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Miss Maryland is fashion beauty, too


At the Miss U.S.A. pageant in March, Miss Maryland Megan Gunning took home the style award, given out by Clairol to "the delegate who best exemplifies a sense of personal style" -- meaning good hair, good clothes and good runway persona.

It was no big surprise: Appearance is a big part of Gunning's world, and not just her own, either. The 22-year-old runs her own image-consulting business (called "Vis a Vis") from her hometown of Fallston and works as a hairstylist and makeup artist at Heaventouch Spa & Salon in Timonium.

Here's a little about Gunning's fashion sense:

Describe how you dress.

Classic with a little funky twist to it. I love Betsey Johnson, I think she's awesome, but I couldn't wear head-to-toe Betsey Johnson. I'll take a piece from her and mix it with something I got from Banana Republic or do funkier accessories with an outfit.

What sorts of accessories?

I do a lot of silver jewelry, but I'm constantly changing it. One day I'll wear a big bracelet made out of a fork and the next day it might be 20 bangle bracelets, but they're always silver.

Who is your favorite designer?

Anne Bowen, I worked with her in New York. Her clothes are incredible. She uses fabrics well, (she's made a ball gown out of denim) and muted tones, so when you put [a garment] on, you see more of you.

Locally, where do you like to shop?

I love C-Mart [a discount warehouse in Forest Hill] for shoes, and I do a lot of shopping at Vasarri in Pikesville. They did my interview suit and my arrival outfit for the Miss U.S.A. pageant.

Do you get into trends?

Sometimes I will buy into trends if I like them, but I won't just wear them because "Oh my God, Britney Spears has them."

Anything you could do without?

I hate nude hose. They were everywhere at the Miss U.S.A. pageant, and they had clear shoes, too. I hate clear shoes.

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