Over the course of some five hours, the Miss Nevada United States organization held pageants in the ballroom of the Southpoint Hotel in Las Vegas on May 4, 2014. A total of seven titles were awarded in various age groups. But the premier title, the one the organization is named for, went to Lisa Song Sutton.
In a day in which several noted Las Vegas models competed for titles, it is perhaps fitting that the most successful model of them all won the most prestigious crown. Lisa Sutton largely paid for her university education working as a commercial model and in television commercials. The experience showed, as she had the confidence and poise you would expect from a pageant winner.
But it would be a shame to think of Lisa as “a model” or “an actress”. In a pageant system that values community service and achievement, Lisa Sutton is literally made for the title.
Lisa, the daughter of an American military retiree and Korean mother, brought her parents sense of hard work, education and self-reliance to her entire life. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in political science, and a law degree from Miami just started her on her path. She moved to Las Vegas, became a vice president of a local law firm while still in her early twenties. Many people would be happy to have accomplished that much.
But Lisa is an entrepreneur at heart. Working for other people in a corporation, even doing what she was trained to do, isn't where her heart is at. She wants to be out inventing, building, making her own mark on the world. That is, be exactly what a pageant queen ought to be: aggressively creating and advancing the brand.
Lisa took on new adventures: the tastiest of them as a partner in Sin City Cupcakes, which uses a proprietary process to infuse alcohol into cupcake fillings. The product is sold through local casinos, restaurants and bars, and make an appearance at local events and in food trucks throughout Las Vegas. Her most recent endeavor is luxury swimwear distributor, Liquid & Lace: Bikinis For A Cause. Liquid & Lace, in collaboration with its charitable partners, provides community donations for every piece sold. She is also vice president of business development for a local commercial real estate holding group, and she is a licensed luxury listing specialist with Sotheby's International Realty.
But it's in community service that she makes her mark. She has volunteered with numerous charitable organizations and currently serves on the board of the Fundamental Elements Foundation, which supports facilitating help to women and children in their time of need.
The slide show accompanying this article contains pictures of the event.