Welcome to the first edition of Titleholder Tuesday or Tip Tuesday! On Tuesday's you may see a blog with an interview from a titleholder past or present or a rodeo queen tip. This week's is a special edition as we talk to former Miss Rodeo America 2013, Chenae (Shiner) Vest! She will be telling you about her time as a titleholder and give you some tips on how to better take care of your skin during your reign as a rodeo queen or just everyday in general. Chenae was Miss Rodeo Utah 2012 and won the title of Miss Rodeo America 2013 in Las Vegas, December 12, 2012. Along with winning the title, she took home the photogenic and appearance awards. When she won the title, she spent her year traveling more than 100,000 miles representing the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and she was also awarded $22,500 in scholarships to continue her education.
1. How did you become involved in the rodeo queen world?
I grew up on a ranch and both my parents competed in rodeos. My mom entered me in my first rodeo queen pageant at the age of 8 years old. She actually entered me to try to get me out of my shell, I was painfully shy and she thought it would be a great way to help me grow out of that. Her and my dad were so worried I would get up on stage and immediately run off, but they were surprised when I took to it and its since been the greatest blessing in my life. Not only did it help me get over my shyness, but it has since paid for my college education and set me up to work with some of rodeos biggest sponsors in the rodeo industry.
2.What was your favorite part of being Miss Rodeo America?
I loved the people! I met so many new and interesting people, many of whom I‘m still close with to this day. This world is made up of generous people who are always willing to help and inspire others, I loved seeing that all across the country.
3.What advice would you give to girls who are just starting out rodeo queening?
Don’t get discourage and always be willing to offer a kind word to the other girls you’re competing with there. You have to remember this is a judged event, and just because a certain set of judges may not choose you for the title, it doesn’t mean the next ones won’t! And girls, we are all fighting the same battles out there... so help they are friendships that last longer than any crown or buckle ever will.
4.What has life been after the crown and how did being Miss Rodeo America prepare you for that?
Life only gets better after the crown! Before MRA I thought I had my life all planned out and knew it exactly what I would be doing... and guess what? Its been completely different, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! I thought I wanted to go into sports broadcasting, but after my first job broadcasting after MRA I soon discovered that wasn’t my passion anymore. Through being MRA I discovered I loved working in marketing and modeling with companies. And thanks to MRA I was able to gain experience and relationships to explore those new passions. I also ended up marrying a professional roper, Stetson Vest. So luckily through my experiences as MRA I was fully prepared to take on life on the rodeo trail and live out of a suitcase traveling from rodeo to rodeo.
5.What is the importance of knowing your skin type?
While traveling with my husband to rodeo I discovered a skincare line called Rodan+Fields, its made by the same doctors that created Proactiv. I was thrilled to find this line because I had suffered from horrible acne all my life. With Rodeo queening this was especially difficult because I was so self conscious of my skin. I wish I had the knowledge that I do now, back then! I was using just one product and expecting it to fix all my skin problems. Since discovering R+F I have learned the importance of a multi-med skincare therapy routine. And that as much as we wish it would, the cheap skincare does not cover what we need! It’s worth it to invest some time and money in your skin, not only will it help with your confidence but your skin is going to be with you a long time!
6.As rodeo queens how important is it that we are cleansing and moisturizing our skin daily?
As rodeo queens we ask a lot of our bodies and our skin! We put on lots of makeup on a regular basis, we are constantly in the dirt and sun too. We may think we are doing everything to protect ourselves but unless you’re using a cleanser mask, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen you are leaving lots out in a good skincare routine. As cowgirls we are exposed to harsh elements and starting to take care of your skin at a young age is key to not having so many issues the older we get. I wish I had started investing in my skin at a younger age and saved myself so much stress during my queening days.
7.Why should we use UV spectrum makeups?
I use to love all my thick and heavy makeup, it was the only thing that covered my acne. But the older I got the more I saw the damage it was causing. Once I discovered R+F and saw the importance in fixing the problem, not just covering it up, I wanted to preserve those results. So now instead of thick make up, I use a tinted SPF sunscreen powder. Not only does it protect my skin but it also allows it to breathe without clogging my pores. I am a big believer in fixing the underlying problem with your skin and trying to cut back on the need for foundations.
8.What are your favorite products to use to keep a good skincare routine?
I am obsessed with Rodan+Fields Unblemish skincare line. It's a gentle regimen that keeps my skin clear and has anti aging properties in it. I believe so much in these products that I became a sales consultant for them back in 2015. Their products have been a game changer in my skincare and I truly believe they have something everyone can benefit from in their product line.
9.What does your daily beauty/skincare routine look like?
My routine varies. One thing that is constant is my Unblemish regimen, I use morning and night. It comes with a great sunscreen that I don’t leave the house without having on. At nights I use our Active Hydration Serum, which acts as a super moisturizer and pulls moisture from the air to put it back into your skin. It's great to keep your skin looking fresh and fills in any fine lines and wrinkles you may have appearing. A few nights a week I do an exfoliating treatment with our Microdermabrasion Paste, a vitamin scrub. This exfoliation treatment is great to get rid of the dead skin cells that have built up on your skin and are just hanging out and blocking your pores.
10.What is your number 1 makeup and skincare tip for rodeo queens?
Find a product and a look that works for you and stick to it! I was the queen of trying and sampled every foundation and lotion I could get my hands on. But I‘ve since discovered that consistency is key for your skin. Don’t jump products weekly because you may not know what is causing the problems in your skin. And it pays to invest in both good makeup and good skincare! Your skin is the first thing people see with you, its how you present yourself to the world. So take the time to find products that work and invest in the good stuff!s
We can't thank Chenae enough for taking the time out of her day to answer our questions for the first edition of Titleholder/Tip Tuesday! We hope you learned some great information about how important it is to take care of your skin while competing in pageants and even being a titleholder. If you want to look more into Rodan and Fields you can visit her website at cvest.myrandf.com or send her a message on Facebook! Stay tuned for our next edition!
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