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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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jordyn bristol
16, September 2020
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The person I am on stage is absolutely thanks to Kari Volen!!! I have been working with her for 4 years and every time I feel more and more confident going into a pageant. She builds relationships with you which isn’t something you see all the time! Extremely professional and encouraging!!

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Sarah Sabo
14, September 2020
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We are new to the pageant world and went to our first nationals last summer. Kari was our sherpa and was able to guide us every step along the way. From dress advice, to intro editing, and choreographed her fun fashion and formal wear. My daughter loved her and trusted her. With all of her expertise, my daughter ended up top 15 as the youngest and least experienced girl in her age group.

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Jenyaia Dexter
14, September 2020
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We absolutely adore Kari. She is an incredible teacher and mentor. She doesn't just stop after a session, she checks in all during pageant week, after competitions and follows up when the weekend is over. Kari is passionate and truly cares about what she does. She truly gets to know her girls and designs her coaching around their strengths. We honestly can't say enough good things.

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Sili Pese
14, September 2020
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Kari is brilliant & she has an AMAZING attention to detail! We absolutely adore her & would recommend her to everyone we know. She is THE pageant coach to have. We are so grateful for all her help, guidance, & resources. Love, love, love Kari?

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Ellie Smith
13, September 2020
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Words cannot describe how amazing Kari is...I went from 37th without a coach at a national pageant to top 15. She transformed my interview and walking. She is a miracle worker!

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Isabella Schuster
13, September 2020
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Kari is the best! I became a client of hers last year and she helped me go to nationals feeling prepared and confident. This year, with her help, I made 1st runner-up at my state pageant and look forward to working with her for nationals again. Kari is not only kind, patient, professional, and knowledgable, she is also great with helping you pick the perfect outfits for competition. I cannot imagine doing any pageant system without her help. Thank you Kari for everything that you do!

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Sarah Smith
13, September 2020
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Kari is hands down the best investment I’ve ever made for my daughter in pageantry. I’ve been involved in pageants since 1992 and I’ve never experienced a more knowledgeable coach in ALL aspects of competition. My daughter competed in MHSA and placed 37th... she came back as a returner and made top 15 because of the coaching she received from Kari! She did mostly online sessions with one weekend of walking routines. Kari was so invested in the success of my daughter that her coaching was truly invaluable. My daughter wouldn’t have been anywhere near as competitive without her. Bottom line: make Pageant Coaching and Designs a priority when budgeting for competition. We owe my daughters success exclusively to the expertise, passion for creating winners and love we experienced with Kari. We look forward to continuing this pageant journey with Kari by our side.

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Miranda Beaver
12, September 2020
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Kari is hands down the best pageant coach i’ve ever had! She is very personable and very uplifting during sessions, she pushes girls to do there absolute best! She has helped me in so many different ways for my NAM state pageant, from H/M to writing my appointed title essay! She definitely knows what the judges are looking for!

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Troy Hartpence
12, September 2020
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We have absolutely enjoyed working with Kari! She is reliable, professional, answers our questions and has great communication skills. Her knowledge of the pageant industry is amazing and we are so lucky to work with her!

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Megan Andrews
12, September 2020
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I've only been working with Kari for a couple months, but from day 1 she made me feel like a winner. She always has my back and has faith in me and my abilities above all else. The number one thing I love about her is her honesty. It is always so appreciated when she gives constructive criticism because 1) you know it's coming from her wanting you to reach your full potential and 2) she shows you exactly what she needs you to do. Pageant Coaching and Designs is the best coaching out there. I am so grateful to be part of team PC&D!!!

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Steavie Sanchez
12, September 2020
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We just started coaching with Keri, and she was a perfect fit! We love her and appreciate all the hard work she puts into coaching. She’s on top of everything you ask of her. She’s also really sweet and we are so happy to be apart of her team!

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Jaimee Wright
12, September 2020
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I've done pageants for years. Along the way I've had some great coaches. Kari was my most recent coach and I'm glad I found her. Her coaching helped me win the IJM Miss CA title in March of 2020. I had never competed with IJM before and her knowledge, tips and tricks sealed the deal! She's a pleasure to work with and very dependable, dedicated and professional. I highly recommend her as a coach!

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Alexus Belden
12, September 2020
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Kari has been an amazing coach and mentor to not just me, but all of her students. She wants the best for all of her clients and if truly shows. Thank you Kari for being amazing.

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Jennifer Rye
11, September 2020
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This is our first year working with Kari, and right from the beginning I knew that she was going to be the perfect fit for us. My niece has opened up so much and grown tremendously in the short time that Kari has been helping us. Kari is hands on and always keeps all of her clients at the top of her priority list. This is something you don’t always find with big name coaches. We love being a part of Pageant Coaching and Designs, and I know that we will have Kari on our team for the long run!

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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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