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Meet The Women Of "Pageant Wives"

12/26/2012

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Move over Toddlers and Tiaras, there's a new posse of pageant queens in town. But this time, rather than traffic in cute costuming and quirky pageant moms, these contestants are slightly more mature. Meet the women of Pageant Wives, TLC's new reality show about five married women in the Denver, Colorado, area who participate in the highly competitive Mrs. pageant circuit.

Cast members range from a pageant pro, who makes nearly 300 appearances annually, to a woman who's spent more than 25 years searching for a title, and a super competitive pageant director. 

There are dozens of "Mrs." pageants for married women, but the crown jewel of the circuit is the Mrs. America pageant, which began in 1978. Mrs. pageants were begun as an alternative to traditional Ms. pageants, which prohibited married women from participating (antiquated, right?).

Whether you love or hate the pageant system, you can't deny that these women are fun to watch! Don't miss Pageant Wives, debuting in 2013.

--Julie Gerstein

 

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