From beauty queen to Hollywood

Published On: Sep 26 2012 01:53:42 PM PDT   Updated On: Sep 15 2015 11:00:00 PM PDT

Every aspiring celebrity has to start somewhere, and for certain stars that somewhere was the world of fake eyelashes, makeup and spray tans known as beauty pageants. Take a look at which stars were beauty queens first.

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Debra Messing, who would go on to star in "Will and Grace" and "Smash," represented Rhode Island at the 1986 Junior Miss pageant.


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