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Photos: Lavetta Schneider is crowned 2014 Mrs. Nevada America at Sam’s Town

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Lavetta Schneider, with her husband Stephan, is crowned 2014 Mrs. Nevada America on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas.

2014 Mrs. Nevada USA Lavetta Schneider

Lavetta Schneider is crowned 2014 Mrs. Nevada America on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Congratulations to Lavetta Schneider, who won Sunday night’s 2014 Mrs. Nevada America Pageant at Sam’s Town. Lavetta is a hair artisan at Michael Boychuck’s salon Color at Caesars Palace.

Lavetta has worked on hairstyling for Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger, plus, music videos for Billy Ray Cyrus, Terry Fator and Kid Rock.

Lavetta’s husband of 18 months, Stephan, is general manager of Wet Republic at MGM Grand. She arrived at the Mirage in 2007 from Los Angeles and has worked for Michael since 2011.

“The Strip has become my home, and that was why I represented the unincorporated town of Paradise in Clark County,” she told me. “It was my very first pageant,” she laughed. “The 2011 winner encouraged me to give it a shot.

“My husband said that he would support me fully if I gave it all my heart to win. I still can’t believe it happened, even though I worked really hard. It’s still a dream the morning after; I am still in a state of shock.”

Lavetta now represents Nevada at the 2014 Mrs. America Pageant in Tucson in August. Lavetta’s platform is anti-bullying, and she promotes the organization Nevada People Empowering People.

Lavetta also is an educational director of the online Michael Boychuck Hair Academy and appears in his videos. Michael has become a fixture in the pageant community and helped with many Nevada pageant winners, including Jill Barnhart, Mrs. Nevada United States 2013; Lauren Hudman, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2008; Georgina Vaughan, Miss Nevada USA 2009; Kristie Gulia-Jelinsky, Mrs. Nevada America 2012; and Amanda Kouretas, Mrs. Nevada America 2011.

Michael also is a sponsor of the Miss Nevada USA Pageant, working with executive director Shanna Moakler and winners Jade Kelsall and Chelsea Caswell. As a judge of the Miss California USA Pageant in 2011, he helped select Alyssa Campanella, who won and went on to become Miss USA.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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