Friday, February 15, 2019

Woman Empowered: Sierra Scott, Successful Media Personality and Today's International Woman Queen of Queens 2018

You’re never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.

Sierra Scott, Today’s International Woman Queen of Queens 2018 and Positively Kansas TV Host prides and holds back to back national pageant titles garnering an overall highest scoring title in Today’s International Woman pageant, she is age 54! Sierra was 53 years old when she won her first national title, Ms. United States, proving you are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. 

Up Close and Personal

Her Miracle Foot 

"I was in a very serious motorcycle accident when I was in the 8th grade and doctors were just hours away from amputating my foot when my mother started a prayer chain that healed my foot before the surgery took place. It taught me the power of prayer at a very early age."

She is a Multi-Talented Media Personality

During her 30 years as a TV news anchor, Sierra worked in five different cities across the United States including Tampa, Florida, and Waco in Texas. She now hosts two TV shows; Positively Kansas on KPTS and Your View On COX Cablevision, both shows focus on the positive sides of the world.

Thanks to her great hosting skills because she was featured on a segment of Vicki Lawrence’s national talk show called Vicki! Sierra has also emceed, hosted and given speeches to over 200 charity organizations over the past 20 years that have raised more than 30 million dollars in the Wichita community.

As a journalist, Sierra filmed a documentary on the war in Darfur, Sudan that premiered in the United Nations and was screened at the Toronto Film Festival. In this documentary, she shares, "It gave me a completely different view on the war than any other media outlet that was reporting at the time." She added, "I was given a hero’s welcome when I returned to Sudan two years later for "telling the truth" about what was really happening there."

Sierra is not only about journalism but also has an exceptional talent in acting! She got her an extra role in the movies, The Stars Fell on Henrietta and Spellbound. She was also featured twice on Dick Clark’s TV Bloopers, Blunders and Practical Jokes. 

In 2012, she was on the cover of Shoeholics, an international magazine which focuses on her favorite addiction - SHOES! - of which she owns more than 1,000 pairs, for their 2012 Holiday Edition.

And in 2014, she had appeared in TNT’s hit TV show Major Crime where she got to attend The Emmy's.

Sierra also loves fashion, "Even though I’m over 50 years old, I have walked the runway in New York Fashion Week for two years in a row."

Her Role as Today's International Woman Queen of Queens

When did you get involved in pageantry and why?

I was 21 when I entered my first pageant back in 1985. I was a Junior at K-State at the time and entered for 3 reasons: first, for the scholarship money to help me pay for my last 2 years in school; second, I was getting a degree in Broadcast Journalism and was looking for something that would help me hone the skills I needed to be successful in my career and would help me stand out from the other journalists. Pageants definitely help you improve your communication skills and gives you a practice in performing before large crowds; and, third, people listen to what you have to say when you have a "shiny thing" on your head, so I knew that it would open doors and allow me to help others in ways I wouldn’t be able to any other way. When I go to a Children’s hospital or women’s shelter and say "I’m Sierra Scott and I’d like to visit the children," they probably won’t let me in. But if I say I’m "TIW’s reigning Queen of Queen’s," they welcome me with open arms. It allows me to make a bigger contribution to the world.      

Tell us more about Today's International Woman (TIW)?

TIW is such a unique and inspirational pageant! It’s a faith-based pageant that not only encourages community service - it REQUIRES it. It’s also all-inclusive. It allows women of all colors, shapes, sizes and spiritual beliefs to compete in a warm, accepting and encouraging atmosphere. It was one of the most loving environments I have ever experienced.  

Why did you choose Today's International Woman pageant system?

Being a strong community service advocate my entire life, I LOVED the fact, that this pageant supports such wonderful causes. My favorite part is that each month a different queen’s platform is featured and then we all do something related to her cause that makes a more powerful statement nationwide. When each of us joins together to further a cause it has much more of an impact. And it expands your understanding of the world by helping you to learn more about causes you may not otherwise have been familiar with.  

What's your advocacy? 

I call my presentation "Show Your Scars."

It came from my experience working as a TV news anchor for over 30 years. Television news anchors are taught to do everything possible to hide their imperfections, showing the viewers only the very best of who they are. Much of that time I abided by that philosophy, showing only what I call a "Facebook Façade" to the viewers.

Over the years, I came to realize that the things that really make us who we become are not the honors and the awards we receive. Instead, it is our perceived "tragedies" that truly make us more powerful and positive human beings. We’ve all had events in our lives that, at the time, looked as though they were the worst things that could ever happen to us. But in hindsight, those events turned out to be gifted sending us in directions we would never have dreamed.
Here are just a few examples I've experienced in my life:

  • Came very close to having my foot amputated
  • Grew up living in a double-wide trailer house
  • Was fired from one of my jobs
  • Was diagnosed with skin cancer
  • I almost lost my eyesight due to a football
  • I was sent to cover the conflict in Darfur

Each of these things, taken at face value, looks to be something that would derail my life. In reality, they led me to live deeper and rich than I’d ever imagined. It’s true for all of us. How far such life events take you is determined by you. Each time something that is perceived as "bad" happens, it’s up to you to look for the hidden blessings inside. I have several skin cancer scars that I proudly wear as a cancer survivor.

Those "negative" experiences propelled me to create and produce my first TV show, "It’s All Good" and I am currently hosting a TV show called "Positively Kansas" that presents people who have overcome the challenges in their lives to become an inspiration to others.

So show your scars! Be a proud survivor! Know that your battle is an inspiration. You see, I’m scarred for life. Scarred for a BETTER and more IMPACTFUL life.

Her definition of beauty

When I think of beauty, I always think of inner beauty as the gold standard for measuring beauty. We all have met people who may not appear to meet the traditional standard of beauty on the outside but as we got to know them better they became luminous and just radiate beauty from within. Mother Teresa is the perfect example of that.  

On Women Empowerment

It’s as hard to define female empowerment as it is to define what being a woman means. It’s different for everyone. Empowerment to me means having the ability and the confidence to do things that make life better for others.

To be empowered is to have the resources to follow your dreams, set goals and achieve them. Empowerment is having the opportunity and freedom to live your life without limits. 

Her Legacy

What would you like people to remember about you?

That I truly cared about making life better for those in mental, physical or emotional pain. I have spent the past 20 years of my life serving on the boards of over 30 different charities. I’ve served on dozens of fundraising committees and donated time and money to hundreds of amazing organizations that are making communities better all over the world.

I have traveled to 49 of the 50 states speaking to women and children and have been to 27 different countries; including Africa, Cuba, The Philippines, and Haiti, where I have done POSITIVE news stories on those who are making a POSITIVE difference in the world.

My goal is to give hope to others and encourage and inspire them to pay it forward. Through my TV shows, I want people to realize that one person really can, and does, make a difference, and they can too.    

Learn more about being a TIW contestant at

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Brooke Packard, Queen Beauty District of Columbia 2019

Brooke Packard, Queen Beauty District of Columbia 2019 is not only beauty and brains but she is an empowered young woman. 

She describes herself as bi-coastal gal because grew up between California and Virginia; she was born in San Diego, California and moved to Virginia when she was still a baby. 

Brooke graduated high school with a D1 volleyball scholarship and was the first volleyball player at Woodgrove High School to receive and commit to a full ride scholarship. It's definitely for the books! Her time management is something we can learn from, she juggles her studies and modeling career like a pro - she's currently pursuing Design Management major in Entrepreneur and minor in Marketing at Radford University while traveling back and forth with her modeling career.

Adding to her awesome resume, Brooke was crowned Queen Beauty DC on February 9, 2019, at the NYFW Fashion Takeover with the theme, "Taking Over with Inclusivity and Diversity" where America's Next Top Model Cycle 24, second runner-up Khrystyana Kazakova conducted a model workshop.

Modeling Career

Brooke has been modeling for 3 years.  At such a young age, she already walked with brands such as Adrian Alicea, Stevie Boi, Michael Lombard, Yasmine Ings, Saks Fifth Avenue, Black Pyramid by Chris Brown, Banana Moon, Bathhouse Swimwear, D’Milikah Swimwear, HUSH Boutique, Mahriama Onitri, and Anya by Vivien. She has done shoots with some of the best photographers in the industry like HLDN, Kerrianne Meehan New York and also worked with known photographers such as Michael Eric Woodward, James Hurley, Marcus and Dilano Photography, and Hana Gonzalez.

Brooke also has appeared on Fox 5 Good Morning Washington D.C. three times.


To grace the runway and shoot for Balmain, Steve Madden, Victoria’s Secret, Phillip Plein, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Givenchy, Versace, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, Jovani, Sherri Hill, Christian Cowan, etc.

To eventually sign with Wilhelmina, IMG, Ford, NY Model Management, etc. I also hope to dabble in acting.


Having had an abusive boyfriend in the past, I want to raise awareness of violence during dating and make it a discussion, as it is important to do so. I want to be able to speak out for those who are afraid or can’t speak up for themselves because of fear, rejection, shame, embarrassment or social profile. #nomore  #youmatter 

Wish List

To be a strong role model for not only to young women, but also to all women. 

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Credits: Photos by Hans Spiegel. Styling by Catherine Schuller in DiDomenico from Angelino Boutique, collar and cuff by Liana Zavo Exclusive, hair and makeup by New York Makeup Academy.
2nd Photo: NYFW Fashion Takeover modeling for Designer Tré LaVoúx.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Darlene Quinn, Classic International Woman 2018 is Embracing Women's Power, Purpose and Possibilities

I hope that people remember me for my genuine heart. I have a missionary’s soul and find the values conscientiousness, compassion, and empathy key inside myself.  

 -  Darlene Quinn, Classic International Woman 2018  -

Darlene was crowned Classic International Woman on November 11, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Classic International Woman (CIW) celebrates the beauty and life stories of women empowering us to find our purpose, to be grateful and to embrace all the possibilities that come our way. CIW is a pageant for women aged forty-five and above regardless of marital status - single, widowed or divorced.

Spotlight on Classic International Woman 2018

How was your experience at CIW during the pageant

My experience with the Classic International Woman pageant was fabulous. From the day I registered through the day of crowning, I had the most fantastic experience.

Throughout the CIW World Finals Pageant weekend in La Vegas, fun events and activities were planned daily. There were countless opportunities to bond with the other delegates and developed a sisterhood - dinners, orientation get together, activities, photo shoots, rehearsals, seminar, and then some. My favorite event that weekend was "Ball Gowns and Bowling Shoes." Together with delegates, staff, families, friends, and the like, we laughed nonstop! It was truly memorable.

Did you expect to win? Why?

No, I did not expect to win. This was my first pageant, and there were a few ladies that had been on the pageant stage before. I did work very hard with a pageant coach leading up to the event. Having done runway modeling and public speaking helped me, I suppose. Plus, at my age, I’ve long gotten over stage fright.  I felt very natural up there.

What are your plans as Classic International Woman 2018?

My wish is to bring recognition to the three main Charitable Organizations which I have been involved with for nearly thirty years. These worthwhile organizations and the people they assist deserve further awareness. I would also hope to become a part of other community service-based organizations and uplift the community to assist in any way I can.

During my reign, I plan to be a role model to those around me. I continually strive to inspire, educate, and set a good example for other women. With this, I will do my best to encourage others to be their best possible selves, and seek out as many possibilities in life as possible.

Classic International Woman's tagline is, "Accepting experiences and embracing possibilities," can you elaborate more about it and how can you relate to your own story?

Each woman has a background and individual journey that has brought her to where she is today. These life experiences make up who we are. With my 50 years of life experiences, each involvement had been a learning opportunity, as well as, a means of celebration and reflection. 

My experiences allow me to be a stronger example for those I serve in the community, and I can relate first hand to what that individual is going through. When I accept my background, good and bad, I can embrace possibilities to pass my experience, strength, and hope on to others. It is empowering!

Why would pageant women join Classic International Woman?

Classic International Woman fits the life stage of those 35 and over. Whether one has participated in a pageant previously, or not, they will find the experience rewarding.

Classic International Woman focuses on giving mature women an avenue to celebrate life’s journey and embrace possibilities at any age. The culture is equality amongst women, no matter each lady’s life path. With many pageants focusing on domestic titles, Classic International Woman has a global title which adds excitement.

Additionally, Lynda Samuels, Executive Director is a class act! Any participant can feel confident that her experience will be heightened with Lynda’s long tenure in the industry, as well as her extensive knowledge and connections. Classic International Woman is a first-class organization with a first class experience for anyone involved.

Any advice in winning the crown?

Be yourself, have confidence in who you are, and cherish the moment.

Aside from working very hard with a pageant coach, I listened carefully to the suggestions of others who had found success in the pageant world. With that, I molded all of that communication into a perfect fit for me. I didn’t want to change during the preparation; I simply wanted to become a better version of myself. Have fun with the journey. That fun and smile from ear to ear really show on stage. That inner happiness is a beauty!

Lastly, embrace who you are and let that shine. That confidence sets forth a fierceness that is hard to beat.

Red Carpet Awards

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Classic International Woman || Darlene Quinn


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Monday, January 28, 2019

Mrs. Earth International 2018, Dr. Sonal Parihar Talks About Women's Issues in India

Sonal Parihar, Mrs. Earth International 2018 from Rajasthan, Central India was crowned on June 10th last year in Las Vegas, Nevada. She describes herself as a born perfectionist, full of diligence and has the utmost care for human values. Sonal asserts, "I’m a doctor by choice, a gynecologist by profession and a fashionista by passion."

Sonal who is a trained laparoscopic surgeon and colposcopist, and practice her profession in her multi-specialty owned hospital in Jodhpur, says, "As a doctor, I’m emotionally strong and balanced. I strictly manage my time depending upon  the preference of that day, keeping an optimum balance between family, hospital work, social commitments, and personal care."

Aside from being a beauty queen and working on her advocacies, Sonal loves rhythm, "It lies in dancing on any beat, and it adds zing to my life and gives me a sense of rejuvenation. I’m generally a very serious kind of work-oriented person, but I love partying, especially dancing in any music. If I’m in a mood, I can enact and do mimicry of the walking and talking styles of people around me.

Women's Issues and Community Involvement 

"As a philanthropist, I am a social and environmental activist and brand ambassador for many social issues which are labeled taboo, prevailing in my country such as Save Girl Child, Daughters are Precious, Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene Using Biodegradable Sanitary Pads.

I started the drive of Proper Disposal of Biomedical Waste to prevent environmental degradation almost ten years ago and was recently awarded as City Citizen by City Focus for this project."

Tell us more about your advocacy?

As a director of a multispeciality hospital, I have been working towards safe and hygienic disposal of hospital generated biowaste where I have a team of 60 people working with me to ensure a safe and clean environment. Apart from being the brand ambassador for "Women Menstrual Hygiene and Proper Disposal of Sanitary Pads," as well as, "Save and Educate Girl Child," I am also working with a US-based NGO towards population control which is indirectly an environmental threat. As a consultant gynecologist and cervical cancer specialist, I run courses and workshops for young trainees as I believe in educating the masses.

Being a laparoscopic surgeon, giving a smile to infertile parents with a gift of a child by performing fertility preserving surgeries is my passion.

Pageantry Involvement

How did you get involved in pageants, when and how?

It all started one year ago when I applied for Mrs. Earth India to get a platform where I could showcase my work and personality, reflect my thoughts and ideas about the social issues, and reach out to millions of people with the fame that the crown brings. After winning, all my hard works got endorsed, and many gateways opened up which enhanced my outlook towards Mother Earth.

Why did you choose the Mrs. Earth system?

Mrs. Earth system is based on environmental issues which are close to things that I have been doing over the last ten years. Causes of environmental failure and their remedies intrigue me, and as an environmentalist, it will give me a bigger platform to work and educate others.

How was your experience at Mrs. Earth pageant in Vegas?

Apart from the feeling of contentment and joy of winning the title, Mrs. Earth pageant got me close to many new pretty faces and dignified personalities from across the world. The experience of sharing and living with beautiful people for this brief period has proved that humanity is the basis of living, all other features of a person are social obligations.

What was your favorite and memorable part of the pageant?

After a year-long tireless efforts and consistent hard work preparing for the pageant, the most memorable and of course favorite part of the pageant was to be named as the winner of the title of Mrs. Earth International 2018.

Any pageant advice to ladies who would love to join Mrs. Earth?

If you have a knack of keeping yourself fit, confident and above all, if you love Mother Earth as much as your own mother, then you should go on without losing any time. Believe me, you are in the right direction and heading towards a platform which will transform your life.

As Mrs. Earth International 2018

I have been working on many social and environmental issues over the last ten years. With this title, I will take my work on the next level with more volume and power. I will enhance the radius of my existing work to reach out to masses across the world.

Family and Personal Life

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

I can never imagine myself to live without my family. My family is my strength and has always stood strong beside me in my even and odds. My family gives me the utmost feeling of relaxation, comfort and makes me a complete woman.

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

I would love to see a clean and safe environment in the world we live in so that I can proudly tell my children that they have a safe place to live provided they maintain the legacy.

Define Beauty

In my opinion, beauty is a reflection of the purity of soul and a compassionate heart which can be better felt than seen. It is a synonym for love and internal happiness which comes with patience, satisfaction and eternal belief in yourself. 

Beauty has to be pure, selfless, harmless.

Physical beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder which changes with time and can be faked with fake expressions or make up- which do not last long.

Define Women Empowerment

When a woman is mature enough to have a heart to care, strength to support, patience to understand, willingness to listen, and just to be there when needed - that is a beauty of a woman. 

A woman becomes empowered when she understands her stance in the society and realizes that her compassion and patience are her strengths and not weaknesses - that she is gifted by the Almighty to be able to create and nurture a new life and she has the ability to teach man sharing and caring.

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Sonal Parihar
By: Joyce Cortez

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Do You Have What it Takes to be the Queen Beauty District of Columbia?

PL Enterprises NYC is looking for a model competitor to be the inaugural Queen Beauty DC.

Casting Requirements:

  • Height: 5'7 and above
  • Age: 18 - 28 years old
  • Status: Never married, no children, US citizenship, no State requirement. After all, we are the Nations Capital
  • Entrance fee: $500

 Inaugural Queen Beauty DC Prize Package:

  • Sash and crown
  • Roundtrip flight to Nationals in Arizona, late August
  •  $500 cash prize
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Arizona
  • Hotel accommodations (shared room with another delegate) and meals during Arizona pageant
  • Hair and Makeup for the competition
  • Invitation to walk in all hiTechMODA fashion productions for a year
  • PageantLIVE host, other hosting gigs and red carpet opportunities. 
  • Premier model and host for hiTechMODA Fashion Show in September 6/7 
  • Cover model for hiTechMODA Magazine
  • Sponsored photoshoots 
  • Brand Ambassador Opportunities
  • Hair Sponsor 
  • Preparation Coaching
  • Hair and Makeup services for photoshoots 
  • Branding guidance and marketing guidance

Friendly NOTE:

Although we have secured Angelino to provide a gown and other items, the Queen Beauty DC will need to be able to provide some of her own wardrobes. 

Queen Beauty USA 

National Winner Prize Package is valued at $25K or higher in cash, prizes and contracts.

The National Pageant in Scottsdale is being filmed for a reality TV show, the idea is to show the competition side of pageantry.

The National Winner will compete in Spain in the Nov/Dec timeframe. All expenses are paid through the national office.

This fantastic opportunity is knocking on you, APPLY NOW at

*PL Enterprises NYC President Pamela Privette acquired Queen Beauty DC Directorship; however, the newly promoted PL Enterprises Vice President Joyce Cortez will take over PageantLIVE whenever Pamela is on her duties as Queen Beauty DC Director.

She's Beauty and She's Grace, Spotlight on Andromeda Peters, She's Miss United States 2018

"From sea to shining sea like Lady Liberty
She reigns over all she sees
She is beauty, and she is grace
She is queen of 50 States
She is elegance and taste
She is Miss United States."

Who loves William Shatner's Miss United States song description in the movie Miss Congeniality? Well, we all do, and that's precisely embodies the reigning Miss United States, Andromeda Peters.

Andromeda shared on her website's biography that she is a daughter of a transgender parent, "She loves and honors her dad's journey who she shares a deep bond with. Her other father is from Ghana where he used to be a musician and have reconnected with her a few years ago. Andromeda says these past experiences encouraged her to share her own story to empower others, and she believes that there are no limitations in life."**

Andromeda who represented Miss United States Virginia was crowned as the Miss United States 2018 on the 8th of July last year at the Omni Orlando Resort, Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida.

Q&A with Miss United States 2018

Describe yourself in one word and why?

Enthusiastic! I am always excited about life.

What’s your advocacy or what are you passionate about?

Mental health awareness! It is only fitting since I am a licensed psychotherapist. I love to include self-care and self-love into my mental health tips.

Favorite place in your State and what’s special about it?

I love visiting any vegan restaurant! I love Silver Diner in Springfield; especially breakfasts because I am a foodie!!

Define women empowerment

Women empowerment is doing whatever you can that makes you feel whole and complete. No two women are the same. So it's up to us - as women to define what makes us feel alive, strong, and inspired.

What’s your definition of "Beauty and Grace?"

My definition of "Beauty and Grace" is authenticity.

I’ve wanted to be the Miss United States for a while! That’s because I love that every national queen has had such a unique platform, personality, and their own look. I felt like it was the perfect fit for me because I won just by being myself! That is, "Beauty and Grace."

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Miss United States 2018

By: Joyce Cortez
Cover Photo: Fadil Berisha Photography, 2nd Photo: Carlos Velez Studio
**Biography source:

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Phoebe Collins, Queen Beauty New Hampshire 2019

My best advice is don’t be afraid to be yourself. I love to see people not to care what others think. Be yourself and be proud to show it!

Phoebe Collins, Queen Beauty New Hampshire 2019, is not only beautiful inside out, but also been paving her way to success - she is diligent and committed. This beauty is a senior at Pinkerton Academy, one of the largest high schools in New England with over 3,000 students. Phoebe shares, "I live in Auburn, a very small town in New Hampshire. I work right down the road at the Auburn Tavern as a hostess and eventually a server after my 18th birthday." We asked what she's like on her free time; she says, "Since I’m running around very busy all the time, I love when I get a few minutes to sit down in the dining room downstairs and spend time with my family. I live with my parents, two brothers, sister-in-law, and our two dogs and four cats, so we have a very full house! I absolutely love my family and really enjoy talking and watching movies with them."

Why should models/delegates choose to compete in Queen Beauty USA? 

Queen Beauty is the perfect pageant for aspiring models and actresses, and can be beneficial for everyone! You are provided with so many opportunities to get your name out there and start your career, not to mention there is an AMAZING support system there for you whenever you need them!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see myself waiting tables in Los Angeles, California and working on my acting career going on auditions and doing work here and there. I also see myself being a graduate of cosmetology school.

How about in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself with stable acting or cosmetology career and starting a family of my own. I would love to be living outside of LA in the more rural areas of California, and preferably near the beach!

If you only have one wish, what is it and why?

My wish would be that there was a cure for pancreatic cancer. It affects so many people and their families and is the 3rd leading cause of death by cancer in the United States. My grandfather suffered from this disease; it acts fast with no known cure nor an easy way to detect it - a cure for this disease would save so many people.

One thing about you that no one else knows?

I actually love listening to classic rock music. I listen to bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zepplin, Credence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Eagles, and more! I went to a Poison concert and a Stix/REO Speedwagon concert. I grew up listening to that music, and it reminds me of my childhood, but most people wouldn’t expect me to listen to it now.

Fun Questions

Favorite color:

Favorite food:

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Noah Centineo

Favorite band, you love to listen? 
The Eagles

Favorite movie?
Mama Mia!

Inspirational Message

My best advice is don’t be afraid to be yourself. I love to see people not to care what others think. Be yourself and be proud to show it!

Pageants like Queen Beauty help you learn to be confident in the real you, and I am so thankful for pageantry. It shapes so many young women into confident, beautiful leaders. I hope that eventually, everyone in the pageant industry will be proud to say they are pageant girls!

By: Joyce Cortez

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Spotlight on Miriah Ludtke, Miss Missouri USA 2019

Miriah Ludtke is not only Miss Missouri USA 2019, but she is also a bonafide boss babe and young professional making strides in the sales recruiter industry. After years of hard work, sweat and tears, Miriah has nabbed the title and is ready to prove to the world you can have it all - beauty, brains, a title, and a fulltime career.

Claim to fame

Miss Missouri USA

Fun fact about you

My name is Miriah Jo. Miriah is my Mother’s middle name. Jo(e) is my father’s first name. I don’t think it’s a coincidence either that my initials ended up as MJ since my dad is the biggest Michael Jordan fan ever. 

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

That the University of Illinois cheerleaders beat Mizzou in the annual Liberty Battle at The Braggin’ Rights Game in late December, this game has been a long time family affair, and the Liberty Battle is my favorite part. I know I’m a Missouri girl now, but Fighting Illini Basketball will always hold my heart!

When did you start getting involved in pageants?

I learned about the USA system after receiving a postcard in my mailbox. At that time, the organization was partnered with Lindenwood University and offered a large scholarship just for competing. The higher you placed, the more scholarship money you won. That year I went on to place 1stRunner Up at Miss Illinois Teen USA. A few years later I attended Lindenwood and graduated debt free! Who knew one postcard would be able to give me so much!

How does it feel to be the new Miss Missouri USA?

Unreal. If you haven’t seen my crowning video, I encourage you to watch it. When you chase something for as long as I did, it’s hard not to let yourself start to believe it may never happen. When it finally did, years of emotion and heartache from failure poured out of me. It was the most emotional moment of my life. A true blessing…

What's your plan or platform you will work on as Miss Missouri USA?

Big Brothers Big Sisters. My mother spent a part of her childhood in foster care and always taught me how important it is to take care of kids in your community. I have been matched with my Little Jyshyra for three years. She is an amazing young woman and a true blessing to my life.

Tell us something people don't know about you?

I have a serious obsession with romantic tragedies. I may or may not have cried for 48 hours after watching A Star is Born...

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

Invest in professional help for stage makeup and wardrobe selection. I can’t stress this enough. What looks good for Prom doesn’t always work on the pageant stage. I highly recommend Ashley Tribble for guidance. Ashley is a makeup business owner and a former gown store owner.

What's the best piece of advice you ever received in your life?

"Good things come to those that grind." 

What's your passion or interest outside pageantry?

I love animals! I had a really hard time as a kid making friends, but luckily I had a pet kitten who was always there for me to cry on. That cat passed in December and was one of the greatest blessings to my life. 

How do you define women empowerment?

For me, it’s about loving yourself and all your failures. Share your failures with the world. There are women out there facing the same struggles who need to know they aren’t alone.

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

Starbursts. Silly but serious! I am a sugar fiend! 

Social Media

Instagram Personal handle: @miriahl  Official Miss Missouri USA: @missmousa 

Facebook Personal page: Miriah Ludtke  Official Miss Missouri USA page: Miss Missouri USA 

By: Natalie Mc Govern
Photos: Georgina Vaughan (Cover Headshot), 2nd photo byTrey Saxon

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Man Of The World 2017, Mostafa Elezali Shows Support To Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray

Something old, something new, something exciting! 

We first caught up with Mostafa in June 2018 when he still holds the Man of the World title; now, his career life is like a whirlwind. So what's new with him? Well, there's a lot of changes, and they are compelling! But first, let's ask him about Catriona Gray's recent win as the fourth Miss Philippines to take home the Miss Universe crown. 

Let's Talk About Miss Universe 

Today, Catriona embarks the official first day as Miss Universe 2018. As a pageant titleholder himself, Mostafa remarks, "They are all well deserving to be on TOP 5," when asked of his thoughts about the finalists choice this year. And his opinion regarding transgender in pageants? He answered, "I'm not against any gender as long as they respect other's private life."

Mostafa has known of his support to Catriona and her participation at Miss Universe pageant. Ever wonder how they met? Well, here's the story, "I met Catriona through my manager who introduced us, we are acquaintances but what I know about her is that she is a friendly person." Mostafa added, "Her attitude, I believe is an epitome of a true Filipina. She is really friendly and smiles a lot, and is very accommodating." We asked if he has an inspirational message to Catriona as the new Miss Universe, "Stay humble, and make the Philippines proud," he says.  

Speaking of Miss Universe, are we expecting more news about you and Catriona?

Maybe next year because I heard that my manager would co-manage her.

His New Career in the Entertainment Industry

You are now pursuing your goals in your acting career by signing up with Star Magic. How are they building up your celebrity image? Are you taking workshops?

I'm undertaking Tagalog and acting workshops for the meantime. So I hope it will fast track my career as I work hard to study Tagalog.

As a pure foreigner in Philippine Showbiz, do you think this path will help you join the big ranks of stars in the near future? 

I believe so, by working hard and being humble because showbiz makes people famous.

You have just joined ABS-CBN Star Magic and Cornerstone Entertainment, the most prominent Talent Agency in the Philippines, will we see you soon in a movie with one of Cornerstone’s biggest talents?

I’m not sure but yes I will once I manage the language and acting skills.

Any movies or shows you're currently shooting? Can you share your roles in these films?

I have a guest appearance in the movie, "The Girl in the Orange Dress." It's a romance flick which is included at the Metro Manila Film Festival, something like the Oscars in Philippine Film Industry. Also, I am currently shooting in an "I-Flix" series (which is equal to Netflix). The title of the series is "Mystified," and I play the role of Lucifer. These are few of the roles I was offered.

You are the first Man of The World titleholder, first Male Egyptian winner in an International pageant, first Muslim to win a Male pageant, the first pure foreigner in the Philippine Entertainment Industry. Will we expect another first from you?

Hahahahaha! You don’t know me yet. I’m excited to make history so I will work hard to make something new in the showbiz. I wanna surprise my audience.

Any inspirational message to your fans who have followed you and continue to support you in your endeavors?

Keep supporting me, and I will always make you proud.

By: Joyce Cortez

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Franchesca Nival, Queen Beauty Massachusetts 2019

Franchesca Nival, Queen Beauty Massachusetts 2019

Francesca is on her senior year at the University of Massachusetts taking a Degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Entrepreneurial Business. This beauty is already advancing her knowledge by applying the practical concept of her studies - as an inside sales manager and the CEO of FTA which is a Talent Academy.

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Francesca currently resides in Merrimack, New Hampshire. On her free time, she likes to hit the gym, playing Volleyball, working on her business ideas, networking, watching funny movies, and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

Why should models/delegates choose to compete in Queen Beauty USA? 

Queen Beauty USA is honestly one of the most well-rounded pageants I’ve been a part of, the team is amazing, and the support is unbelievable. They work really hard to help your dreams come true! If you’re looking to do something different, wanting to get into the modeling or acting industry, then this is the pageant for you.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself living in California, most likely working in the acting industry, expanding my businesses, and having an academy in L.A., as well. Owning a home, and possibly starting a family of my own. 

How about in ten years?

In ten years, I still see myself working in the entertainment industry and business. Of course, married and with kids, expanding my business options, and growing in the industry in Hollywood.

If you only have one wish, what is it and why?

I’d love to have the opportunity to be the leading actress in a film or on a TV show within the next year or so. That would be amazing!

One thing about you that no one else knows?

I founded a non-profit organization named "Olive Cross" to help kids in poverty all over the world, for them to be able to attend school.

Fun Questions

Favorite color: 

Favorite food: 
Rice beans and salmon

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Quincy Jones, haha!

Favorite band, you love to listen? 
Bethel worship 

Favorite movie?
The Kissing Booth

Inspirational Message

"God doesn’t give up on you, so we should never give up on ourselves. As long as we work hard, good things will come!"

By: Joyce Cortez

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Yamilet Gonzalez, Queen Beauty Rhode Island 2019

Yamilet Gonzalez, Queen Beauty Rhode Island

Yamilet was born in Mexico and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This 19-year-old beauty loves taking pictures, shopping and spending time with family. She likes to plan ahead of time and clean in her spare time.

Why should models/delegates choose to compete in Queen Beauty USA? 

I think models should compete in pageants to gain experience and pageantry exposure is a great way to start.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What do I see in my future? I see myself in magazines, walking runways and working hard. 

How about in ten years?

Ten years? I see myself starring in a telenovela. 

If you only have one wish, what is it and why?

I want to be able to provide for my family, why? Because they're the reason, I'm here in the U.S. 

One thing about you that no one else knows?

Something no one really knows about me, I get sad when I think about my three cats not being with me anymore all the time.

Fun Questions

Favorite color: 

Favorite food: 

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Tom Holland 

Favorite band, you love to listen? 
I don’t have one 

Favorite movie?
The Shallows 

By: Joyce Cortez

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