Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Miss Alabama searches for her Hollywood-glamour side
By Theresa Shadrix
Star Staff Writer
Miss Alabama Melinda Toole knows — for sure — only one thing about what she'll wear to Gov. Bob Riley's inauguration ball Monday: It will be glamorous.
“I love the old Hollywood look, and people have told me for years that I have the look,” says Toole, who early last week had not settled on a design. She only knew that it would be a custom-made design by Ann Northington, the official dress sponsor of the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant.
And, since Toole is preparing to leave for the Miss America pageant on Friday, she had a lot of gowns to choose from.
“Ann has created some amazing gowns for me this year. To me, all of her gowns have that old Hollywood look to them.”
Northington said the gowns she created for Toole this year are her best work yet. When Miss Alabama Deidre Downs won the Miss America pageant in 2005, the two-piece white gown was a Northington design.
“I make only pageant dresses and have been proud of my previous work, but I think this year is very special,” Northington said.
Toole said Northington creates a signature style that fits each Miss Alabama, and she feels very good in all of the gowns created for her. After she makes up her mind which gown to wear for the inaugural ball, she said getting ready will not be that different than for a pageant. Except she will not have to worry about wearing a swimsuit or being interviewed by a panel of judges and entertainment at the ball will be left up to country music singer Sara Evans.
As Miss Alabama she said she is excited about attending the ball to celebrate Riley's next term and then representing the state at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
“I know the ball will just be a very glamorous night.”
If you want to get a glamorous look of your own, Miss Alabama Melinda Toole has some tips:
Try on as many dresses in various colors and styles as you can. Don't go for the first thing you try on. Take a friend with you. If you plan on shopping at two different stores, have a friend take a picture of you in gowns that you really.
Choose something that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But make sure it is the right fit for your body type.
The day of the event, plan a pampering day and get your hair and nails done.
Make good use of make-up artists at department stores. For Monday's inaugural ball, Toole will have her make-up done at Gus Meyer in Birmingham.
“It is always fun to play with make-up,” she said. It also takes the guess work out of finding the right look for your skin type and coloring.
Choose accessories wisely. Don't over-do the look with too much jewelry in an embellished gown.
Don't forget to wear comfortable dancing shoes.
The Miss America pageant airs live on CMT, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.
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