Texas Designer Stefanie Somers Lights Up the Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge This June!

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When 51 beautiful young women strut the Miss USA Pageant stage this June 8th in Baton Rouge, they'll not only be dressed to kill, they'll also be accessorized to win - about half wearing earrings originating from a tiny studio nestled just to the north of Houston, Texas.

Couture earrings created especially for the Miss USA 2014 Pageant

"You want the judge's eyes to lock onto that face. That's my job... It's all about the girl, about framing her."

For almost twenty years, Stefanie Somers has been weaving crystals into magic for pageant competitors at all levels, snagging her first national winner in 1996 when Keylee Sue Sanders took the title of Miss Teen USA wearing a pair of her earrings. "For a designer working in crystal, "Pageantland" is a fabulous place to be," says Somers, a former pro ballroom dancer and fashion accessory buyer. "Sparkle is always trending, bigger is always better, and being seen is the name of the game. Add in the gorgeous faces and glamorous gowns for inspiration and it's an amazing gig!" More national winners followed, including Shandi Finnessey, Allie LaForce, Stevie Perry, Danielle Doty, Rima Fakih and Nana Meriwether.

Somers' ready-to-wear jewelry line is popular among state and local pageant hopefuls, while the national level titleholders generally opt for the custom "Couture" designs. Couture designs are individually handcrafted and take many hours each to design & perfect. "You want the judge's eyes to lock onto that face. That's my job. I start with the shape and colors of the gown, and always take the facial shape and proportions of the competitor into consideration, even their height. You really want to elongate the look as much as possible, go for that vertical. It's all about the girl, about framing her."

Somers' company, The Stefanie Somers Collection, will be traveling to Baton Rouge for the pageant with over 500 sample pieces for display during the weekend at The Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Casino. One of the biggest events in pageantry, Miss USA week attracts aficionados, followers and professionals from all over the country to the pageant venue, bringing together the entire industry for a spectacle of fashion and camaraderie.

Brand partnered with the famed Swarovski company, The Stefanie Somers Collection is available at the finest special occasion boutiques across the country. For more information, call 800-400-4312, or visit the company's website. The most current news and updates can be found via Facebook and the company's Twitter stream @stefaniesomers

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