Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Making Her Grand Debut is Paola Cossyleon, Miss Grand United States 2018


Today, Paola Cossyleon, Miss Grand United States 2018, embarked her journey for Miss Grand International 2018 in Myanmar. The competition starts on the 5th of October and the grand finals on October 25th, enough time for the girls to form the pageant sisterhood bond. Before Paola's departure, we caught up with her about Miss Grand, personal thoughts, and what she anticipates into the competition.

Miss Grand International 2018 in Myanmar

As Paola prepares for the international competition, she told us that she looks forward to so much and is excited about the unique opportunity of bonding with extraordinary strong ladies from all over the world. She further shared, “I can't wait to find out who my roommate is going to be! And of course, I have to mention that I am already dreaming of the fascinating places the Miss Grand International Organization is taking us to."

"Myanmar is a beautiful and exciting country with incredible scenery. I'm looking forward to all the events and activities like the days that will be visiting temples and sightseeing around town," she added.


Her thoughts on "What Makes a Woman Unique?"

Paola believes that women have the uncanny ability to devote themselves entirely to something or someone they love. She affirms, "Though we are great at multi-tasking as well. When we have a goal, we devote ourselves entirely and don't stop until we achieve or surpass it. We don't give up easily."

She is devoted to the crown

If she were to win the Miss Grand International 2018 title? Paola beamingly said, "Wow! Well, I've always felt my civic duty very strongly. As Miss Grand International, I would utilize the platform given to me to the fullest. My year would be full of events bringing awareness to the world of the "Stop the War and Violence Campaign" and mentoring the youth and how to be peaceful, humble, and compassionate human beings."




Best wishes and good luck in Myanmar, Paola!


By: Natalie Mc Govern

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Monday, October 1, 2018

A Mother, Military Wife and HandyWoman: Kristi Wischnack Wears Many Hats, but her Mrs Earth Crown is the Shiniest of Them All


With a dream job dressing brides and running a boutique with two little ones at home, Kristi Wishnack, crowned Mrs Earth 2018 on June 10th in Las Vegas, has her hands full on a daily basis. 

A day in the life

Kristi’s daily life is rather hectic and crazy. With two small children, still, at home, her routine is always changing as she owns a small boutique inside Pinkie Couture Salon. She is also a stylist at Natalie M. helping brides find the "perfect dress, dressing prom girls and pageant ladies along with flower girls, and all other social occasions. She loves watching women light up when they find a gown that makes them feel gorgeous and special, she says, "It is always a highlight and makes you feel good on the inside."

She can’t exactly pinpoint when she laid her claim to fame. Her entire adult life has been dedicated to her children and raising them to the best of her ability, but being a mother is her greatest achievement and one she feels blessed and honored to have been given. 

A tomboy at heart, she’s not afraid to get her hands a little dirty

Kristi may be girly on the outside, but she loves being outdoors and using her hands. She grew up getting dirty and removing car parts at her family business, a salvage yard, and always enjoyed tinkering with cars, getting her hands dirty and building things. Her husband can speak to the fact that she is the master builder or repair woman of the house. 



Pageant involvement and why she choose Mrs Earth system

Kristi’s two daughters competed as young girls and teens, and she was always on the sidelines, backstage helping them prepare and being a typical pageant mom. She decided one day she should put herself out there and see what they were experiencing first hand. She competed in her very first pageant in 2015 and met some of her very best friends and women who truly changed her life for the better. 

Kristi shared, "Mrs Earth pageant actually chose me. I was honored to represent the state of Kansas at the national pageant and won the National title of US Earth. This system is a feeder system into the Mrs Earth pageant. I knew from the beginning that going to a national pageant where being Eco-friendly and raising awareness was something I wanted to do. Now I get to use my voice and share a louder message across the world."

Ms/Mrs Earth experience

"Mrs Earth for me was a week full of memories and blessings. I was honored to meet women from all walks of life, all social, economic backgrounds, from all career fields. Standing on that stage with some of the world's most gorgeous women was a moment I will never forget. Learning about other cultures, or differences, or similarities was truly magical. I was blessed to make friends with many of the women and know we will stay in contact long after our crowns are stored away. It was a time I will treasure forever."



Favorite pageant memory

"For me, the one thing I will always remember is dancing in the back row with Mrs UK, Stacy Dixon.  We were dedicated to making memories during the week, and we did just that! She was a sweetheart and we really connected. The after party at Hyde Bellagio was also a huge hit; it was time we got to let our hair down and enjoy the night. Of Course for me personally, the best memory will always be the crowning moment. If you watch the video, you can see me looking over to my amazing husband in disbelief. I am so honored and grateful to be Mrs Earth 2018."

As Mrs Earth and her post-reign plan

Kristi has traveled throughout July and paired up with an organization called Clean the World. Her biggest goals are to share in different projects with her sister queens by helping spread awareness and share this platform with as many people as she can and use her crown to make her voice heard.



Her platform, advocacy in life, and her wishes for the world

"My heart and soul platform is Military Veterans Project. Being the wife and mom of veteran service members, I made it a life choice years ago to give back to our men and women who serve or have served. I am proud to be an American and honored to stand up and fight to find a cure for PTSD, and make sure every veteran is welcomed home, honored and praised for all they have done. It is not an easy job and being married to a soldier is not an easy task either. It doesn't take a lot to give back, but the reward is well worth any sacrifice I may have to make."

Kristi is also very passionate about women's (hearth) health awareness. Three years ago, she suffered a stroke that thankfully did not have any lasting side effects. Through the process, she discovered out that she was born with a heart birth defect. Today she shares research and support organizations like CHD that have mandated for newborns to be screened at birth for these same heart defects.

"Knowing we can save lives with simple testing is important to share. I personally had no idea I had this birth defect until I had a stroke at the age of 41. My life could have ended, but by the grace of GOD and with great doctors I am here today," she gratefully said.

As for her wishes for the world? Kristi's selfless passion feels that the world needs so much, one of them would be a cure for all types of cancer. Sadly, she had watched so many families who had cancer, including her own family.

Her passion is family

Outside of pageantry, Kristi strives to be a good role model, wife and mom. Nothing is more important to her than family. She is blessed with not only an amazing immediate family but also the best-extended family "ever" and loves the holidays when everyone is all together. Her kids are her life, and she wants them to be proud of who she is, what she has done and the legacy she will leave behind one day. 



If there's something, she can't live behind? She says, "My family." She added, "My family has molded me into the person I am today. My husband has seen me at my best and my worst. He has lifted me up and helped me become the woman I am today. I don't believe possessions on earth are things I can't live without, but being loved and giving love to those who love us, that's what matters most."

Pageant advice and why you should choose Mrs Earth system

"Go for it!! You will have an amazing experience if you keep your mind open, winning is just the icing on the cake. The Mrs Earth International Director has a great heart and encourages the sisterhood of pageantry which is really what it is all about. Creating memories that make you want to do better, be better and give more."

Defining beauty

"Beauty comes from within. I do not care who you are, being honest, reliable, dependable and keeping your word makes you a person of character, and to me, your character is what makes a person beautiful."

Defining women empowerment

"I define women of empowerment as women to have faced adversity and was able to rise above it. A woman who sees past the here and now and can focus on short and long-term goals. Knowing when to stand up and say enough is enough, having a passion that fuels fire to make a difference. Empowerment is more than just a word; it is a mindset. We all have it; some need to believe it and believe in themselves."

Social Media

Facebook: Kristi Wischnack, Mrs. US Earth, Mrs Earth 2018 
Instagram:  @mrsearth2018
Twitter: @Wischfitness 
Snapchat:  Divakristi


By: Natalie Mc Govern

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Beauty For A Cause: Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco


On November 3rd, Karen Ibasco, Miss Earth 2017, will crown her successor. Despite her success - she is humble, kind, light-hearted... and she still loves watching cartoons. Yes, fascinating! She's one of us, isn’t she? When it comes to fame, she says, "I am not the type who runs after fame. I know if you act on what you are called for, people will start noticing your heart and sincerity for what you do." 

Karen loves travelling and seeing the beauty of nature around her; experiencing a variety of cultures, food, and lifestyle. She believes that a woman who loves to travel is one of the qualities of every Miss Earth winner. Outside the glamorous life of pageantry, she is a health enthusiast. "I'm the kind of person that doesn't need to be dragged into the gym just to workout. Exercising is a part of my lifestyle." She further added, "I am also an art enthusiast. Few people know that I was supposed to take up fine arts in college, but even though I didn’t pursue that career, I still have that passion in me and pursue different short courses in art and design.” 

As Miss Earth 2017

Karen got involved in pageants because she envisioned pageantry as a platform and an avenue of disseminating a worthy message to capture the attention of the people around her. When it comes to her mission as Miss Earth 2017, "In connection to how I got involved in the world of pageantry, it's using my profession to be a credible advocate of sharing an environmental message to all people as I maximize my platform of being Miss Earth."


On Environmental Issues: Technology and Developments vs. Environmental Protection and Awareness

PageantLIVE (PL): Social media especially Instagram is very influential to millennials and Gen Z, how do you incorporate the Miss Earth advocacy through them, so they would have a better understanding as to why we need to "Act Now" when it comes to having a sustainable future?

Karen Ibasco (KI): Social media is one of the most essential tools of this generation and a lot of people including me are more inclined to using Instagram since I can post a caption with an inspiring photo of how a small environmental act goes a long way. I believe it's being creative on how you will make it interesting for the millennials, how spreading more awareness is important in doable ways, and how they can act on it by posting photos and videos. I personally do it, and on Miss Earth activities I am involved in and also sharing environmental groups and movements they can join in. 

PL: There is an alarming increase of developers who are eyeing on building infrastructures, such as housing and industrial developments in wildlife areas, just because it sounds like an "exotic place," how are we able to press the issue that the ecological effect of these virgin forests is crucial to wildlife survival? It's negative impact on mankind's health survival?

KI: It's very essential that people understand the balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability. I understand that the developers want to grow their businesses, but it should not compromise the ecological balance. There are things meant to go about the way it was originally created. It's not a wrong vision of wanting people to experience nature but risking the preservation of that place is non-negotiable. 


Honestly speaking, people are undisciplined that cause all the damages. These wildlife areas are where biodiversity can be found which is essential to the ecological balance. They are also crucial for the wildlife and for humanity’s quality of life and survival. Trees have vital roles in the ecosystem. They act as a carbon sink, source of food, habitat of animals, etc. What will the future be if trees can no longer be found and are replaced by infrastructure everywhere? Climate change will surely worsen in ways unimaginable that are a threat not just to properties, agriculture but to our own lives as well.

Defining Beauty and Women Empowerment

"For me, beauty is not just about the beautiful facade that people see or the unfading beauty of the inside, it's about the balance of both and having a sincere heart for what you do that radiates and resulting to empowering and inspiring not just yourself but also the people around you."

"Women empowerment is seeing a woman with a distinct role in the community that can't be lived without."



To end the interview, we asked Karen for something she can’t live without? She genuinely answered, "I can't live without having my devotion or quiet time with the Lord every morning. It is what equips me every day as I take time to read God's Word."

Karen Ibasco is a perfect definition of beauty, earth goddess and an eco-warrior with a pure heart. She is Miss Earth 2017.



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**Disclaimer: Cover photo from www.girlontv.com. Karen planting mangrove from Twitter. Karen in the green evening dress from Facebook.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ms Earth 2018 Corrine Devin: From the Navy to the Crown


Corinne Devin is a naval officer, pageant veteran, and an orthodontist. A fun fact, she was also a coxswain on a male crew team in college. It’s been a roller coaster ride of eleven years but Corinne has enjoyed every minute of it. When she was in dental school, she noticed how her faculty who had a military background wasn’t afraid of pushing the envelope or trying new things for her patients so when she was offered a military scholarship in the Navy she signed up. During her fellowship, she was told she had the personality of an orthodontist but didn’t know what that meant until her deployment where she was wiring jaws shut of marines. She found in orthodontics where she could change her patient’s outlook, improve their confidence and develop a fantastic doctor-patient relationship. 

Her Start In Pageantry

Corinne got involved in pageants when she was 24 years old and was in dental school. A classmate of hers informed her about the Miss USA competition where the 2nd runner-up that year was a dental school student and told her that she should do it.  Before she even had a chance to answer, another one of her classmates stated, “Corinne could never do that and told me I dare you to do that.”  That’s all she needed to hear to take the plunge and do her first competition. That moment compelled her to compete and try for something others thought would be unattainable. 

The reason she chose the Ms/Mrs. Earth system is for several reasons. She wanted to be part of an international system where she felt that many aspects could be incorporated into her daily life. Corinne lives overseas and constantly travels. By being overseas she has the unique opportunity to be an ambassador and role model from taking care of the environment to education - to the health of her community. These goals fell in line with the Mrs Earth Organization as it not only advocates taking care of the planet but also kindles the sisterhood and camaraderie that exists. Corinne was drawn to it by the women who were coming to compete. Her predecessor, Ms Earth 2017 Kristin Chucci, is a good friend of hers who she has known for ten years, and she really set the standard of how she wanted to carry out her year as Ms Earth 2018.


Missions and Mantra

Corinne believes that education is very important in today’s society:

“If we don’t educate our youth, none of the changes we make today will carry on for tomorrow. We live in a world where there are five continents and over a hundred countries, but the one constant is that we all share this planet together. It’s the commonality we have despite the many cultures and societies we function in. Learning to put that first is a challenge I want to take on living in another country and in my travels abroad.”

Corinne’s favorite experience was reuniting with old friends and meeting new friends. In the last year, her job relocated her to Sicily and as she has navigated her new home and life in Europe the one thing she has missed is pageantry. She’s been able to visit three women in her division that live in different countries. The sisterhood she has gained through pageants has been a valuable experience. The international friends she has made along the way have been supportive and she could not be more thrilled to have the time to share that bonding experience with them. 

Ambitions and Goals 

Corinne has a few goals she has set for herself during her reign. She would love to travel to ten countries on her list to promote the earth system, as well as go to national pageants that support this international system. Corinne loves to travel and aspires to throughout her year with an eco-focused mindset. She would like to act on behalf of organizations as a spokesperson as she currently works in public affairs in the Navy, Italy, and the United States. She would like to use her title as a way to impact, speak and educate as many people as possible. Her third goal is to serve as an ambassador for Mother Nature and bring light to this cause with the strong and powerful tool of social media to incite enduring change. 

When it comes to beauty she also enjoys eating clean and the feeling of a great workout or a night catching up with friends. Corinne could be dolled up or wear no makeup and lounge in workout clothes but it’s what she radiates after taking care of herself that matters. She finds the strength in struggles and opportunities when there are obstacles. She has learned to be innovative with every challenge that she has faced, handling it with stamina, grace, and dignity that not only pushes her to be better but also raises the bar for the women who surround her.

Words of Wisdom

“Plan ahead and Network. My journey started two years ago by looking at where in my life can I improve, and change for the better. Learning how to cook, work out smarter, and apply stage makeup all required planning and creating a team of individuals that could help bring out the best in me.”

Must-Have Necessity

One thing she couldn’t go without? Chapstick. With super dry lips, she has one stashed in every handbag in her car, office, and coat in the office.


By: Natalie McGovern

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Collective Thoughts On Miss America - What Could Be the Most Underwhelming or Anticipated Event


We’ve observed over the past couple of weeks a potential cluster that is about to unfold, i.e., Miss America 2.0, and we are going to be as frank as possible with no PC jargon shading our perspective. Some things seem progressive, some antiquated, and some things just leave us scratching our heads. 

Before we get started on our expert critique, we want to give this disclaimer: If an organization is going to truly empower women and take back that power, then some hypocrisy needs to be addressed first. For instance, the current leadership that pretends to support women when truly they are blatantly silencing their voice. Chairperson Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, who has notoriously been dubbed the "Ice Queens," have employed bullying and gaslighting tactics that would make every HR personnel cringe. 

Gretchen has been proven a bully and there's no mistaking that. She can deny all she wants, but we see through the facade. There are signs plastered all over Atlantic City protesting her ill leadership because, you know, you'll always be able to spot a fake mean girl getting called out.

Cara showed us what she's made of, and it's truly admirable. She’s spoken the truth on national television without permission but did so with the girl’s interests at heart. And she wore a pink gown on stage during prelims which is probably the best way to "stick it to the man." #standwithcara



Other things to note: Several former Miss Americas' who did not speak out against Gretchen or sign the petition are helping her host. So do they support bullying or just crave the spotlight? Stand on the right side of history because America is watching.

No Miss? Sashes now simply say the name of the State they hail from. How is this then still technically “Miss America?” Looks like they missed the mark.

Some candidates supposedly are trying too hard and are fully embracing the PC changes and supporting Gretchen Carlson and her minions, ad nauseum. Dial it back a little, girls. We all know you want the crown, no matter the cost.

No Runway. If you are still modeling and presenting in an evening gown, why not just strut it? No one is calling NYFW and chastising them for their runway during fashion shows.


Of course, there is no swimsuit, which we totally lament. We predict lovers of the bikini (pretty much the majority) will start to leave in flocks. We hear formers calling Miss USA's name.

Rumors heard through the pageant and grapevine are that locals and state pageants might be entirely dissolved to pave way for future regional competitions. Okay, this is not American Idol. State and local pageants benefit the community as a whole and further promote the organization. Hmm... That would explain the doing away with “Miss” on the State title.

If talent now counts for 50% of the score then doesn't that alienate more women than the swimsuit competition ever did? Again, this is not American Idol. Isn’t the goal to be inclusive of all women?

Let’s be real, folks. Half of the glitz and glamour might be gone, but this is still a pageant.


By: Natalie McGovern

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jennifer Le Crowned as Mrs Vietnam World 2018


Jennifer Le of Washington is set to represent Mrs Vietnam World 2018 in China on January 12, 2019, for Mrs World Pageant. Since her crowning on August 5th at South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, she is already a busy beauty queen. Jennifer is currently involved in a mentorship program for young women to help them prepare for their future endeavors, and, at the same time, she is volunteering in charity organizations in the United States such as YMCA. On her reign, Jennifer plans to travel for charity missions to at least three countries.

Pageant Recap

It's not a pageant if there are no good deeds! 

During the pageant in Las Vegas, Miss World Vietnam contestants cooked meals for the homeless at Las Vegas Rescue Mission.



It's not a pageant either without having fun!

The contestants went on a fun kart race and helicopter tour along with Mrs Nevada America and Mrs World 2017.




A pageant must-do, glam time! Afterall, pageantry is about being poised, elegant, confident and empowered.




List of Winners and Awards

Awards

Best Interview - Jennifer Le
Best National Costume - Jennifer Le
Best in Swimsuit - Jennifer Le
Best Evening Gown - Jennifer Le
Mrs Congeniality (voted by contestants) - Jennifer Le
Photogenic - Jacquelin Nguyen 
Community Service Award - Linda Mah
Popularity (online vote) - Jenn Nguyen 

Top 3 Mrs Vietnam World with judges, former queens and Mrs World 2017

Winners

Jennifer Le from Washington is the new Mrs Vietnam World 

1st runner-up - Linda Mah, Canada 
2nd runner-up - Jacquelin Nguyen, California 
3rd runner-up - Kim China, Washington 
4th runner-up - Mindy To, California 
5th runner-up - Jenn Nguyen, Sweden 

Top 3 Mrs Vietnam World 2018 with Mrs World and Mrs Vietnam World 2017

Crowning Moment




Celebrating with her family



Miss World Vietnam Executive Director, Alex Bui



Follow Jennifer on her journey to Mrs. World on Facebook and wish her good luck! 


By: Joyce Cortez

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Darlene Quinn, Arizona, USA Classic International Woman 2018


Darlene Quinn
Hometown: Paradise Valley, Arizona


Up Close And Personal

Claim to fame

My claim to fame is impacting countless lives within the charitable organizations I have been involved in for nearly three decades.

Fun fact about you

A fun fact about me is having been a Radio DJ on the University of San Francisco Campus Radio Station, in the late 80’s.

 If you have one wish to be granted in 2018, what is it, and why?

To be crowned as World Finalist for Classic International Woman 2018, and impact the global community in a positive way.

Tell us something you can’t live without and why?

I can’t live without my family. No matter where life takes me, my family is my rock, my inspiration, my joy, and my family always share my best memories.


Life In Pageants 

When did you start getting involved in pageants?

Our daughter, Alyssa participated in the Miss Arizona Teen USA Pageant in 2016. With that, I came to realize what a tremendous opportunity pageant systems set forth to encourage beauty from within and community involvement possibilities.

Why did you choose the Classic International Woman system?

Lynda Samuels and her kindness and stature in the pageant world lead to a phenomenal first impression of CIW. I agree with what Classic International Woman stands for, equality amongst women.

Tell us about your platform or yourself, choose one or both.

I care very much for many worthwhile organizations. My platform is Community Service in all capacities. Women, children, the elderly, and the work necessary in our society to turn lives around to the positive.

Passion or interest outside of pageantry

My passion is in the Fine Arts. I am a well established ceramic and sculpture artist. I enjoy sharing my passion with others whether mentoring High School level artists or supporting art galleries local tome.


Beauty And Women Empowerment

Define beauty

Beauty to me comes from within and has no boundaries. Confidence, poise, genuineness, intelligence, and the height of beauty is to have a heart of gold.

Define women empowerment

Women empowerment is all women lifting each other up to find our strengths. Empowering women around us to take on our biggest dreams with confidence. As women, our possibilities are endless and everything is within reach.


Social Media

Facebook:
Darlene Alyssa Quinn
Paradise Valley AZ USACIW 

Instagram:
@darlenequinn


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Spotlight On Miss Nebraska USA 2018, Bree Coffey


Imagine her surprise when Miss Nebraska USA Sarah Rose Summer was called as the new Miss USA 2018, and suddenly she realized -- she would be taking her place! 

We caught up with Bree Coffey, the newly crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2018 who was obliged to take over the duties of Sarah Rose Summers as the first runner-up to the Miss Nebraska USA pageant.

She is honored and excited to hold this title and forever be a part of the close-knit Vanbros sisterhood.

Up Close And Personal  

Claim to fame.

I have yet to discover my claim to fame, but I do make great Guacamole!

Fun fact about you.

I played Badminton for my Junior College, and we ended up going to State!   

If you have one wish to be granted in 2018 what is it and why?

I wish that anyone waiting for a life-saving organ would get one so that they have a second chance at life.

Tell us something that people don't know about you.

Coffey hasn’t always been my last name, I was blessed with this last name at the age of 21 when my stepdad adopted me.


Bree As The Newest Member Of The Miss Universe Organization Sisterhood

What was your first thought when you heard that Miss Nebraska is Miss USA 2018?

My first thought was holy cow did that just happen as I screamed out loud “OH MY GOSH SARAH!!!” I mean, honestly how cool is it that Sarah Rose Summers is the first ever to win Miss USA from Nebraska?!

How does it feel to be the new Miss Nebraska USA 2018?

To be crowned the New Miss Nebraska USA is a blessing, and I am so honored and humbled to take over for Sarah Rose Summers.

What's your mission or plan as Miss Nebraska USA?

I plan to bring awareness to many different causes that are close to my heart. My platform is Organ and Tissue donation, but I would love to get involved with places like Open Door Mission, Rainbow House, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, and many more great organizations.  


Life And Pageants 

When did you start getting involved in pageants? 

My first pageant was in June of 2014 when I competed for Miss Hollywood USA. Ever since that pageant, I've fallen in love with what pageantry is all about, and I haven’t been able to stop since.

Any piece of advice to girls who are planning to join a pageant?

The advice I would love to give girls who are planning to compete in a pageant is to have fun and be you. If the outcome isn’t what you wanted that’s okay because I always say everything happens for a reason. If you win, that’s amazing and if you don’t, try again. Every year there are different judges, and you never know what they’re looking for. 

Always stay positive because what you put out into this world will come right back to you, and I believe that your positivity will show on that stage or an interview.

Also, if you’re the first runner-up remember you can end up filling the winner's shoes so be ready and get ready for your life to change for the better.

The best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?

Always go with the choice that scares you the most because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.

What's your passion aside from pageantry?

One of my passions is to travel. I love to meet new people, experience new places, and I enjoy getting to eat foods I’ve never had and be around different cultures.  

Tell us something you can't live without and why?

The one thing I can't live without is my family. Family means everything to me, and I’m not sure what I would ever do without them. Friends are equally as important as they are family you choose, and with, that you gain an extended family.


Bree On Women Empowerment

I believe Sarah Rose said it best in her onstage answer, “Speak your voice.” Your voice is the most powerful thing you have, your ideas, beliefs, and those are what empower you.

Social Media

Instagram: @Missneusa
Twitter: @RealMissNEusa



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Sunday, July 8, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Amber Dawn Butler, Miss Maryland Earth United States 2018


Amber Dawn Butler, Miss Maryland Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you: 

Most people don't know that I am an actress and model and can do a perfect imitation of Elmo!

Tell us about your platform. 

My platform is Ocean Sustainability. At six years old I saw a killer whale at SeaWorld and was plastered to the glass for an hour. I've been hooked on the ocean since that moment. I finished my graduate degree in Marine Ecosystems & Policy and now teach middle school science and volunteer for mentorship and STEM programs. Beach cleanups are my absolute favorite. I'm not afraid to throw on a wetsuit and dive right in, literally, to clean up our environment.

What are you looking forward to at Miss Earth United States?

I am looking forward to showing the judges my bold fashion choices that I have made! I can't wait for them to see my swimwear and gown. My swimwear is very practical and is something I would actually wear to work in and clean up our oceans. Be sure to get tickets to the pageant so you can see it too!

What is something you can’t live without and why?

I can't live without lip balm or lipgloss. I must have hydrated, healthy lips at all times!

Social Media

Miss Maryland Earth United States


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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Marina DeNunzio, Teen Miss Ohio Earth United States 2018


Marina DeNunzio, Teen Miss Ohio Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you: 

I have been dancing for 13 years and I have studied all different styles, including Irish!

Tell us about your platform. 

My platform focuses on keeping our waterways clean so everyone had access to clean water. I have partnered with many local organizations like Drink Local. Drink Tap., as well as, held my own beach cleanups to help promote my platform in my State.

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States?

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and coming away with 30 new amazing sisters if nothing else!

What is something you can’t live without and why?

I can’t live without chocolate since I have such a sweet tooth. However, I always try to have some in moderation.

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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Rileigh Jones, Teen Miss Arkansas Earth United States 2018


Rileigh Jones, Teen Miss Arkansas Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

I have a birthmark in my hair!! It’s called an "angel kiss" which is one white streak of hair that can't be dyed or covered!!

Tell us about your platform. 

My platform is animal abuse, I am very passionate about the lives of every animal. I strive every day to make a difference for the four-legged creatures that can't make a difference for themselves. I will be their voice and do my best to save as many as four-legged lives as I can!!

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States? 

I am looking forward to the experiences that I will have throughout the week, including meeting all my sister queens, making lifelong besties and also watching everyone be confident in their own skin!!

What is something you can’t live without and why? 

Something I could not live without would be cherry tomatoes! I eat them every day and I could honestly say I can live off of just those!

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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Emma Rhodes, Teen Miss Kentucky Earth United States 2018


Emma Rhodes, Teen Miss Kentucky Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

Something interesting about me is that I am a competitive ballroom and Latin dancer! I’ve been dancing since I was nine and I’ve been blessed to have placed first locally, regionally, and nationally! Dance allows me to be my creative and artistic self.

Tell us about your platform. 

My platform is all about advocating decreasing one’s plastic use. Specifically, items and activities that involve plastic daily. My "Think Global, Act Local" project is educating female business leaders for bamboo straws are the much better alternative than plastic ones.

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States? 

I am excited for so many activities at Nationals. Specifically, finally meeting the faculty, staff, and delegates of this amazing organization. Also, to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the best of my ability!

What is something you can’t live without and why? 

It may be random, but my tennis shoes are my everything. I have had three air casts in the past, and my tennis shoes are the shoes that make me feel comfortable and confident!

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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Alyssa Straniero, Elite Miss Maryland Earth United States 2018


Alyssa Straniero, Elite Miss Maryland Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

I played soccer once against the world-renowned female soccer player, Marta, in Brazil.

Tell us about your platform.

I am currently involved in working to promote Johns Hopkins’ sustainability and outreach initiatives. With climate change currently being one of the most pressing environmental concerns globally, I’ve committed my reign to my platform "GreenWave: A Movement Toward Global Environmental Awareness." I currently use my title to promote environmental education in schools and business, and awareness of climate change through sustainable practices in the workplace and home.

I am partnering with The Waterfront Partnership, Healthy Harbor, Blue Water Baltimore, and Baltimore’s City Council to help organize and participate in tree plantings, and harbor and city cleanups. I am also involved with The Baltimore Station where we work with homeless veterans, and Beans and Bread, a local soup kitchen. I hope to help more with fundraising events and efforts for these organizations.

What are you looking forward to at Elite Miss Earth United States?

Meeting my new friends and family... I want to learn as much as I can from my sister queens… It’s such an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by so many vibrant, intelligent women who are willing to help you.

What is something you can’t live without and why?

My water bottle... I take that thing everywhere! Water and staying hydrated is what fuels me, gives me energy, and is definitely a huge part of my beauty repertoire!

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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Ashley Smith, Elite Miss West Coast Earth United States 2018


Ashley Smith, Elite Miss West Coast Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

I enjoy Trick Riding on horses! I have a really good and natural connection to horses, which is probably why I feel confident doing stunts on them. I love to creatively express myself on them. My favorite show to watch people do all sorts of stunts and especially Trick Riding is "Cavalia." It's so beautiful, inspiring and spirit lifting - how they tell a story between man and horse!

Tell us about your platform.

My platform is "Freezing Forest Fires," I believe if we can mitigate climate change, we can reduce wildfire risks and reduce carbon emissions; climate change is playing a role in longer, hotter fire seasons, causing larger wildfires.

My advocacy, with the help of social media and public appearance, is to shed light on our environment and Wildland Firefighters. As a former Wildland Firefighter, I know the heavy risk that Wildland Firefighters put their lives through to save the people, homes and our environment.

Unfortunately, there is not enough governmental support in medical and mental health rehabilitation for WFF. Due to PTSD, there is an increasing number of suicides in the WFF community and they need our support, as they protect us and our environment.

What are you looking forward to at Elite Miss Earth United States?

I am really looking forward to meeting the delegates! I really want to be present and just enjoy the process, and all of the fun environmental activities, because I know how fast pageants fly, and the best memories come from experiences, you are most present in.

What is something you can't live without and why? 

Well aside from God, I really can't live without my phone. I know it's sad but it's the truth. I literally feel like I am stuck stranded in the middle of nowhere without it. I think this is a reality of a lot of people today. It's sad and kind of funny at the same time.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Jadyn Fraser, Teen Miss Alaska Earth United States 2018


Jadyn Fraser, Teen Miss Alaska Earth United States 2018


One fact about you: 

I can cross both of my eyes at the same time, I can cross one at a time, and, believe it or not, I can even make them vibrate!

Tell us about your platform.

My platform is based on telling people in my community the things they can do in their daily lives to reduce their carbon footprint. I explain that they can bring reusable bags to the store, bring reusable straws to all the coffee stands we thrive off of here in Alaska, and how we have 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans and counting.

I do my part by explaining there are simple ways they can contribute to make a huge difference and reduce their carbon footprint!

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States?

What I'm looking forward to most is meeting with the wonderful delegates and staff! We've all been talking for months leading up to nationals and we're all so close already, I can't wait to finally meet them and share this amazing experience in D.C with them!

What is something you can't live without?

Something I can't live without is, well other than water and oxygen, is my mom. She pushes me to be the best version of myself and I love and appreciate her more than anyone! Truly an amazing woman whom I look up to in every aspect of my lfe.

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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Taylor Andrews, Teen Miss Illinois Earth United States 2018


Taylor Andrews, Teen Miss Illinois Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

On my bucket list is to go cage diving with Great White Sharks.

Tell us about your platform.

I am an ecowarrior through and through.

Both my platform and my future career are centered on cleaning up our oceans from plastic pollution.  Every year 16 billion pounds of plastic garbage is dumped into the oceans, which kills marine life, makes fish carcinogenic, and makes people sick. This trash also increases the acidification of the oceans making them less capable of removing carbon from our atmosphere and threatens ocean-based food chains.

I am advocating for the reduction of single-use plastics around the world. I am working to change the way people, companies, and government think about plastic.

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States?

I look forward to meeting the directors and sponsors to thank them in person. I can't wait to meet the other Beauties for a Cause and make new lifelong friends! I am also excited to finally participate in the various competitions and hopefully, take home the national title!

What is something you can't live without and why?

My beauty sleep, clean water, and chocolate!

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Teen Miss Illinois Earth United States


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PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Amorelle Upton, Teen Miss North Dakota Earth United States 2018


Amorelle Upton, Teen Miss North Dakota Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

One fun fact about me is that my parents have always pushed me to be my best from early on, so much so that I was walking and talking in about 9 months.

Tell us about your platform.

My platform focuses on two things that humans would have difficulty surviving without and that our environment would fail without.

My motto is "Plant the trees, Save the bees." As many people could guess, the trees in our forests, backyards, school courtyards, and businesses actually have a purpose. They provide oxygen for us to breathe, make our air cooler than it normally would be, and multiple other important purposes.

However, if we continue to see deforestation occur and not rebuild it or save it, our lives could change tremendously. The same situation would happen with the bees, if we don’t conserve them, our main source of pollination is gone and our food sources are greatly harmed.

What are you looking forward to at Teen Miss Earth United States?

I’m most looking forward to meeting all the girls and getting to make memories with them. This is an opportunity that I will remember forever and am so grateful for.

What is something you can’t live without and why? 

Something I can’t live without is music. No matter what mood I am in, whether it be mad, stressed, happy, sad, music will always cool me down or put me in an even better mood.

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Teen Miss North Dakota Earth United States


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Friday, July 6, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Taylor Burk, Miss Nevada Earth United States 2018


Taylor Burk, Miss Nevada Earth United States 2018


One fun fact about you:

One fun fact about me is that I write in the horror genre.

Tell us about your platform.

As Miss Nevada Earth my platform is H.E.M.P- Helping Educate Misinformed People. Thomas Jefferson stated, "Hemp is the first necessity to the wealth and protection of our country" and I agree.

Hemp is the only plant that can feed us, house us, clothe us, and heal us. It is an immensely profitable crop that could provide a huge boost to the local economy, to the job sector, and to the health of the U.S citizens. After laws farming hemp have recently been lifted, the United States will now have the opportunity to make over 50,000 eco-friendly hemp products that are free from destructive protocol to our planet. Replacing synthetics with hemp alternatives will be the end of a destructive era as hemp can be plastic, paper, clothing, rope made of the most durable fiber on the planet, industrial material to build houses, the protein with the highest omegas, natural healing medication, makeup and even biofuel for hemp cars!

"I don't know if hemp is going to save the world, but it's the only thing that can." -Jack Herer


What are you looking forward to at Miss Earth United States?

I realized that all things ying and yang, pleasure and pain all serve a purpose in a healthy universe and ecosystem. Everything in my life- every insult, wound, struggle, heartbreak, joy, miracle, smile and good vibe ever thought has led and prepared me for this moment.

I am going to be fully present and enjoy it! I look forward to celebrating my personal growth.

What is something you can’t live without and why? 

I can not live without books. Books give us the opportunity to plunge deeper into life. It is a gift we can open again and again and always find something new.

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Miss Nevada Earth United States


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