Monday, February 15, 2016

PageantLIVE's Red Carpet Award Goes to Miss United States Summer Priester

Summer Priester is a South Carolina native, born and raised in the beautiful city of Aiken. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina where she will be graduating this May with a degree in Retail and Fashion Merchandising. Miss Priester is an active member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority as well as a Dean’s List recipient.

Miss United States modeling
Vizcaya Swimwear 

Summer is an aspiring model that has been featured in several magazine publications, commercials, and has worked for designers such as Sherri Hill, Mac Duggal, and Vizcaya Swimwear. In 2013, she landed a role as a featured extra in the block buster motion picture Iron Man 3, the highest-grossing film of 2013. Her goal-driven personality and the desire to promote herself as an entrepreneur has led to her latest venture, her fragrance collection, which she markets nationwide as 365 Days of Summer.

Summer has recently become an ambassador for the BE YOU Campaign where she will be promoting individuality and embracing one’s true strengths as well as promoting her national platform, Operation 365, an outreach program focused on hunger awareness and prevention 365 days a year through donations and volunteerism. She has also partnered with the No Kid Hungry Program, Relay for Life and Harvest Hope Food Bank. She has also partnered with Relay for Life and Second Harvest Hope Food Bank. 

Aside from modeling and pageants, this entrepreneur is also an accomplished Pointe Ballerina who began dancing at the age of three. She danced for the Aiken Civic Ballet Company for over 5 years and was featured in productions of The NutcrackerFirebird, and Pear Blossom; A Korean Cinderella Story. 

Summer was crowned Miss South Carolina United States in February 2015 and the journey of a lifetime began. In July, she, along with 53 beauties from across the nation, headed to Washington DC to compete for the coveted national title of Miss United States. Honored and excited, Summer returned to her beautiful state of South Carolina as Miss United States 2015.

The Miss United States system prides itself in providing an avenue for each young woman to give a voice to those needing to be heard, to lend a hand to those less fortunate, and to be a compass for those daring to dream. “My personal commitment,” said Priester, “is to spend each of the 365 days of my reign making a difference and inspiring others to do the same. There is no limit to the impact young women can make on society.”

As Miss United States, Summer will be the face of the organization for one year, working with the organizations national philanthropy No Kid Hungry  and multiple other charitable endeavors, as well as being the cover girl for sponsors such as Vizcaya Swimwear and Marc DeFang. In her spare time, Summer enjoys a good workout and watching ENews.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Beauties For a Cause: Exclusive Interview with Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong

Beauty pageants to some are only superficial, no substance and contribute nothing to society.

BUT to people who are involved defines it as empowering, courageous and helpful. Yes, helpful in raising awareness from political to environmental issues and including body image. These ladies represent themselves to the world’s eyes with dignity, elegance and embody true and caring individuals.

"To have a good relationship with yourself, you have to embrace yourself for who you are." They are aware of this, and that’s the reason why they all have the winning attitude. Aside from this, pageantry also helps in building great relationships between countries, hence, a well-prepared ambassador for their representing countries.

There are many pageant organizations worldwide with different platforms.

This week, we have Miss Earth in the spotlight. Miss Earth is a beauty pageant organization where its focus is on raising Environmental Awareness, Empowering Women Worldwide and Supporting Environmental Organizations.

PageantLive Canada and Face of the Globe Canada 2016, Joyce Cortez, was able to get an exclusive interview with Angelia Ong, the reigning Miss Earth 2015 from the Philippines who was crowned in Vienna, Austria on December 5, 2015.

She talked about her challenges in getting in the crown, her training and most importantly her platform as Miss Earth.

As the winner, Miss Ong is the spokesperson of United Nations Environment Program and other environmental organizations such as WWF and Greenpeace.

Miss Earth 2015 Full Interview

**Published at Hello Vancity Magazine in Canada by Joyce Cortez.

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