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Pageant Coaching and Designs

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Helping you on your journey to the crown
  • La Habra, CA, United States

  • Operating Hours: Closed (Sunday)
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From modeling to interview techniques, Kari Ann can not only give you world class coaching in person, but also by the phone! She has worked with local, state, national and international clients around the country and has a proven track record of success. She can also assist you with marketing/branding, optional competition preparation, speech/intro writing, wardrobe selection, hair & makeup referrals, fitness & nutrition, image consulting and talent selection! She has a great network of professionals then can help you feel confident with every aspect of your preparation. Kari is focused on bringing out the best in her clients and preparing them to not only succeed in pageants but in life. Join Team Pageant Coaching & Designs and let us help you on your journey to the crown!

2019 Has been a fantastic year for Pageant Coaching & Designs! We are so proud that we were able to help our clients achieve success in almost every major pageant system in the nation! We had too many state and local titleholders to name. Congrats to all of our clients on a job well down but a special shout out to the following clients on their national/international titles and Top 5 placements.

* Peyton Stuewe - Miss Junior High School America 2019
* Jenai Wilcox - Royal International Miss 2019-2020, International Miss Talent Winner
* Julia Gilmore - Royal International Miss Role Model Junior Teen 2019-2020
* Charlotte Thompson - Royal International Miss Role Model Princess 2019-2020
* Nina Ancheta - Miss Globe USA 2019
* Rita Garabet - Miss California International - 1st Runner Up to Miss International 2019
* Annie Lu - Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019 - Top 15 Miss Teen USA
* Autumn Harabedian - International Junior Miss Teen Photogenic Winner, 3rd Runner Up Overall
* Mariah Hall - International Junior Miss Junior Teen 3rd Runner Up Overall
* Emma Yeszin - International Junior Miss Preteen Spokesmodel Winner, 3rd Runner Up Overall
* Ainsley Anderson - International Junior Miss Junior Teen Spokesmodel Winner
* Kate Platten - International Junior Miss International Teen Talent Winner
* Victoria Johnson - Royal International Miss 2nd Runner Up Overall, 2nd Runner Up Role Model
* Jacqueline Carbajal - Royal International Miss 4th Runner Up Role Model
* Sienna Saucedo - Royal International Miss Sweetheart 1st Runner Up Overall, 1st Runner Up Role Model

2018 was a successful year for our Pageant Coaching & Designs clients! We had countless clients win local, state and regional titles in virtually every system. We also had numerous clients place in the Top 5 or as semi-finalists in national or international pageants including: Miss Pre-teen/Teen/Miss International, USA National Miss, Miss Collegiate America, National American Miss, Royal International Miss and International Junior Miss.

We want to recognize the following clients for achieving extraordinary success in 2018:

* Annie Lu - Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2019
* Abagail Maiden - 2018-2019 National All American Miss Junior Teen
* Jayden Pecoy - 2018 Royal International Miss Sweetheart
* Mackenzie Freed - Miss California 2018 (MAO)
* Lauren Weeks - Mrs. International 2018
* Madelyn Testa - Miss Teen North America
* Tara Broderick - IJM Internationals Miss Casual Wear Winner
* Presley Gonor - NAM National Junior Pre Teen Runway Winner
* Maddie Fragosa - NAM National Teen Talent Winner
* Caleya Agnew - IJM Internationals Junior Princess Talent Winner & America's Junior Miss for the Junior Princess Division
* Bianca Dent - IJM International's America's Junior Miss for the Princess Division

We are also proud to be the official pageant coach for the following systems: Miss/Teen/Preteen California International, California International Junior Miss, Royal International Miss California, Miss California/Miss California’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Arizona Junior High/High School/Collegiate America

Testimonials:

“Kari has been so helpful to me and has taught me so much. She is really nice and teaches me and has boosted my confidence so much that not only did I do really well at my State competition, I know I am going to do even better at Nationals! Kari is my Pageant Angel” - Julia Gilmore, NAMISS 2017 Illinois Cover Girl

“Just as you would have a coach for sports or music or dance for your child, having a coach for pageant competitions can make the difference between doing well, and winning. Kari is knowledgeable in the industry, experienced, organized, kind, fun and super smart. My only regret is that I didn’t hire Kari sooner. She has been instrumental in my daughter’s growth, and she has become a good friend as well. She has helped my daughter in every area, including wardrobe tips, modeling, developing interview skills, mastering her introduction, and polishing her overall presence. Her involvement has been invaluable. Because of Kari, and my daughter’s equally hard work, my daughter placed in every competition she entered, placed top 3 overall, and was crowned the 2017 Illinois State Cover Girl. I expect that Nationals will have even brighter results.” - Cindy Gilmore, Mother of Julia Gilmore, NAMISS 2017 Illinois Cover Girl

"I have been competing in pageants for a little over 12 years and can attribute much of my success to Kari of Pageant Coaching and Designs! I first started working with Kari after I was crowned Miss Irvine USA 2016 where Kari was both my director and coach. That year she helped me earn a top 20 placement at Miss CA USA 2016. Kari’s coaching also helped me snag the title of Miss Beach Cities USA the following year. I honestly have no idea what I would have done without Kari’s guidance going into the Miss CA USA competition. She was with me every step of the way from gown shopping, swimsuit designing, and interview prep!
Before working with Kari I always thought walking was my strongest point of competition but she helped take my confidence, routines, and facials to the next level! Her walking and choreography coaching definitely paid off when I was crowned Miss California International 2017, where I also took home the fitness, fun fashion, and even gown awards! I was extremely nervous to compete in the International pageant system for the first time this year, but Kari made sure I was more than prepared. Her guidance, along with Samantha Riddle’s helped me earn a 2nd runner up placement at Miss International 2017 and I couldn’t be more grateful! I am incredibly lucky to have Kari in my life, not only as a director and coach but also as a friend. She cares so much about each of the women she works with and it is evident in her coaching style! If you are thinking about working with Kari, I cannot recommend her enough. My only regret is that I didn’t find her sooner! Since I have been under her guidance I have earned 2 local USA titles, a USA state placement, a state title, and an international placement. I can honestly say none of that would have been possible without her!" - Broooklyn Bizzle, Miss California International 2017

"Above and Beyond! Kari has gone farther than any other coach. She is not just a coach she is a friend and mentor. Through many ups and downs these past couple years, Kari has been with us through it all. Even when I had my surgery and could not get my daughter to coaching Kari reached out to me and made arrangements to come to us. She wanted to make sure that my daughter was ready for nationals. She truly cared about my daughter's experience. I had surgery that put me on bedrest for several months and Kari made sure that my daughter was ready for a national pageant without me even having to ask. She knew what we needed and made it happen. I was so touched and cannot begin to thank her enough. She makes a point of being there to support and encourage my daughter in a beautiful way. I cannot imagine life before Kari. She's become a valued member of our team and our family. Kari listens to me and my daughter and takes our input, she respects that each person is different and no two clients are the same. Her coaching has personal touches that you won't find anywhere else. With Kari you get a stylist, coach, mentor, cheerleader, and friend. Kari Volen, not just a coach." -Michelle Edwards, Mother of Grace Edwards, San Fernando Valley's Outstanding Teen 2016

"Working with Kari has been a game changer for my pageant preparation! I had competed twice for the title of National American Miss and never made the Top 10. For my final year competing in the Miss division, I decided that I needed some extra help and had heard great things about Kari. Not only did she provide great interview and walking practice, but she encouraged me, even during competition week, and I was able to fulfill my dream of making the Top 10 at Nationals! This past year, I decided to compete as a Miss in the Miss America system for the very first time, and was pretty nervous competing with women who had much more experience in the system. I knew that I had to start preparing with Kari right away. I placed 1st runner up in my first open pageant at Miss Orange County/Miss Orange Coast, and a couple of months later, I won the title of Miss Delta Valley and competed at Miss California this past summer! As a former competitor and judge, Kari knows the MAO system inside and out. It also amazes me how well she keeps up on current events, which is so helpful! Above all else, though, she always provides an encouraging, yet challenging, environment during her very reasonably priced sessions and even through phone calls outside of the sessions. I’m lucky to call Kari my pageant coach and my friend!" - Nicole Hornaday, Miss Delta Valley 2017


"I worked with Kari while preparing for IJM Miss International and I can genuinely say Kari is the best coach I have ever worked with. I felt so welcome and so comfortable with her and she taught me so much that I will continue to use. She really helped me build my confidence and over come fears. With the coaching from Kari I won first runner up in spokesmodel speaking about mental health and I would have never had the confidence to speak about something so close to me if it wasn't for Kari. I truly love Kari and can't wait to train with her again." - Jade Johnson, IJM Miss Golden State.

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Pageant Planet Awards

  • #1 Best Pageant Coach
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Tara  Hooper
16, November 2019
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She’s the best!!

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Sophie Clyne  McGarity
15, November 2019
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Kari is all about helping her clients bring their best selves to each competition, rather than trying to turn them into something they aren't. She knows what each system values and how to adapt. When she gives feedback, it is *actionable* and specific. My daughter walks away from each session with Kari excited and ready to put that feedback into action. Best of all, Kari is always so responsive with questions in between sessions or input on a wardrobe decision. It's so wonderful to have her in our corner!

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Rita  Garabet
14, November 2019
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I have been working with Kari since the beginning of my pageant career and she has been with me every step of the way. She is remarkable because she works with you on every aspect of pageantry, whether it be interview preparation, platform development, or walking with confidence in every phase of competition. People always ask me what has made me successful in my pageantry journey, and I always stand by my recommendation of my phenomenal coach, Kari Volen! Awards include: Currently Miss California International 2019 (1st runner up to Miss International 2019) 4 MAO titles (Miss Covina Valley 2013, Miss Inland Empire 2014, Miss Southland 2015, Miss Sierra Nevada 2016) Earned Best in Fitness (Miss Southland 2015, Miss Continents 2015, Miss California MAO 2016, Miss International 2019) Earned Best Interview (Miss Southland 2015, Miss California International 2019) Earned Best Evening Gown (Miss California International 2019) 2nd Runner Up to Miss Continents 2015

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Faith  Christina
14, November 2019
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If anyone was meant to be a coach and mentor for pageant women, it's Kari. Her passion and dedication for what she does is amazing. She makes every girl feel special and is so good at checking in both during pageant week and just in general. She focuses on mindset and strategies that set girls up for success in pageants and in life. And overall, she is just a kind-hearted person who works hard to help her girls to be their best. She's knowledgeable on a wide variety of systems and we are so thankful to work with her.

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John  Lenio
13, November 2019
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Kari is incredible from her knowledge and her professionalism to how invested she is with each of the girls she coaches.

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Reesa  Artz
12, November 2019
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Kari has been absolutely incredible! She provides valuable tips and critiques while being the most positive and encouraging person ever. The amount of confidence I have gained in the past 9 months with her has gone above and beyond anything I would have ever dreamed of!

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Brittany  Fisher
11, November 2019
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Kari is very knowledgeable and offers a great perspective in the pageant world! We have thoroughly enjoyed working with her and can’t wait to continue working with her to prepare for Nationals next summer!! I highly recommend her!

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Cindy  Gilmore
11, November 2019
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Kari is unbelievably focused, dedicated, smart and kind. My daughter Julia won an International Title because if Kari. Kari gave my daughter the tools to succeed and taught her how Show the world her own unique self. We trust Kari, we love Kari, and we are blessed to have her in our life.

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michelle  edwards
10, November 2019
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Kari is the interview wizard. She's taken my daughter's interview to the top. Not only is she winning titles but she's winning interview as well. Thank you Kari for all your love and support. Your tailored coaching style is what makes you the best pageant coach.

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Trish  Johnson
09, November 2019
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My daughter has worked with some of the best coaches in the country but Kari bypasses them all. Her knowledge of various systems and ability to adjust to them all is phenomenal. She’s so organized, hard working and professional. Most people don’t realize that she works full time while owning and running a successful coaching business. She’s extremely dedicated to her clients and is always available to answer questions. But my favorite part, is that she truly cares about the girls she coaches beyond just pageantry. She makes every girl feel special. I couldn’t recommend her more!

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Tara  Broderick
09, November 2019
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Goes the distance by educating you and helps create the best version of yourself every step of the way through your pageant career! Thanks to her I’ve won a state title and have taken top 15 internationally!

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Harsha  
09, November 2019
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Kari is a phenomenal coach!! My daughter and I got to know her last year. She really brings out the best in you! Kari has been helpful in all the segments of the competition, and she goes above and beyond! She is very insightful and her guidance has always been excellent. She is very experienced and knowledgable. She truly cares about the people she coaches and their success. My daughter placed top 10 at the Miss Arizona competition and won her local in the Miss America Organization. Thank you Kari for all your support!!

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Tracy  Mollo
09, November 2019
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We love Kari and so happy we met her. She has been very helpful and encouraging and cares deeply for all her contestants. Highly recommend!

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Ava  Stevins
08, November 2019
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An amazing coach all around. For my first time ever doing a pageant she taught me exactly what I need to know and helped me achieve the best self I can be. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet and very professional!

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Lorraine  Blanding
08, November 2019
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Love Love Love Kari! She worked so well with my daughter, was professional, and taught my daughter to be more graceful and confident. She helped me choose the right outfits when I can be so indecisive and so many more things. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we couldn’t attend the pageant however I feel my dtr was taught things she can use in many other areas of her life, but we are looking forward to another pageant and will definitely use her again next time.

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Luis  Carbajal
08, November 2019
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Kari has been coaching my daughter, Jackelyn, for a little over 4 years now and every time she goes for a lesson, she feels confident and prepared. She has professionalism, confidence and care for each of her clients whether it being on Skype lessons or in person. Recently, my daughter competed at Royal International Miss in Orlando. Kari ensured my daughter was prepared for her first nationals and sure enough, she was part of the Top 15 in the Miss Division and 4th runner up for the International Role Model Miss. She went beyond her personal goal, as a pageant dad for over 8 years, that's what you want to hear. Thank you Kari for all you do for your girls and helping them aim for their goal.

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Makayla  Skelton
08, November 2019
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Kari has helped me win not 1 but 2 state titles, Miss Teen California Int and Miss California High School America. At my first ever national pageant in 2018 after winning Teen California I was awarded 4th runner up. The best thing I could have ever done is hired Kari as my coach! Kari goes beyond being just my coach, she is a friend who truly invests herself into her clients.

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Joslynn  Skelton
08, November 2019
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We started with Kari in 2018 and since being with her she has helped my daughter win her first state title in 2018 as Miss Teen California Int and helped her to placed top 5 at the national pageant. (this was also her first time at a national pageant) She has gone on to win an additional state title as Miss California High School America. The best thing we could have ever done is hire Kari as her coach, she has truly allowed my daughter to blossom into the young women I always knew she was.

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Jayden  Pecoy
08, November 2019
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Kari was there when I won Royal International Miss 2018-2019 International Sweetheart. With her coaching I have attained numerous awards including NAM National headshot winner, top 5 NAM National casual wear, 2nd runner up NAM National Junior Pre teen, IJM Golden State princess and Pre teen, 2019 California Regency Junior Miss, Regency International Jr Miss 1st runner up, and many more. Not only on the stage but off the stage supporting my 2 Gold Presidential Community Service awards, as she encourages me to give back to my community. She is with out a doubt confident, inspiring, professional, and an awesome coach!

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Athena  Fleming
08, November 2019
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Ms contestants are often left on the backburner by pageant directors, coaches and sponsors. It seems as though they would rather focus on the their younger clients or clients competing in specific organizations. But not Kari! She has given me the same, attention, and detail as she does all her other clients and even checked in on me during my competition to offer more advice. She goes above and beyond for all of her clients no matter where they are in their pageant journeys. This is why she is one of the best coaches in the nation and why I keep coming back to work with her each season.

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Pinky  Guerrero
08, November 2019
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Kari, is AMAZING! Just from messaging we clicked and she has been SUPER helpful! I'm SO excited for her! She is deserving of this! Yay, Kari!

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