From beauty queen to Hollywood

POSTED: 4:53 PM Sep 26 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jan 30 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 - Kelly Hu
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Miss Teen USA

Kelly Hu, who got her first big break with a guest starring role as Kirk Cameron's love interest on "Growing Pains," won Miss Teen USA in 1985 and later won Miss Hawaii USA in 1993. She's since had roles in "Friday the 13th Part VIII," "The Scorpion King" and "X2" and on the TV shows "Vampire Diaries" and "Hawaii Five-0."

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