Does first runner-up really mean first loser? Jaime thinks so. Jaime wants to be Miss Florida Teen U.S.A. so badly that she even dreams about it at night. Her parents will do whatever it takes to help her dream come true. Her father even says...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Does first runner-up really mean first loser? Jaime thinks so. Jaime wants to be Miss Florida Teen U.S.A. so badly that she even dreams about it at night. Her parents will do whatever it takes to help her dream come true. Her father even says she's got a "blank check" to help her win. Jaime's parents go so far as to hire a pageant director who conducts mock interviews with her and a speech coach who aids Jaime in her diction. Jaime gives up weekends and going out with her friends to stay in and practice, practice, practice.
Jaime claims that pageants are not only all about the crown, but all about the gown. She has a rule of thumb never to wear the same gown twice. In preparation for the Miss Florida Teen U.S.A. pageant, she buys a gown that costs $3,600. Then she changes her mind later and buys a second gown she likes better. Soon Seminar Day rolls around, where Jaime and family go to Hollywood, Florida to meet the other contestants and learn the rules of the pageant.
On pageant day, Jaime does her best during the swimsuit, interview and evening gown segments. Her parents and coaches are convinced she's nailed the whole pageant and will make Top Ten. But the judges don't agree and Jaime faces the disappointment of a lifetime. She bravely steps back onstage when they announce the winner and fights back tears.
Was all the hard work worth it? Jaime has second thoughts on pageantry and decides to quit. She decides that it's time to focus on her grades and her friends, and that a crown might not be the best thing in the world, after all.