When a girl, teen or woman decides to enter a beauty pageant, there will always be someone in her life who will make statements about the negative effects that competing in a pageant  will have on her self-image.The conversation gets even more heated when a mother puts her baby, toddler or young child into a beauty pageant. Usually, the negative statements will come from people whose only exposure to the world of beauty pageants is what they’ve seen on TV shows like Toddlers and Tiaras or read in the tabloids. 

Participating in a beauty pageant will build self-esteem and self-image if used as a tool to polish the complete healthy person that you already are. Pageants open career doors, provide an opportunity for community service, develop confidence and communication skills, and are fun. Tinley McWhorter's mother, entered her daughter in a pageant at a young age because she wanted her to gain self confidence - "The optical nerve in my left eye never fully developed leaving me completely blind in that eye. Pageants have made me feel confident, empowered and ambitious" - she explained.

Tinley will have the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Miss Nevada Teen USA Pageant later this year. If she wins she'll have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss Teen USA 2018. I had the opportunity to interview her about her preparation for the upcoming pageant. Check it below!

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Chronic diseases are among the most prevalent and costly health conditions in the United States. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic condition, and the number is growing. Chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, respiratory diseases, arthritis and obesity can lead to hospitalization, long-term disability, reduced quality of life and, often, death. 

The prevalence of chronic disease has increased steadily among people of all ages in recent years. These diseases affect more than one in two adults and more than one in four children in the United States. More than 25 percent live with multiple chronic conditions.

Asha Vadlamudi, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Texas USA 2018, is a business analyst for a cardiac device and service company that is developing new technologies to bring efficiencies and better patient care to the healthcare system. As a business analyst, her job is to ensure the product is brought from a vision to a reality - "It has been very rewarding to work in an environment which can directly benefit patients’ lives. I have taken this experience and incorporated it into my passion of prevention of chronic disease" - she explained. Once awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, she created a Wellness Program in partnership with the local senior wellness center in her community.

"The program empowers seniors to take charge of their own health. It is so important to focus on the prevention as we start to see the prevalence of chronic disease in our society rapidly increasing. I have seen many participants in our program who are motivated to improve their health but just do not know how. The wellness program partners with these motivated individuals to help them reach their goals and serve their health needs."

If she wins the Miss Texas USA Pageant the beautiful Asha will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018. Check my interview about her preparation for the upcoming pageant below!

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Amber LeBlanc, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Louisiana USA, thinks there is a lot of pressure on women in today's society - "I would advise any young woman to just be who you are!  Do not change for anyone.  Being yourself is what makes you unique and special.  God creates us all individually and we are all given different traits and talents that are meant to utilized, not conformed.  Each of us has a distinctive purpose.  You should never feel like you must try to be someone different because of what others say or what society tells you. There is so much pressure for a girl or young woman to be a “certain” way, but ALWAYS remember to be true to who you are.  Stay humble, reach for the stars, and do not let anyone or your own insecurities stop you from being your happiest self and achieving your goals."

If she wins the Miss Louisiana Usa Pageant Amber will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018. She currently attends Louisiana State University - "I am a psychology major and I graduate in May 2018.  I hope to continue my education, pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resources.  I would really hope to someday work within the fashion industry" - she explained.

She also loves to model. She has done some fashion modeling and has walked in New Orleans Fashion Week the last two years - " The whole atmosphere is something I love; getting your hair and makeup done and walking on the runway, wearing the designs that have actually been hand-made by these inspirational designers, is such a phenomenal experience!"

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

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Pageant girls are fighting to keep the reputation of pageantry positive. Evelyn Clark, who will be competing for the crown of Miss Washington USA, made it her mission to talk to young girls about what it really means to be “beautiful.”

We will not deny that some pageants are nothing more than a group of outsiders judging someone on their physical beauty, but most pageants are much more than just that. With the question-answer segments, pageants are moving away from aesthetics and forcing contestants to be well-spoken, knowledgeable, and graceful young ladies who are passionate about a purpose.

Evelyn competed in her first pageant when she was 10 years old after she received a flyer in the mail for the National American Miss (N.A.M.) pageant - "My parents are really the main reason why I even signed up in the first place. They encouraged me to compete because I was having a hard time with my self-esteem and confidence so they thought it would be good for me. I’m believer in everything happens for a reason; I was having a hard time and then got a flyer for the pageant. It was perfect timing" - she explained.

After competing, she had a new confidence in herself and she was hooked on pageantry - "It wasn’t because I got to wear a pretty dress and win awards, it’s because I saw firsthand how a pageant can change a person and the benefits of it."

She grew up watching Miss USA and Miss Universe and remembers thinking "I want to do that but never thought it would happen! love that the Miss Universe Organization empowers women to go after what they want and to embrace their unique differences" As Miss Washington USA, she would love to share her story and this message to young girls. 

If she wins the crown of Miss Washington USA she will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018. Washington has been moderately successful in terms of number of semi-finalists and placements, and has had one Miss USA. Dorothy Anstett won the crown in 1968 and went on to place 4th runner-up at Miss Universe.

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

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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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She comes from Trinidad & Tobago a dual-island nation in the southern Caribbean, located a mere 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Yvonne Clarke's dream of being Miss Universe' first began at age 9, when Wendy Fitzwilliam was crowned in 1998 - "It was one of the few nights in my childhood where my parents allowed me to stay up late, so it was a very exciting experience. Watching Ms. Fitzwilliam's grace, dignity, and class on the international stage as she represented Trinidad and Tobago on that incredible night as she was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant inspired me to realize that, even in the small twin-island Republic of 1.3 million people, we all have the potential to shine as an example for the rest of the world to follow, admire and celebrate" - she explained.

If she wins the national pageant Yvonne will have the opportunity to represent her beautiful island at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. The beauty contest has been held annually since 1963 a year after its independence from the United Kingdom. It debuted in 1963 when Jead Stodart, Miss Y de Lima 1963 was crowned the Carnival Queen of Trinidad by National Carnival Committee and went to the Miss Universe 1963 in the United States.

Yvonne is a medical student in the area of clinical sonography, specializing in obstetrics - "My line of study allows me to ensure that my female patients and their unborn offspring are healthy. Child-bearing is a wondrous, incredible gift granted by God to women, and being a part of this delicate process is indeed a remarkable experience that I will always appreciate, because it is a testament of the strength and resilience of a woman."

Additionally, she owns a small business where she sells women's shoes, clothing and accessories. As a Fashion CEO, styling other women on a daily basis gives her great joy – "it’s a great feeling of satisfaction to see the look of confidence that my loyal female customers have when they leave my store, ready to face the world with renewed self-assurance."

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

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In today’s society pageant girls are expected to be more than just a pretty face. They are expected and usually sometimes required to make a certain amount of appearances per month and a certain amount a community service hours as well. This means that you need to be able to relate to people on a personal level. Gracie Petry, candidate for the crown of Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2018, explained that a pageant queen should be approachable, relatable and confident in herself, her values and her morals. 

If she wins the pageant she would like to use her voice to raise awareness about any form of bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, pushing the issue to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. School bullying statistics in the United Stats show that about one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis.

Gracie is a full time student but she recently signed a contract with NEXT Modeling Agency. I had the opportunity to interview her a few days before the upcoming pageant. Check it below!

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