Miss Teen USA contestants get taste of Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 29 Miss USA Teen contestants listened intently as the president of Trump Model Management in New York talked about the industry.

Corinne Nicolas was in Baton Rouge speaking to the girls at an event being held at Mike Anderson's restaurant.

"Are you looking for an All-American girl or a very odd look?" asked Miss Virginia Teen USA Olivia Fletcher.

"I think right now there is not one type," Nicolas responded. "Clients are looking for all types of girls. There's a lot more variation."

The event was one of numerous events the girls have participated in since June 4. They're in Baton Rouge as part of the Miss USA pageant to support their big sisters. The pageant will take place on Sunday, June 8 at the River Center.

Lauren Perry who is the alumni executive chairperson of the Miss LSU pageant is serving as their chaperone. She said she was asked to do it by the Miss Universe organization which operates both pageants.

"It's been a wonderful experience," Perry says "Everyone's been so great to work with and there are so many opportunities. It's just a real blessing."

The young ladies who are ages 14 to 18 attended the Miss USA Preliminary Competition. They visited Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, handing out books to kids and reading to them and enjoyed a host of other activities. They also went to Tony's Seafood.

On Friday, they enjoyed a good old-fashioned Crawfish boil at Mike Anderson's. Some were introduced to the Louisiana staple for the first time.

"This is my first time even seeing a crawfish and I loved it. It was so good," says Miss North Dakota Teen USA Josie Hettich. "And I just really love it down here. The heat is awesome. It's nice and warm. It's nice to get a little bit of a change."

"This is my first time in the South," says Miss Washington Teen USA Starla Sampaco. "I love it. People here are so nice. Southern hospitality is definitely real."

Miss Alaska Teen USA Whitney Williams is actually from Alexandria, LA so this is a homecoming of sorts for her.

"This has given me a good opportunity to meet up with old friends and family," Miss Alaska Teen USA says. Her father who is a Fedex pilot was transferred to Alaska for his job.

Meanwhile before Nicolas left she gave the girls some really good advice on using social media.

"Be smart about social media," she warned. "It's really crucial because that's becoming a big problem. We had a model last year that lost a contract because she had a lot of pictures of herself on Facebook drinking beer."

She encouraged the ladies to post only positive pictures and to have a separate personal account.

Good advice and something the girls certainly took to heart.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.