Senior Instructor


Amanda is a graduate of Newberry College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Speech Communications, and has a scholarship in her name, the Amanda Pennekamp Bluestein Performing Arts Scholarship.

Amanda is the former Mrs. South Carolina Galaxy 2014 and held the title of Miss South Carolina USA 2004 and went on to become First Runner-Up in Miss USA 2004. She was crowned Miss Earth United States 2006 and was a Top 16 overall finalist, as well as the Top 15 in the swimsuit competition, among 82 countries! She has also held the titles of Miss Sun Fun, Miss Newberry College, Miss Lake Murray, and was crowned Homecoming Queen at Newberry College in 2004. Amanda has been a client of Gowns and Crowns since the age of 14 and is thrilled to now be a part of the team as Senior Instructor! She specializes in stage presence, walking, and interview.

A professional model and actress, Amanda has modeled since the age of 13 with the Millie Lewis Model and Talent Agency of Columbia, South Carolina. Amanda spent 3 years in New York City with Wilhelmina Creative and Funny Face Model Management where she booked numerous commercials including the Zone Diet, The Driving Force, and WWE. She has also appeared on billboards in New York City for ALLURE Magazine, and has appeared in print editorials for Cosmopolitan Magazine, SU Magazine, Talk Greenville Magazine, Columbia Living Magazine, Aquafina, La Perla, and GE. She had a small speaking role on One Life to Live and a Bollywood film called KANK. Amanda just filmed a series of videos for Gear Up!, a hunting video series for Dodge Ram Trucks that is now airing online at Wired To Hunt and on YouTube!

One of Amanda’s most favorite titles, “Mommy." She and her husband, Brian, have a son Tanner and daughter Elena.

Photo Credit: Angel Photography

Make-Up: Cory King Make-Up Studio