In the small town where I grew up, the local beauty pageant was kind of a big deal. Recently, my friend and I were reminiscing about her brief stint in pageant circuitry. While I wasn't one to parade around in a swimsuit and sing showtunes, my friend was all for it. In fact, her talent was belly dancing — and showing off her rock-hard abs.

Besides Sandra Bullock's character in Miss Congeniality, other celebrities have entered these beauty competitions, and many got their starts in showbiz as a result. What about you? Have you taken any walks along the runway, dazzling the crowd with your perfected wave and bright smile?