Vanessa Lachey serves as the host of Top Chef Junior, is married to Nick Lachey, and used to slay in pageants. Vanessa was even crowned Miss Teen USA in 1998. It turns out Vanessa even competed in pageants with a Real Housewife!
So which lady was it? Lizzie Rovsek!
Vanessa represented South Carolina, and The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Lizzie Rovsek represented Kentucky. She also competed in the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant alongside Vanessa.
Vanessa recently told Bravo’s The Daily Dish that Lizzie was “one of her dear friends” during the competition. “She was a sweetheart. She always had a really big smile, and we were all, you know, 16, 17, 18 years old. And so we got two weeks in Shreveport, Louisiana, *NSYNC was there performing, we were all just having so much fun, and that’s, gosh, 20 years ago. Oh my word. I’m pinching myself. 1998.,” she said.
Vanessa was close with Lizzie during the competition, as well as her roommate, Miss Louisiana, Jennifer Dupont. “We were like three peas in a pod. I remember Lizzie’s energy just was always very fun and she had a really big, warm smile.”
Lizzie’s nickname was “Tucky,” after her home state of Kentucky. Vanessa explained, “Everyone called everyone by their state because there’s 51 young girls you’re meeting for the first time, and you can’t possibly remember everyone off the bat, so we always wore our state.”
Lizzie even dated Nick Lachey pre and post Jessica Simpson. She admitted to it when Andy Cohen asked her on Watch What Happens Live, because Nick had mentioned to him when he was visiting Bravo that a girl he used to date was joining the show. Lizzie discussed her pageant days on the RHOC a lot. She said, “One of my favorite memories was competing at Miss Teen USA in 1998. It aired on CBS and was such a big deal at the time. Mario Lopez and Ali Landry hosted it (I think that’s where they met and started dating, too) and ‘NSync performed on stage with us. What teenage girl didn’t love ‘NSync? They were a HUGE deal! Vanessa Minnillo (Lachey) was my closest friend at the pageant and she ended up winning and went on to become a VJ on MTV.”
Awww! This is so cute! It’s a small world after all.
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