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How The Reigning Mrs Utah America Robin Towle Helps Prevent Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for America’s youth at that time and that's why Robin Towle is determined to do whatever she could to protect families from the devastation of suicide - "Suicide is a real issue this age of time. With my personal experience of having a child who struggles with anxiety and depression and my own struggles I have first hand experience on things. I have felt a power from God behind my work and I am a willing instrument in his hands" -she explained.

Towle was invited to be present at the signing of eleven new bills passed for suicide prevention. She was extremely thrilled with the bill that created the safe UT app which gives youth and their parents access to 24/7 licensed clinicians who can dispatch a mobile unit if needed. Students and parents can anonymously report bullying, someone they are concerned would self-harm or school threats anonymously through this app as well. Towle states ‘” this is big! Our legislatures put the money where their mouth is! They not only passed this bill, they felt it was so important they took limited resources and funded this program!” 

Robin Towle, who'll be competing for the crown of Mrs America later this year, has been making every minute count in her reign as Mrs. Utah America. She has been busy with her non-profit Sign Wolfpact and preparing to have chapter up and running by next school year. Towle states "this is a beautiful program that teaches positive self-talk, mindfulness, self-awareness, inclusion, gratitude, resilience, core values, kindness, service, and gratitude. It is taught through outdoor activities and service projects. It is available for schools, community and churches. The most beautiful part is that it can be started by parents, and teachers who want to make a difference. They get to actually engage with their youth and can help foster environments for healthy relationships in a fun environment.”

As Mrs America she will be able to help teens all over the country. Towle and her husband have taken their six children to all 48 states in an RV. She would love to do that again as Mrs. America and share to share the message of hope.

Did you know ? The Mrs. America Pageant is a beauty competition that was established to honor married women throughout the United States of America. Each of the contestants representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia range in age from their 20s to 50s and earns the right to participate in the national event by winning her state competition. These state events are under the direction of Mrs. America state directors. The winner goes on to compete in the Mrs. World pageant


You will represent Utah at the Mrs America Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ?

My director gave me wonderful advice. She said “ A lot of women focus a huge part of their reign  preparing for Mrs. America and by the time the pageant is complete half of their reign is over.” I am so thankful to be Mrs. Utah. I love my state and truly care about the people. I feel so privileged to have this opportunity! I have decided my preparation will be becoming the best Mrs Utah I can be. Through serving,  speaking,caring, representing and appearances I can prepare to be a wonderful Mrs America. 

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Photo by Brianna Farr Taylor

What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I have six children and have been married to my husband for 23 years. We have a lot of life experience! I feel that helps me relate to people so well. We took all of our children to all 48 continental states in an RV over four different trips. I have such a love for our country and it’s history.  My husband and I plan on doing another tour of the United States because our younger children were so young they don't remember a lot. With the title of Mrs America I could visit all of our States. I could embrace the people of this country and promote my platform of suicide prevention on many history sites.

I have a blog I started about the trip entitled  ‘Aboard Grumpy” It is not complete because I was having such a time getting wifi so I started posting on social media. 

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What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?

This is the first pageant I have done in twenty five years. I raised my family and felt strongly it was time for me to spread my wings and accomplish big things. I love raising my family but felt I had lost myself some in the process. I have so much to give. I have been through a lot of hard things. I know all things have lead me to being my best me, righter ready for this adventure. 

You are an actress and have a film entering the Sundance film festival, can you tell me more about it ?

Yes! Two years ago I went through a life altering change. Some may call it a midlife crisis or a breakdown, I like to call it a break through! I decided I had to stop trying to fit in the box others tried to create for me. I had dreams and creativity dying to break through. I have my first lead role in Lost at Desert directed by Sila Agavale. It was a perfect part for my breakthrough as I play the part of a woman stuck who feels her youth slipping away. I love my breakthrough and hope to inspire other women to be true to themselves!

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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?

Absolutely! The positive side of social media is it connects! Through social media I am able to share information about charity event and important causes so others can also be a part. I am able to repay sponsors by promoting their business. I am able to share my joy of this adventure with others. The support I have received from friends all over the country has been so beautiful!

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

I knew what I was doing was the right thing because I felt a lot of opposition. I had to be very strong and very focused not to let it pull me down. I felt strongly that becoming Mrs Utah was meant to be and I could not let struggles side track me. I had to focus on being my best me. To be a representative of women you have to be strong. That Is just who we women are.

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 have a deep capacity to love. Because of the many hard things I have been through in my life it has for given me empathy and understanding for others. My message is message of hope and positive life skills. I have lived. This and feel I have can help others by sharing these things.

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

I would tell them they are already a queen. I would advise them to look deep into themselves. To embrace who they are ,figure out their core values, forgive themsleves and know every experience leads us to where are suppose to be. I would tell them it's important to work hard. When they do these things they can accomplish anything. Their beauty and regalness will radiate. 

Who is your ideal beauty queen and why?

I’m like Mathew McConaughey when said his hero is his future self. My ideal beauty queen is my future self. The better person I am continually trying to be.

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Photo by Shauna Hammond Hunt 

Thanks to the beautiful Robin for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Mrs America pageant.

 

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