You’re really involved in fitness. Can you tell us about that?
“My advice to all women is to make physical fitness a most important priority in life. Makeup and clothes will only contribute to a pleasing appearance if the face is a ‘picture of health’ and the body is a temple of well-toned, flexible and useable muscles and bones. If you are not already a jogger, swimmer, bicyclist, weight-trainee, etc – become one today.” — Carrie Gabriel, Mrs. America
To what do you credit your stunning figure?
“All my life I’ve concentrated on my kids. I never jogged. I never did any proper exercises. I never even had time to ride the exercise bike in our house. I’ve managed to stay in shape by chasing after a houseful of kids!” —Sandra Earnest, Mrs. USA
Do you have any dietary secrets?
“You might want to ask my MOM those. (Laughs) — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Do you have any diet, fitness, health tips?
“I am very active. I have always been very outdoors, very sports oriented, and that’s probably been my main diet. I have never really had a problem with weight. A lot has to do with my metabolic rate, which is very high. My Mom has always been very concerned about how I eat so I’ve always left that chore up to here.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Is it true that you once had a weight problem?
“Yes I did. Back when I was 16-20, I worked in a bakery and I had a weight problem. It’s so weird that four-or-five years later, I won the swimsuit competition – at one time being 20 lbs. Over-weight. I didn’t realize that I was overweight, or how I looked in clothes, until one day my boyfriend looked at me and called me thunder thighs. And from that moment on, I dropped those twenty pounds very quickly.” — Debra Maffett, Miss America
If there were no rules in your life for one day and you could be outrageous, what would you do?
“I would eat everything in the world. You do not understand. I would eat everything — twice!”
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