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Vanessa Baker, as Miss New Jersey 2003, lived an emotional rollercoaster that ranged from the initial thrill of victory to the disappointment of defeat and, moreover, the discomfort of learning who the “real” Vanessa was when the applause came to an end. From the glamour and glitz of red carpet events and celebrities, to the many appearances on national television, Vanessa enjoyed all the accoutrements of celebrity status for a short while. [+]