podcast - Here's the write-up, click on the picture below to listen:

Growing Confidence: Pageantry interviews Steve Mayes, the national director of NAM. National American Miss has created a revolution in the pageant industry. How did they do it? In a relatively short time, NAM has experienced tremendous growth. This program goes beyond performance, beyond awards, and beyond one winner. It is innovatively designed to build life skills and grow confidence in each and every participant.

NAM is perhaps best known nationwide as a recognized leader of the natural "no makeup" movement in pageantry for younger participants. Through an age-appropriate focus for all age levels, a concert-level stage and light production, and top notch judging, National American Miss has set new standards and inspiration for all of pageantry. The noticeably different feel of a NAM event, the documented improvement that the participants have had at school; everything says that this is something new, and could be the new face of pageantry as we know it.

February 25, 2010

NAM State Directors with Alexa Vernon

We love our families at the pageant! I was just e-mailed these two pictures from one of our Indiana families. This is Alexa Vernon who has been with NAM since 2004 with myself and my wife Megan. We are super proud to be the directors for Indiana!

February 23, 2010

NAM Miss Illinois helps with Haiti Relief at home

Saturday, January 23, 2010 people gathered at Youth 1st Counseling Services/ Metropolitan Family Services, both of Roseland, along with DCFS to collect and sort donations for displaced Haitian children that were being relocated to Chicago. Among those volunteering was your
2009 Miss Illinois Princess Imani Muse.

Her Saturday morning was spent helping others in need. People started dropping off donations early that morning and Imani and others got to work. After the donations were separated into piles, they were then folded and packed to be shipped to the different locations throughout Chicago!

February 18, 2010

San Diego SuperCross 2010 & NAM Miss California Jr. Pre-Teen Olivia Jensen

San Diego Super Cross 2010 Rookie Ryan Dungey and Miss California Jr. Pre-Teen NAM Olivia Jensen shared the rainy afternoon chatting it up in Ryan's pit. Olivia says "This is my all time favorite super cross rider by far and was so excited to be invited to share in the event as a VIP of Ryan's.

I also had the opportunity to chat with the pit crew members and Ryan about my community involvement, including receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award just a week ago. Team Suzuki was very interested in my efforts & awards they would like to support me in the walk for premature births. I Will keep you all post on the money I raise for The March of Dimes. Mark your calendars....April 23-25 is the date Balboa Park is the place. See you all there :-)"

February 9, 2010

Megan Alexander on Showbiz Tonight talking about body image

This is a video of two different clips from Showbiz Tonight where AJ Hammer and our favorite Inside Edition correspondent, Megan Alexander :-), are talking about the issue girls face today with body image. It's great to have someone out there in the media giving us some positive press about this topic - too often I feel like the message given to girls today is that they have to look a certain way to be successful; so not true!

I received a phone call just yesterday from a young lady who was interested in doing one of the National American Miss state events this year; she was worried that we would not allow her to compete because she has facial acne. On one hand it's hard to get those phone calls because it reminds me of the pressure girls face; on the other hand I'm glad to get those calls because I get to tell girls like her that no, you don't have to look a certain way to be in the NAM program! It's great to be able to tell girls that you are great just the way you are, don't change, be confident in who you are and how you look.

Take a listen and hear what Megan had to say during these interviews:

You can see Megan every night on Inside Edition, www.insideedition.com and frequently on Showbiz Tonight as well.

February 6, 2010

Straight from a NAM girl herself!

These e-mails always make me smile! I just got this from one of the girls in last year Miss Alabama NAM pageant:

Hello! This was my first year in NAMiss and I REALLY LOVED It!!! I made so many new friends, not only in the Jr. Teen category, but in the Pre-Teen and Teen too!! I loved meeting everyone!! Before NAMiss, I was the shy, quiet kid who was always to herself and never got up and spoke in front of the class or anyone. Since I participated in the Miss Alabama pageant, my confidence has risen and I'm not afraid to talk to anyone. I am ready to do it again this year!

That's what we are all about over here at NAM - it's so fun to hear the girls say it themselves. Have a great weekend everyone!

February 5, 2010

Some great pics from our NAM Picasa album!

I just uploaded a bunch of new pictures to my NAM Picasa albums. Here are a few of the pics from your Miss California Olivia Jensen at Nationals last year. Check out the albums over at http://picasaweb.google.com/nationalamericanmiss to see more!

February 4, 2010

I pulled a few fun pics from some of our NAM girls facebook pages. Check out the great picture of Katie Stam, last years Miss America, right after she was proposed to by her boyfriend! That's pretty cool! Great job to your Miss California, Taylor Longbrake, for hustling over to get a picture in the moment. (it's NAM paparazzi!)

There's a fun picture with three of your reigning Miss CA girls, Crystal Navarrete, Danielle Walker and Taylor Longbrake plus the big picture on the bottom is NAM Miss Indiana, Katie Marak. I just thought it was such an awesome photo of Katie Marak that I had to post it over here!

Check our our entire photo stream over on flickr at:

2-4-10 CA Queens at Miss America2-4-10 Miss American and the ring!2-4-10 Miss American and Taylor

2-4-19 Katie Marak

February 3, 2010

Megan Alexander's interview with Miss America

Megan Alexanders interview with the new Miss America, Caressa Cameron in NYC:


Catch another part of the interview on Inside Editions website: http://www.insideedition.com/videos.aspx?videoid=363

February 2, 2010

Megan Alexander with Miss America!

My wife, Megan Alexander, gets some pretty cool interviews with her job at Inside Edition; this morning she spent time with the new Miss America, Caressa Cameron from Virginia. You can see the full story tonight on Inside Edition - check http://www.insideedition.com/ for times in your city.

Megan said she even let her wear the crown.... but only for a minute! Here's a picture of Megan and Caressa in the Inside Edition studio's here in NYC.