Anne Marie Fuller, 40, and her daughter Rebecca, 16, were crowned Mrs. California and Miss Teen California on Saturday, May 25, during separate pageants at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster.
“It’s weird calling myself Miss Teen California,” said the Tracy High School sophomore. “I never thought it would be possible. My goal in life is to become an actress.”
Her first taste of pageants came at the age of 11, when she competed for Tracy Bean Queen for the first time.
The rising junior at Tracy High said she didn’t place, but a few years later, she took first runner-up and her love of pageants was born.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “I like to entertain people.”
A veteran of local theater, Rebecca has performed in a number of musicals — most recently as a cast member in the production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Tracy Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in December.
“I like pageants, but I want to move into theater,” she said. “I like acting and being on stage. This is my starting point. You’ve got to start somewhere.”
In August, she was crowned Miss Teen San Joaquin Valley, and with her newest state title, she is turning her attention to the Beauties competition with her mother in Los Angeles from July 12-14.
When it comes to the mother of the team, Anne Marie Fuller, she’s fairly new to the pageant scene.
“To me it’s once in a lifetime,” she said. “It’s been an amazing experience.”
She was appointed to the title Mrs. Central California in late August, but it wasn’t until the state competition last week that she had to go against her peers on a much broader scale.
“She talked me into it (pageants),” said Anne Marie, as she pointed at Rebecca.
Although new to pageants, Anne Marie Fuller has experience in the limelight, having modeled in the Bay Area since she was 17 years old.
She said the best part about the pageants was doing them with Rebecca.
“I put it over the moon that we can do it together,” she said.
She said the whole experience has brought them closer together.
As one of the top two scorers in the Mrs. California competition, Anne Marie Fuller said she was given new toys to distribute to the charity of her choice. She said she chose the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter.
On Wednesday, May 29, the mother-daughter team delivered 11 toys to the shelter.
“I’m so grateful they brought these for the kids,” said shelter director Armenia Pereira. “I’ll make sure everyone get one.”
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