Susan Jeske

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Susan Jeske
Born Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Title Ms. America 1997
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Blue

Susan Jeske (born 1961) is the first Ms. America and is President of Ms. America Pageant. She has been involved in pageantry for over 35 years as a competitor, judge, and pageant director at over 200 local, state, national and international pageant competitions. In 2007, Susan Jeske was honored with the Lifetime Presidential Award from the President of the United States for her lifetime contributions to charity and volunteerism.[1]

Pageant titles[edit]

Jeske has held many pageant titles national and internationally. In 1997 at the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel, she represented Colorado and was crowned Ms. America winning $75,000 in cash and prizes.[2]

She has also won the title of Miss USA 1988 All Nations.[3]

Professional singing career and Guinness World Record[edit]

A professional singer, Jeske has performed at more than 1,500 events. Her audiences have included 7 United States Presidents, including President Bill Clinton and the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush. Foreign dignitary audiences include Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Queen of Thailand’s 60th birthday celebration. Jeske also performed at the opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the STS-102 Space Shuttle Discovery launch of March 2001. On July 4, 1992, Jeske established a world record which is published in the Guinness World Records. She sang the Star-Spangled Banner live at 17 official events, attended by approximately 60,000 people in California within a 24-hour period from July 3 to the 4th. She traveled a total of 373 miles to the functions via automobile, helicopter, and boat. Her accomplishment is recognized in the 1993 Guinness Book of Records. While establishing her record, Jeske raised over $90,000. She donated the full amount to a crippled children hospital near Bangkok, Thailand. As a result of her donation, she traveled to 42 scheduled appearances within a two-week period and was featured in over 50 newspapers, 5 national television shows, and the cover of 3 magazines. She also received private audiences with the Governor of Bangkok, Prime Minister of Thailand, and the Royal Family. Jeske's record in the Guinness World Record book still stands.[1][4]

Scandal[edit]

DENVER (UPI) -- A Miss Colorado USA contestant who worked for a singing telegram service admitted faking a story about helping a comatose child by delivering a message dressed as 'Wonder Woman,' a company spokesman said. A spokesman for Eastern Onion said Friday that Susan Jeske, 22, was fired after admitting she made up the story for inclusion in her resume for the Miss Colorado USA contest. The Colorado pageant, to be held Feb. 9-11, is a preliminary to the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests. Pageant official Ed Gabree said no decision had been made whether to take any action against Miss Jeske. A company official said the contestant told her employer Friday that she had been asked by a mother to deliver a singing telegram while dressed as Wonder Woman to a comatose girl in Denver General Hospital. Later, she told Eastern Onion officials that the girl moved slightly when she touched her. A few hours later, Eastern Onion got a call from a woman claiming to be the mother of the comatose girl. The caller said the girl had emerged from her coma and asked, 'Where's Wonder Woman?' The company official said Miss Jeske later admitted she made the call. The hoax was discovered when Eastern Onion notified the media of the Wonder Woman miracle and reporters could find no trace of the young patient at Denver General or any other hospital in the Denver area. Miss Jeske represented Littleton and was third-runner up last July in the Miss Colorado Pageant, the preliminary to the Miss America pageant. Journal Gazette, Mattoon, Illinois, Monday, January 2, 1984,EO 1

Television appearances[edit]

Jeske has been the guest in several news broadcast shows and appeared in several shows such as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show and To Tell The Truth. She has also been featured in soap opera daytime dramas such as Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, as well as The Bold and the Beautiful. She has also been the spokeswoman for Fortune 500 companies such as Hyundai, Casio, Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, and Xerox. She has made over 2,000 presentations at trade shows and conventions throughout the United States. Currently, Jeske is an advocate of safe cosmetics.

Owner and President[edit]

Jeske is the owner and President of the Ms. America, Ms. America International, Teen Ms. America, Ms. America Beauty Teen and Ms. America Fitness Pageants.

Other professions[edit]

Jeske has performed as an image and protocol consultant for television, radio and magazines, and gives image advice to corporate executives, politicians and debutant. She has also served as a professional speaker and instructor and has taught hundreds of women the art of advanced Glamour makeup techniques. She has also earned the title of “The Queen Maker” for being one of the most sought after pageant coaches in the world. She has directly assisted many contestants who have gone on to win state, national, and international beauty titles. .[5]

Awards[edit]

During her reign as Ms. America, Jeske created the “Students Against Violence” assembly program where she received 15 keys to the city and more than 30 proclamations and commendations. For these actions, Jeske received the President’s Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush. The President’s Call to Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States to people who have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. It is the highest level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Jeske's platform includes challenging students to face uncomfortable realities that result from guns in schools. She also brings awareness to Women's Issues.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Susan Jeske was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Her family includes three brothers, one sister, and parents who are still married. She currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.[7] She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York, Regents College, in 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The queen behind the Ms. America Pageant. FEBZ Magazine, December 2007, Page 18.
  2. ^ CANALIS, JOHN (1997-12-10). "There She Is . . . the First Ms. America". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  3. ^ Our EMCEE Susan R. Jeske – of USA. Daily News, Monday, October 25, 1993.
  4. ^ Susan Jeske (2008-08-08), Susan Jeske, the first Ms America, Clip 1, retrieved 2016-06-18
  5. ^ The queen behind the Ms. America Pageant. FEBZ Magazine, December 2007, Page 19.
  6. ^ Susan Jeske knighted in Edinburg, Scotland. Littleton Independent, Volume 113, Issue 28, July 12, 2001.
  7. ^ Jeske V. Fenmore District Court for the Central District of California, 2008 - Term Paper Retrieved 2016-12-24.

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