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In 1977, Kelli McGonagill (Finglass) sold her entire Barbie collection at the annual Hide-a-Way Lake community garage sale commanding a whopping fifty cents per Barbie. When her mother, Cecile, found out Kelli sold her entire childhood collection, she cried. Cecile managed to protect one Barbie casualty by having a friend buy it and then return it to her – ‘Malibu Barbie’. Finglass’ love for Barbies, however, never really waned. After becoming director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, she immediately pursued business opportunities that made sense. In 1993, she

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim Bateman Bue, a Texas native who spent 3 incredible years as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She bravely auditioned for the team as a senior in high school with no dance background or training. However, Kim was confident in her ability to perform, work hard, and be trained in the DCC style. Her confidence granted her a spot on the team after competing against 3000 hopeful applicants!  Kim spoke about some of her fondest and funniest memories as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Her favorite memory was

There is a very short list of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader alumni who fans and teammates alike, know on a first name basis, and I am willing to bet all would agree that Jackie Bob may be at the top of that list. Known for making every single person in a room feel like the only person in the room, Jackie has this innate ability to make everyone around her want to be better, on and off the field. While her professional cheerleading journey did not start in

Elizabeth Porter was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader from 2004-2005. She was a very trained dancer from ages 3-18 where she danced in a studio in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to college and received a BFA in Dance from Oklahoma City University. Before becoming a DCC she was living in LA dancing professionally for a year.   She explained that she has so many good memories the year she was on the team. One of her favorites was when Misty Duncan and she would always try and give each other the hardest movie lines to guess which movie they were

Carista Ragan was one of the youngest on the squad at only nineteen years old when she cheered from 1988-1989. She even got to cheer with current director, Kelli and had Judy as her Assistant Choreographer! Carista grew up wanting to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She was involved in beauty pageants and was a well-rounded dancer. She used to be painfully shy but pushed herself by participating in pageants and became the leader she is today. Now an attorney, Carista is the chief legal officer for

Dear 7 year old Kat, You may not realize it now, but what you are going through is needed. I know you may be sad because you cannot live with mommy anymore but moving into Oma (grandma) and Papooh’s (grandpa) house will be the best thing that's ever happened to you. Mommy is working more jobs, so you can say, “YES!” to all the opportunities this world will throw your way. Don’t grow up too fast, slow down and have fun where you are. Oma and Papooh love raising

Dear Younger Self,   I hope that you wake up every day knowing just how amazing you are! No, seriously amazing! You will accomplish so much in a short period. Life will not always be kind, but you will persevere and conquer every obstacle that you encounter. I want to let you know that you are so much stronger than you think. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” There will be people in

Dear Younger Self, You may not know it yet, but there is so much in store for you. There will be times when doubt takes over but know that you have earned every single opportunity that comes your way. God has big plans for you. Continue to pursue your dreams and never let fear hold you back. Just know that it will all work out, no matter how tough the situation may be. All the things you accomplish will go beyond what you have imagined. With that being said,

KayDianna, If you only knew the greatness inside of you. For you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Embrace who God created you to be. Do not be afraid to be 100% YOU!  Embrace your loud obnoxious laugh, your unique name, and those beautiful natural curls that He gave you. Don’t worry so much about what people say about you. What God has meant for you is for you, and no one can take that away. DCC KayDianna  

  Dear Little Tyra, I want you to know everything is going to be ok. Life is full of ups and downs, and we are on this roller coaster together sis. You are going to go through things in life where it feels like the world is collapsing around you and you feel like giving up, but just remember, the life you were given is so special and unique to you. God will never let you face a battle alone and He wouldn’t place a challenge in front of you