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How Women Are Changing The Face Of Philanthropy, According To Ashton Theiss, Candidate For The Crown Of Miss Texas USA 2018

One of the most common criticisms of philanthropy is that it is dominated by older, white men giving away their cash. In fact, women do give. Every day they are demonstrating greater leadership across the not-for-profit sector as decision makers on boards, active participants in nonprofit missions, and donate to support causes that help improve and save lives. Women are active change agents in their communities and expect to see the impact of their dollars where they live. 

The gorgeous Ashton Theiss, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Texas USA 2018, truly has a heart for giving back. She has been a foster for DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue Club for 3 years and has successfully adopted out 15 dogs personally. She was a chair for Susan G Komen Greater Fort Worth's largest event, Kick Up Your Heels for the Cure in 2015.  

This year she also travelled to Peru and Costa Rica with Roma Boots, a one-for-one company that gives rain boots to kiddos in need in third world countries.

Being originally from the Houston area, her family and many friends were seriously effected by Hurricane Harvey this fall. "My parent's business was flooded with over 3.5 feet of water, so I first hand saw the devastation as it happened. As I was watching this horrible event unfold from Fort Worth, I couldn't sit and do nothing" - she explained.

"On the Tuesday before Labor Day (when miss Texas was originally scheduled), I posted on Facebook that I was going to be heading down with all the supplies my truck could hold to donate to the relief effort. Well, my small plan exploded into more than I could have ever imagined. By Thursday when I left, I had over $14,000 in supplies, 4 trucks, 2 trailers and a boat in tow to Houston. I stayed for 5 days volunteering with water rescues, supply deliveries and post-flood house demo. I was in awe of seeing the devastation with my own eyes and so glad I could add some aid in my own small way."

If she wins the crown Ashton will have the opportunity to represent the state of Texas at Miss USA 2018. Did you know ? Nine Miss Texas USA titleholders have won the Miss USA title and one, Chelsi Smith, has been crowned Miss Universe. In the 1980s Texas won the Miss USA title five consecutive years from 1985 to 1989, a streak known as the "Texas Aces"

Here we bring you the untold facts about Ashton’s life and also her ideas, objectives and opinions… Have a look!



You will compete at the Miss Texas USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I have been preparing to be Miss Texas USA my entire life. How? My life experiences - career, philanthropic, television, education - in addition to my past pageant training and experiences have equipped me with all the skills needed to be an excellent candidate for Miss Texas USA and Miss USA.

I am a leader in my community, expert in my field of work and dedicated philanthropist. While I have the public speaking skills, confidence, poise, discipline needed to be Miss Texas USA, I also have grit. I can trade the stilettos for cowboy boots to sell one of my ranch listings. I can throw my hair in a ponytail and roll up my sleeves to volunteer hands-on. 

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What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry? 

Pageants have helped me gain poise, confidence, speaking skills and determination that permeate all aspects of my life. I can honestly say that pageantry has molded me into the woman I am today and was a huge catalyst in my life that has lead to other opportunities and successes in my life. 

Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?   

I've been a realtor in DFW for almost 4 years specializing in residential, farm and ranch and investment sales. Within the farm and ranch realm, I have found my niche working with turn-key recreational ranches and hunting properties. This year, I was voted Top Realtor by Fort Worth Magazine and Best Real Estate Agent by 360 West Magazine. My company, Rogers Healy and Associates, is one of the top 25 producing brokerages in all of DFW with just about 250 agents. Just this month, I was awarded the Healy Hustle, Philanthropist of the Year and Million Dollar Producer awards. 

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In addition to regular realtor, I am also a real estate investor. I have renovated and flipped many houses in the past few years and am currently working on two very large projects totaling over $1.5M when they hit the market this spring. My family background in construction and eye for design make this an area I especially love and excel at. 

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Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?    

Social media gives people a look into the girl behind the headshot and off the stage. I want for people to be able to see the real me and what my life entails on the day-to-day. I have nothing to hide on my social media and am very comfortable having anyone pageant world take a look! @ashtontheiss

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?    

Breaking pageant stereotypes is why I am so determined to be Miss Texas USA. While still wearing the crown beautifully, gracefully and confidently, I want to be a real, relatable Miss Texas USA that is determined to make a positive impact on the world.  

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Thanks to the beautiful Ashton for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Texas USA pageant.
 

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