McKenzie Peck, reigning Miss Sugarhouse 2014 is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. She's had her hand in pageants, the fashion industry, clothing design, and modeling, so it's safe to say that she knows a thing or two about beauty. We decided it was time to catch up with our beloved Got Beauty Girl alum, and find out a little more about her most recent pageant experience.
How did you first get into participating in pageants?
I worked at Ypsilon, which is a dress store, and a part of my job was to help girls sign up for beauty pageants. At the time, I had a different idea of what beauty pageants were all about and I was sort of against them, but I thought I'd give it a try.
Any Jennifer Lawrence type skirt-tripping moments at a pageant or elsewhere?
Actually yes, at my last pageant in October. Even worse, I wasn't in my skirt...I was in a swimsuit. I got called into the Top 15, which threw me off because I didn't expect to get that far. I walked out onto the runway no problem, then when I struck a pose, my knees immediately locked. I was flailing all over the place trying to regain my balance. Luckily, only about half of the audience saw me. Pretty embarrassing!
Current Top 3 Songs on your playlist?
Oh, that's a hard one! I feel more like myself as a blonde, younger and more bubbly, but I think other people don't take me as seriously. Brunette is a more sultry sexy feel, and that's definitely fun, too. Although, I have noticed that fewer guys turn their heads since I've been a brunette.
Dark chocolate. Straight up.
What is your all-time favorite service at Got Beauty?
I would have to say the mink Eyelash Extensions. They are amazing and they last FOREVER! I did my last Eyelash Extensions right before my last pageant and they lasted two months with one fill. It takes about an hour to get them in and it's really relaxing. Sometimes I fall asleep!
Hair extensions...are they worth it?
Absolutely! I am a hair extensions fanatic, I've had them for 7 years. I hope to have them when I'm a granny. I regularly use the Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner, I love the Enjoy Conditioning Spray after a wash, but my number one trick for maintenance is the Moroccan Oil. It keeps them shiny and soft since they tend to dry out.
Who is your fashion inspiration?
Elie Saab. He designs these amazing high-end formal gowns with a vintage-feel. They're all lacey, flowing, chic and feminine.
We hear you'll be studying fashion in Barcelona this Spring. Tell us a little more about that!
I just recently went to Europe with a friend randomly. We were on our way to Chile on standby but it didn't look so good, so we opted for Europe instead. We flew into Paris and went shopping, I wore my $1 vintage fur coat that I grabbed at a flea-market in LA. Then we took a train to Barcelona. I just fell in love with it, and how they take time to live life. They close down all the stores for Siesta (naptime) every afternoon. Dinner doesn't start until 8 (you can't even find an open restaurant before then) and everyone parties the night away until about 6am. I decided to look into some fashion schools while I was there and managed to find a 4-week course that will start in July. I'm excited to make that happen.
What made you want to study fashion?
When I was 8 years old, my babysitter got married and I fell in love with her wedding dress. I went straight home and wrote in my journal "One day, I will be a wedding dress designer". The day after I graduated high school, I did a fashion internship in New York. I did some fashion stuff in LA. I designed my first pageant dress and wore it for Prelims. It was gorgeous, but I sewed it myself, so the zipper sort of fell apart.
Your #1 can't-live-without-it hair product from Got Beauty...
The Batiste Dry Shampoo in 'Wild'. I hate washing my extensions. I also have fine hair that's prone to getting greasy, so it's nice to have that option to clean it up and add a little body. I recommend it to everyone!
What about your #1 can't-live-without-it Got Beauty face product?
The Dermalogica Active Moist. It's a great lightweight moisturizer that does not cause breakouts. I always use it in winter because my skin gets drier then.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to read minds...!
What's in your beauty bag these days?
The Palladio Retractable Pen Eyeliner is a must-have. I reach for it all the time.
Any advice for girls looking to participate in future pageants?
Stay true to yourself. Don't just act how you think you're supposed to act. They choose girls who are genuine, down to earth, and who can look beautiful without trying to hard.
Keep up with McKenzie on her Facebook page or on Instagram at @McKenzie_Rae_Fashion.
Brunette Hair Color: Jamie Howard
Blonde Hair Color: Got Beauty Alumni and now New York stylist Dominae Mugleston
Hair Extensions: Shelly Haggerty
Makeup: Sasha Booker
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Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.