Kimberly Vaughn. Pageant Consultant. Professional Model, Former Mrs. Georgia America. Dior Mavens

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“As a former teacher, helping young women receive scholarships for their education through pageantry has been very rewarding. I believe education is the key to success.”

Kimberly Vaughn

Pageant Consultant, Professional Model, Former Mrs. Georgia America, Mrs. Georgia International, and Ms. American Woman Van Nuys, California Toccoa, Georgia. Currently residing in Marietta, Georgia.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education.

Former Spokesperson, Board Member, and Advocate for the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. Presently I focus my work for the foundation on charitable fundraising in Atlanta.

Who are your biggest influencers?  My influencers are two dear friends. Russell Kirby and Stella Bailey. Russell Kirby is the Atlanta Franchise Director of the Miss Atlanta Program and Outstanding Teen Pageant. He also teaches social studies while volunteering his time to the Miss Atlanta Program. Russell coordinates mock interviews each month for his five titleholders. He serves as both a mentor, and a friend, to the titleholders and their families, as they prepare to go to Miss. Georgia America. Russell and I are bonded by our passion for pageantry and service. As educators, we also share a passion for social studies and Georgia history. I have been so thankful for what he has taught me from a leadership perspective. I’ve also felt thankful to be a sponsor for the Atlanta franchise while coaching Russell’s titleholders.

Stella Bailey is a master communicator and like me, a Georgia bulldog. She was my pageant interview coach when I competed for both Mrs. Georgia America and Mrs. Georgia International. I credit her for helping me realize my dream of winning both titles. I have two younger sisters and I was always the big sister. In so many ways, Stella has become the big sister I always wanted. She has two sons like me and was an excellent source of sound parenting advice to me. Since I began pageant consulting twenty years ago, and to this day, Stella and I are a great team. My clients and I are appreciative of her ability to see interviewing as an opportunity to connect and express one’s authentic self.

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Three things about me: I am tenacious, creative and compassionate.

What fuels your drive?  Young people, and particularly goal oriented young women, fuel my drive. To inspire young ladies to reach for their goals and help them to become the best version of themselves, is what motivates me as a pageant consultant. As a former teacher, helping young women receive scholarships for their education through pageantry has been very rewarding. I believe education is the key to success.

An exciting project you are working on: A project I am presently working on is a dual fundraiser for Camp Kudzu and the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. It will be the end of November, at my husband’s law firm Nelson Mullins. It will be a joint birthday celebration. My Atlanta Best Self magazine cover winner sister, Lynn McDonald, is turning 50 at the end of December and I am turning 60 in early November. We are asking our friends to celebrate our milestones with us by donating to our favorite causes.  It should be fun and will hopefully raise funds for the causes we hold near and dear to our hearts!

Books you’ve enjoyed and what did you take away? The Dance of the Sandpipers is a book that I recently read. My friend since college and bridesmaid Nancy Vason is the author. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor. Her book shares how her faith in God sustained her through her journey. Nancy has always been a beach lover and uses the sea as the setting for her journey, and shares to the reader how God has been the source of her hope and healing during her cancer journey.

I look forward to reading a book I recently purchased while visiting Barnsley Gardens museum during our 40th wedding anniversary trip. “The Illustrious Dream”, is written by a descendent of the Barnsleys- Clent Coker who took my husband on a tour of the museum. The book presents a unique picture of life in the Old South. Having studied and taught history, I look forward to learning more about the grand estate in North Georgia, which according to our tour guide and author, has a past of romance, mystical legends, and historical significance.

What's been your most successful approach in building business relationships? Along with a solid reputation of responsive service, the best way to grow a business is through word of mouth.  The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, rings particularly true in my business. Thanks to social media, a posting of a photo of a client winning a title and wearing a crown is the absolute best advertisement for my business.

What are the lessons you've gained that have profoundly shifted your direction in business? The greatest lesson I have learned is to trust my God given instincts. When I do, my pageant consulting business thrives. I see my coaching as a reflection of myself, and when I walk in confidence knowing that fact, the results are outstanding. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses has allowed me to collaborate as an effective team member with other consultants. Over the years I have learned to adapt my instruction to emerging trends while focusing my energy on what I most personally enjoy, which is teaching confidence, stage presence, and modeling.

What are the pressing goals that you'd like to accomplish? My goals do not change, they stay constant, no matter if it is the beginning, middle, or end of the year. My main objective is to be responsive to my clients, provide them with the tools that they need to be successful, and to hold a space for them throughout their personal journey.

Your mantra? My mantra is to take it one day at a time. I try to live each day to the fullest and to live in the moment.

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What type of digital magazine or periodicals do you enjoy? Having been a former Atlanta’s Best Self cover winner, I frequently check not only Atlanta’s Best Self digital magazine but also Best Self’s East Cobb edition.

Favorite spots to frequent for business connections? My favorite business place to visit is wherever one of my state titleholders are competing for a national or international title. This year I enjoyed Orlando as well as Charleston, WV. In fact, my client Kaylee Ewing, Miss Georgia International was crowned Miss International this summer in West Virginia!

Samsung or Apple? I really miss my old flip phone, but I love taking pictures with my I phone 8!

What do I do for fun? For fun, I enjoy being with my family, decorating my home seasonally especially Christmas, cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and tailgating with college friends, going to both the beach and the mountains, circuit training, and visiting new places. Last summer my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Paris!

Favorite Dior product? I absolutely love the Dior lipsticks! They have intense, and beautiful colors that last all day.

What legacy do you want to leave behind? My greatest legacy is my two sons, Davis and Langston. Davis is presently a therapist, consultant, and speaker in private practice in East Cobb. Langston works in Buckhead for AON, a global risk management company. I am so lucky that both have stayed in the Atlanta area and are in fields that involve serving others. Professionally, I have found tremendous gratitude in witnessing the changes in my clients as they have grown and matured over the years. Seeing them walk into successful careers with new families has brought much joy.

Interviewed by: Maryan Aiken. Publisher. Founder. CEO. CityBox Media. Listening to Spotify. Lemon. N.E.R.D. Rihanna

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