How an ambitious teen beauty queen from Hawaii got started on the road to becoming a Hollywood sex symbol.
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ll I need is my resume and good head shots and I'll finally be ready,"
proclaims Kelly Hu, former Miss Teen USA, as she lowers her sunglasses to
check out a half dozen pages of modeling slides against the midday sun
pouring in through the windows of the Santa Monica Cafe Casino.
"I'm really excited," she says. "I'm entering the Miss Hawaii USA pageant.
The actual competition isn't until October 24th, but I'm starting to get ready
now. I'm in the process of trying to gather sponsors. That's why I'm putting
all this together." She waves her hand across the pile of letters, magazine
articles, layouts and slides. "I'm so excited about it. It's the preliminary to
Miss USA. The national pageant isn't until February of '93, so I've got at
least a year to get my act together."
Hu is no stranger to beauty pageants. At the age of 16 she won the title of
Miss Teen Hawaii and then went on to win the national Miss Teen USA
crown. That was quickly followed by acting credits that include roles in
The Doors, Family Ties, 21 Jumpstreet, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro
Man and numerous commercials and magazine layouts.