Jackie McKenna, our new "Mrs. Nevada-America" Director, is founder and owner
of "McKenna Models and Talent Agency" LLC. in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jackie is one of eight children.
She began her road to success as a model at the age of twelve.
After marriage, three beautiful children and a move to Los Angeles, California,
Jackie was signed as a model by the Cunningham Agency! She was chosen
to grace the cover of "Beverly Hills Magazine" two weeks later!
As a model and actress, she continued to learn by working with industry
giants like, Sharon Stone and Antonio Banderas. She also did guest
appearances with Joan Rivers, Rich Little, Merv Griffin, Regis Philbin,
Mike Douglas and Bill Cosby, and co-hosted charity events with Frank and
Barbara Sinatra and Lucille Ball!
Jackie's favorite motto is "The Power is Within You!"
You can do, and be, anything you set your mind to.
Using her own philosophy of life, she went on to win the title of
"Mrs. Nevada-America" 1990, and placed in the top 10 at the nationally televised
"Mrs. America Pageant" held that year for the first time in Moscow, Russia.
Her passion and platform was working with the women in the shelters for
those who are abused and battered. Jackie believes that "Self-esteem is the
building block on which all that is successful is built."
Understanding the need for personal guidance, Jackie has created her own
company, "McKenna Models and Talent". She has worked with men, women
and children, to help them develop to be the best they could be.
She has guided many young models, actors, and pageant hopefuls on their
road to success, including "Mrs. America" 2003, Heidi Dinan, and the last
3 "Mrs. Nevada-America" winners, Ann Truman-Ball, Victoria Broz, and
Angie Phillips. Several major agencies in Los Angeles and New York have
signed her talent, and they are enjoying very successful careers.
Jackie's history and personal experience has given her first hand knowledge
of what it takes to succeed in this business. Her nurturing quality makes
it fun, and her connection with the industry giants has proven to be priceless!