photo by Lyssa Noel Photography

Elite American Beauty

92128 resident Tina Cota recently represented the state of California at the 2015 American Beauty Pageant final event in Orlando, FL, where she was crowned Elite American Beauty. The American Beauty Pageant is an international competition open to girls and women from North America, Central America, and South America. This year’s winners hailed from a variety of states and countries, from New York to Florida to Colorado to Puerto Rico. The pageant has divisions for all ages, from Tiny Miss American Beauty to Elite American Beauty, which is open to single, married, widowed, or divorced women over the age of 50. Contestants were scored in several categories: swimwear or fitness, evening gown, stage presence, and interview, with the interview counting for 50 percent of the final score.

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Tina graduated from Valdosta State University and has lived in Rancho Bernardo for many years. She strives to be very active in the community, serving as a Girl Scout leader, Pop Warner Cheerleading coach, yearbook chairperson at St. Michael School, foster director for Baja Animal Sancutary, and director for the Council for Youth Empowerment Scholarship Pageant for Miss 4S Ranch, Miss North County Inland, and Miss North Coast. Her 17-year-old daughter, Kelly Cota, graduated from Mt. Carmel High School this year and starts her first semester at the University of Colorado this fall.

When not working as a real estate consultant, Tina spends her time traveling, practicing yoga, hiking, and golfing. She is currently running for the title of Honorary Mayor of Rancho Bernardo.