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  • 9
    Dec
    2016

    Miss PA USA Fights Body Stigma

    Having battled an eating disorder herself, the recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2017 Cassandra Angst plans to educate other girls who worry about their body.

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    She says that body shaming is heavily prevalent in today’s culture via social media and misinformation on the subject.  Cassandra says body image problems can occur in girls as young as 6 and persist to college and beyond.  She says, “If I can save one life, or change one little girl’s life, it would mean the world to me.”

    After competing against the other women from her home state, she told The Courier Times, “A lot of them are strong, confident women. It’s good to surround yourself with people like that,” she said. “I’m just very lucky to have been given the crown, because any girl could have won.”

     


  • 9
    Dec
    2016

    Patriots Cheerleader Crowned Miss MA USA

    Julia Scaparotti, a Patriots cheerleader, is one of the newest ladies to join the Miss USA sisterhood.  She was recently crowned Miss Massachusetts USA 2017.  In addition to competing for the title with other women from her state, she also competed against other Patriot cheerleaders.

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    Julia says “It was nice to have the support system of them, too. I was thinking, statistically if I don’t win, I have two women that I would love to win,” Julia said. “And it’s true. If I didn’t win, I would want it for one of them because I know how hard they’ve worked. I love them.”

    Julia will head to the 2017 MISS USA Competition where she will compete to win the title Miss USA, stay tuned!


  • 8
    Dec
    2016

    Brother Inspires Miss VA Teen USA

    THE VIRGINIA PILOT – The 16-year-old Cox High School junior was crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA 2017 after competing in a pageant for the first time.

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    “When they finally put the crown and sash over me, I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

    With all the glitz and glam that comes with the crown, there was only one person Madison wanted to celebrate with: Her twin brother, Bryan, who was born with Down syndrome.

    “He’s the one that made me really smile when I came out in that dress because I could see him right away, I could point him out,” Madison said.

    Their father, C.J. Deni, said Bryan was “cheering and jumping up and down” when Madison was crowned at the event Nov. 20.

    He even got to go on stage with her.

    “Everything that I’ve done, even throughout my life, has been for him because he’s definitely been my inspiration and he’s definitely shaped me as a person,” Madison said.

    Read the rest of the story from The Virginia Pilot…


  • 8
    Dec
    2016

    Miss USA Talks PTSD

    Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber gives an exclusive interview about her work with soldiers facing PTSD.

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    Telling Rehab-International, she says, “My goal is to make soldiers feel less ashamed of it, and for people in general to understand this is a reaction to trauma, a mental battle. You should never be ashamed of asking for help.”

    Ultimately, Deshauna wants to ensure that those who are done serving can come home to all the resources they need to help them recover.  You can read more by tapping here.


  • 7
    Dec
    2016

    A Contestant’s Tale

    Lyrric Cosby Jackson of Georgia competed in the Miss Georgia USA 2017 competition with the hopes of earning the crown and ticket to compete at Miss USA, what she left with was something more.

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    On Medium, she writes, “I never expected to “strut” down a runway in a fire engine red bikini with as much confidence and honesty as I did, nor did I expect to learn so much about myself in such a short time.”

    While Lyrric did not make it to the next round, we’re happy she found herself and gained confidence along the way.

    You can read her full piece “Not Your Average Pageant Girl” by tapping here.