From beauty queen to Hollywood

POSTED: 4:53 PM Sep 26 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Sep 25 2014

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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