For decades there’s been a standard beauty pageant look- Aqua net hair, bright red lipstick and that too bright never fading smile. But in the last 10 years, a new image has emerged. The padded shoulders and brittle taffeta skirts have slowly been replaced with more current fashion designs including an evening gown created by Project Runway designer Kayne Gillespie.
This year, Miss Nevada-USA Georgina Vaughan will take the fashion focus all the way to haute couture with a wardrobe of designs by Lana Fuchs of Lana Fuchs Couture.
A Las Vegas resident since 1995, Lana Fuchs has designed one of a kind clothing worn by celebrities such as Paula Abdul and Meaghan Martin. And now she has created a weeks worth of looks for Georgina Vaughan including a fashion forward evening gown that is expected to help set the Las Vegas local apart from the other 50 Miss USA contestants.
“There’s such a mold of the typical pageant girl,” she says. “Being blond, people prejudge you.”
Lana Fuchs had a successful runway debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles in October 2008. She’s also been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, In Touch Weekly and 944.
The Miss USA Pageant will be televised live from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas on Sunday, April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Jessica Simpson, a frequent Las Vegas visitor, is one of those talented types who can’t seem to catch a break. As a pop singer she was constantly compared to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera – too voluptuous to be nice and not gritty enough to be naughty.
Her personal life has been the used as the source to create tabloid top sellers with pictures and stories of men who have, and who haven’t, spent time with her.
And now only months after settling into her single woman skin and stepping up to the country music mic, Simpson appears to be ending her foray into her musical roots. While she remains part of the Sony Music Group on the Epic label, Simpson is no longer involved with Sony Music Nashville. Lauren Auslander a former spokesperson for Simpson said, “She (Simpson) was on loan to Sony Nashville for her country album.”
Many fans believe that Simpson is a favorite target of the media and is often portrayed in a less than favorable light because of petty jealousy. In a recent interview, Rascal Flatts’ lead singer Gary Levox said Simpson ”..is in a spot where whatever she does, they pick her apart. They need to just leave her alone and just let her sing.”
“She’s a wonderfully gifted singer,” added bassist Jay DeMarcus. “All the other stuff overshadows what she’s really about and it’s unfortunate, because there’s more to her there than just tabloid fodder.”
It could be Jessica Simpson will spend her time in the spotlight being the blonde everyone loves to hate. But with her talent, it’s more likely, Las Vegas Backstage Access believes, that she’ll find a way to rebound like blonde archetype Madonna than fall into the archives like Taylor Dayne.