Meet the Stars of 'Game of Crowns'
When they're not competing in pageants, these women moonlight as CEOs, trainers and...airplane pilots?
This summer on Bravo is getting way more glam with the addition of our new show Game of Crowns, premiering Sunday, July 13 at 9:15p ET/PT. The hour-long docuseries follows six pageant wives competing on the "Mrs." circuit: the cameras will follow their lives as they search for the perfect swimsuit, work tirelessly with their trainers, and hone their pageant interview skills with coaches—all while remaining devoted to their husbands and children.
Who are these six women? Meet the stars below.
Shelley boasts many impressive titles, but her most valued are "mother" and "wife." The blonde beauty lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut with her husband, John, and their four children: Clay, Mia, Madilyn (Maddy) and Trey. Shelley is a registered nurse, but taking care of her family is her full time job. Shelley fell into pageantry when her mother secretly registered her for the Mrs. Connecticut America pageant without her knowledge or consent. Shelley initially had no interest in competing, but she ultimately decided to enter to show her children they truly could be whatever they wanted to be — and that she could do something other than cook and clean. The pageant natural won Mrs. Connecticut America 2010 and went on to win Mrs. America 2011. Shelley admits she knew nothing about preparing for pageants, so she traveled without a glam squad and wore the same gown from the state pageant at nationals – both considered taboo by many in the pageant world! Shelley is passionate about health and wellness and utilizes her “voice” given to her through pageantry to encourage others to make healthy choices. She is involved in various charities and enjoys writing when she can find a spare moment.
Complete with her “tell it like it is” personality, Vanassa is the total package made up of brains, beauty, ambition and a splash of sass. In addition to being a pageant champion, Vanassa is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who administers anesthesia in the operating room. When she gets out of her scrubs, this fun-loving diva enjoys the finer things in life, especially high-end fashion and couture clothing. Vanassa is from the Passamaquoddy Tribe and carries on the tradition of a culturally rich heritage. She hit the jackpot in more ways than one when she married the love of her life Brian, who along with his family owns one of the world’s largest casinos, Foxwoods Resort & Casino. She and Brian, who is also Native American, have a 24-year-old daughter, Tyah Marie. Vanassa is very supportive of multiple breast cancer foundations, a cause that holds a special place in her heart after her own bout with breast cancer. Vanassa has previously held the title of Mrs. Connecticut America 2012 and went on to compete at Mrs. America, where she placed in the top 10 and won most original costume.
Lori-Ann is a fitness consultant/trainer and cover model who owns Body Construct LLC, a workout facility where she trains women, and she recently launched her own line of Body Construct Nutrition Supplements. When she is not training others, Lori-Ann competes in fitness pageants, interviews professional athletes on red carpets, and models for fitness magazines, workout videos, infomercials and more. Always up for a challenge, Lori-Ann decided to enter a beauty pageant and won Mrs. Connecticut America 2013. She missed the fitness pageant world and recently made a comeback as a Top 3 Champion Finalist in the International Montreal Bikini Pro Championship. Lori-Ann and her husband John have one dog and two cats. Lori-Ann’s titles include Mrs. Connecticut America, Miss Bikini Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini New England, Miss Model Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini Fitness Atlantic WBFF Pro and Miss Summer Nationals.
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Leha prides herself on being the down-to-earth gal next door. Leha lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with her husband of eight years, Nick, a police officer, and their two children, Nicholas, 8 and Sophia, 3. Family is the most important part of Leha’s life, and they enjoy countless traveling adventures together. Leha’s family combines two of their favorite activities – owning horses and charity work – in their support of therapeutic riding organizations. Leha has a full-time job as an account manager and recruiter working with several Fortune 500 companies. As if that was not enough of a competitive culture, Leha also competes in beauty pageants. However, she took a break from pageants to focus on her job and raising her children, but returned to the circuit after a 70-pound weight loss with the goal of empowering women to step out of their comfort zones one stage at a time. Having won her first major state title as a teen to most recently being crowned Mrs. Rhode Island America, she is determined to set big personal goals and dream even bigger!
Susanna is a successful entrepreneur, business woman, author, pilot and more. She is the co-founder of Bound by The Crown Couture, a stylish lifestyle clothing brand for children. Susanna attributes her love of animals and flying (especially a Cessna 172) to her late father who was an engineer and a professional jockey. Susanna is married to successful construction entrepreneur Antonio and has two daughters, Victoria, 21 and Isabella, 7. Susanna became a strong anti-bullying advocate after almost losing Victoria in a horrific teen bullying incident and vows to help others through her story and the Stop, Think, Feel Pledge. Daughter Isabella is a star in her own right as a model, actress, singer and pageant champion. Susanna is the former Mrs. Nations USA and Mrs. Massachusetts Perfect Woman. She is the current Mrs. Rhode Island United States and looks forward to nationals in July when she and fellow cast member Lynne Diamante will compete at the nationally televised Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas.
Pageant queen Lynne has mastered the art of having it all. As the CEO and founder of OPTX Rhode Island, a luxury sunglass and eyeglass retailer, Lynne styles and consults for celebrity clientele and industry elite. Lynne is also an attorney, with the distinct privilege of being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court Bar and the U.S. District Court. Lynne is an avid traveler whose favorite hobby is traveling the world with her husband Giulio and daughter Giulia, a pastime she inherited from her late father. Lynne and Giulio, an eye surgeon and ophthalmologist, have renewed their wedding vows 15 times in their 16 year marriage, most often in Las Vegas. In her free time, Lynne enjoys cooking, shopping (she has a self-proclaimed shoe and purse addiction), modifying and driving sports cars and supporting philanthropic causes in her community. Lynne is a pageant-lifer who is known for her signature blue hair tips. She is a former Miss Rhode Island USA and proudly represented Rhode Island at the Miss USA Pageant in 1991.
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