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|Kimberly Sue Williamson, 23, who was Miss Illinois Teen USA 2000, died Dec. 27, 2004, in Knoxville, Tenn., where she had lived and worked for the past few years. She was a certified gemologist and host of a jewelry-related TV program in Knoxville. Ms. Williamson, who competed in the 2000 Miss Teen USA Pageant in Shreveport, La., but didn't place among the semi-finalists, was buried in her hometown of Bloomington, Ill., where she was a high school athlete, model and beauty queen.|
Traci Clemens, Mrs. Rhode Island America 2004, gave birth to twin girls, Cassidey and Kendall, on Dec. 22, 2004. She and her husband, Joseph, live in the Providence area with the twins and three other children, Tyler, Kielly and Sidney. Mrs. Clemens competed at the Mrs. America Pageant while six months pregnant.
Denise "Dee" Henderson, 44, who was Mrs. Minnesota International 1999 and Mrs. Iowa International 2001, has been sentenced to four years in prison for collecting Social Security disability benefits while not legitimately disabled. She was convicted in August 2004 and will begin her sentence in January 2005. Mrs. Henderson, who has maintained she was in pain during the period in question, also must make restitution in the amount of $193,000. Some of her active life as a beauty queen was pointed to by prosecutors during her trial.
Tiffany Fallon, who was Miss Georgia USA 2001 and second runner-up at Miss USA, is the December 2004 Playmate of the Month in Playboy magazine. On Nov. 17, 2004, she returns in style to Atlanta, signing autographs at Joe Muggs Newsstand in Buckhead from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On the Web: Erika Ebbel, Miss Massachusetts 2004, is featured in Mass High Tech, the Journal of New England Technology, in autumn 2004. The article discusses how the versatile Ms. Ebbel, a beautiful, internationally known pianist, uses her expertise in science to broaden the horizons of children.
Miss Massachusetts 2004, Erika Ebbel, will join other celebrities and TV personalities at a celebrity fashion show to benefit The Angel Fund on Nov. 11, 2004, at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, Mass. Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit The Angel Fund, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the investigation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, at the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Miss America 2005, Deidre Michelle Downs, formally launched her platform, "Curing Childhood Cancer," on Nov. 9, 2004, from New York University's Medical Center in New York City. She is the official national spokeswoman for CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. She is also a future pediatrician.
Shanna Moakler, an actress who was the second Miss USA 1995 (following Chelsi Smith's elevation to Miss Universe) has married Travis Barker of the musical group Blink-102. She has been romantically linked in the past to boxer Oscar de la Hoya and actor Dennis Quaid.
Tiffini Limahai, better known as Tiffini Hercules, who was Miss Hawaii USA 1998, has pleaded guilty to drug possession in a Hawaiian court. She and her husband were arrested at their Kailua home in September 2004 and were described by authorities as drug traffickers. The state can accept her plea or prosecute further.
Kandice Pelletier, a Rockette who is Miss Greater New York City, appeared on the Sunday version of NBC's "Today" program on Nov. 7, 2004, with other Rockettes. She is a former National Sweetheart.
A former South Carolina beauty queen and a roommate were slain in a home invasion in Napa, Calif., on the night of Oct. 31, 2004, according to police. Leslie Ann Mazzara, 26, who was Miss Williamston and competed for the Miss South Carolina title in summer 2002, died along with Adriane Michelle Insogna, also 26, a county employee. A third roommate escaped and alerted authorities. The slayings are under investigation.
Janet Ray Bierer, Ms. Montana America Ambassador, appeared at a Planned Parenthood charity event on Oct. 23, 2004, with famous sex author Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The two were the guests of honor. Ms. Bierer describes herself as a rare "pro-choice" pageant queen (a supporter of legal abortion).
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