A native of Mayfield, Kentucky, Beth Ann Bearup entered her first pageant, Miss Purchase District Fair at age 16. She fell in love with pageants and competed in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems. Beth Ann was crowned Miss Kentucky USA in 1987, Mrs. Kentucky in 1999 and Mrs. Georgia in 2011.
Beth Ann was married for 28 years to former University of Kentucky Basketball player, the late Bret Bearup. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three children.