Hollie De Lisle taught herself to sing, mostly in the shower. But, unlike most shower-stall stars, De Lisle's training earned her $500. Her performance of "On My Own," from...

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Name: Hollie De Lisle.

Hometown: Lynnwood.

Affiliation: Miss Seafair; a junior at Lee University in Tennessee.

Why she joined the Miss Seafair pageant: “I needed money for school, and I just kind of did a search on the Internet. I just tried to find a local pageant. I had no idea what I was doing.”

Her story: Hollie De Lisle taught herself to sing, mostly in the shower.

But, unlike most shower-stall stars, De Lisle’s training earned her $500.

Her performance of “On My Own,” from “Les Miserables,” was instrumental in her winning the Miss Seafair crown last summer.

Along with the title, De Lisle received $5,800 for college tuition.

She practically swept the Miss Seafair program when she won the crown worth $5,000, the talent competition worth $500 and the Miss Congeniality award for $300.

Growing up with three brothers, De Lisle was anything but groomed for pageantry from birth. In fact, she didn’t even own the dress in which she was crowned. “I own no gowns; so I had to borrow a couple different gowns for the parades as well as for the actual Miss Seafair coronation,” said De Lisle.

After spending two years at Edmonds Community College, De Lisle enrolled at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., last fall, majoring in telecommunications.

“When I was in elementary school, I remember going to a Torchlight Parade with my friend and her family and thinking it was so cool,” said De Lisle. “I would have never known when I was 8 years old that I would be actually in it as Miss Seafair.”

Of the pageant’s various parts, the interview portion made her the most jittery. She had received some public-speaking training by working on air for Spirit 105.3 FM radio on nights and weekends. Now, she hopes to go into TV broadcasting after her graduation.

She recommends people come to the pageant not to watch preening beauties clad in swimsuits, but to meet some of the future leaders of Washington state.

She also advises young women to have confidence in themselves.

“It’s OK not to look like the people on TV,” said De Lisle, whose platform was increasing self-esteem for women. “It’s OK not to be a Size 2. I believe that God doesn’t make trash, he makes treasures.”

Her summer event: At the Miss Seafair coronation, about 20 to 25 contestants compete for the title of Miss Seafair, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle, $20. More information: 206-728-0123 or www.Seafair.com/x82.xml

— Jennifer Lloyd, staff reporter