From beauty queen to Hollywood

POSTED: 4:53 PM Sep 26 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Apr 25 2016

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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Vanessa Minnillo was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA at age 17 and went on to win the title of Miss Teen USA in 1998. Minnillo, who is married to Nick Lachey, used the experience as a springboard to a career that has seen her host MTV's "Total Request Live" and serve as a New York correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight." She has also tried her hand at acting, appearing on TV shows such as "CSI: NY," "How I Met Your Mother," "30 Rock" and "Hawaii Five-0" and in the movie "Disaster Movie."


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