From beauty queen to Hollywood

Published On: Sep 26 2012 03:53:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2014 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.

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While growing up in Meadville, Pa., "Basic Instinct" star Sharon Stone won the title of Miss Crawford County in 1976, and was a candidate for Miss Pennsylvania. One of the pageant's judges suggested she leave school to pursue a modeling career in New York City. The following year she did so and the rest is history.

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