From beauty queen to Hollywood

Published On: Sep 26 2012 03:53:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Every aspiring celebrity has to start somewhere, and for certain stars that somewhere was the world of fake eyelashes, makeup and spray tans known as beauty pageants. Take a look at which stars were beauty queens first.

beauty queens - Oprah Winfrey
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Miss Black Tennessee

Oprah Winfrey got her start in pageants by winning Nashville's Miss Fire Prevention contest in 1971, following that up a year later by winning the Miss Black Tennessee pageant and competing in the Miss Black America competition.

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