I felt the need to start by explicitly stating the definition of both of these terms because oftentimes, people have the misconception that feminists are “crazy” females who do not shave their legs or armpits and basically hate men. This could not be any further from the truth. A feminist is simply a person, female or male, that wants equal rights for both genders, and an outspoken feminist simply notices and points out that equal rights for both genders have not yet been achieved.

And yes, you can compete in a beauty pageant and call yourself feminist. The gorgeous Larissa Hirst, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Universe Great Britain 2018, thinks that the Miss Universe Pageant allows women to celebrate their differences and being confidently beautiful - "Women are like diamonds - we are all different sizes, shapes and colours, and yes we have flaws. If more people celebrated their differences, I think the world would be happier."

Larissa currently works in financial journalism which is a male dominated environment - "I think being able to thrive in a challenging field will help me. I also blog on my female news site, Feminists in Heels, which is my way of empowering women by giving them a bigger voice in the world" - she explained.

Check my interview about Larissa's preparation for the Miss Universe GB pageant below! Did you know ? Great Britain has never won the Miss Universe title. The closest it could reach was in the year 2013, when Amy Willerton secured the Top 10 spot at Miss Universe 2013 pageant. 

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The health status of indigenous peoples worldwide varies according to their unique historical, political, and social circumstances. Disparities in health between Maoris and non-Maoris have been evident for all of the colonial history of New Zealand. Explanations for these differences involve a complex mix of components associated with socioeconomic and lifestyle factors, availability of health care, and discrimination.

Eva Wilson, a New Zealand beauty pageant winner, choose to focus on Women’s health, particularly indigenous New Zealand Maori women, and how inequities in pay and opportunities lead to lower health outcomes - "As a student of Health Science, I am concerned with health inequities in our society, and the social and economic determinants of one’s health" - she explained.

Lets know a little more about Eva and her pageant experience through this interview!

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In 2016 Ursula Carlton's life has changed when she won the title of Miss Great Britain. 2 years later she decided to go back in the pageant world.

The gorgeous Ursula will have the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Miss Universe Great Britain Pageant later this year. The winner will represent her country in Miss Universe 2018 - "It would be an incredible honour to represent my country on an international level, to be able to spread my message on an international scale would be a dream come true. If I can continue being a role model and inspiration to young girls both nationally and internationally, then I know I have achieved what I set out to do" - she explained.

Did you know ? When created as Miss Universe Great Britain in 1952, 30 women around the island of Great Britain and Northern Ireland competed. 

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Character. Compassion. Caring. These are values that all parents want to instill in their children. But how do you teach your kids the value of selflessness, hard work, and generosity ? The beautiful Ellie Malcolm, who won the title of USA National Miss South Carolina Teen in october, created a platform called “Give me F.I.V.E Today.” It stands for F-Find your passion, I- Initiate, V-Volunteer- Encourage and inspire others. The goal is to teach young kids ways to volunteer for at least 5 hours a month.

Ellie's mother put her in her first beauty pageant when she was just 4 years old - "At the time I really did not understand what was going on so I just smiled and waved!. As years went by though, I continued to do pageants almost on a weekly basis. I started doing natural pageants, which soon led to glitz (which was my personal favorite). Each pageant I did, I set a personal goal and it made me feel great on the inside every time I reached it" - she explained.

Ellie will have the opportunity to represent the state of South Carolina in the USA National Miss Teen Pageant later this year, lets know a little more about her through this interview!

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Miss Teen USA 2018 will be the 36th Miss Teen USA pageant. It will be held on May 18, 2018 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff of Missouri will crown her successor at the end of the event.

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Winning the title doesn’t just mean that you get to walk around looking pretty with a crown on your head (although, the crown is a nice perk). Winning the title is so much more than that.

Contrary to popular belief, beauty pageants do not necessarily prioritise only physical appearances but also empower women. The gorgeous Holly Legge, who placed 6th at Mrs Globe in China this past December, has been coaching and managing women before she joined pageantry - "I will continue to empower and inspire women to be the best versions of themselves long after as well. Pageantry gives me a really large platform to stand on and I feel like it allows me to reach further and it gives me strength in myself when I am walking women through hard situations" - she explained.

Did you know ? The Mrs Canada Globe title is a prestigious title held by a woman who embodies professionalism, sophistication and beauty. It does not discriminate against age or your relationship status.

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

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The military family has been part of the fabric of the United States since the Revolutionary War. Since the earliest days of the nation, the service and sacrifice of military members has, by necessity, involved the service and sacrifice of the members of their families.

According to the National Military Family Association (NMFA) 14% of American households rely on food banks, but when it comes to the military, that number is 25%. The reigning Mrs. California US America, Andrea McClew is a military spouse of 14 years and mother to two kids - "Me and my husband have survived 4 deployments together in our own way. Its very difficult trying to convey to people what the military lifestyle is like for both the spouses and families and pageantry was my way to explain a lot of unanswered questions" - she explained.

It also helped her introduce to pageantry an organization that she is very passionate about which is the ASYMCA-Armed Services YMCA. A free to low cost program designed to help military families in need. As an optician Andrea would like to start a program that will allow low income military families to receive high quality eyewear at little to no cost.

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

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