Miss Massachusetts US Supranational 2018 Catherine York Raises Global Awareness Of Diabetes and Its Complications

World Diabetes Day has been celebrated every year on Nov. 14 since 2006. There are 422 million people in the world are living with Diabetes, according to the World Health Organization. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation estimates 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes every year. 

The general public remains unaware that elevated levels of blood glucose are associated with long-term damage to the body and the failure of various organs and tissues. Diabetes can result in short- and long-term complications, many of which – if not prevented and left untreated – can be fatal.

Catherine York, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss US Supranational 2018, choose to start competing in beauty pageants in order to help spread the message of using healthy food to help with the treatment of diabetes - "I was nannying a little girl with Type 1 Diabetes a couple of years ago and she was so sad that there weren’t many famous celebrities with diabetes. So after having Type 1 Diabetes for the past eight years myself" - she explained.

Outside of pageantry, Catherine is a full time college student. She is currently getting her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and she's also dual enrolled in an accelerated Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a supervisor in one of the labs, and in leadership roles in two clubs on campus. She's also performing research on an infant formula that is seeking FDA approval - "I'm definitely busy outside of the pageant world, but with proper organization, I can stay on top of everything!"

If she wins the crown Catherine will have the opportunity to represent the United States at Miss Supranational 2018. Did you know ? The first Miss Supranational competition began life in 2009. The first ever group of contestants came from almost 40 countries around the world, today after 8 years the number has doubled to more than 80 competitors from every continent.

You will represent the state of Massachusetts in the Miss US Supranational Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

Preparation has already started even though the national pageant is seven months away! I’ve already started thinking about my perfect wardrobe, and training for the pageant. I’m practicing makeup techniques and questions for interview, and getting in the best physical shape possible for swimwear. I want to go into the pageant feeling 100% ready.I bring a lot of empathy to the competition. I’ve been through so much in my personal life like not knowing what you want to do when you graduate college and having Type 1 Diabetes, so I feel as though I could understand many different people.


Why did you choose the Miss Supranational system instead of Miss USA or Miss America or Miss World America ?

I chose the Miss Supranational system because I love the message. I love that it’s about empowering yourself while also helping the community. There’s also such an international community associated with this pageant which just adds an extra beneficial layer.

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

There’s so much that women can gain by competing in pageantry! Throughout my years of competing, I’ve learned how to accept my flaws and love myself for who I am. I’ve also been able to witness the joy of other women winning, and it’s been wonderful to be able to see and gain the sisterhood of pageantry.

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Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?

I love social media! I think it’s a great tool to help spread your message and reach the people that you want to reach. Everyone is also so busy too, so it helps keep my family from across the country up to date on what I’m doing with pageantry and school!

We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?

I think I’ll make a difference by being a voice for the voiceless. I understand how hard it can be to speak up. However, I feel as though I could speak up for those people and help make a change.

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

I would advise them to just go out and be themselves! The judges want to see them and who they are so just go out and do it, the worst thing that can happen is they say no. Don’t give up and keep following your dreams.

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Thanks to the beautiful Catherine for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss US Supranational pageant.