Crown Jewel

Beauty, brains and talent make for a triple threat. There’s no denying that Kelsey Moore, a 6-foot-2, volleyball playing blonde bombshell, deserved the crown as Miss Texas USA 2010. In an exclusive to Brilliant, the drop-dead gorgeous gal reveals how she survived the runway and finally learned how to walk in heels.

Why did you decide to compete in Miss Texas USA?

I won Miss El Paso USA in June, which is a qualifier for the state competition. I had to decide whether or not I was going to compete because I would be missing a volleyball tournament for Miss Texas USA.

What kind of training and preparation does the pageant entail?

More than I had anticipated. Thankfully, I was in good physical shape from volleyball, which includes many workouts a week. I had to practice walking in my swimsuit every night leading up to the competition, review possible interview questions and the fun things girls do to beautify.

Did the big day of the pageant go smoothly or were there any unexpected bumps in the road?

I know my swimsuit lining was showing, one of my evening gown earrings fell out at one point on stage, and a stray ribbon was hanging from my evening gown even when I won.

How has winning the pageant affected other areas of your life?

My day-to-day life has not changed too much. I still look like an athlete most of the time, especially at school. I always enjoy a good challenge and being Miss Texas USA definitely gave me one.

Who have been your biggest supporters throughout the process?

The two most supportive people have been my mother, Diana, and the Miss El Paso director, Laura Rayborn. I love that my mom is so proud of me, and without my second mom, Laura, I would have been lost.

What is one thing you’ll never forget about your reign as Miss Texas USA?

I will never forget the feeling of stepping out of my comfort zone and being able to be such a positive influence in the lives of others around my community and state.

Who are your favorite designers, and how would you describe your sense of style?

Rock and Republic, Tory Burch, Roberto Cavalli, and True Religion. I like to mix a little bit of glam, classic, and hippie style.

OK, dish. Do you have any celebrity crushes?

Channing Tatum is, hands down, my crush. It’s too bad I’m taller than him.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

I would like to have dinner with Jesus Christ and President Obama and the other person would have to be my grandmother on my father’s side who passed away when I was seven.

What is your all time favorite movie?

I never stop laughing at How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Kate Hudson is absolutely adorable.

Which TV shows are your guilty pleasures?

I don’t have the TV schedule or TiVo for weekly shows, but I watch ESPN and more often Fox News Channel. I absolutely love the discussion of issues that affect our country and the world.

Outside of pageants, how do you like to spend your free time?

Sports consume a good portion of my life. I enjoy volleyball, basketball, football and I have recently started running again. Aside from being active, I am very social and love being outside and around people.

Are you more of a girly girl or a tomboy?

I have always described myself as a tomboy. To be honest, I have only become comfortable in heels within the last year or two. But, don’t get me wrong, I like keeping up my appearance even when on the court.

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STORY: Stephanie Marichal
Photo courtesy of Arthur Garcia for Select Studios in Houston