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BIOGRAPHY
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Susan Jeske
Susan Jeske

Susan Jeske has been involved in pageantry for over 35 years and has been a judge at over 200 local, state, national and international pageant competitions. She has traveled to 26 countries and all 50 states as a goodwill ambassador and Presidential envoy for the United States and has been a spokesperson for Fortune 500 Companies such as Hyundai Motor America, Norelco and True Elements Skin Care. In 2007 Susan was honored with the Presidential Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States for her lifetime contributions to charity and volunteerism.

 

Susan has held many pageant titles nationally and internationally and in 1997 she won the title of Ms. America ® held at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. During her reign, Susan created the “Students Against Violence" assembly program where she received more than 30 Awards, 15 Keys to the City and Proclamations for her presentation, including a personal letter from the President of the United States on the White House stationery.

 

In 1999, Susan became the CEO of the Ms. America ® Pageant and received the register federal trademark from the USPTO in Washington DC in February 2000. The mission of the pageant is to “Empower Women Across The Nation & Around The World.”  The titleholder is to use her celebrity status and “Crown For A Purpose” that would make an impact on the world in a positive way.

 

A pioneer advocate for Safe Cosmetics Susan has traveled nationally and internationally giving her personal story, speaking to groups about, "Toxins in Cosmetics & Personal Care Products & How to Avoid Them." She has been featured in magazines and newspapers nationwide and has also been interviewed on radio and TV news programs.

 

A professional singer, Susan has performed at over 1,500 events including 7 United States Presidents, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Queen of Thailand, Opening of the Ronald Reagan Library, the STS 102 Space Shuttle Discovery launch of March 2001, President George Bushes Inauguration, Denver Broncos Televised Super Bowl Victory Party, several Prime Ministers and Ambassadors the world over.

 

In 1993 Ms. Jeske set the World Record, published in the Guinness Book of Records for singing the National Anthem at the most events in a 24-hour period raising $93,000 for charity. An actress, Susan Jeske has appeared on daytime Soap Operas, "Days of our Lives," "Young and the Restless," "Bold and the Beautiful," and can been seen in movies and television commercials.

 

A featured beauty, image and protocol consultant for television, radio and magazines, Ms Jeske gives head-to-toe image advice to corporate executives, political leaders, Debutants and community leaders for over 20 years.

 

Known as "The Queen Maker" Susan is acclaimed as one of the best and most sought after pageant coaches in the world and has worked with many girls who have gone on to win many state, national and international beauty titles.

 

Among her “students” is Miss Afghanistan, Vida Samadzai and also the Ms. America ® titleholder of 2005-06. She is the first Afghan woman to participate in an international pageant since 1974. Her appearance in a red swimsuit as Miss Afghanistan in the Miss Earth 2003 pageant was worn not as a "fashion statement" but as a "freedom statement", to raise awareness of Afghan woman’s rights which have been suppressed for over a decade. Another student, Stephanie Brownell who was Ms. America International ® 2005-06 said, “The benefit of being coached by Susan is whether you win the crown or not, the skills you learn will help you in all aspects of your life. It’s like a private finishing school only more detailed and intense."  

 

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FEBZ MAGAZINE
December 2007 Issue
"The QUEEN Behind The Ms. America ® Pageant"
by Gilbert De Castro
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