A Face for Radio?

Boulder City’s former Miss Congeniality goes for the state crown Steph MacKenzie has been referring to herself lately as “classic rock chick meets the pageant world.” That’s primarily because the co-host of the Point 97.1’s “Foxx and MacKenzie in the Morning” show doesn’t just have a face for radio—she has a face for a beauty queen. MacKenzie, who is the current Mrs. Las Vegas, will be vying for the 2010 Mrs. Nevada crown July 18 at Texas Station.

The 36-year-old re-entered the world of pageants in November after a 21-year hiatus. As a teenager, MacKenzie competed for the Miss Boulder City title (her talent that year was singing Journey’s “Faithfully” while accompanied by piano) and walked away as Miss Congeniality.

Now she’s giving it her all, treating her pageant preparation like a second full-time job. Since November, she has changed the way she eats and works out, which helped her lose 35 pounds, going from 28 percent body fat to 16 percent. She meets with a pageant coach regularly to focus on mastering the proper walk and finding the perfect outfits.

When she’s not preparing for the pageant or on the radio, she’s busy volunteering, and works with the American Cancer Society, Speedway Children’s Charities, New Vista Community and more.

MacKenzie wants to represent our state and act as a role model for other women and girls. But she’s also trying to disprove the beauty-queen myth.

“I just really want people to realize that this isn’t a bunch of airheads running for this title. All these women are extraordinary women. I’m trying to break the stereotype of what pageants are all about.” She doesn’t miss a beat before adding, “And Miss USA really didn’t help us with that.”

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