Eight-calendar year-previous Eden Victoria Shannon, of Kingston, was crowned Little Overlook Massachusetts on March 27 at a pageant held at the Double Tree Lodge in Danvers.
A pupil at Kingston Elementary Faculty, Eden has been in five pageants considering the fact that she was 7, and received very best dressed two times. Her mother made her clothing, and it reawakened her talent for trend design and style.
Eden’s mom, Katy Shannon, is a bus driver and her father, Victor Shannon, works for the U.S. Postal Support. Pageants have been hardly ever on their radar. At age 6, Eden viewed magnificence pageants and requested her mom and dad if she could give it a try out.
“It started off when I observed a cartoon of a Barbie pageant and I assumed it would be so considerably exciting,” Eden mentioned.
Her mom was not right away onboard.
“I didn’t even want her to contend, but it was a thing Eden actually needed to do,” Katy Shannon reported. Over time, they explored contests, and made the decision on East Coast Pageants.
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“It’s all purely natural, ladies less than 12 really do not have on make-up, and she’s designed a good deal of pals,” Katy Shannon said. “It’s enjoyable style and a mixture of going for walks and poses. It’s boosted her self-confidence.”
But it was her 46-year-outdated mom who received an sudden self confidence boost.
Pageant clothing reminded Shannon of her previous function in style and style.
“Ever due to the fact I was 8, I wanted to be a trend designer. I examined for it,” she stated.
Gary “Vee” Vaynerchuk, a important social influencer in trend, was a close friend when she attended Mount Ida School in Newton.
“He modeled for a single of my collections in college,” Shannon reported.
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Just after graduation, Shannon moved to California and worked as a Television stylist on the soap operas “Basic Clinic” and “Port Charles” and impartial movies.
When her brother died, Shannon moved back again to Kingston, labored in visible merchandising, and married.
“After Eden was born, I experienced to obtain something that labored for her program so I’m a bus driver now,” she mentioned.
Eden’s pageants sparked Shannon to resume her very own aspiration of vogue style and design.
“Everyone wore the very same thing, it was so method,” Shannon stated. “I begun imagining, I could do improved things. Let’s do some thing diverse, so I did and all of unexpected I was woke up. Some thing in me arrived alive yet again.”
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In the two the East Coastline Pageants’ Christmas (2020) and Condition pageants (2021), Eden was initially runner-up and received greatest dressed. Fun Style is the section where by contestants use apparel that finest express their personalities. Final yr, Eden’s costume was a blend of pink sparkles, feathers and leopard print, an unique style designed by Shannon.
Eden mentioned she has no dread of having the phase to contend.
“It’s about creating friends and acquiring pleasurable,” she stated. “I bought a lot more motivated to just be myself in entrance of the judges. I didn’t actually have stage fright. The man or woman who experienced phase fright was my mother.”
Shannon laughed and stated, “It entirely was not my thing. I’m the opposite of all those phase mothers. I’m like, if you really do not win, I do not care, I just want you to have enjoyable.”
Eden would seem like an previous soul. Her preferred singers are Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. She likes to sing but sensibly observed, “For some reason, there is a change concerning posing onstage and singing.”
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This July, Eden will compete in the Nationwide East Coast Pageant in Parsippany, New Jersey, with other state winners, and Shannon is functioning on her wardrobe. The ballgown will be bubblegum pink with ruffling on prime. For the Fun Fashion group, a “wild” structure will characteristic 3D rosette material, and for the Patriotic Use part, Eden will have on a red, white and blue camouflage outfit.
“She trusts me and enjoys no matter what I do,” Shannon said.
Mother and daughter share a journey that has brought out assurance and creativeness in just about every of them.
Milton resident Suzette Martinez Standring writes Vibrant Facet, a superior information column showcasing facts on the South Shore and the individuals who stay here. If you have an concept for a long run column, achieve her at [email protected]. Also, visit www.readsuzette.com.
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