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Pageant photo shoot held on Malibu beach

Malibu resident Rachel DeAngelis stands left of center in a group of contestants in the junior division of the Miss West Coast Pageant. Photo courtesy of Raphael Maglonzo
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10:54 am PDT August 4, 2015

The Miss West Coast Pageant hosted an Aqua Swim swimsuit photo shoot Sunday, July 26, in Malibu.

The photo shoot had some local sponsors on board, including Blue Malibu and CVS Pharmacy. Additional sponsors were Glad Lash, April Love Pro Make Up Academy, Sweets Jewelry, Aqua Swim Swimwear, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Hollywood Stars and Rock God Eyewear.

Overall, the Miss West Coast Pageant includes more than 90 contestants ages 8-45 in four age categories: Junior, Teen, Miss and Ms.

Malibu resident Rachel DeAngelis is the only Malibu resident is competing in the pageant’s junior division, and is the only Malibu resident in the competition.

Miss West Coast Pageant is a preliminary competition to Miss California USA/Miss California Teen USA, where competitors in those pageants are often found.

Tara Rice is the Founder & Executive Director of Miss West Coast Productions Inc, Interested applicants and sponsors please apply at 

“My goal is to inspire all contestants to become young leaders in our local communities and volunteer with non profit organizations,” said Tara Rice, founder and executive director o Miss West Coast Productions, Inc. “I always tell my titleholders to wear their crowns with a purpose and use your crown as a microphone to become an advocate for what you believe in.”

The Miss West Coast Pageant is held on August 29 at The Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, and the red-carpet pageant is donating a portion of its proceeds to Operation Blankets of Love, a non-profit providing comfort and homes for homeless pets. 

Rice has more than 16 years experience in pageantry and won her first title as Miss California Teen All American 2000. 

She has also appeared in more than 30 national commercials and more than a dozen films and television shows. 

Rice enjoys teaching the girls runway walking, posing and interview skills.