by MIKE CHAIKEN
Southington’s Kimberly Beaudoin now has a national platform.
Competing as Mrs. Connecticut USA Universal, Beaudoin received the top honor—Mrs. USA Universal—at a pageant in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
On Friday morning, she woke up to a bevy of congratulatory messages on Facebook as the Connecticut pageant community celebrated her national title.
Via Facebook, Beaudoin texted in an interview Friday evening, “Winning the title of Mrs. USA Universal was shocking.”
“The Universal pageant contestants were all so well-rounded, beautiful, smart, passionate, successful, and extremely well spoken. I felt that anyone of them would make a great title holder so I was extremely surprised and humbled,” said Beaudoin, who is no stranger to national pageants. In 2014, she was crowned Mrs. Connecticut America and competed for Mrs. America (in another pageant system).
Once the crown of Mrs. USA Universal was placed on her head Thursday, Beaudoin said, “My first thoughts were of my dad, my hubby, and boys.”
As the evening went on, Beaudoin explained she mostly was going with the moment. “The pageant went very quickly so I didn’t have too much time to think. If I had a free second, I was helping others or coaching my little pageant girl from Louisiana who was competing at the same time- and yes, she won.”
Toward the end of the pageant, Beaudoin said she was thinking more about the other contestants and not herself, Beaudoin explained, “As they were calling out the finalists I was so happy for all these women that I had become very close to and never for a second thought that they would call my name.”
As for the pageant system for which she now represents, Beaudoin said, “What I loved most about the Universal Pageant Organization is the complete love and honesty of the pageant director Victoria Hughes and the staff.”
And as part of the festivities of the pageant, Beaudoin said, “My favorite event during the week was going to Lake Tahoe for our swimwear photoshoot. I’ve never been there and the views were stunning.
Now that she has won, the Southington resident said, “As Mrs. USA Universal, I look forward to promoting my platform, Cancer Awareness and Funding, and promoting my amazing Universal Pageant.”