Sarah Palin, the former Miss Wasilla, has just been announced as John McCains running mate. The 44-year-old governor of Alaska was elected in 2006, but before that, she served as the Mayor of Wasilla, a small Alaskan town near Anchorage with a population just under 6,000. In order to win a college scholarship, Sarah Palin took part in many beauty contests, winning the crown of Miss Wasilla in 1984 before finishing second in the Miss Alaska contest. Afterwards, Miss Wasilla went on to study journalism in college and even worked on a fishing boat, but she eventually settled on a life in politics. Her first appointment was to the Wasilla City Council, but she worked her way up to Governor of Alaska after defeating the incumbent Republican governor.