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SalliSue with her Daddy, Scott

Our Team

Kennedy ArtLeslie & Scott Kennedy

Leslie Hughes Kennedy is the founder and Executive Director of the Barking Beauty Pageant. A former Ms. New York and star of NYCTV's Doggie Moms, she brings her expertise as a national emcee and host of the National American Miss Pageants to the stage along with her "doghter," SalliSue.


Scott Kennedy has been a Professional Artist for over 30 years and provides the art behind the Barking Beauty crown.  His expertise in sculpture, painting, music and production enables every detail to be on point.  

Scott standing next to his Shark playground exhibit for Staten Island Public Parks Dept.

Denver, CO, Directing Team

Becky Franzen is a wife, mother, dog mom, pageant mom and talent agent; while being a full-time career woman as a Benefits Manager. She attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She married the love of her life Kurt in 2007, and welcomed Ava into the world on January 16, 2010.

Ava Franzen, the National American Miss Parker Jr. Teen, is a beautiful, spunky, servant-hearted young lady who enjoys learning, modeling, pageantry and riding her dirt bike. But her love for animals gave her the inspiration to create her platform “Perfect Cause for Paws” to raise funds and awareness to end pet homelessness and animal suffering.

With Becky and Ava’s volunteer spirit it allows them to spend quality time together while co-directing the pageant and serving to send a message within their community that a good heart can make compassion go a long, long way.

Co-Directors, Becky & Ava Franzen

Co-Director & Denver Pageant Co-Host, Ava Franzen and a doggie friend

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