Brett Brooks, CEO/Founder
Brett Brooks known to family and close friends as Brittanie, is the Founder & CEO of Pageants & Prosecco. P&P began as a podcast born out of her drive to better the pageant world by talking about the negative experiences she endured as both a contestant for over 10 years and as staff and judge for other systems. She’s a 3x Miss Illinois and competed in a handful of systems from the local Miss America competitions, Miss United States, Miss Black America, Miss Black USA, Miss Intercontential, Miss Teen USA state for Illinois and a few collegiate pageants. She served as a judge, cohost, recruitment director and assistant for statewide competitions.
Brett began working in media in high school working in production for her 10,000 member church’s Sunday service aired on stations across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The Media Maven studied television and news production at Eastern Illinois University working for the only local news station in east central Illinois. Growing in ranks during her 4 years from production crew, to photographer, writer, to producer and sports. Yes, as Sports reporter, she both witnessed and reported on Jimmy Garaoppolo while he was a Panther.
After college, she took her shot at state politics studying Public Affairs Reporting while earning her Masters Degree from the University of Illinois Springfield. She worked for a local NPR station covering the Illinois General Assembly where she got a first hand look at the state’s political structure making her a Illinois Political Junkie. She had the opportunity to be an news producer for an NBC affiliate and a live out her dreams as a television reporter for an ABC affiilate station just outside of Chicago.
Pageants & Prosecco has since evolved from sharing negative experiences to creating dialogue in the industry about changes that need to be made to make contestants feel both safer and whole during the pageant journey to the crown. No longer having an need to address the bad, P&P is now designed to share the good news about those in the industry and life during and after the crown. This site is meant to have no shade, tea, gossip or shaming in any capacity but meant to highlight the achievement that the pageant industry provides all who dare to enter.
Favorite Quotes/Current Read/Current Binge
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.Robert Frost
Year of the YesShonda Rhimes
The Morning ShowApple TV
Alexandra Syndram, Public Relations & Social Media Intern
I am a proud Cuban Italian American who lives with my family- Mom, Dad, brother and pets. We have three dogs, two cats and two reptiles; many of them are rescue animals. Nothing is more important to me than my family, which includes my friends and pets. Food is a big part of culture and I love both Cuban and Italian cuisine, but there’s nothing better than my Mom’s arroz con pollo.
I am a senior at Ball State University where I study public relations and fashion merchandising. Like many, I have struggled with ADD all my life, so I am very proud of making the Dean’s List for the past two years. Pageants became a big part of my life four years ago when I entered my first competition. I love being around other women who strive to improve their own lives while giving back to their communities. I have held various state titles which have given me a platform to promote the various charities I support. As an advocate for the homeless, I volunteer at a local shelter that helps families stay together and assists them in finding employment and permanent housing.
Additionally, I volunteer at the local animal shelter and the Boys and Girls club. I believe true beauty lives within all of us. When we live our lives in service to each other, we are all beautiful!
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”Helen Keller
The Great Gatsby (for the 5th time)F. Scott Fitzgerald