Nonprofits today are serving women on many visceral issues – from domestic violence, veteran care, human rights, and breast cancer to economic independence, birth control and the wage gap. Organizations that make a real difference are changing the world every single day. The prevalence of nonprofits and charities that help women are extremely important to help young women to fight for their dreams.

The gorgeous Chenoah Blount is the C.E.O. of the Stacey Blount’s Rising Stars Organization, a girl empowerment organization designed for girls who feel like they do not have hope or who feel there is no one fighting for them - "I want to continue my girl empowerment program and get it to be on a national level so girls know how to practice youth led activism all over the country and eventually the world" - she explained.

Chenoah will have the opportunity to represent the state of New Jersey at the 2018 Miss United States Pageant later this year.

Did you know ? The reigning Miss United States 2017 is Farida Baligh of Florida, crowned on July 8, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida. Notable past Miss United States titleholders include Miss United States 2014 Elizabeth Safrit who represented the United States at Miss World 2014 in London where she placed as the 2nd runner-up and earned the title Miss World Americas.

Lets know a little more about Chenoah's story and her journey to the crown through this interview!

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The journey of recovering from a burn injury often comes with doubt, hard questions, and physical and emotional pain. Burn survivors know that their scars do not define them – yet the stories behind them can offer a powerful path to healing. Sharing the story of her journey – the gorgeous Catherine Cortes can renew burn survivors' strength and inspire others. Her story can become a gift to the burn survivors community, a way of telling each other: “You are not alone.”

When she was a toddler Catherine was burned over 30% of her body - "That made me grow up with so many insecurities. It wasn’t until I meet my husband that those insecurities started to subside. Although after we had our first child those insecurities started to come back, with weight gain and stretch marks I was back were I was Years before. After feeling down and upset I finally decided to do something about it and found an all women’s gym (Body Construct by Lori Ann Marchese) and started my new journey" - she explained.

Lets know a little more about Catherine's story and her journey to the crown through this interview!

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Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, the Miss Earth organization aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations. Every year, 90 to 100 candidates from all over the world compete on beauty and knowledge of environmental issues.

The beautiful Jasmina Cunmulaj will have the opportunity to represent the state of Michigan at the 2018 Miss Earth United States Contest this summer. She explained what it would mean if she won. Jasmina said "My goal is to bring the crown home! Being Miss Michigan Earth United States, I have a big responsibility while competing in an environmentally driven pageant and also living in the “Great Lakes State”. I would like to take away from this whole experience the best version of myself, with great friendships and memories that I can treasure for a lifetime while making a difference along the way and setting a good example for young girls all around!"

Did you know ? Andreia Gibau of Massachusetts is the reigning Miss Earth United States! This fall, she spent 4 weeks representing the USA at the top ranking Miss Earth pageant in the Philippines. This year's pageant will be July 10-15, 2018 in Washington, DCincluding three age divisions that advance to the international stage: Teen age 15-19, Miss age 19-26, & Elite age 26-34.

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More than 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The Ice Bucket Challenge shined a spotlight on the issue several years ago, but awareness continues.

ALS advocate Nicole Davis lost her mom to the disease. As Ms Woman Hawaii 2017 she was an ambassador for ALS Research and Awareness - "I spent time volunteering fundraising events for the ALS such as the Annual ALS Walk and The ALS Benefit Ball. My mother passed away from ALS April 22, 2015 so it was a wonderful opportunity to give back" - she explained.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, and decline in breathing ability.

In addition to being a beauty queen Nicole is a program manager in quality and process performance for the US Navy. She is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada but graduated from Hampton University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration - "I enjoy serving my local church on the worship team. I enjoy film work and have worked for Hawaii Five 0, Marvel, and Fox Films in the past. I have also have modeled in Wedding Week Hawaii and also in Montreal Fashion Week as apart of the model cast of the Fashion Hero TV season 1" - she said.

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

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Alicia Van Schoonhoven is determined to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. The public speaker, who was placed 3rd runner-up at the 2017 Miss Galaxy Australia Pageant, built her pageant platform from life experience. She has been heavily involved in promoting healthy mental health through her involvement in The Fear to Freedom Project. The program shares the stories of 10 women, including herself, who have been through difficult hardship, from bullying, to mental illness to domestic violence - "It is necessary to shed some light for others who may currently be experiencing or will experience similar situations in the future" - she explained.

As part of her role as a Mental Health Promotion Officer Alicia travels out to schools and educates high school students about mental health, covering topics such as the different types of mental illness, the risk factors in developing a mental illness, drugs and alcohol, how to look after your mental health, relationships, social media and much more - "I absolutely love what I do and I hope to develop my career further in this field."

Alicia competed in her first pageant in 2013 "I made the Top 30 in Miss World Australia 5 years ago. I remember crying with joy when I received the news that I had made it through to the National Final. This is where my pageant obsession first began" - she said. This year the beauty queen is more than ready to take home the Miss Australia Galaxy Crown - "I am incredibly passionate and when there is something I aspire to achieve, I persevere to make it happen!"

Lets know a little more about Alicia and her preparation for the upcoming pageant through this interview!

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Robyn Tilley is a thoughtful young lady with a bright future. She’s already been named Miss Lake City, will soon be competing in the Miss Florida scholarship pageant and is pursuing a degree in psychology. She is also a victim of sexual assault. Tilley has chosen “Ending sexual abuse” as her platform for Miss Florida to raise awareness and help eliminate the stigma and blame that continues to surround victims.

The gorgeous Robyn is making a difference in breaking the beauty queen stereotype. She's not the typical blonde, spray tanned girl who always answers questions talking about the importance of world peace - "I look the judges in the eye, who know my current platform is Ending Sexual Abuse, and I tell them that yes, I am a victim, and yes, I have endured not so ideal situations, but here I am now, a title-winning, beautiful, talented, pageant queen, which is think is one of the best messages to spread. I stay true to my personality and I’m unafraid of who challenges me. If a beauty queen is putting on a fake persona just to win, then what about her is there to look up to?"

If she wins the crown Robyn will have the opportunity to represent the state of Florida in the Miss America Competition later this year. Florida has twice won the Miss America crown. Sara Zeng of Palm Coast is the reigning Miss Florida. She competed for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she won a Preliminary award in Lifestyle & Fitness.

Lets know a little more about the strong Robyn through this interview!

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