Six-year-old a pageant princess

Published 11:19 pm Friday, December 12, 2008

It was a different kind of Thanksgiving for Elainey Bass.

Instead of hanging out with friends and family at home, Bass was hanging out with some of Hollywood’s most elite while competing in a national pageant.

Oh, and she did pretty well too.

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Bass took home three major awards at the National American Miss pageant held three weeks ago in California.

Among her awards, she was named a National Top Finalist in the pageant, placing her in the Top 10 of all her competitors across the country.

“It was exciting,” Elainey said of her big wins. “We had all these competitions and I thought doing my talent went really good and modeling. After modeling, I had crazy hair!”

“It was really exciting,” said Elainey’s mother, Cassie. “Very hectic, but exciting.”

Even more impressive is that this victory comes in just the second pageant ever for the 6-year-old.

Back in the summer, out of nowhere, Cassie received an invitation to the pageant in the mail. After some investigating, she found out that local members of the community (either through school, church or civic clubs) could nominate girls they think would be good representatives of the state.

Elainey liked the idea of the challenge.

She entered and won the awards for first runner-up in talent, most promising model, Ms. Spirit of America, outstanding program participant and the overall National American Miss, the latter of which qualified her to compete in California from Nov. 21 through Nov. 29.

During her week in California, Elainey was booked in competitions. She also was given a trip to Disneyland, where she got to meet all of her favorite Disney characters. She and her mother also were guests at a National American Miss Thanksgiving banquet to make up for being away from home.

“It was fun,” Elainey said. “I want to tell everyone thank you for supporting me.”

To fulfill her duties as National American Miss, Elainey will next be seen in the Downtown Suffolk Holiday Parade today. Then, following the holidays, she will begin working with the Hurrah Players in Norfolk.

“She’s a miss busybody,” her mother joked.

Elainey attends Northern Shores Elementary School, where she maintains a 4.0 grade average and is a part of the gifted enrichment program.

She is the granddaughter of Cassell and Deborah Bass, who live in the Harbour View section of Suffolk.