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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 (Tuesday)
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From modeling to interview techniques, Kari can not only give you world class coaching in person, but also by the phone (FaceTime/Skype/Zoom)! 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
* Jayden Pecoy - National All-American Miss Pre-Teen 2019-2020
* Olivia Wynkoop - National All-American Miss Teen 2019-2020
* 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
* Isabella Schuster - National American Miss Junior Teen Cover Miss - 2019-2020
* Rita Garabet - Miss California International - 1st Runner Up to Miss International 2019
* Eileen Kim - Miss California 2019 - Top 15 Miss America
* 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
* Alena Mascarenas - National American Miss Preteen 4th Runner Up
* Jovi Mongold - National American Miss Junior Teen 2nd Runner Up
* Makarei Payne-Glass - National All American Miss Junior Teen 4th Runner Up
* Tara Broderick - National All American Miss 4th Runner Up
* Nicole Hornaday - National All American Miss 2nd Runner Up
* Haleigh Ranf - National American Miss Preteen Talent Winner & National Fashion Model
* Jayden Pecoy - National American Miss Preteen National Model
* Jovi Mongold - National American Miss Junior Teen National Casual Wear Winner, National Model, & National Fashion Model
* Kalyn Terrell - National American Miss Teen National Fashion Model
* Tara Broderick - National American Miss Casual Wear Winner
* Madisen Fragosa - National American Miss Talent Winner

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
  • #1 Best Pageant Coach of 2019
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Shea   tapia
28, December 2019
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Kari has been amazing for Abagail. Kari's experience and training is truly a blessings for these girls. It gives them so much confidence and self motivation to be the best they can.

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19, December 2019
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Kari is amazing! From MAO to NAM, Kari does it all! Her girls are fiercely prepared in all aspects of the competition and really have that sparkle on stage! Kari goes above and beyond and truly has a unique and special relationship with her clients. Her success shows on and off the stage!

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Christy   Van Der Westhuizen
17, December 2019
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Kari is a great pageant coach and mentor. She genuinely cares about the contestants she coaches - it is a joy to see how much she loves her coaching clients!

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Cassandra   Caron
11, December 2019
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Kari is amazing and helped my daughter prepare for both NAM & RIM. From wardrobe consulting, walking, interview prep, and stage presence coaching, Kari was knowledgeable and insightful. She always responds to my 1000 questions too! What I really love is that she has been to most of the pageants in person so she knows exactly what is happening and has first hand experience with them. While working with Kari, my daughter was in the top 10 at NAM nationals, top 10 spokesmodel, top 5 actress, top 10 talent, top 5 photogenic, and scored the top score in interview. She also won a RIM national title and won several optionals as well. I highly recommend her for all of your pageant consulting needs!

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Janette   Wilcox
11, December 2019
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From my daughter Jenai Wilcox, "I LOVE KARI! She is absolutely amazing and we connected within minutes of meeting each other. She helped me prepare for Royal International Miss 2019 Internationals and I walked away with 5 optional titles, (casual wear, purple passion, top model, talent, and fitness), 3 mini optionals, (best personality, best interview, and best gown), and she helped me walk away with the International Miss title!"

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Lori   Mcdonald-Hall
11, December 2019
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Kari is one of the kindest most sincere pageant coaches my daughter has had the privilege of working with. We drove hundreds of miles to get signature walking practice with Kari and it was second to none. I can highly recommend PCandD for all your pageant needs. Such a beautiful lady inside and out :)

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Charisse   Anderson
11, December 2019
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Kari Volen is the very best. She is professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. On top of that, she is one of the kindest, sincere, and caring people you could ever meet. THE BEST!!!!

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Leanna   Byrom
09, December 2019
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The first moment we spoke with Kari she was extremely friendly and knowledgeable in regards to pageant coaching. Then when she worked with my daughter on walking for in fashion, evening gown, and casual wear her she gave her many amazing tips and feedback. I know we will be returning to her for additional coaching!

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Chloe   Hiller
22, November 2019
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I met Kari through the Miss AZ High School pageant and I am so excited to work with her! We had such a great first meeting and even in the short amount of time we got to talk she was so helpful. She is a genuinely nice person and very knowledgeable about what it takes to be confident and do well in your pageant.

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Valerie   Alcaraz
21, November 2019
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Kari is such a kind and compassionate person. She sees the potential in all her clients and truly values your experience.

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Shelby   Waldner
21, November 2019
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I met with Kari this last week to help prepare me for Mrs. California. Kari’s warm demeanor and ability to structure a coaching session is amazing. We started off with walking and posing for both swimsuit and evening gown. We dove into interview questions as well. She provides great feedback and is extremely honest yet constructive with her criticism. We videotaped my walk, so I know what to practice when I get back home. She’s extremely talented, easy to communicate with, and has an excellent way of explaining things. She’s the perfect coach! I highly recommend her! Not only will you walk away with a ton of knowledge, understanding of what to expect at your pageant and a new found confidence- you feel like you have a new friend & your own personal cheerleader!

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Abby   Omolafe
20, November 2019
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Kari is an amazing coach! She always help me in specific part of competition I need to improve in, she is very supportive and helpful!!!! I love working with her!

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Autumn   Harabedian
18, November 2019
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Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Compassionate, Professional, Caring.... AWESOME!!!!!! These are the words that come to mind when I think of Kari Volen from Pageant Coaching and Designs. I started coaching with Kari 3 years ago, and in my 3 years of coaching I've learned and gained so many skills and most importantly I've gained the greatest level of confidence in myself. At my first national level pageant (NAM) I competed in the AA jr teen division. I ended up placing in the top 5, Won Jr Teen Runaway, placed top 5 in cause wear and photogenic. I also took home the titles of National Model and National Fashion Model. Which none would have not happened without the help & knowledge of Kari. I also later that year took home the title of IJM CA Teen with the guidance of Kari In July of 2019 I competed for the title of International Junior Miss Teen against other beautiful girls from around the world. My results...... placed 3rd over all teen, won best gown, best fun fashion, best interview attire, 3rd runner up for casual wear and won teen photogenic. All of this would not have been possible without the guidance of Kari. If you are looking for the best coach for yourself or for your daughter then your looking stops here........ cause she is right here!!! I highly recommend Kari your any of your coaching needs. To garment selection, to intros, to speech writing, and her specialty Interview. Kari is not only the best coach you will ever meet, I guarantee she will become not only a great mentor for your daughter but she'll also become one of your best friends.

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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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Julia   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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