The gorgeous Ashley Hornick, who'll be competing in Miss United States 2017 later this year, is all about breaking stereotypes to set the record straight on so-called pageant girls. "I wound up playing on a football team in Junior High, and not only was I the only girl on the team, but I was also the quarterback!" Ashley explained.

Because Pageants are not just about gowns and crowns, as Miss Arizona Ashley wants to inspire others to be themselves. She enjoys giving back to her community and promotes a program called Battle Buddies.

Read on and discover her inspiring story below! 

The gorgeous Frida Fornander was crowned Miss Sweden Universe 2017 a few days ago. She will have the opportunity to compete at Miss Universe 2017 later this year. The 21-year-old had already represented her country at Miss Earth 2014. I had the opportunity to interview her. Lets know a little bit more about her through this interview!
 

Pageant Veteran Frida Fornander has just won Miss Universe Sweden 2017! On her third attempt, she won the crown! Frida entered the Miss Universe Sweden competition in 2013 and was crowned  Miss Earth Sweden in 2014. She also held the titles of Miss Teen Sweden in 2011 and Miss Teen Universe in 2012. Sweden has not placed into the semifinals since 2009, but the nation is one of the most successful at Miss Universe with three crowns!

She competed in her first pageant two years ago. The gorgeous Lisa Bennett does not compete with anyone except herself. "Every time I enter a pageant my goal is to do better than the previous year. It's all about being in competition with myself and finding out what I can achieve."

Lisa will have the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Miss Global/Intercontinental Australia Contest later this year.

Despite some misconceptions, beauty pageants are not all about physical appearance. Participants are given a chance to show off their talent, they are given challenging questions to answer. And Lisa Bennett claims that the pageant world helped her to combat issues of self esteem. Discover her story below!

Actor, Model, Musician and the first ever Australian to be crowned Miss Galaxy. Shikye Smith is unstoppable. She does not compete with anyone except herself. In life, there will always be pressure: Succeed. Finish by the deadline. Make impossible things possible (usually within 24-48 hours). Many of the same stressors in pageantry are just as familiar in “real” life: Make sure you look the part. Don’t have any questionable social media posts. Grace and elegance, tact and flexibility, win. Be the best.

When you think modern beauty pageants, your first thought may go to Miss Congeniality or Miss America. Regardless of which springs first into your mind, you may not realize how far back this tradition of celebrating women goes. Beauty and strength are universally celebrated in our society. 

The gorgeous Shelby Brown represented the state of Idaho in 2016 at the prestigious Miss United States Pageant. She has worked as a makeup artist for years. The beauty queen who turned entrepreneur founded her company; Marquess Beauty in 2017. "I decided it was time to take the first step in creating my beauty empire. Pageants gave me a leg up in the industry and a unique perspective as a consumer."

Read on and discover Shelby's inspiring story below!

Meet the gorgeous Ashleigh Wild, Miss Teen Great Britain! The 19-year-old, from Poulton represents girls aged 16-19 years old from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Because pageants are not just about the gowns and crowns. Ashleigh believes they can play a role in the betterment of society. On the 12th May 2016, she suddenly lost her dad due to sepsis. She is determined to help raise awareness of this devastating condition and wants to make a difference by raising as much money as possible for the UK Sepsis Trust by doing numerous fundraising events.

Read on and discover her inspiring story below!

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