In a pageant confidence is the key. Anyone who has ever pursued their dreams knows that they are never as simple as you set out expecting them to be. Don’t let that deter you. Confident winners do not let setbacks deter them from their goals or allow others’ opinions to deter them from their full potential.

Perseverance in pageantry is a valuable lesson that applies in every other area of life. The best things in life are challenging. Know that whatever setbacks you may have, they don’t define you. 

The beautiful Michelle Laino will compete for the crown of Miss New York Teen USA 2018. This will be her 5th time. She believes that you don't need a crown to be a queen - "Every year I competed I got to know myself more and more. That was the most important thing I have done to prepare, is to know myself inside and out. I think the most important part of preparation in pageants is getting to know who you are and why you are competing." she explained.

Michelle, 18, graduated high school and she is currently enrolled in a personal training certification program. After she obtains her certification she plans to continue her education in nutrition. She works as a sales associate at Club Pilates - "I just really love fitness, exercise, and the human body. As for extracurricular work, I have a health blog and I also volunteer at Gilda's Club, which is an organization to help families, friends, and patients affected by cancer." she said

Michelle's dedication towards her goals, and her success which has been a result of her ambitions and efforts, will surely take her long on the road of victory! Discover more about her story below

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"Sport has the power to help develop the potential of individuals, communities and nations. It encourages personal growth, is a major force in eliminating gender barriers and can build bridges across lines that might otherwise divide.” Ban ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

The beautiful Gracie Hunt was born into a sports-loving family. From age four to seventeen, soccer was a huge part of her world, and it has impacted her life in innumerable ways - "Sports afforded me the opportunity to learn to work as a team towards a common goal, and to never let a setback or obstacle hinder my achievement" - she explained.

Over her career she played high school and D1 club soccer and hoped to continue into college, but god has opened another door "When I received my 4th concussion, my neurologist suggested that I should no longer play the game I loved which was devestating. I hoped and prayed for direction and another dream to capture my heart and imagination, and the door was opened to pageantry."

She won the crown of Miss Teen Texas Intl 2016 and will compete in Miss Texas Teen USA this november. She competed last year for the first time and was named fourth runner-up - "This is my last year of eligibility, so I’m giving it my best shot! I always looked up to anyone wearing a crown, as I believe most people do, and when I realized the platform and impact I could make through holding a title, I was hooked. I am passionate about volunteerism and making a difference, and leaving the world better than I found it."

I had the opportunity to interview the beauty queen a few days before the Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant. Her dedication and hard work towards her goals will surely take her long on the road of victory!

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Pageantry has taught her to be respectful and represent herself as a young, confident, and strong woman. Morgan Cox will have the opportunity to compete at the 2018 Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant later this year. The beauty queen started competing in pageants at age 8 and haven't stopped since.

Recently she has gotten into modeling and is signed with MMG models in New York and LA and The Ross Agency in Fort Worth. She plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in Public Relations and Communications with hopes of becoming a Broadcast Journalist.

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

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 She will represent the Rio Grande Valle at the Miss Texas USA Pageant in one week. The amazing Chelsea Desireé Peňa has some advice for aspiring beauty queens. She challenges everyone to set goals, work hard, have faith and achieve them. Even if you are a pageant veteran or a first-timer in beauty contests, you can stand out as long as you believe in yourself. Chelsea will be on the Miss Texas USA stage for the third time this year "I remember telling my mother what an honor it would be to even be a contestant.I never thought I would be one of the many competing for a State title, but dreams do come true & opportunity chases you when you least expect it.  I was raised on a single parent income where making the best out of any circumstance was the only way to get by." she explained

Chelsea graduated last year from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitative Services. She recently began working as a non-custodial parent counselor and she deals with court mandated cases in which the non-custodial parent is either unemployed, underemployed and behind on their child support payments. Her goal as their counselor is to help them obtain self-sufficient wages.

Chelsea's mother enrolled her in dance classes at the age of five. She continued dancing all through High School and the majority of her years while she was attending the university.

I had the opportunity to recently interview her. Chelsea's dedication and hard work towards her goals will surely take her long on the road of victory!

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The beautiful Somaia Farakesh, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss California USAwants to be a role model to women all across the world. She would like to encourage women to leave their mark, strive for their wildest dreams and never stop until they reach their biggest goals. Through many aspects in life as well as pageantry she wants to influence woman to be the best version of themselves.

Somaia has always been very ambitious - "Growing up I found in interest in almost everything I’d come across. I’m a hopeless romantic, but I can’t find myself dating anyone until I’ve reached a level of self fulfillment, I find that it’s important to go after your dreams and follow your heart because ultimately, that is how you will attract who is truly meant to be in your life" - she explained.

Currently she is a full time student majoring in physics and biology. She is studying to be a nurse, and doing personal training on the side - "In the passed I’ve volunteered at the sunrise senior living center and grew a liking to working with seniors."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Somaia on her pageant experience and on her preparation for the Miss California USA Contest. If she wins the pageant she'll have the opportunity to represent her state at Miss USA 2018. California has produced a Miss USA every decade (except the 2000s) and is ranked second highest among states in terms of placements.

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As Miss Texas USA she would like to be of service to others. Stephanie Ludwig, 22, won the title of Miss Kemah USA 2017 only two months ago but it has already given her many opportunities. - "I entered my first pageant because I thought it would be fun but now I compete because it is making me a better public speaker and preparing me for a career in journalism."  she explained. She has a passion for mental health and wants to bring awareness to everyone. So, pageantry has given her chances to speak to businesses and people around our community of the importance of Mental Health Awareness.

Aside from being a pageant queen Stephanie is a Senior at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX; She is double majoring in Mass Communications and Multiplatform Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies.  She plans to be a baseball Sport Broadcaster and hopes to work for ESPN one day.  

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

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Have you ever heard about Usher Syndrome ? It is a genetic condition involving sensorineural hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa. Although considered a rare disease, it is the most frequent cause of deaf-blindness in humans. In developed countries such as the United States, about four babies in every 100,000 births have Usher syndrome.

Usher syndrome was first described in 1858 by Albrecht Von Graefe, but was named for Charles Usher, a British eye doctor who focuses on the disorder’s hereditary nature.

If she wins the crown of Miss Louisiana Teen USA Jillian Maxwell would like to use her voice to be able to spread more awareness about her platform - Usher’s Syndrome - "I have a classmate, Jake, who has the syndrome. I see him overcome obstacles to function normally at school and in his daily life. He is a true inspiration to me" - she explained.

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Jillian about her preparation for the 2018 Miss Louisiana Teen USA Pageant. It will be held on October 21, 2017. Notable former Miss Louisiana Teen USA titleholders are Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry, Miss Teen USA 2004 Shelley Hennig, Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik, and Jennifer Dupont, who placed first runner-up at Miss America 2005. Landry and Hennig have gone on to successful acting careers. 

Miss Louisiana Teen USA is produced by RPM Productions, which also produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageants for Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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