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Photos: 1983 Miss USA Julie Hayek still models 30 years later; Bold Body Bronzing in Las Vegas



Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek.

Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek

Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek. Launch slideshow »
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Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek.

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Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek.

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Miss USA 1983 Julie Hayek.

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Miss Michigan USA 2013 Jaclyn Schultz and Kamela Brewer of Bold Body Bronzing based in Las Vegas.

Defying conventional thinking, pageant princesses prove time and again that beauty does come with brains, and those slinky gowns and sexy swimsuits aren’t the wardrobe markers of ditzy blondes and brunettes.

In fact, many of the contestants of the Miss America, Miss USA and Tropic Beauty pageants held in Las Vegas have gone on to remarkable careers on Wall Street and in Washington and Hollywood. They’ve had successful TV careers, become leaders in the legal, education and medical fields and run for Congress.

It was 30 years ago that Julie Hayek became Miss USA 1983 and was first runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant. In her role, she met presidents, prime ministers and heads of states around the world. A year later, she graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology.

Julie has had a successful real estate and financial career in New York and will be in Las Vegas next week for the 62nd Annual Miss USA Pageant at PH Live in Planet Hollywood. She’ll dazzle the hopefuls because at 52, she still models swimwear and had a 10-day assignment for a fitness company just last year.

“I’m asked all the time: Is it my diet? Is it my exercise routine? Is it my attitude? Or is it all of them?” she told me. Julie, who won the highest scores in the swimsuit categories of Miss California, Miss USA and Miss Universe, is still fit and fabulous and wants to share those secrets with the world. She’s finishing her book “No-Rules Dieting: Eat, Drink and Be Merry.” You could call it “Beauty Queen Secrets.”

“I always wanted to maintain my competitive edge, so I made it my business to know everything about fitness and health. I’ve tried every diet and exercise regime since modeling in high school. Everywhere I go, I’m asked how I stay in such great shape, so I decided to put my secrets into a book.”

Julie loves good food, fine wine and chocolate. “I believe in keeping everything in balance, though. I don’t believe in restrictions; I believe in moderation. It’s important to listen to your body,” she said.

Her hints emphasize drinking lots of water with sliced lemons, unlimited papaya to change body chemistry, edamame as a snack and a freezer filled with favorite “go to” foods such as homemade turkey meatloaf and spicy lentils. Julie also fills her fridge with plastic bags of fresh, cleaned, sliced fruit for instant eating.

Her one secret weapon for keeping the body long and lean? Leg lifts for the tush. “I’m proud of my age. I feel fantastic, and I want to stay in great shape for many years to come,” she summed up.


You would expect my pal Michael Boychuck, hair guru to the stars at his salon Color in Caesars Palace, to be kept busy with contestants before, during and after their events. But he’s just one of the secret weapons behind the pageant princesses. Meet another friend who is part of the artillery.

From a small Alaska fishing town, Kamela Brewer moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV for journalism — and to thaw out. She became a marketing and PR executive and has had 10 years of experience as a result of being on the first-year of E! Entertainment’s “Sunset Tan at the Palms.”

She started her own Las Vegas sunless tanning company, Bold Body Bronzing, which she’s rolled out across the U.S. and is now a proud sponsor of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant. “I teach people how to be safer in the sun and use our sunless tanning as the healthy alternative to indoor tanning beds. I’m helping many women around the country start their own businesses,” she told me.

Kamela’s mobile spray tanning service, now America’s premiere brand headquartered here, has already given that extra glow to 45 of this year’s contestants. Kamela will have every one of them shining safely the day before Wednesday’s first onstage preliminary swimsuit showcase.

“I have had the privilege of spray tanning many of the amazing pageant contestants over the past few years. Now to be involved officially as a sponsor could not make us more thrilled. I am honored to be a special part of this year’s pageant.”

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart said, “Safe, sunless tanning is a very important part of the pageant process, and we are happy with our partnership with Bold Body Bronzing and being able to offer the best spray tanning to our contestants.”

Kamela claims credit for her anti-aging bronzing solution and guarantees a no-orange, natural-looking glow every time: “It makes you appear thinner, toned and more confident because any blemish, stretch mark, cellulite or imperfections are all hidden.”

So when you tune into the NBC telecast on Sunday, June 16, you now know several secrets to getting the great look of a winner and moving onto successful careers long lasting after the runway rituals.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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