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PUBLISHED: 4:24 PM on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Juneau girl to take the stage at pageant

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  Charlotte Brown has her eyes set on nationals in Florida.
Charlotte Brown, 12, placed in the pre-teen title in the Miss Alaska American Coed Pageant, which was held June 29-July 1, at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage. The achievement earned her an invitation to the national competition in November in Florida.

Charlotte's father Jason Brown said this was his daughter's third pageant, and she started two years ago after friends told her about the pageant.

"She saw how much her role could do for the community. She could be a good example for other girls her age," Jason said.

To attend the state pageant, Charlotte raised $1,500. The categories she competed in included talent, speech, photo, spirit and personality. Jason made Charlotte's outfits for the sportswear and formal categories. Having no prior sewing experience, Jason said he modeled Charlotte's blue sequence formal gown after a Barbie doll's dress.

"This was the first time I've tried anything like this. I looked at the little dress and studied it and all the pieces and then made a full-size version out of that. She didn't really tell me what she wanted. She just said her favorite color was blue," Jason said.

For sportswear Jason jazzed up a pair of jeans with glitter and studded gems. He also studded a kitten on her leather jacket, which was autographed by the pop singing group the Pussycat Dolls.

With only a few months before the national competition in Florida, Charlotte is now working toward her new fund-raising goal - to raise $12,000 to earn the title of National Cover Girl.

Hotel expenses for the week of the contest will be paid for by the pageant if Charlotte earns that title. Jason said he plans to sell business card ads to businesses to help Charlotte with her goal.

Business card ads cost $60 each, with 10 cards allotted to a page. He said selling 200 cards would amount to $12,000 - and earn Charlotte National Cover Girl status.

Jason said he is also using his service as an Elvis impersonator to raise funds for Charlotte's trip to the pageant. He was planning on attending a national Elvis conference this year, but has decided to opt out this year.

"Maybe I'll go next year, but all of my concentration and focus is on Charlotte's pageant," Jason said.

"The director of the state pageant said Alaska has never had a National Cover Girl. This would be a big accomplishment for Charlotte to be the first. Also with already having earned something, the pressure will be off of her and she can just go there and have fun. I hope she gets two crowns the next time."

To make a donation, send e-mail to Charlotte Brown at missalaskapre-teen2006@hotmail.com or call Jason Brown at 321-2514.


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