bodysculpting By Dr. Harvey Jenkins
Secrets of a 5’2”
Goddess Betty Thompson, ﬁrst runner-up to
Miss America, displays what it takes
to be a true ﬁtness competitor
ome of the best accomplishments in life begin with a
dream. I remember the ﬁrst time I saw her. It was at
an outside baggage check-in at the Will Rogers
World Airport in Oklahoma City about three years
ago. I remember thinking to myself: “What an excep-
tionally beautiful young woman.” I asked the manager of my shop,
BodyTrends, who was traveling with me if she knew who that
young woman was. Neither of us knew.
She handed her bags to the attendant and ﬂashed a polite smile,
one that lit up the spaces around her. That may have been the clue
that she was destined for something special. Regarding her smile,
it is one of the most perfect smiles I have ever seen. And with the
level of charisma and beauty she projected, even without speaking,
we assumed she must be one of the former Miss Oklahomas trav-
eling to Miss America.
Well, she wasn’t. I was able to determine that her name was
Betty Thompson, and she was a local pageant titleholder in Okla-
homa. I remember thinking, “That’s her. There she is... that
woman will be Miss America one day.”
Over the next 2 years, my staff and I got to learn more about
this wonderful young woman from Davenport, Oklahoma, whose
platform was about the beneﬁts of drinking milk. When we
learned about her platform, we were confused. Many of the previ-
ous Miss Oklahomas have majestic platforms, like character devel-
opment and service learning, with which the titleholders live and
embody the message. It’s hard to do that with milk. Or is it?
It has been said that if you spend 5 minutes with Betty she will
make you believe that all of your problems in life come from not
drinking enough milk. Betty’s commitment to ﬁtness and a healthy
life-style is the embodiment of her platform, which has its origin
in her being the daughter of a Jersey Cow Farmer.
For two years at the Miss Oklahoma pageant, my staff and I got
PAGEANTRY to see Betty in the “Winner’s Circle”, one of the last two people
standing on stage. This year, we got to see her as simply the winner.
The ﬁnal moments before crowning the New Miss America
this year were like an eerie replay of the last Miss Oklahoma, and
everyone in the audience of the Planet Hollywood theater in the
“Okie Section” knew it. Seated two people away from me in the
audience was my client Emoly West, Miss Oklahoma 2010, the
Swimsuit Prelim winner, and 4th runner-up at Miss America
2011. Emoly, more than anyone else, could understand the inten-
sity of that moment and being the last person on stage with Betty.
STANDING TALL AMONG GIANTS
The great thing about the Miss America Organization is the
celebration of Scholarship, Community Service, Empowerment
and Self-Improvement. There is no rule, unwritten or otherwise,
that a contestant must have a certain color hair and height in order
to be successful.
This was a hallmark year for BodyTrends because of our brave
but deliberate expansion into the Fashion and Couture and Salon
arenas. This has allowed us to participate in more than just the
BodySculpting area of our pageant clientele. Through our expan-
sion we could help Betty Thompson, and the other BodyTrends
clients who competed at this year’s Miss America, look their best
from head to toe.
Through special arrangements with some of the industry’s top
fashion designers, we were able to help outﬁt Betty in eye-pop-
ping, jaw-dropping, edgy-but-tasteful fashion to accentuate
Betty’s amazing physique. Most people were not aware that Betty