A pulled hammy wouldn't let Carla Beaurline do the "very sizzling rumba" she practiced for the 6th Annual Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities Charity Ball sponsored by the metro's Arthur Murray studios.
She is the owner and host of Cable Channel 6's "Around Town," a high-profile venue for products and services in Twin Cities that, she said, "airs almost four times a day, 20 times a week, 60 times over three weeks." She has a very full work and family life that is missing one party — a man. She told me exactly what she is looking for companion-wise. The entrepreneur is a study in contradictions. She's superfit but also a regular at the Golden Arches, and she is not eating the salad. She said she doesn't like beauty contests but once competed in Miss Minnesota America.
Beaurline said last Saturday's dance event was the first thing she's done for herself in 20 years that have been jam-packed with work and taking care of her parents, Carl and Sandy Beaurline. She scaled back her "very sexy, sizzling rumba" routine after pulling her hamstring doing the splits the afternoon of the event. She was pleased with what she did and with raising $4,320 for cystic fibrosis.
Q: What did twirling a baton teach you that was important in adult life?
A: [Laughter] Absolutely nothing. No. Actually, when most people see a parade and they see a baton twirler marching down the street, that's no baton. Baton is a combination of gymnastics and dance all rolled up into one. It actually takes more out of the advanced competitive baton twirler on the national level than it takes out of the Olympic runner to run the mile. So what it taught me, all those years, was dedication and being competitive, just that drive where you work hard for a goal, that sense of accomplishment afterward.
Q: Twirling helped finance your education?
A: Yes, it did. I was offered scholarships out of state to be a featured twirler. I ended up staying in Minnesota, but through the Miss America program in which I used [baton] as my talent, I earned a $15,000 scholarship. That's nothing to sneeze at.
Q: Why are you letting little girls think they can get through life on their looks by becoming president of the Miss Teen America pageant?
A: Miss Teen America is almost 100 percent academically based. There is no swimsuit, no talent, all personal achievement, development, service. And you can be my little quote [air quotes] "Fresh off the farm with no makeup" and win.
Q: I'm anti-beauty queen, you know?
A: So am I. We'll get along really well. [Laugh]
Q: You're anti-beauty queen?
A: Uh-huh. I'm going to have you judge.
Q: That will never happen.
A: [Laughter] You'd be impressed.
Q: How can you be in such great shape while eating a McDonald's Happy Meal a day?
A: Well, I don't eat the whole thing. I don't eat them every day. But I had one on the way here today — and I'm going to kill you [she said, pointing at Lighthouse Marketing & Associates' Julia Tice, handler for the celebrity dance whom Beaurline had asked to sit in on our interview]. Going through the drive-through, they always ask, Do you want a boy's toy or a girl's toy? and I so want to say, "Well, I never married. What do you think?" But I don't.
Q: What don't you eat from the Happy Meal?
A: I eat half the fries and half the cheeseburger and part of the Coke.
A: Tell me about your professional dating life?
Q: What professional dating life? Nonexistent. I'm president of Miss Teen America, running my own media company and TV show, caregiving full time to parents and this. When is there time to date? Midnight to 7 a.m.? The whole true love [experience her parents have is what she wants]. Somebody who can pay their own bills and is funny. And it's such a cliché [but] just a good person. I know he's out there; you have to have time to find them.
The detailed version of this interview is online. To reach C.J. try firstname.lastname@example.org and to see her watch Fox 9's "Buzz."