A Tracy mother and daughter were recently the first such pair to win national titles at the Beauties of the Nation Pageant.
Anne Marie Fuller, 40, and her daughter Rebecca Fuller, 16, were crowned Mrs. Beauties of the Nation and Miss Teen Beauties of the Nation during the national pageant on July 14 in Los Angeles.
They were crowned Mrs. California BOTN and Miss Teen California BOTN at the state-level pageant on May 25
— only the second time a mother and daughter had both won in the same year at that level.
The recent victories have made the mother-daughter pair the first to win titles at the national level.
Fuller described the experience as a "dream come true." She and her daughter received a sash, crown, 28-inch trophy and bouquet of flowers.
"I just couldn’t believe it when they called our names, it was so exciting," Fuller said on Monday, July 22. "It was funny, because when we were crowned, I turned to her and said, ‘We did it again.’"
Rebecca was surprised her mother won because she was sick with suspected food poisoning during the competition.
"She was throwing up backstage and then came on stage and wowed everyone, and literally all the contestants who were watching, their jaw dropped," said the rising Tracy High junior. "We were wondering how she was even up there."
Fuller said the other contestants "took turns holding my hair" while she was sick, and described it as "one of the hardest things I’ve ever done."
"I honestly at several points in the competition, because I was so sick, I did not think I could do it," she said.
Despite the hardships, the experience held several bright spots for the Fullers.
They were side by side during the musical number performed by all the contestants. Rebecca said the complete experience of winning at both levels "makes for exciting stories."
"Everywhere I go, everyone is like, You and your mom did it?" she said. "It’s a fun story to tell, and I know it be fun to tell it later on when I’m an adult looking back on it."
Rebecca entered the pageant with a platform: "Getting involved in community service to make a difference." However, she said the judges remembered her most for an impression of the popular cartoon character Marvin the Martian.
"One of the judges asked me a question, and before I could answer, he told me I had to answer it in my Marvin the Martian voice," she said.
The pair will make public appearances in their state and national capacities for the next year.
"When we won the state title, it was amazing," Fuller said. "When we then went on to win the national title, it was beyond words. I can’t describe this journey we are on, this moment in our lives."
Fuller is a regular contributor to the Tracy Press.
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