2018 Miss Alabama USA Candidate Rebekah Newton Stands Against Heart Disease

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!

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

My friend, who had participated in pageants for years, had always tried to convince me to try it. Finally, this year I decided to give pageantry a chance. It has been such a fulfilling experience. You learn so much about yourself when preparing for a pageant you would not have known otherwise. I love how pageantry encourages a woman to pursue her goals on and off the stage. I know whether or not I win, I’m a better person for participating in the process.

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Photo by Kristy Belcher

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

I definitely faced some moments of self-doubt while preparing for this pageant. Actually, my most vivid moment of self-doubt occurred while I was getting my pictures taken for my headshot. I sat there thinking to myself, “What am I doing? I don’t know anything about pageantry.” That’s when the makeup artist, Joel Green, looked me in the eye and recited this quote to me: “You’ll never become who you’re meant to be by staying who you are.” I’ve held onto that quote through the entire process. I believe we have to get out of our comfort zones in order to grow and I know I’ve grown on this journey of pageantry.



What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

To the young girls out there who’d like to walk across that stage someday, my advice is simple: Believe in yourself and find people who believe in you too. All it takes to be a pageant girl is the confidence to try.


Thanks to the beautiful Rebekah for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Alabama USA pageant.