Miss Shining Star


People's Choice Awards - VOTING IS NOW OPEN!

Many of the girls have friends and family who may not be able to attend but can still support their favorite contestants with their votes. 

For each $1, you can vote for your favorite contestant for this year’s Miss Shining Star People’s Choice Awards.  Vote for as many contestants as you wish, and as many times as you wish. Every One dollar you donate applies one vote for your favorite contestant  ($5 donated applies  5 votes, $15 donated applies 15 votes. etc.).

The contestant who receives the most votes in each pageant will be named Miss Shining Star People's Choice and receive a beautiful tiara. 

To vote, use the PayPal link provided and be sure to include the contestants' name in the comments section.   


2018 Miss Shining Star Guidelines, just click the download button. ​​


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Our pageant director Rhoni Standefer can be reached via email for all questions knoxvillemissshiningstar@gmail.com


Every girl wants to be a princess!
OPEN DOORS TN is proud to provide an opportunity for girls with disabilities to be able to have their moment to shine on stage by providing the Miss Shining Star pageant at no charge for girls ages 2 to 99.  We go to great lengths to make this an enjoyable experience for not only the competitors but also for their families.  The pageant provides a wholesome, non-judgmental environment suitable for all types of disabilities, featuring each girl in the competition in her own unique way. 

Although winners are selected in various areas, each girl that does not win a major title is awarded the title of princess, receiving a personal presentation on stage while being crowned and receiving her trophy.  No girl leaves the competition empty-handed.  After each princess is honored, each age division honors the overall recipient of the Miss Shining Star title, Miss Spirit of the pageant (selected by the judges and staff), Miss People's Choice (selected by audience), Miss Inspiration (selected by judges) and Miss Photogenic (selected from pictures entered).  Miss Inspirational (selected by the staff honoring the girl they feel represents the true spirit of Miss Shining Star).  Judges are carefully selected from current and former pageant winners, media personalities, and public celebrities, all of whom have expressed a sincere interest and endearment to those with disabilities.  The 2018 competition will also feature judges from our armed services (both active and veterans) in honor of our 2018 theme "We Love America".
They are coached to make their selections based on each girl’s performance on stage in regard to their individual disability.  Scoring is never based on clothing, hairstyles, etc.  The staff of Open Doors TN honors the decisions of the judges as final, based on the guidelines that are set up specifically for the pageant.

Girls are also offered a separate opportunity to display their talent in a separate talent competition prior to the pageant.  A winner is selected in each age group, as well as an overall winner (top winner in all age groups combined) and these five girls are invited to perform their talent during the pageant competition.  Their talent scores, however, is not considered as part of their pageant scoring.  Those not winning in their age division will be honored as a finalist and receive a “finalist” trophy.

We encourage all attire, makeup, and hairstyles to be age-appropriate.  We go to any extreme possible to make this opportunity available to ANY girl with ANY type of disability.  We do not require the ability to communicate, walk, etc.  Every girl has the opportunity to compete in their own unique way.

We welcome your questions and suggestions and hope that you will encourage those interested to consider being a part of Miss Shining Star!  We want to make this the most fun, exciting time possible as they discover they truly are royalty in our eyes!

Watching them shine!

Rhoni Standefer
Pageant Director 


Rhoni with her husband Grant