More than anything, being adopted has made her understand unconditional love. The gorgeous Sara Disselkamp, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Maine USA later this year, knew at a very young age that part of her purpose in her lifetime was to give back. And she would like to use her personal story to educate and to inspire other people. - "I was given the most precious gift and blessing when my parents, William and Jane Disselkamp adopted me when I was just a baby. Because of their unconditional love, I always knew I needed to do something bigger than myself, and give back in a way that no one else could understand" - she explained.

Sara's ideal beauty queen is her Mama - "She has the biggest heart in the world, and is the most selfless, loving woman I know" - she said.

Her mom has helped her to evolve as a beauty queen from day one of teaching her the importance of self love. Growing up, Sara was one of the only children of color in her school - "I always considered myself incredibly blessed, but like many others growing up, I encountered a few challenging situations regarding my outer appearance. I knew from a young age that everyone was beautiful, but my Mom taught me that what truly mattered was the beauty of a person’s heart. The values that she instilled in me have helped me evolve into the woman I am today. I love educating people who think beauty pageants are based on looks alone."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Sara on her story and on her preparation for the upcoming Miss Maine USA Contest. Lets know a little more about this inspiring woman through this interview!

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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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Regular physical activity benefits health in many ways, including helping build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints; helping control weight and reduce fat; and preventing or delaying the development of high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the number of kids and teenagers participating in sports is decreasing. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the number of kids that played a team sport on a regular basis decreased from 44.5 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2016.

 Asia Tatum, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Washington USA, choose to advocate youth participation in sports - "Sports have always been an important factor in my life, and I want kids to experience the same benefits and opportunities I did growing up. There are many kids whose parents can’t afford for them to participate in sports.  I want to show awareness of this, and raise scholarship funds for kids to be able to participate in sports" - she explained.

On the Olympic College Track team, Asia has received four medals at the NWAC Track and Field Championships. And she has participated in sports since the age of four!

I had the opportunity to interview her one week before the Miss Washington USA Contest. If she wins the crown she'll have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018. Lets know a little more about her through this interview!

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Almost any time you see the phrase “the American Dream” these days, it seems to be in a negative context. The speaker is either assuring us that it’s dead or that it can be salvaged only by a radical redefinition — one that often contradicts the basic principles this country was founded on.

So it was heartening to come across a positive reference to it recently.

At the age of 18 Katya Avdeev came to United States with only $40 in her pocket hoping to get a piece of the famous "American Dream" - "I had my fair share of obstacles, from being homeless and sleeping in a park to working over 80 hours a week at a fast food place" - she explained.

Over the years she got 2 business degrees, had her clothes sold in boutiques all over the country, showed her collections during fashion weeks and participated in numerous charity runways shows.

Her clients are Washington DC celebrities, models, actresses, socialites, and of course... pageant contestants!

Aside from being a mom and business owner Katya won the title of Mrs. Maryland United States 2017 - "What pageantry did for me is it gave me an opportunity to work on myself, on figuring out who I am and what I can do. It's a process, and even if something isn't achieved on the first try it's ok. Just keep trying, every day is an opportunity to be better and learn from mistakes."

Check my interview with the beautiful and inspiring Katya below!

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In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US, according to Cancer.org. 

If she wins the crown of Miss California USA, the beautiful Starla Smith would like to use her title to promote The American Cancer Society Foundation. The Society's mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Their immediate goal is to prevent cancer, save more lives, and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Starla Smith is also close to the SIDS Foundation and Starkey Hearing Foundation - "Being a titleholder could give me a voice to enlighten other" - she explained.

I had the opportunity to interview her a few weeks before the Miss California USA Contest. The winner will 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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With one in every 68 children in the United States affected by autism, a special education teacher is extremely important and influential in the life of a child on the autism spectrum. Autistic students come with a variety of developmental, learning, physical, and emotional needs, and special education teachers are specifically trained to help students deal with those needs and overcome challenges. 

As a teacher for students with brain injuries and autism, Patricia St Martin has been motivated more than ever to volunteer, and spread positivity and happiness throughout the world - "I would love to travel on missions and help people in and out of my country. I have never been so proud of myself and winning this pageant will not only benefit me, but individuals around the world also. Working with those students has pushed me harder to follow my dreams and fight for my goals. " - she explained.

If she wins the title of Miss Massachusetts USA she would like to advocate her platform of Autism Speaks into a much larger audience.

Whilst the state of Massachusetts is not one of the more successful in terms of number of placements or semi-finalists in Miss USA, their fortunes were improved in recent years when Shawnae Jebbia was crowned Miss USA in 1998 and Susie Castillo won the crown in 2003.

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

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Domestic violence is, in many ways, a quiet epidemic. Though in plain sight, victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the facade of a happy home. But the statistics reveal a shocking reality. Every nine seconds, a woman in America is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

And although the rate of family violence in the U.S. has slightly decreased during the last 10 years, there are millions of women and children that we know are living in violent homes every day. The reigning Miss Greater Bay Area Usa, Ghazal Gill, was one of them - "Having grown up in an abusive environment and overcome it myself, I have really grown a passion for helping women find their strength and reach their full potential." she explained

Ghazall, a 21 year old professional model, is currently in school to achieve her goal of becoming a forensic psychologist. She has been modeling pretty much her whole life, she got her start when she was just 13 years old. She has been doing Beauty pageants for about 6 years now and has an international title, Rumi Miss World 2017.

She will have the opportunity to compete at the 2018 Miss California USA Pageant. If she wins the crown she will represent her state in 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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