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McKinley takes a peek at some of the swimsuits for sale at the Miss California orientation in Palm Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Looking to her community for sponsorship and support, Shanice McKinley spends hours canvassing Compton in search of business owners and individuals to give donations toward her Miss California entrance fee and expenses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

After meeting two months ago at a local grocery store, Minnie Sawyer, an activist in Compton, has become a supporter of Shanice McKinley and her pursuit to becoming the 2011 Miss California. Dropping by to run an errand for Sawyer, who is legally blind, McKinley shares a laugh with her new friend. "She's a wild one" says McKinley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Looking to her community for sponsorship, Shanice McKinley spends hours canvassing the streets of Compton in search of donations toward her Miss California entrance fee and expenses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Looking for sponsors to help ease the financial load of the pageant, Shanice McKinley hits the streets in an attempt to gain support from local business owners, like Kevin Bludso.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Guided by Miguel Tamariz, Shanice McKinley takes a tour of the Quality Beach Wear factory. The small, family-owned factory chose to sponsor McKinley by providing her with a custom bathing suit for the 2010 Miss California pageant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

With her main goal of opening a youth center in Compton, Shanice McKinley visits with the young girls of the newly formed group Divas. "I want to show them that even though you're from Compton, it doesn't mean you can't go to college or have dreams," McKinley said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Inside Quality Beach Wear, a small Compton swimwear factory, Shanice McKinley searches for a suit to wear to her upcoming orientation for Miss California. Void of dressing rooms, but full of heart, the local swimwear company offered to create a custom bathing suit for McKinley to wear during the 2010 Miss California pageant in addition to the attire needed for the orientation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

After having a train and rhinestones added to the gown she will wear for the 2010 Miss California pageant, Shancie McKinley jokes about the fit of her dress inside Sassy's Bridal. "Man, I can't gain a single pound in this thing!"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Shanice McKinley poses during a photo session for the 2010 Miss California Catalog during the pageant orientation. With the pageant beginning Nov. 19, 2010, the Miss California orientation is meant to provide contestants with basic pageant information as well as to help prepare them for the overall for the competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Contestants await instruction during the choreography portion of the Miss California orientation. Although they are not judged on the dance portion of the competition, contestants are expected to learn the necessary choreography that will be used during the 2010 Miss California pageant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Contestants are reflected in a mirror as they wait to be photographed for the 2010 Miss California Catalog during the pageant orientation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

A Miss California contestant waits in the lobby of the Riviera Resort and Spa in Palm Springs during the pageant's orientation. The 2010 Miss California competition begins Nov. 19 and lasts two days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Sitting among contestants, Shanice McKinley gets her first taste of the pageant's requirements while listening to instructions during the 2010 Miss California orientation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

With the sun setting on her neighborhood, Shanice McKinley makes her way back home after visiting with the youth group, Divas, on Oct. 29, 2010. "It's about passing on knowledge and hope to the younger generation so they can continue to make changes here," she says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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Shanice McKinley, 25, is praying for the chance to represent Compton as Miss California USA.

Los Angeles Times photographer Mariah Tauger spent time with McKinley as she prepared for the pageant and gathered support in the community. McKinley will be among more than 200 contestants competing for the 2011 California title in Rancho Mirage. She will be the first contestant from Compton in at least 20 years. Read Abby Sewell’s story.

1 Comment

  1. November 18, 2010, 5:50 pm

    I wish Shanicce all of the luck and my best wishes for her competing.

    By: Joyce Kelly

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