Lu knows about winning! In less than 3 months, she captured the Miss South Carolina USA, and Miss USA titles. As Miss USA, she placed 4th at the Miss Universe Pageant. After winning the title of Miss USA, Lu moved to Los Angeles, California, and for a year traveled the world making hundreds of appearances.

As you might expect, Lu worked hard to reach her pageant goals, but she admits there was a lack of information available to her. Parker realized how others could benefit from a pageant guidebook that explains in detail the secrets to winning a pageant. Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition is available at


Watch Lu being crowned Miss USA


Catching The Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition


The only up-to-date pageant guidebook on the market written by a former Miss USA.

After her successful reign as Miss USA 1994, Lu uses her extensive experience as a titleholder, pageant coach, and judge to help you understand the complex world of pageants. Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition covers everything from preparation, to the big night of competition. Lu even includes personal stories, and pictures from her exciting year as Miss USA. She had the dream, conquered it, and now shows you how to “Catch the Crown.”

“Catching the Crown” is available now at




Lu has judged dozens of pageants throughout the country. Most recently she judged the Miss TEEN USA pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Lu interviewed Susie Castillo, Miss USA 2003 at the KTLA studios in Los Angeles to discuss Susie’s decision to pose for PETA.


What People Are Saying…


“As a former Miss USA, I can say Lu’s book Catching the Crown was an immense help to me. It was the perfect way to get first hand advice on how to win a pageant. It’s an easy read, and motivates you to WIN! I highly recommend it.”

Kandace Krueger Matthews, MISS USA 2001


“I was there the night Lu won. Her poise, personality, elegance, and beauty were so impressive there was no doubt in my mind. Read her book Catching the Crown, and find out her secrets to success in the pageant world.”

Dayanara Torres, MISS UNIVERSE 1993


“If you want to win a pageant, you must read Catching the Crown. Lu shows you easy, and proven ways to get the judges to pick you as the winner.”

Carl Dunn, CEO, Pageantry Magazine


“Lu’s advice is inspirational, practical, detailed, and concise. Catching the Crown should be in your career kit.”

Gerdeen Dyer, Journalist, founder of