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Miss Nevada Pageant | Casablanca Resort and Casino | July 3, 2012 | 2:58 p.m.

Being backstage at a pageant is not glamorous. That’s why I love it. The women and girls vying for Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen last Tuesday didn’t have spacious dressing rooms and fruit platters awaiting them backstage at the Casablanca Resort in Mesquite. The Miss contestants crowded into two hot dressing rooms, leaving all the Teen contestants vying for mirror space in what looked like a supply closet for the tech crew. Despite the dressing room conditions, the contestants still managed to look beautiful and put-together onstage. There was no backstage sabotage, only the sharing of hairspray, helpful assistance with fake eyelash applications, hugs, support and general camaraderie. I must admit, I felt a tiny swelling of Nevada pride just watching.

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