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Miss California USA preliminary pageants now seeking contestants

Throughout Southern California beautiful women are being judged, and not just for their beauty - but for their on-stage presence in swimwear and evening gowns, and their answers to pageant interview questions. That's because preliminary pageants leading up to the Miss California USA competition have officially begun, with several local upcoming pageants now seeking contestants in the Los Angeles area and throughout the state of California.

Actress Halle Berry tops our list of celebrities who once competed for the title of Miss USA, and was awarded 1st runner-up in 1986.
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Cassandra Kunze will represent California at the Miss USA Pageant in June
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In just a few weeks the reigning Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze, will compete in the Miss USA 2014 pageant live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 8th on NBC. Should she will the title of Miss USA, her successor will take over the Miss California USA reign until January 11, 2015, when the new titleholder will be crowned in Long Beach. The winner will then go on to compete in the Miss USA 2015 pageant for a chance to represent the United States at Miss Universe 2015.

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Interested in becoming a contestant? Visit the Miss California USA recruiting events page for more information on how you can compete in the following upcoming preliminary pageants for a spot at the Miss California USA 2015 contest next January, and the opportunity to go on to the Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions next year.

Miss Greater San Fernando Valley - May 31, 2014
Miss Hispanidad International - June 8, 2014
Miss Santa Clarita Valley - June 13, 2014
Miss Hollywood and Miss Bel Air - June 22, 2014
Miss Malibu - August 2014 (TBD)
Miss Beverly Hills - August 24, 2014
Miss LA County and Miss Calabasas - September 28, 2014
Miss Central Coast - October 25, 2014
Miss Greater Ventura County - December 2014 (TBD)
Miss Santa Barbara County - December 2014 (TBD)

Other than cash prizes, there are many reasons why people compete in pageants including scholarships, modeling contracts, and just for fun. Many local celebrities and newscasters got their start in beauty pageants, many specifically in the Miss USA pageant system.

Photos: Hollywood celebrities who competed for the title of Miss USA

Although it is not a requirement to win a preliminary pageant to compete in the Miss California USA contest, some regional events provide their winners with prize packages that include entry fees and other prizes to help prepare their winners for the state pageant.

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