Out of the Mouths of Babes

Let’s face it, girls in our gowns melt our hearts. This month we interviewed Rivers Countiss of Oxford, MS about choosing a Johnathan Kayne gown. 


Team JK: Rivers, is that what you typically go by?

Miss Countiss: Yea, my first name is Madelyn, but it normally is mispronounced. I stick to my middle name Rivers.

Team JK: Totally get it, Rivers is fun. We adored you in Joshua’s royal velvet 588, can you tell me a little about how you chose it from a thousand other options?

Miss Countiss: Well it was kind of funny. I was getting ready for the Parade of Beauties Pageant at Old Miss, and had already bought a light blue mermaid style Sherri Hill gown. Originally I had wanted a blue velvet, but bought what was available at the time. On a road trip with a friend, and former pageant gal, we stopped at a store near Jackson and there it was. There was the royal velvet gown that I had been looking for. It started out a little big, it was a size 8.

Team JK: Do you remember what store you were at?

Miss Countiss: Umm honestly I’m pretty sure it was called Beyond Expectations. I had never been there before, but their staff was so helpful and nice.

Team JK:  Oh, awesome. Yea, we love the owner Cori. She is super sweet. Any advice for stores who are helping girls like yourself find a dress?

Miss Countiss: Make sure they feel good in the gown. I like to feel confident. When I tried on the size 8 at first, I wasn’t sure about it. Then they pinned it in all the right places and it fit like a glove.

FUN Facts about Rivers: She has only done a handful of pageants. She even turned down an opportunity to compete in Miss Mississippi USA to focus on her studies at Old Miss. Watch out for this go getter, when she isn’t studying she is working on her kick boxing skills! Hi-Yah!