Awarded a $2,500 scholarship last Sept. 29, 2019 at the 2020 Miss Orange County and Miss Orange County Teen Regional    


9:15 PM, August 17, 2013, Hilton Irvine, California.


IRVINE, CA. ( -- A 24-year-old Beauty Queen from Newbury Park and Newport Beach is the new MISS ORANGE COUNTY 2014. Shelynne beat out a large number of contestants for the crown, awarded Saturday Night of August 17, 2013 at the competition in the Hilton,
Irvine. The Towson University Graduate and NCAA Volleyball player will now spend the nest year traveling and championing her cause. 

SHELYNNE HOYT  wins MISS ORANGE COUNTY 2014 in a star-studded event hosted by The Real Housewife of Orange County Star Peggy Tanous. Shey is originally from Newbury Park and is now promoting her title as she resides in Newport Beach as her pageant home base. Shey’s father is a DSA Building Inspector and her Mother is an Arbonne Independent Consultant.   Shey graduated from Townson University in Towson, Maryland with a degree in Public Relations. Shey is an avid sports fanatics. Infact, she played volleyball in college and was NCAA nationally Ranked #17 for service aces, #50 in blocking, CAA ranked #1 for service aces per set, #8 hitting percentage, CAA player of the week, Most improved Player, All Tournament Team and has the highest vertical Jump which she still holds the record up to this day.  She received a full ride Volleyball Scholarship, a Dean’s lister and received numerous athletic academic recognitions.  Shey received several leadership academic awards and for a special talent, she can make a 3-leaf clover with her tongue which she calls tongue gymnastics.  Shey loves to play Volleyball, boxing, basketball, yoga, hula hooping, trampoline, diving and coaching.

She is a working model signed with Sports and Lifestyle with Unlimited and Nu Talent Agency. She is also working with Elevee Men’s Custom Clothier where she is learning to design and style men’s clothing. Shey has modeled with major companies such as Fiat, Sketchers, Adidas, Beach body Shakeology, Target, Road Runner Sports, AT&T, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marriott, Barraco Brasil and Exotic Fashion Calendar. She has walked the catwalk for Michael Costello, XYST, Barraco Brasil Swimwear, Bika Swimwear and Project Ethos. This bombshell really knows how to have fun that is why she took several theater classes while in college. Some of the films and television that Shey was featured in are Blush, Mr. Box Office and Knight of Cups. “Currently I am a working model and I have had great success thus far especially in sports and fitness modeling. However, I am looking to further my career into other aspects of the industry so I picked up an apprenticeship with Elevee Men’s Custom Clothier to delve into designing and styling.  Now that I have won Miss Orange County 2014, I also am training for the 2014 Miss California USA R. So my immediate goal is to learn as much as I can in every aspect possible, until I have met all of my long-term career goals,” Shey said.

Her current platform is working with the Channel Islands Social Services, working with people with special needs who are in respite care programs. But her passion is to really work with a charity involving epilepsy. “It is a disorder that needs more awareness that it has received in the past,” she said. She would like to start an annual social event for people with special needs to meet and develop relationships with each other “because we know how difficult it is for everyday people to develop a strong relationship more so those who have special needs.” Growing up with a special needs brother put her family into financial problems. The hardest challenge for her was finding a balance between helping her parents out with her brother, while still helping herself. The teenage years were the hardest for her, but she has finally found a balance. She was able to get a full-ride athletic scholarship which really helped her parents financially, and she was finally able to find herself during those 4 years away from home. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that is not very well known, nor are there very many charities in the U.S. for it. Shey would love to start her own charity around Epilepsy and Epileptic persons because her brother has battled Epilepsy since he was 6 years old. Also, her family supports the Make A Wish Foundation and the Psoriasis Association since both her father and herself struggled with Psoriatic outbreaks.  

Shey is very ambitious and her Life Ambition is to be a woman of substance and leave a trail of footprints that others would be proud to follow. Her goal is to be happy with where she is at and give that joy to others. She believes that thanks to the Women’s Rights Movement (which began in the 1800’s but only gained it’s prominence in the 1920’s), women are now more than just the traditional wife and stay-at-home mother. True, women still battle the glass ceiling in the work place today, but the best thing is that a woman can CHOOSE to be a working-woman or to fill the more traditional roles. “The most important thing is that we don’t put our fellow women down for their choice of one or the other, because we are all needed in society,” Shey said.

Her role model growing up was her Grandma (Gran). She was the embodiment of modern woman meets traditional wife. She was supportive, driven, kind, and humble. She never heard her speak poorly of anyone, even if provoked. She never complained even in her last year of painful cancer in all her digestive organs. Shey tried to live a life that she would be proud of because she knew that she is looking down on her from Heaven.

Shey is a huge fan of the media and film industry, and one person that she has always admired and looked up to was Audrey Hepburn. “She came from a broken place and no matter how many people told her “she can’t” or “she won’t” or “never”, she always took it as motivation and worked harder. She became a huge name in film and right at the time when female roles were only supporting roles, she was one of the first leading ladies. She was revolutionary and always looking to do it better than before. She wasn’t selfish with her fame, she was constantly in third-world countries doing charity work in her later years, and that’s where she said she finally found happiness.”

Giuliana Rancic is her role model for today. She battled Breast Cancer and the inability to have children, which are two of the biggest issues that plague modern women. Giuliana has been in the spotlight through it all and has been nothing but an upstanding spokeswoman for everyone. “I admire how she has been aggressive with her treatments, has decided to be safe with getting a surrogate to start her family, and has still worked hard to keep her career.”

Shey will represent Orange County with her title as MISS ORANGE COUNTY 2014 at the 2014 MISS CALIFORNIA USA R on January 2-4, 2014 in Long Beach, California.