Beauty pageants have been around for a long period time. The various aspects of these pageants have helped many people be able to accomplish their dreams as well as have the opportunity to make a name for themselves. Before they were famous, many of your favorite celebrities competed in many pageants and competitions. Their winnings in these pageants gave them the motivation, as well as the funds, to follow their entertainment industry dreams. Here’s a list of a few well-known names that have competed in pageants.

Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer used her scholarship winnings from the 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant to fund her college education. She is now one of the most respected journalists of our generation.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the first African American to win the title of Miss America in 1983. However, she lost her title after nude photo scandal.

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