Kelly Gaudet

Miss FL Teen USA 96 / Miss FL America 01 / Top 10 Miss America

Model / Spokesmodel / Talent / Interview

Los Angeles, CA

A proud Miami native, Kelly received her first taste of pageantry in 1984 at the Miss Universe pageant. She was a "little sister," acting as an escort for Miss Gambia. It was an experience that made an impact on her and launched a very successful career as a pageant competitor, dancer, emcee, coach and judge. Kelly's list of accomplishments range from Cinderella International Miss 1991, Cinderella International Woman 1998, Sunburst State and International titles, Miss Florida Teen USA 1996, Photogenic Winner at Miss Teen USA 1996, Florida's Homecoming Queen 1997 and 4th Runner Up at America's National Homecoming Pageant, 4th Runner Up at the National Sweetheart Pageant 1999, Miss Florida 2001, and most recently, 4th Runner Up at Miss Florida USA 2004 as Miss Miami USA.

Kelly feels the Miss America Organization showcased her talent as a dancer and her love for performing as well as providing her with a great opportunity to champion her platform of Cancer Awareness. During the years she competed in the Miss Florida Pageant she held the titles of Miss Palm Beach County 1998, Miss Miami 1999, Miss Sunshine 2000 and Miss Largo 2001 - the title she held when she became Miss Florida 2001. Kelly represented the state of Florida well, winning the Presence & Poise/On-stage Interview preliminary award, and placing in the Top Ten. She also was the recipient of 5th Runner Up to Miss America 2002, Katie Harman. Participation in the Miss America Organization also earned Kelly nearly $40,000 in scholarship money which assisted her in completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at the University of Miami.

From the age of 8, Kelly has had a successful career in modeling and acting, appearing in hundreds of European catalogues and magazines, and here in the US in JCPenney, Target, Bealls, Burdines, and Mervyns. In addition, she has appeared in numerous commercials throughout the years. One of her favorites was for the WWF and aired during Superbowl XXXIV, where Kelly played 1st Runner up and a sore loser in a parody of a pageant. She's continued to enjoy working as a model and actress, while also pursuing another one of her strengths, dance. Kelly was a Miami Heat Dancer during the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons and returned when the Heat acquired Shaquille O'Neal for the 2004-2005 season. Kelly's television and film credits also include 2004 MTV Video Music Awards as a dancer for Sean "Puff" Daddy, Top 15 Semi-Finalist on ABC's "All American Girl," featured dancer on CBS's "Sports Machine," stand-in for recording artist Cher in the Farrlley Brothers flick "Stuck On You," featured dancer in "Justin 2 Kelly," and principal in Jerry Rivera's "Vuela Muy Alto" music video. 

Kelly's role as a spokeswoman for the University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Center in Miami has afforded her the opportunity to speak at numerous events and raise countless dollars for the treatment and advancement towards finding a cure for cancer. Most notably, at nineteen and first-time guest speaker, sharing stories of her late father who succumb to pancreatic cancer, she raised $60,000 in one evening. She's also been a guest speaker at Baptist Hospital South for the Best Buddies Event and served as Team Recruitment Chair and Luminary Chairman for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" inaugural relay in Coral Reef, FL.

Since hanging up the crown and sash, Kelly has had the opportunity to work on the other side of pageants, as the Executive Director of the Miss Miami Scholarship Pageant from 2006-2009. She is accredited with reviving and rejuvenating the official local for the Miss America Organization, where she created strategic ways to fundraise and cover costs of the educational scholarships to be awarded to Miss Miami, as well as the cost of the event itself. This position offered Kelly new insight into the years of hard work and dedication that so many volunteers had put forth in order to make her dream come true as Miss Florida. As Executive Director, she made herself available to help prepare many young women throughout South Florida as they competed to win a title. Kelly has always loved the challenge of working one-on-one with a contestant to help define and deliver her strengths in every phase of competition and she often speaks of client Allison Kreiger, who Kelly coached from Miss Miami to win the title of Miss Florida in 2006. 

Kelly says that the greatest compliment she's ever received was being told that people are drawn to her because she has the ability to "connect with people instantly." She continues to thrive on connecting with everyone she crosses paths with. Kelly combines her many years of experience in pageantry and the entertainment industry, with a strong sense of compassion and energy to inspire her clients to reach for their deepest dreams and desires to make them a reality.