American Heart Month takes place every February to raise awareness for cardiovascular health. Heart disease is responsible for one in every four deaths and is the worldwide leading cause of death. Every year, it kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
Rebekah Newton, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Alabama USA, hopes to make a difference by being a role model to the younger generation, especially our younger girls, who have so few role models to look up to. Rebekah's goal is to raise awareness about her project Mend My Broken Heart - " I would love to sponsor those who cannot afford heart checks to get them. One of the reasons I love pageantry is because it can open the door for women to make a difference in the world in so many ways. Therefore, if I have the privilege of being Miss Alabama USA 2018, any doors opened for me I would gladly walk through" - she explained.
She started the project because her father suffered a heart attack this summer - "I love turning bad things around and turning them into something good."
If she wins the crown she will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018. 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! The current Miss Alabama USA titleholder is Baylee Smith from Tuscaloosa.
I had the opportunity to interview Rebekah on her preparation for the Miss Alabama USA Contest. Lets know a little more about this beautiful woman through this interview!