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SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss USA 2014 Evening Gown Portraits, The Best Gowns!

Miss South Carolina USA 2014 Christina Zapolski: Is this gown one of The Best? Keep reading and find out...

It's "Miss USA" time again and as you know--if you keep up on my NICKVERREOS.COM blog here, I love to talk Beauty pageants and especially Beauty Pageant Gowns so, needless to say, Miss USA is a "BIGGIE" when it comes to this dear subject of mine. The Finals of the Miss USA 2014 pageant are occurring this Sunday, June 8th, live from Baton Rouge Louisiana. Yes kids THIS SUNDAY--on the SAME NIGHT as the Tony Awards! It's like "SuperGay Sunday!" Not sure what I'll record and what I'll watch LIVE. Major Dilemma. Last year's winner was Erin Brady from Connecticut...

Erin Brady Miss USA 2013--We'll have to tune in Sunday night to see who will be the new Miss USA. But now to the important matters at hand: The Evening Gowns. The 51 contestants have been in Louisiana for the last couple of weeks for the preparations, welcome events, parties, and official photo sessions. One of these photo sessions involves the "Evening Gown Portraits" which the contestants take in advance of the Preliminaries and Finals. Lots of times, the ladies wear different gowns for these Portraits as opposed to what they wear for the preliminaries and/or Finals. In addition, some of them wear gowns provided by the Evening Gown Sponsor, Sherri Hill. In this post, I want to highlight my Top Favorite of these gowns in the Miss USA 2014 Evening Gown Portraits. Note: the All-Important Preliminaries occur tonight so I'll have a "Gown Recap" tomorrow of those and will be interested to see if there will be any "Gown Changes". But for now, let's get to my Top Gown Picks:

Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto: from head to toe, this is perfection! Madison looks every bit a QUEEN in this blush fitted gown with silver/pewter flower-and-leaf applique. The fit is great and I love the heavy-to-light falling "rose branches". I would normally think the up-do bun and big ol' earrings would have been "Too Muchey" but here, it really completes the total look.

Gown Score: 9.7

Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Guidry: Since Miss USA 2014 is being held in Brittany's state, she has to make a fabulous impression. And she does in this golden sheath of a gown with silver sequined tulle overlay. She seriously looks like J.Lo attending the Golden Globes. I love it! One of the best of these Evening Gown Portraits.

Gown Score: 9.7

Miss Iowa USA Carlyn Bradarich: 5' 10" tall Carlyn looks fabulous in this statuesque black gown with sequined neckline detail. The dress is very "Couture"-impacting and makes a definite statement; perfect fit, perfect length.

Gown Score: 9.5

Miss Kentucky USA Destin Kincer: Of the white/ivory gowns on display in these Miss USA 2014 Evening Gown Portraits, this is one of the best. The gown features a Mermaid silhouette with an appliqued torso, drop shoulders and illusion front neckline and back. It's very impacting and accentuates her almost 6 foot tall frame.

Gown Score: 9.5

More "Very Good" Ivory Gown Ladies:

Miss Colorado (left) Eleanna Livaditis: I love the simple elegance of these two ivory "Goddess" gowns. Eleanna's features a full gathered skirt and sweetheart neck scooped bodice and scroll-like sequined midriff applique. Very nice.

Gown Score: 9.4

Miss District of Columbia (right) Ciera Nicole Butts: Ciera's gown is similar to Eleanna in silhouette but is definitely more Grecian Goddess-inspired with  the gold mettalic and sequined midriff panel. This gown is perfect for her. I just wish she wasn't crossing her arms like that.

Gown Score: 9.4

And BTW--Ciera's (Miss District of Columbia USA) gown is the same one Miss Wisconsin USA 2014 wore when she won that crown (yes, these same gowns get around...)--Bishara Dorre "Miss Wisconsin USA 2014" above.

Miss South Carolina USA Christina Zapolski: Just by looking at this photo, I can see why this six-foot tall beauty may be one of the favorites to take the crown; she looks like an All-American Olympic Skier/Volleyball/Surfing Champion. In regards to the gown, it's an impressive choice for Christina. The Mermaid shape is perfect for her and the strawberry-red color shines against her blond hair and skin. I also love that her hairstyle is modern, young, un-done but still quite red carpet. Once again, I may not have styled it with the big ol' "Miss Venezuela"-like earrings but, I am #not #hating.

Gown Score: 9.5

More "Very Good" Red Gown Ladies:

Miss Texas USA Lauren Guzman (left): Lauren looks chic, modern and red carpet-ready in this red gown with sequined waist and shoulder strap detail. It's a perfect example of how you can make the same impact in a simpler dress as opposed to a Big Ol' Krazee Mermaid "McMansion" of a Gown (those will be on my following blog post, kids!). And just a note: I could TOTALLY see Lauren as the "Entertainment Reporter" for "Access Hollywood"...or at the very least, she's the new gorgeous weather anchor for a top Texas local news station!

Gown Score: 9.4

Miss Missouri USA Erica Sturdefant (right): I think Erica looks sexy and modern in this Herve Leger-like sheath of a red gown. It's simple, to-the-point and really highlights her figure and in a non-vulgar way. It's so NOT a "Pageant Gown" and I'm so happy she wore it. That's why she's one of my Top Gown picks.

Gown Score: 9.4

Miss Maine USA Samantha Dahlborg: Naturally, what first got my attention was the photo and the fluttery chiffon overlay of the gown. It's like there was a fan but only on one half of her gown. Speaking of the gown, I like it. The rust/gray and teal gown features a plunging neckline, silver sequin applique at the waist/midriff and gathered bust. It is elegant and very "Spartan Queen". I give her (or her "Glam Squad' team) points for keeping the hair simple and elegant and avoiding the accessories; the gown is enough.

Gown score: 9.3

Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre: I LOVE the bright canary yellow color of this gown. I think it's perfect against Bishara's beautiful skin color. I also like the dress style--with the sequined bodice, defined waist and gathered full chiffon skirt. Her hair, drop earrings, and MILLION DOLLAR Smile finish the look. She looks sweet but above all very pretty; it's the perfect silhouette (and color) of a dress for her.

Gown Score: 9.3 

Miss Connecticut USA Desiree Perez: This black strapless gown may not be as "impacting' as some of the others (see below), but the fit is flawless and the simple elegant style is what leads me to put it here as one of my Top Gown Picks from the Miss USA 2014 Evening Gown Portraits. I like the draped/knotted bust and silver sequined "crown"-like midriff detail. Good job Connecticut!

Gown Score: 9.3

Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze: I am adding Cassandra--and this gown--in my "Top Gown" blog post just because she looks fun Disco Fabulous! Seriously, this golden/copper sequined gown is like a Disco Ball--a Sexy Disco Ball at that! It's impacting and Va Va Voom in its style and unabashed high-wattage factor. I don't think the come-hither-I-will-steal-your-husband-away pose helps but overall, she's owning this gown and I would hang out with her in this dress.

Gown Score: 9.0

Miss Oregon USA Emma Pelett: Finally, I placed Emma and this gown here because of the overt 50's Hollywood Glamour Goddess silhouette of this gown. the jewel blue taffeta gown features diagonal draping and pleating that ends up in a side "fall" with silver sequined accents at the side waist. It's the only one of its type within the Miss USA Evening Gown Portraits and it stood out for me. Her side-swept hair style worked but I would have done without the bracelet/cuff; the gown is enough.

Gown score: 9.0

***NEXT UP: My Picks for the "Uh Oh!" and "OOOOOH GURL!" Gowns from the Miss USA 2014 Evening Gown Portraits!!!

SASHES AND TIARAS.....Miss USA 2013 Evening Gowns Website Photos, The Best, My Favorites!

Fab 101--Miss Michigan USA Jaclyn Schultz takes the "Best Gown" prize for me in this nude and green sequined applique gown

The Miss USA 2013 beauty pageant is happening as I type this blog. The Finals are one week away, on Sunday June 16th and being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. As always, the Finals will be televised  LIVE on NBC.

Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, Donald Trump and Miss Universe 2012,  Olivia Culpo at the crowning presentation of "Miss USA 2012", after Olivia Culpo (who was "Miss USA 2012") won the Miss Universe title last December

As you may know, I LOVE ME a Beauty pageant--and more importantly, beauty pageant gowns; this seems to be a popular subject, especially here on my NICKVERREOS.COM blog. The 51 contestants have been in Las Vegas for the past two weeks and recently, the Miss USA 2013 website photos were released, including the ever-important Evening Gown photos. So, naturally, it's time to review...First up, I want to discuss my favorites of the bunch...

Miss Michigan USA 2013 Jaclyn Schultz--LOVE this gown on Miss Michigan USA Jaclyn Schultz. She looks fact UBER SEXY. And notice: not ONE SLIT or too-deep plunging neckline. I think she is right on trend with the nude under-gown with applique. Everything about this is right--from the hair to the nude pumps. I also noticed that it reminded me of Miss Croatia Universe 2012's evening gown at last year's Miss Universe 2012 pageant:

 Miss Croatia Universe 2012 Elizabeta Burg--Her gown was one of my FAVES from last year's Miss Universe 2012

Miss Minnesota USA 2013 Danielle Hooper--I think this is quite a stunning gown; a two-piece strapless bustier with attached peplum and fitted-to-flare floor length skirt, all in lipstick red. The star is the attached oversized jeweled neckline

Miss South Dakota 2013 Jessica Albers--This royal blue colored gown shines on Jessica, especially against her "Jessica Rabbit" red hair. The sequined bust is a great detail as well as the perfectly gathered chiffon midriff . This is a very good gown.

Miss Texas USA 2013 Alexandria Nugent--First off: there's no HOOCHIE slit so I'm happy. The gown is a little old school with it's off-the-shoulder style, but it looks expensive and well done, and it works for the beautiful Alexandria.

Miss Louisiana USA 2013 Kristen Girault--This gown was designed by Venezuelan fashion designer Gionni Straccia. Kristen looks beautiful in this gown. LOVE the fit, silhouette and the gold and silver sequined details; a VERY GOOD GOWN. Felicitaciones Gionni!

Miss Mississippi USA 2013 Paromita Mitra--Miss Mississippi USA also wore a gown designed by Venezuela beauty pageant go-to pageant gown designer Gionni Straccia. It's very similar to Miss Louisiana USA's gown in that it is ivory and features gold and silver jeweled details/accents. I like the gown. I only wish Paromita's hair was just a bit less on "Pageant Steroid".

Miss North Carolina USA 2013 Ashley Mills--Ashley wore a white gown that was simple, "Pageant Right" and had all the details of a basic yet still quite stunning gown. The side slit is quite high and I will talk about the SLIT KRAZEE gowns in my next post, but this slit-gown gets my "Nick High Praise".

Miss Florida USA 2013 Michelle Aguirre--Here's another "Slit OK" gown, this time worn by Miss Florida USA. I like the simplicity and starkness of this black gown with long sleeves, v-neckline and center front slit. The black with gold buckle belt adds a 70's chic element to it; it's referential to the Halston era. For all these reasons, I like it.

Miss Washington USA 2013 Cassandra Searles--Cassandra wore this emerald green gown for her "Miss USA" website gown photo. The photo, pose and gown are all very regal. There's a lot of DRAMA and it works. I'm glad she chose to do simple when it came to her hair and makeup; otherwise, she would have been two minutes from a 1996 flashback. Well done Cassandra.

Miss Arizona USA 2013 Rachel Massie--I absolutely LOVE the back to this gown, worn by Rachel Massie "Miss Arizona USA". It's classic, elegant, and has a very perfect "see me from the back" silhouette.

Miss Maryland USA 2013 Kasey Staniszewski--Kasey's choice for her "Miss USA 2013" website evening gown portrait is a good one. I like the deep royal blue color and full gathered ball gown shape--with a slit no less! The high neck drop shoulder torso section made for a good balance, even if it was a HOT MINUTE from looking like a Figure Skating Costume.

Miss Pennsylvania USA 2013 Jessica Billings--First off, Jessica looks A LOT like Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Camille Grammer, don't you think? Or is it just me? Besides that, let's discuss this gown: I like it. It's simple, classic. The fit is perfect and the Mermaid silhouette is on-trend for the red carpet. likey the violet color.

***UP NEXT: The SLIT HOOCHIE GIRLS of Miss USA 2013 Evening Gown Website Photos