10 Celebrity Beauty Queens
10 Celebrity Beauty Queens
10 Celebrity Beauty Queens
Celebrities get their careers started in all kinds of different ways. Here's a list of stars that were beauty queens before they got their big break.


Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford


Before becoming a talk show host, Kathie Lee Gifford was Miss Maryland in America's Junior Miss Pageant.


Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
A little surprising Carrie Underwood came in 2nd in the Miss NSU beauty pageant.

However, we're not surprised that she won the talent portion with a rendition of the song 'Cold Day in July'.


Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
In 1988, Eva Longoria won the title of Miss Corpus Christi in her hometown.

The title included a prize to go to Los Angeles to compete in a talent show, which she later turned in to her big break.


Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Catwoman and Oscar winner Michelle Pfeiffer.

She was Miss Orange County in 1978.


Debra Messing
Debra Messing
As a teenager, Debra Messing was a beauty pageant veteran.

In 1986, she won Rhode Island's Junior Miss, the year she turned 18.


Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
At 17, Oprah Winfrey won Miss Black Tennessee, which attracted the attention of a local radio station who hired her to do the news part-time.


Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer


ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer proves beauty and brains can mix when she was America's Junior Miss.


Halle Berry
Halle Berry
Oscar winner Halle Berry was Miss Ohio USA in 1986 and was 1st runner up the Miss USA competition.

She later became the first African-American to represent the United States in the Miss World competition where she finished 6th.


Kelly Hu
Kelly Hu
Actress Kelly Hu was Miss Hawaii USA, Miss Hawaii Teen USA, and Miss Teen USA and 4th at the Miss USA competition.

She was awarded Miss Photogenic at the Miss USA competition by the judges.


Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
Before popping out chart topping hits, Vanessa Williams was the reigning Miss America.

She was later stripped of the title after nude pictures of her were published in 'Penthouse' magazine.