So as everyone knows, I was announced into the top four Monday evening. I was totally not expecting to make that cut! I almost started crying when Paula called my name. It became such a whirlwind. Right after they announced us, they rushed us out of the station to go to Macy's at Oakland Mall for a "makeover" with Channel 4's fashion expert. We started in Macy's Premier Salon, where they put a little product in my hair to make it shine. No cuts or color or anything drastic! We then went to the Estee Lauder counter for make-up tips! All of us finalists have become such good friends that they had Cephus (the only male finalist) put powder on my face! It was really cute. Then they had us go for wardrobe tips. For those of you who saw the story they aired about me yesterday... I did not take the "tip." A purple turtleneck under a red suit does not illustrate "Ashlee" very well! haha. I just stayed with simple and sleek (but of course red!).
That night I came home and had very little time to prepare for my big audition day (the next day) and only slept a few hours. I arrived at WDIV at 6am and trained from 7-9am. I hurried home to meet my parents where the camera crew came to shoot a profile of me. I was so impressed with how Paula edited the piece. I think she truly portrayed the Miss America Organization wonderfully and highlighted my passions for breast cancer and dance. It has been very difficult being labeled a "beauty queen" as an occupation. Obviously, that was out of my control! You have to love television! These last few weeks, I have had to wear the "reporter hat" and having the experience of wearing the crown has been the best expereince for the job I could have! Although I am extremely proud of all my pageant accomplishments, the average TV viewer does not understand the complexity and intellect behind MAO, so I have really had to walk a fine line of how I portray myself to the viewers, since this is a job interview everytime I am on camera. I need all the votes I can get!!! :-)
Now we just wait until Monday when they will announce the new traffic reporter live on-air. Although, my life doesn't get put on hold from now until then; I still have all my other daily responsibilities between teaching and family. However, starting Friday afternoon, I am asking all of you to do a little work for me (pretty please!) Voting starts Friday and closes Sunday. So please get everyone you know to vote. Although the director has the final say, the voting will have a huge influence. TV is all about ratings, and if viewers signifcantly prefer one reporter over another, it becomes very influential to hire the reporter most liked by the viewers. So please have everyone you know vote at www.clickondetroit.com! Once I find the direct link Friday, I will try and send that out to all of you. I am so lucky to have all of your support. I LOVE YOU ALL!