These former high school queens know the homecoming court tradition is about more than gowns and big hair.
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Brittney and Abigail Forrister
Brittney Forrister, 36, is the eldest of three sisters pursuing interesting careers in vibrant Southern cities—she works for the vintage-auction website Everything but the House in Nashville; Jordan Forrister Winston, 32, is an interior designer in Tampa; and Abigail Forrister Williams, 29, is an attorney in Charlotte. Yet back in their hometown of Murphy, North Carolina, these sisters are a bit of a legacy: All three were on the homecoming court, and both Brittney and Abigail were crowned. On Brittney's memorable night in 1999, Abigail was still a 9-year-old tomboy with zero interest in girlie things. "But when my sister walked onto the football field, it was like she was famous," Abigail recalls. "My mom likes to joke that at least I started to comb my hair after that."
Today, Murphy's homecoming procession still involves maximum glam: sequined dresses worn over at least one crinoline and salon-perfect hair and makeup. "It was pretty much Steel Magnolias—everyone in chairs at that one beauty parlor wearing button-downs and talking, the sky-high hair, the moms hovering," recalls Brittney. "I had big shoes and hair to fill," jokes Jordan of following in her big sister's homecoming footsteps.
They attribute many of their beauty tricks to their grandmother Mimi, who is always put together. Yet it's their naturally beautiful mother, Sandy, who imparted the most important lesson: "Don't let how you look rule who you are or what you can accomplish," as Brittney puts it. "There's a misconception about homecoming queens," Jordan says. "It's not about physical beauty. It's about character, how you treat people, and what your peers see in you. I remember being proud of our parents; all three of us being on court was a reflection of them and who they raised us to be."
The sisters share their winning secrets with us bellow.
2 of 4Robbie Caponetto
For Beautiful Eyebrows
Jordan swears by MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. "You have to define your brows more for photos when you're on court, so I used it then and continue to use it today," she says.
Don't be afraid to stick to tried-and-true methods. All three sisters have been devoted to Maybelline Great Lash Mascara since high school. "If I pick up another mascara, I feel like I'm cheating," says Brittney.