Regina Gray of Milwaukee won the prestigious title of Miss Wisconsin USA 2018 on September 10, 2017. She will have the opportunity to compete at Miss USA 2018.

Last year Regina was named 1st Runner Up and Miss Congeniality! 

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The Miss Universe Organization empowers women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to reach a global audience… and continue to define what it means to be Confidently Beautiful.

The gorgeous Ashleigh Morgan Lenoir competes in the Miss Universe Organization for 7 years. She will be a candidate at the 2018 Miss Alabama USA Pageant this November. "I’ve been competing in pageants since I was thirteen years old, and if it has taught me one thing, pageants have taught me that it is not about winning. It is about being who you are and happy with yourself and confident enough to even put yourself out there to see the possibilities that lie ahead." she explained.

Morgan is a junior at the University of Alabama. She is currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Retailing, with a minor in General Business. The beauty queen also works at Indian Hills Country Club as a server in the fine dining restaurant. 

She developed a real passion for cooking when she was a little girl - "My father taught me to cook and bake at a young age. By the time I was eighteen years old, I had made the entire Thanksgiving dinner for my family on my own! Although it is more difficult to cook full and healthy meals in college, I definitely make it a priority to take time and cook for myself and make sure it still feels like my home-away-from-home."

I had the opportunity to interview Morgan two months before the Miss Alabama Usa Pageant. Alabama is one of the more successful and (recently) consistent states at Miss USA. Although they have had a number of runners-up, finalists, and semi-finalists, they have only had one Miss USA!

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Miss America 2018 will be crowned on Sunday, September 10th in Atlantic City. Packed with glitz and glam, the spectacular evening will showcase the serious smarts and tremendous talent of 52 women representing their home states and territories as they compete to bring home the crown. At the conclusion of the intense competition, one woman will win the coveted Miss America title.
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Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff from Missouri was crowned Miss Teen USA on July 30, 2017. She will be attending the University of Kansas. In addition to winning Miss Teen USA pageant, the teen will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 cash reward. Sophia is half mexican, she will live in New York with the reigning Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere and the reigning Miss USA Kara McCullough.
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For her the crown symbolizes possibility. The gorgeous Rachel Hornbuckle, who'll be competing in the 2018 Miss Texas USA Pageant was born an overcomer. "Doctors said I would be confined to a wheelchair my whole life, but I defied the odds and not only walked, but ran and now I’ll be walking at Miss Texas USA 2018. It’s mind blowing to me, but that experience pushes me to give my all no matter what I’m participating in." she explained.

Because pageants are not just about the gowns and crowns. Rachel believes they can play a role in the betterment of society. The beauty queen dedicates countless hours to  her community by participating in free legal advice clinics, Habitat for Humanity wills clinic, Legal Services, re-entry clinics, and Operation Homeless Connect in Birmingham, Alabama. "My life’s work is dedicated to lowering the rate of generational incarceration and recidivism, while also addressing the social stigmas and affects generational incarceration has on children."

This cause is near and dear to her heart because she was a child affected by parental incarceration, - "I truly know how this life altering event can influence a child’s path in life." she added.

According to USA Today over 5 million U.S. children have an incarcerated parent, meaning 1 out of 14 children have a parent who has been removed from the household.  These children are 6 times more likely than their peers to commit a crime or be incarcerated. "I was blessed enough to have people around me to push me towards my destiny and away from self-destruction, but not every child has a support system like I did, which is why I want to be the change by bringing awareness to this epidemic."

I had the opportunity to interview Rachel a few days before the Miss Texas Usa Pageant. I appreciate her sharing her story. I hope you will enjoy this interview!

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