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    LOS ANGELES –  The name and likeness of Kristy Althaus, the first runner-up in the 2012 Miss Colorado Teen USA beauty contest, have reportedly been removed from the pageant's website following a report that she made a porn video shortly after turning 18. The gossip website printed before and after versions of the site, which show that her name has been deleted. They say her name was removed after they contacted the pageant about her alleged porn video. 

    They reported that a YouTube video of the 2012 pageant, showing her and the eventual winner onstage, had been removed from the Miss Teen Colorado USA site as well.

    The moves came after a woman strongly resembling Althaus appeared on an adult entertainment site, Gawker reports. The video and screenshots from it have gone viral and have been widely circulated on an array of X-rated websites.

    The subject of the video is asked by a man off-camera to confirm that she is 18. She also states that it is her first adult video.

    Althaus, whose name was also removed from the Kansas State University directory on Friday, did not respond to an email request for comment.

    The Miss Colorado USA pageant is the state feeder to the Donald Trump-owned Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Reps for the Colorado pageant and the Miss Universe Organization did not respond to a request for comment.

    Angie Meyer, a former publicist for the Miss California pageant, looked at the video of Althaus in the Miss Colorado Teen USA pageant, and the porn video, and said she thought they were "for sure the same girl." A porn insider said it was a "pretty good bet" it was the same person in each video. "But short of seeing the 2257 model ID and docs, there is no way to say 100 percent for sure."

    The insider pointed us to the site's 2257 page, which states it is in compliance with the law that all models be over 18 years old.

    Roger Neal, a rep who has worked closely with the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA branches, told FOX411: "The pageant these days seems to like controversy. And the girls (who participate) often see examples daily of reality stars being rewarded for bad behavior, so they figure if they act badly, they will be stars too."

    Althaus’ Twitter account was also taken down after the report surfaced, but a site that archives tweets still had some of her most recent, including: "Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller with every mistake you make," and "There's three ways to do things ... the right way, the wrong way and the way I do it." 

    Miss Teen USA has rules; one is that contestants can't be married or have been married. State organizers may also have their own contracts with moral clauses. Meyer told us there is an unwritten ethical obligation for the participants to uphold traditional values when it comes to a high-profile pageant such as Miss Teen USA.

    "There shouldn't be a question if these types of actions are justified in the pageant world - they aren't," she said. "What a poor example this sets for teenage girls across the country."

    Tom Hynes, senior editor of AVN (Adult Video Network) Magazine, said women are paid a few hundred to $1,000 for videos such as the one Althaus allegedly made. He questioned why such a big deal is being made of the incident, especially given that Althaus, if she’s the woman in the video, doesn't appear to have broken the rules while she was in the pageant.

    "Looks to me like she won runner-up two years ago fair and square and is being 'punished' retroactively for behavior undertaken well after the year she won is already over," Hynes said.

    "It's the pageant organizers who seem out-of-control here. They brought this on themselves by erasing any mention of her."

    Althaus is not the first pageant queen to be embroiled in a porn scandal. In 2012, Miss Delaware Teen USA relinquished her crown amid allegations that she had made a porn video. Then there was 2012’s Miss Nevada, who risked losing her title after risqué photographs of her posing lewdly with porn king Ron Jeremy were cited on her Facebook page. 

    A few years earlier, 2006’s Miss Nevada Katie Rees was stripped of her sash after naughty snaps of her in less-than-ladylike positions made their way onto social media. Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA 2009, was also fired after a personal sex tape she made surfaced.

    The most famous case is probably that of Vanessa Williams, who gave up her Miss America crown after nude photos of her with another woman surfaced in Penthouse magazine in 1993. She survived the scandal and went on to a very successful singing and acting career.

    Source: FOX News, 2/1/2014

    Related articles:

    Another Beauty Pageant Queen May Be Part Of a Porn Scandal

    Miss Colorado Teen pageant runner-up Kristy Althaus 'stripped of title' after it emerges she starred in porn film

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    Critical Beautywill be 10 years old in October 2014, and to celebrate this milestone, CB will be publishing a coffee table bookfeaturing images from the pageant industry, and we would like you to be part of this enterprise by being a contributor. If you think you have a photo or photos that deserve to be recognized and grace the CB coffee table book, we invite you to submit them to be considered for publication.

    Desired images

    We welcome the following types of images:

    - Photos of past pageant contestants (i.e. glamshots, swimsuit, evening gown, casual, winning reaction) who have competed in any of the following international pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Tourism Queen International, Manhunt International, Mister World, Mister International and/or minor international pageants that have at least 50 countries participating; Miss USA, Miss America, and national pageants who select winners to compete in the international pageants mentioned; and alternative pageants (transgender, gay, plus size, ethnic, and for married women)

    - Candid and fun shots of pageant contestants (these are the most eye-catching!)

    - Vintage photos

    *** The photos must have never been published before.

    Unwanted images

    We will not accept images containing:

    - Children pageant contestants

    - Gratuitous nudity, violence or obscenity which may be offensive to some readers

    *** We will not accept photos that have been published elsewhere before.


    1. Do not submit images taken by someone else. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any digital image submitted. By your submission, you acknowledge that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.

    2. By your submission, you are giving Critical Beauty permission to use the image on its website and anywhere else where the book may be promoted.

    3. Images must be clear and focused, have no date stamps/watermarks on them, have no borders, and must be in High Resolution. Images from cell phones are not usable due to their small size. 

    4. Send your images as JPEG or TIFF files. Do not place them in a Word document or make a PDF.

    5. Do not send printed digital photos. They do not have the quality necessary for reproduction in the magazine.

    6. If you have a whole bunch of photos that you’d like to submit for publication, send them via a ZIP folder.

    7. If your photo is published, it will automatically become the intellectual property of Critical Beauty

    Required Photo Information/Release Forms/Photo Subject Restrictions 

    Before we can consider your photo(s) for possible publication, we will need the following information from you:

    1. Your name and contact details. If you’re a pro (or aspiring pro) and have a web address and/or email address that you’d like to include in the photo credit, please supply those as well.

    2. Your permission to publish the photo(s) in the Critical Beauty book or website

    3. Confirmation that you have obtained explicit permission from all identifiable people in the photo(s) to be identified and for their image(s) to be reproduced, without any fee or other form of compensation.

    4. For groups under eight, the name(s) of the people in the photo if they’d like to be identified.

    5. Any additional information about the photo that you’d like to add.

    ***If you agree to the above guidelines/regulations for submission, please submit your photo/s to criticalbeautybook@gmail.comwith the following information:

    Your full name:

    Your e-mail address:

    Where and when was the photo taken:

    Enter a 1-2 line caption describing the image (include all details necessary to explain the circumstances or any other aspects of the photos not obvious from the images themselves): 

    ***Allow us 4-6 weeks to evaluate your submission/s and we will let you know if they have been accepted for publication or not.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31, 2014

    Posted: February 2, 2014

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  • 02/09/14--18:38: Miss Germany 2014

  • Vivien Konka, a 19-year old student from North Rhein-Westphalia, was crowned Miss Germany 2014 Saturday, February 8 at the Europa Park in Rust. The first runner-up was Catharina Leers, 21, and the second runner-up is Evelyn Conrad, 19. Twenty-three young women competed in this year's pageant.

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    How did you get involved in pageants?

    My  mom is a former Mrs. Nebraska America and had always asked me to try a pageant. I was never sure of the idea until my senior year of high school when I went through a tough break up after three years of dating. I decided that I needed to do something out of my comfort zone to try and regain my confidence and try something new! I competed in Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010 and won! The rest is history.

    What makes Nebraska unique? 

    The people! You'll never pass someone without a smile or a wave. We are very passionate people! 

    If you could live in another country, which would it be and why?

    Probably France! The shopping and culture is something I would love to experience! I've never been overseas and would LOVE to explore that area even if I couldn't live there. 

    Name three adjectives that your friends would describe you.

    I asked some of my friends and they said: hardworking, thoughtful, and friendly. I'll take those :) 

    Do you believe in life after death? Why or why not?

    I believe that if you accept Christ as your Savior and confess your sins to him, you will live a happy, beautiful and perfect life behind his pearly gates in Heaven! 


    If a major titleholder such as Miss USA became pregnant during her reign, should she resign?

    I think so. We sign a contract that states we do not have children. I also think a child is a huge responsibility and deserves all of your time and attention, which being Miss USA wouldn't allow. 

    Do you think Hollywood celebrities are good or bad role models?

    It depends on the celebrity! There are a lot that have done great things and continue to do great things in the community and for different charities. On the other hand, there are quite a few that have been really involved with drugs and alcohol, which causes them to make some really bad choices. That's definitely not a good role model! 

    Name two people who inspire you.

    1. My mom. She was in an airplane crash years ago where she broke her back, two ribs and her wrist. She had multiple, major surgeries to repair her back. Since then, she has competed at Mrs. America, ran a half marathon, had my little sister and now flies at least once a month for her job! She has always said, "it doesn't matter what happens to you, it's how you respond to it." That always inspires me to go for anything I set my mind to and that if I fall down, I should get back up and try again! 

    2. A family friend, Sammy Nahorny. Sammy is only 6 years old, but he inspires me to stay strong in any situation. He's battling a pediatric cancer, Neuroblastoma, and has been through many surgeries and in and out of so many rounds of chemotherapy. He always sees the positive in his situation and thats something that inspires me most! 

    What is the essence of a woman?

    A lot of things! Nurturing, empowering, patient, strong, beautiful. I could go on and on! 


    Describe your worst customer service experience and how did you deal with it.

    I've been pretty lucky in terms of good customer service! Nothing horrible has ever happened that has scarred me for life. If I had to choose though, I'm sure it would just be a bad restaurant experience. I have so much respect for servers because I've been one before and know how hard and overwhelming it can be at times! 

    Are you content with your looks? Why or why not?

    I am! I think God made me just the way I was supposed to be made! 

    What can be done to prevent young people from committing crime at an early age?

    I really believe in the power of getting involved. That could be in sports, charities, activities, anything along those lines. When young people start to have so much time on their hands, it's easy for them to get into things they shouldn't and do bad things out of boredom. Teaching them right from wrong early and getting them involved in positive activities can make a huge difference!  


    Do you feel that the news media like FOX News or CNN have been totally objective in their reporting of news and stories? 

    I think they could probably do a better job at times, especially in politics. Depending on the news story, sometimes they do a great job being fair and keeping their opinion out of it! 

    How would you explain the beauty of nature to a blind child?

    That's tough! Maybe describe it in the way that nature makes you personally feel and in a way that means something to you. For example, a sunset makes me feel warm :) Nature is beautiful and that can mean so many different things to different people. 

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I want to be the next Miss USA because I think the crown gives you credibility. I'm very passionate about cancer research, especially pediatric cancer, and I would love to be able to be an advocate and spread the word about how you can make a difference and help find a cure.  I want to empower people to get involved and make a difference in anything they are passionate about. I would love to be able to travel across the country and give my time to important causes and different charities that matter to others! Community service is huge to me and being Miss USA allows you to give back in so many ways! 



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    How does it feel being Miss New Jersey USA 2014?

    It is an honor to represent such a strong state. For such a small state, New Jersey is packed with diversity and nothing is more humbling than being able to represent each and every citizen. 

    How do you overcome your fears?

    By taking them head on. I've learned that if I go on with my life, wishing that I would've done something in my past, then I am not really living to my fullest potential. 

    What makes you laugh?

    My little niece Ava. She is so clever. You really can't get much past her. 

    How do you handle it when people don't believe in you?

    I don't mind it at all. In fact, it motivates me even more to prove them wrong. 

    Name three things that you would never do to a person you love.

    I would never abandon them, I would never forget their birthday, and I would never allow them to be lazy. 

    Tell us a little about your educational background.

    I have a high school diploma and planned on attending college until I received a few job offers in my career. I have taken intensive courses in the arts with acting but I do plan on going back to college to finish a degree in "Public Relations in Media". 

    If an extraterrestrial landed in your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?

    I would take him to the best deli in NJ where President Obama visited a few years ago and then I would take him to the Jersey Shore & boardwalk and show him how strong we've come back after Hurricane Sandy. 

    If you had to be another woman for one week, which of these women would you choose to be and why? Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, or Sarah Palin?

    Kate Middleton! Besides us both being queens, she is closer to my age then the rest of them so I feel as though she would be more relatable.

    How do you spend a typical Sunday afternoon?

    Sleeping in! I'm so busy during the week being Miss New Jersey USA, going to auditions and go sees, traveling all the time for work, shooting different projects... So my ideal Sunday would be to sleep in and typically watch some football and eat some wings and pizza!

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I understand that Miss USA is a job and one that I am ready for. As Miss NJ USA, I have had an appearance almost every day, yet I have managed to maintain my career in the entertainment industry and maintain my family life. Growing up as a world traveler, I have experienced different cultures, throughout our nation and the globe, and I have met people from all different walks of life. It makes me humble yet relatable to understand different opinions and lifestyles. I have stood by New Jersey through the positive and negative and I would continue those ethics as Miss USA. I am a Sagittarius and we are known to have a perfect aim. I know that I am capable for the title of Miss USA and for me, this is my perfect aim. 




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    How did you get involved in pageants?

    I got involved in pageants while in college. During high school, I was involved in a number of activities including cheer leading, swim team and various organizations and kept very busy.  While in college, I found that there were not as many activities available and found myself wanting to be involved in something positive where I could work hard, set goals, and meet a lot of amazing people. Pageants was a great outlet to do that.

    If your friends were to describe you, what would they say?

    My friends would describe me as a person who is very focused, extremely loyal and great comic relief!

    Define self-confidence.

    Self-confidence is being able to be comfortable with oneself and one's abilities. It is not only self-respect, but also acceptance of who you are in your own skin – and being okay with that.

    If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three things with you, what would they be and why?

    1.  My iPad – you’re never alone as long as you’re connected. Skyping with my family, friends, and pets would be mandatory.
    2.  My Vitamix – because no matter what you put in there, it always comes out tasting delicious.
    3. My Pilates equipment – because I’m addicted to Pilates.

    Name three things that you would never do.

    1. Drugs
    2. Compromise my character for personal gain
    3. Become a pessimist

    What makes you angry?

    Seeing the commercial on TV with all the abused animals with the song “In the arms of an Angel” playing in the background.  I get angry every time I see those poor neglected animals.

    How do you handle a tactless person who makes his/her prejudices known in public?

    I have learned that people like that are trying to attract negative attention.  So I would pay them no mind.

    If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?

    CANCER.  I have been touched by this disease in so many ways it’s unbelievable.  Unfortunately, my very best friend is currently in the fight of her life battling a very aggressive and rare type of cancer.  I’m always recruiting for anyone who wants to join in on her prayer chain – her name is Taylor Jones.

    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

     I can thank my mom for this one – “Remember that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.”

    What does being an American mean to you?

    As Americans, we are presented with endless opportunities, afforded to everyone, equally.  Last summer, I watched a citizenship ceremony, and witnessed a number of people become Americans.  Seeing and hearing their reactions, watching them give thanks, and celebrating in their joy reminded me that we are blessed to be part of such a great country.

    Is it acceptable for titleholder who is religious to share her faith in public on appearances?

    I do believe in our right to freedom of speech as well as expression. If  one's faith is a very important part of who they are, then wouldn't it be  dishonest of them to suppress that side in hopes of pleasing others? I admire  people who can be themselves to the core and if their religion or faith is a part of that core then they should not hide it.

    What do you think was the most important discovery during the last quarter century?

    Personally, dry shampoo! I don't consider smartphones a discovery, but more so an invention, so globally speaking, I think we were all intrigued to discover  that Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

    What qualities do you think the perfect man should have? 

    Tall, dark and Croatian. And honesty. Honesty is very important.


    What makes West Virginia unique from the other states?

    The people!  The people of West Virginia have a unique sincerity and genuineness about them that I have yet to find anywhere else. Example: I wrecked my car while traveling for work in a very rural area of southern WV (12 miles from the Hatfield and McCoy trails is what the sign I ran into said - to be exact) and I had no cell service. I hadn't had cell phone service for a good 40 minutes and I knew I was stuck between a rock and a hard place - literally. I started to panic as it started to rain, and  just like a movie, a car approached slowly and rolled down the window and the kind West Virginians inside offered their help. I was towed out of the ditch, had my tire changed for me, was able to notify my family that I was okay as I was led to the nearest town to have my car fixed. That is something I feel is so inherent to the hard working, grateful and amazing people of my state. That's probably why I have never left here. John Denver said it best, "...almost heaven, West Virginia..."

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I think, like my fellow contestants, it's been a dream of mine from childhood. That's where the vision started. Now, though, as a pretty accomplished young woman, I feel I have so much to offer the Miss Universe Organization from a business  &  branding standpoint. I am a business woman, it's in my blood - both of my parents are business people; I think my ability to have a business sense while maintaining my unique, bubbly & down to earth self sets me apart. Women in this world are making great strides every day and I think it's so powerful to see a woman in a leadership position who can relate to so many people. I've worn many hats in my life & I wouldn't mind adding a crown to that collection. I'm READY to take the job as Miss USA and I think that's important.




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    Who is the real Valerie Gatto?

    A woman who knows what she wants, knows how to get it, and won’t stop until she does; all while maintaining her integrity and respect for others.

    Describe your typical day.

    Busy, busy, busy. Wake up to “O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)” on YouTube (the song gives me the kick start I need in the AM); then I  grab coffee or make a breakfast shake; get to work, answer numerous Miss Pennsylvania USA related emails, voicemails, etc., give personal responses to the constant Social Media messages from pageant fans; update my social media; plan appearances, make appearances; work on Miss USA prep, take a bubble bath…even though the hot water usually runs out (grrrr); throw sweat pants on, snuggle up in my bed while watching one of my favorite TV shows if one is on!  If not, the History Channel or H2 is my backup.


    List three of the most unusual things you have done.

    1. In the summer of 2013, I was an English tutor to Italian children in various cities around Italy. In each city, I stayed with a different host family – there was a definite language barrier as I could not speak Italian prior to my trip; but, by the end of my stay I could hold a conversation without Google Translate! I immersed myself in the Italian culture while impacting the youth of Italy.

    2. In the movie, “Abduction,” starring Taylor Lautner, I was a stand-in for the lead actress, Lily Collins.  I spent 3 months on set interacting with the entire cast and crew; it was a summer that I will never forget!

    3. Since my Pap was not able to attend the Miss Pennsylvania USA Pageant, I visited him in the nursing home the night that I won!  It was past his bed-time; I was still in my evening gown, crown and sash.  The nurses and staff had looks of surprise on their faces as they confessed to me, “He always said his Granddaughter traveled the world and was a beauty queen, but we never believed him, and WOW were we wrong!” He may be suffering from dementia but he still believes in me!

    What has been the most difficult moment of your life and what did you learn from it?

    Moving out of my childhood home that I shared with my Grandparents and Mother for almost 21 years.  The moment I saw my room empty; I knew everything had changed forever. It has been a hard transition (even writing this, I am emotional with tears) because I no longer live with my Grandparents, who are like a Mom and Dad, and a lot of traditions have ceased to exist.  This has taught me that a structure is a house, but a family makes a home.

    True or False: You can judge a book by its cover.

    False. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” Be more like the Lord than man.

    Do you think President Obama is a good leader? Why or why not?

    First and foremost, as a United States citizen, I respect the Office of the Presidency and the person in that office.  History will determine if President Obama has been good leader. Only time will tell the true legacy of a President.

    During the telecast of Superbowl 48 last February 2nd, Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" commercial angered conservative pundits who did not like that several verses of the song was sung in other languages besides English and that this multilingual version is dividing the American people instead of uniting them. Do you think that their anger was legitimate, or were they just overreacting?

    I understand both sides of the issue. On one hand, our ancestors came to America to leave their old-country behind to pursue the idea of the “American Dream.” They kept their traditions but embodied a new land and culture, which made our nation known as the “Melting Pot.” These ancestors were proud to learn English and start their new life in America. Those who are angered might feel that the idea of the “American Dream” is being compromised and not relevant.  On the other hand, Coca-Cola was embracing the diversity of those living in the United States, which promotes the idea of all cultures thriving by way of the “American Dream.”

    If you had to define your "mission" in life, what would it be?

    Change the World.


    Got any favorite reality shows?

    “Shark Tank” and “The Apprentice.”  I did not choose “The Apprentice” just because Donald Trump is the host; I am truly a business minded woman.

    When you were a little girl, what was your fantasy?

    I have always wanted to be a performer.  I loved every opportunity I had to be in front of an audience, no matter the size! I can remember putting on comedy skits and belting out “RESPECT,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “I Will Always Love You,” and every Spice Girls song like it was yesterday!

    Has women's lib robbed men of their masculine roles?

    Absolutely not!  By creating a stronger role in society for women, relationships between women and men are enhanced because they are founded on equality– real men are not intimidated by a strong woman.

    What is your stand on transwomen (male-to-female transsexuals) being allowed to compete in traditional women's pageants?

    It is perfectly acceptable.  As long as all medical and legal/governmental guidelines are satisfied, it is fair because the competition is kept on a level playing field.

    If Playboy offered you a million dollars to pose nude, would you do it? Why or why not?

    No! There is not a price tag on my core values and morals.

    What is your definition of beauty? What makes a woman beautiful?

    Beauty captivates and keeps attention because it’s deserved. A beautiful woman is one that is put-together, confident, good-hearted and purpose-driven. Also, she will help one to see the beauty in oneself – a beautiful woman empowers others.

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I have a message that I want to spread across the country that will empower and inspire people of all ages. My message is real and it is powerful. I want to be Miss USA because I was born to do this. As a child of a rape and growing up in a non-traditional family, I know first hand that your circumstances do not define your life.  I think that people have lost hope in the “American Dream,” and I want to give hope back to the American people.

    I have the ability to show people that no matter where you come from and no matter your situation you can achieve your dreams by staying positive, working hard, and making sacrifices – this is what “The American Dream” is all about. Coming from humble beginnings, nothing was given to me and everything was earned – this is why I am able to live out my childhood dream of competing in Miss USA.  Miss USA is the perfect platform for me to share my story.

    Not only does my message illuminate the “American Dream,” but it also teaches one not to judge a book by its cover, how to turn a negative into a positive, and sheds light on a serious issue that affects women.

    I know that God put me on this Earth for a reason, and I truly believe that I am destined to be Miss USA.




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    How does it feel being Miss New Hampshire USA?

    It honestly hasn’t set in yet. I’m pretty sure I’ve never won anything in my life! I worked so hard to prepare for Miss New Hampshire USA and to have that hard work pay off feels so rewarding.

    How would your friends describe you?

    They would describe me as a jokester, extremely loyal and a great listener.

    What is the best compliment you have ever received?

    I’ve been told that I’m a very real person. I am myself 100% of the time.

    What do you think is your strength, and your weakness?

    I believe my greatest strength is that I am patient and a great listener. My greatest weakness is that I am a perfectionist and have a hard time delegating tasks, especially when it comes to my company. I want every event that I am involved in to go perfectly which means I feel the need to be involved with every detail. It is extremely time consuming so I hope in the future I can learn to pass on duties to my capable employees. 

    If women were to rule the world by 2050, how different would the world be?

    I think woman have always ruled the world. Haven’t you heard Beyoncé’s song? “Who Run The World? Girls.” Haha! We all know that the world would be a kinder, more patient place. I believe there would be a heavy focus on family and community and things would be a lot more organized :) Oh, and no more boring suit and tie combos!

     What is a socially responsible entrepreneur?

    A socially responsible entrepreneur is someone who gives back to the community through the success of their business. Whether it be a portion of their profits that gets donated to a cause close to their heart or donating their time or services to help a charity or group. I believe businesses that are socially responsible create good karma.

    Should plastic surgery be allowed in beauty contests?
    I think the modern beauty contest is judged more upon how a woman carries herself and how she radiates her personal sense of beauty. If she feels she needs plastic surgery to feel more beautiful, by all means she should do it and it should be allowed. 

    What do you tell people who think that you're not intelligent because you're beautiful?

    I would love to meet the person that came up with this theory. How do these things have anything to do with each other? Beauty has no bearing on how intelligent a person is. I would also show them my college degree and tell them how I started a company by myself from the ground up using what I learned in my college courses.

    What three qualities are you looking for in a gay husband? (lol)

    A shopping partner in crime that convinces me to spend way more than I should because I look fabulous. If he can do my hair, that’s a huge bonus because I am terrible at making my hair look good. And last, but certainly not least, must watch romantic comedies and eat take out simultaneously. Ahhh… the perfect man! :) 

    Who do you think is the sexiest man alive today?

    David Beckham is gorgeous. I have a soft spot for professional athletes. And he seems like such a great dad. Oh, and the accent doesn’t hurt.

    Why are manhole covers round rather than square?

    Manhole covers are heavy! Can you imagine trying to maneuver that thing if you had to fit it into a certain shape. Much easier as a circle.

    Do you think that television and movies display too much violence and, if so, do you feel that violence can influence a student’s behavior?

    It’s strange to say but, as a culture, we have a fascination with violence. The entertainment industry is simply giving our culture what we want to see. It is clear that violent movies and video games have had an influence on some of the tragic events in our country, but I don’t believe we can blame these actions solely on that influence.

    If you could spend the day with anyone (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do with that person?

    Martha Stewart! First of all, because we would probably have the most fabulous meals. I am such a foodie! I also aspire to be the next domestic goddess so I would love to spend the day in her kitchen prepping for a dinner party, setting a gorgeous tablescape and making flower arrangements using flowers from her garden. Over dinner we would talk about how she created her empire and how she successfully oversees her various brands.

    Where do you see yourself in life three years from now?

    I see myself as the head of a thriving event planning company, working with my newly hired employees and working on opening an event space.

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I want to give today’s youth a real woman to look up to. Someone who isn’t stick thin and six feet tall. Someone who would rather live in yoga pants and t-shirts than sexy cocktail dresses. Also, someone who worked hard to achieve her goals. I have worked so hard to create a life that I am proud of. I have worked hard to be a successful business woman. I am proof that with hard work and a little risk taking, anything is possible. I want the youth to have someone to look up to other than someone who is rich and famous for being on a salacious reality TV show. I want them to look up to a woman who has a college degree and is an entrepreneur. I am really proud of the woman I have become and I want to share her with the world.


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    A Venezuelan beauty queen and student demonstrator was fatally shot in the head during a political protest, making the fifth fatality from the country's ongoing political turmoil.

    Genesis Carmona (above), 22, was photographed lying limp in the arms of a man riding a motorcycle after gunfire broke out at Tuesday's protest in the city of Valencia.

    She was pronounced dead at a hospital Wednesday afternoon.

    "How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" a relative, who asked not to be named, said. "She only needed one more semester to graduate."

    Carmona, a stunning brunette who had been studying tourism before her death, according to the relative, had served as 2013 Miss Turismo for her state of Carabobo.

    Venezuelan beauty queen and student demonstrator Genesis Carmona is seen being evacuated on a motorcycle after being shot in the head during a protest in Valencia Tuesday. 


    Tuesday's demonstration was part of a rally outside the imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, a Harvard-educated economist who has spearheaded three weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

    Since the political strife three people have been shot dead in Caracas and another person was run over by a car during a demonstration in the coastal town of Carupano.

    While behind bars Wednesday, one day after his surrender to authorities, Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government.

    In a tragic twist, Carmona's death is the second murder of a Venezuelan beauty queen this year.

    In January, former 2004 Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband Henry Berry were fatally shot in a highway robbery that miraculously spared their 5-year-old daughter.

    The girl named Maya suffered a leg wound that she has since recovered from.

    Source: NY Daily News, 2/19/2014

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    How did you get involved in pageants?

    I was approached by someone who I now call my “Paggy Mom” to enter the pageant because she believed I could be the girl to break the 50 year curse of not making the top 15 at Miss USA. After a lot of convincing I entered the Miss MT USA pageant, set goals for myself and took it as a challenge to become a better version of myself throughout this journey. Her confidence in me gave me the strength to jump out of my comfort zone and compete in my first pageant.

    Tell us - what is so great about Montana and what makes it unique from the other states?

    Montana is nicknamed treasure state for a reason. This is because of our natural resources like our crystal clear lakes, pristine mountains and breathtaking sunsets! In Montana the elk, deer, and antelope populations outnumber the humans, and no, we do not ride our horses to school! Most of all everyone here is friendly and waves when they drive by!

    Name three things that irritate you and why.

    1. I can’t stand when people leave the sink running while brushing their teeth.
    2. Waking up five minutes before my alarm goes off
    3. I have road rage, so when people drive slow in the fast lane

    Which of the "Sex And The City" girls do you identify with the most and why?

    I think I am a little mixture of Carrie and Samantha. I consider myself a bit of a fashionista like Carrie and always tend to spend my paycheck on clothes….whoops! My personality reminds me of Samantha, I’m a very open person and comfortable with myself and can start up a conversation with basically anyone and I’m a very independent person.

    Name one cause that you strongly support.

    Drinking and driving awareness. My best friend passed away from a drinking and driving accident. She wasn’t wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. It had a huge impact on me and I make sure I am always available to drive someone home if they’ve been out drinking.

    Would you ever pose nude for Playboy?

    No, I believe I don’t have to pose nude to get the attention and credit that I deserve. I would however, love to meet Hugh Hefner and get a tour of the mansion!

    If you were to come back as a fruit in the next life, what would you be and why?

    I would have to be a coconut, because coconut everything is delicious and after somebody cracks me open, I can be made into a coconut bra.

    What is your greatest fear? Have you had to face it?

    My greatest fear is breaking off my front tooth. And yes, it has happened quite a few times. It’s not a very cool story considering I broke it in half by a water bottle. The second time was on the Fourth of July when all the dentists just so happened to be all closed, so I walked around all day with half a tooth looking like a hillbilly. I also fear paper cuts. I’ll just leave it at that.

    What are the things in life that you think are worth living for?

    My family and the future with them, I have to look forward to. When the day comes I can’t wait to have kids of my own.  I already have my kids' names picked out.

    What is the one thing you simply will not tolerate?

    One thing I will not tolerate is making EXCUSES! I’ve played sports all my life and one thing I cannot stand is when someone makes up an excuse to get out of doing something that is challenging for them. Every excuse is a choice to fail.

    What advice would you give to a little girl who has low self-esteem?

    I would tell her to never compare herself on the inside with someone else’s outside, and to surround herself with positive people who make her better.

    What is your opinion on same-sex marriage?

    I believe everyone deserves to be happy and love does not have limits. I am all for same sex marriage!

    Where do you see yourself in life five years from now?

    I see myself having a stable job, but still making time for myself to travel and enjoy my 20’s.

    If you were to run for public office, what issues would be the focus of your campaign?

    I would focus on more one on one help in schools. I would like to lower the number of student to teacher ratio by hiring more teachers. Growing up, I always had a rough time in school when it came to taking tests and I would have loved to have more one on one help.

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I want to be a leader, someone that can interact and be approachable to others around me. Being Miss USA is so much more than a crown on your head. The title represents countless things that give you the power to express what you are passionate about and be the example everyone is looking up to.



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    What got you interested in pageants?

    I started pageants when I was three years old. I won my first competition, and I loved being on stage, so my mom entered me in more. I competed until I was eight years old, and then I decided I wanted to play basketball. I am extremely competitive, so I excelled in both pageantry and basketball. When I was seventeen, I decided I wanted to get back into pageantry to help pay my way through college. I fell in love with it all over again, and I decided to not stop until I made it onto the Miss USA stage!

    Some people perceive Mississippi as a backward state full of ignorant inhabitants blinded by racism and controlled by poverty. How do you change their negative perception?

    I think it would be safe to assume that most of those people have never visited Mississippi because if they had, this question would not have any relevance. I have traveled all over the world and have interacted with numerous types of people, and I can honestly say that I have met some of my favorite people in Mississippi. These people show true southern hospitality at all times. The state is rich with history, good food and beautiful weather.  Every state, region and country has issues and negative reputations, but Mississippi is taking strides to rid itself of these negative views. I am more than proud to say that I am a Mississippian.

    How would a good friend describe you?

    The first word my best friend would use to describe me would be loyal. I am passionately loyal, almost to a fault. I will stand by the people I love and care about no matter what. She would also say I am funny, sensitive and that I can whip out some pretty impressive dance moves when asked! 

    What do you stand for?

    I stand for people who have a hard time standing for themselves. I am an advocate by trade, and I was recently chosen to be a celebrity spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Assault and the No More campaign, which helps people who have been victims of sexual or physical assault. I have been very involved with this cause for years, and I love being a light in the darkness for young women to look up to who have been victims.

    Name one cause that you strongly support.

    As previously stated, I strongly support causes that help young women who have been victims of sexual or physical assault. This issue is almost taboo to mention in our society, which is quite unfortunate. 1 in 4 college aged women are sexually assaulted each year, but only 60% of those assaults are reported to police. Out of the attacks that are reported to police, 97% of those attackers will not spend a day in jail. These statistics startle me, and they should make everyone feel uneasy. I helped plan a “Take Back the Night” event at my college, and I have worked with victims of these assaults through different shelters. I believe that our society has such a warped view on what assault truly is, and my main mission in my fight for this cause is to change the minds of people to help them see what assault truly is, how frequently it happens and how to protect yourself.

    How do you react when people mess with you?

    As easy and popular as it would be to say that others words do not hurt me, I would be lying to say that was true. It is never an enjoyable experience to have people mess with you, but your true character shows in how you handle it. I let the person know that I have no room for negative people in my life, and I move on. I firmly believe that the people you surround yourself with determine who you are.

    What do you absolutely hate?

    I hate when people make grammar mistakes. I hate chipped toe nail polish, chronic laziness, and when Sonic puts whipped cream on my Oreo Blast after I politely ask five times for it to be left off! 

    What is your greatest fear?

    My greatest fear at this point in my life is not living a fulfilling life. I believe God has a purpose for each of us, and my goal is to strive toward fulfilling that every single day. Some days I will take large leaps toward my ultimate goal and some days I will only take baby steps, but as long as I am continually progressing, I will get there.

    What are the things in life that you think are worth living for?

    I feel so blessed to be 22 years old and know exactly what I want out of life. In my life, I want to honor God and my family, have a successful career that betters life for others and making a difference in the fight to end violence against women. My solitary prayer is that I strive towards this goal everyday.

    What is the one thing you simply will not tolerate?

    I will absolutely not tolerate someone not showing another human being simple respect and kindness. There is no excuse for that.

    Describe your idea of bliss.

    Ahhhhhh…bliss! Well, I have two ideas of bliss: a more realistic idea of bliss and a far-fetched one as well. I will share both! First, my realistic idea of bliss would be hitting snooze as many times as I would like on my alarm, having alone time to drink my coffee and read the newspaper, and then spending the day talking with my closest friends and family. My far-fetched idea of bliss would be traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures and ways of life without having a worry in the world. (No bills, no e-mails, and no appointments!)


    What is your opinion on same-sex marriage?

    At the end of the day, I believe in love. I do not think a human being should be told that the love they feel for another person is not real.

    So many titleholders today are professional women with advanced degrees. How do you feel about being a more traditional woman/wife/homemaker?

    I would like to turn the tables and ask a male CEO at a large company the same question. I don’t like the word traditional because we are all evolving every day. What is traditional anymore, anyway? I think women and men who have professional careers and a family are heroes. I believe being able to balance both successfully is an amazing feat.

    If you were to run for public office, what issues would be the focus of your campaign?

    I would focus on getting back to the basics. What made this country so great for so many years? I think the people of our country these days want to take, take, take from the government instead of holding themselves accountable and working hard. Personally, I am constantly trying to achieve the American Dream, and I would want to encourage others to chase after that as well. Having a heart of service, I would want to do a better job of taking care of the elderly, protect military benefits and create jobs for the middle class. I think if we get back to our founding values, we can reclaim our position of power.

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I think the individual qualities that each Miss USA possesses and the tools they bring to the table each year is what makes this program what it is in the eyes of many men and women. My skills and qualities that I could bring to the table are independence, genuineness, creativity, business mindedness, and respect to name a few. I want to be a glimmer of hope to young women who have been sexually or physically assaulted. I want to show young women paying for their own college education that hard work and independence will pay off. This will, in turn, show the world that there is a new type of businesswoman in the workforce, which is a savvy, personable, professional and determined woman who can be a beauty queen and a powerful business woman all in one.



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  • 02/22/14--13:55: Miss Indonesia 2014

  • Maria Rahajeng, representing Sulawesi Barat (West Sulawesi), was crowned Miss Indonesia 2014 at the conclusion of the pageant held on 17th February, 2014 at the Hall D2 in the Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia. She will represent Indonesia in the Miss World 2014 pageant to be held in London in November. The first runner-up was Ellen Rachel Aragay of West Papua and the second runner-up was Hanna Sugialam of East Java. Miss World 2013 Megan Young (left) assisted in the coronation of the new queen.

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    How did you get involved in pageants? 

    Since a very young age, I’ve  always dreamed of  competing at the Miss USA pageant. Growing up, I  imagined one day that would be me in that sequined evening gown walking on stage. I have learned and improved from each pageant experience  I've had and was fortunate to capture the Miss South Dakota USA crown this year.

    Name three adjectives that you don't want your friends to describe you. 

    Three adjectives that I wouldn't want my friends to describe me are: messy, unorganized, and greedy. 

    How would you promote South Dakota to a visitor?

    I would tell them that South Dakota is a beautiful grassland state with four distinct seasons. Visitors can enjoy the majestic view of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Wind Cave National Park and Deadwood. It is also the home of the Sioux Native American tribes.

    What makes you happy? What makes you sad?

    What truly makes me happy is being outdoors, horseback riding and tending my barn.
    What makes me sad is people that discriminate against others based on race, sex,  gender or sexual orientation.

    What do you think about Donald Trump possibly running for President in 2016?

    I think its a great idea. He is a phenomenal businessman and with his innovative ideas can lead the country in a positive direction.

    In what way could you be a role model for the youth of today? 

    I’ve overcome many hardships and negative situations  in my life, but I’ve never let them become a hindrance to accomplishing my goals. I would like to inspire youth to aim high, fight hard, and reach for their dreams. Most importantly, never give up!

    Do you think today’s women are more aggressive than they used to be?

    I believe today’s women are leaders in many different specialties. I do not believe that they are aggressive, but more focused and determined to succeed.

    What would you respond to critics who claim that pageants exploit women? 

    I would tell critics that say that pageants exploit women that they are absolutely wrong. Pageants are a great forum for women to gain self-confidence, self-assuredness, and make inter-personal connections with individuals  from many different professional arenas.

    How would you balance our country's freedom of the press versus the need to stop security leaks that threaten the country?

    I think our government has every  right to protect its citizens. We live in a volatile world, and our safety is of utmost importance, so measures should be in place for our overall well-being and security.

    How do we encourage people and get them excited about volunteerism? 

    I like to make volunteerism fun. When I have volunteers come and help out with my charity-“Horses for the Handicapped”,  I always like to make it enjoyable, challenging, and exciting for them. I believe if  individuals that volunteer would see the significant impact they have in the lives of others, and how rewarding it feels to give back to their communities, they would be more inclined to volunteer.

    In what way do you see yourself as being difficult to live with? 

    I’m the pickiest eater. I’m quite particular and selective about the foods I  eat. After all, you are what you eat!


    What is your opinion on cosmetic surgery? Would you consider submitting to it some day?

    I believe if having plastic surgery to enhance your physical attributes and  will help you feel more confident as a person, I have no objections to it.  I'm not opposed to having plastic surgery in the near future.

    If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it? 

    If the person I was engaged to had an accident and became paraplegic, I would definitely go through with the marriage.  If you truly love someone for who they spiritually and emotionally, then their physical state would not be of any consequence. Yes, it might be difficult at first, but true love can overcome any obstacles. 

    If you were judging a pageant, what would be the most important quality that you would look for in the winner? 

    If I were judging a pageant, I  would make sure that the winner was genuine, relatable, and had personal integrity. 

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA? 

    I want to be the next Miss USA to be an advocate for children with disabilities, be it autism, or other social, mental, or physical handicaps. I also want to continue to promote and bring awareness to breast and ovarian cancer. Finally, I want to inspire, motivate, and encourage other young women to pursue their educational objectives and aspire to be successful. Lastly, I want to proudly represent the USA at the Miss Universe Pageant.



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    You won Miss Maine USA on your first try. How did that happen?

    Yes, this was my first pageant ever and I believe that because I had no prior experience, I wasn't stressed about what was to come. I was full of excitement and was purely myself all weekend. 

    Name three pet peeves.

    -When people don't use their manners
    -Animal cruelty
    -When people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom! 

    What makes Maine stand out from the other states?

    Maine is a state to stand out for many reasons:
    -It is the only state with one syllable
    -Maine gets all four seasons
    -Maine has mountains, beaches, fields and woodlands
    -Maine only borders one other state (New Hampshire)
    -Joshua L. Chamberlain born in Brewer, Maine received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in the War.
    -Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country making it the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
    -Maine lobsters have won international fame for their flavor and contribution to the culinary world.
    -Many celebrities are from or reside in Maine such as Anna Kendrick, John Travolta, Liv Tyler, Martha Stewart Tom Cruise and Patrick Dempsey!

    What do you think is your strength, and your weakness?

    My greatest strength is knowing who I am as an individual. For years I wanted to fit in and be that cookie-cutter girl that everyone wanted to friends with. But overcoming struggles in school/work/over the computer I was able gain self-confidence. Now, I'm not afraid to be an individual. In fact, I've created great relationships with people from simply being myself and I won my first pageant! (Which is a great feeling knowing that someone likes you for you!) Having self-confidence and remaining positive in every aspect of my life are definitely my strengths! 

    Being organized wasn't my strongest point, but I implemented a time management system that really helped my organization skills. I recently bought a planner and now I'm obsessed with making lists and being on time for things. (And it's a lot less stressful!) 

    If you had $1 million dollars, what one singular thing would you do with it?

    If I could do ONE thing with $1 million dollars, I would donate it to an organization that is close to my heart, The Dream Factory Organization, allowing the Dream Factory to make a number of dreams come true for children with terminal illnesses.

    Do you think women are depicted in movies and TV in a positive way?

    I believe that women are depicted in multiple ways in movies and on television. Women play "characters" in movies and on TV which teach lessons and cue society to think differently about social behavior and gender roles. Both men and women have the ability to be depicted in different ways (both positive and negative) but it's what society does about it that makes the difference. 

    If you could make a difference in the life of one person, who would it be and why?

    I'm not sure who the "one" person would be, but I've seen the quote, "I want to inspire people. I want to be the person someone looks at and says, 'Because of you, I didn't give up.'" and that's the difference I want to make. I want to inspire people to follow their dreams and encourage people to be themselves and love themselves. 

    What one thing in the world would you get rid of or eliminate?

    I've thought about this question for awhile and my immediate reaction is, "negativity." But then I think about how there is no good without the bad. It would be very difficult to appreciate positivity without knowing what negativity is. 

    What is your definition of traditional family values?

    Well being from a super loving and supportive family, traditional values consist of but are not limited to: respect, honesty, compassion and trust.

    Would you consider yourself to be a optimist, pessimist, or realist?

    I'm a mixture of optimistic and realistic! I love to dream. I'm always imagining myself doing things I've dreamed about, but then the realistic side of me kicks in and reminds me that I'm not going to get where I want to go by wishing for it, I must work for it. I think it's great to have a little mixture of both and to make sure that there is no sign of pessimism in sight! 

    For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?

    Yes. Love is powerful. My family and friends should know that I love them all and should trust me and support my decisions as I would if they were in the same situation. 

    What is the one thing you simply will not tolerate?

    Bullying. All kinds. 

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I want to be the next Miss USA because I want society to have someone to look up to who is 100% real. Real - meaning I am relatable, I'm not perfect, I will make mistakes (we all do, because we are human) but the way I handle them and present myself should be what society looks up to. I want to be that older sister or best friend for those who need. As Miss USA I can be taken seriously about my close relationship with bullying and share my story with the country. I want to be able to communicate the dangers of low self esteem to a larger audience as well as empowering young people to follow their dreams and live their lives with confidence, love and positivity. Our country needs more confident and positive people and I believe with the title of Miss USA, I can help inspire people of all ages to live their lives in a more positive manner. 



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  • 02/24/14--19:37: Miss Rwanda 2014

  • Miss Rwanda 2014 Colombe Akiwacu (C) poses with second runner-up
    Marlene Umutoniwase (L) and first runner-up 
    Carmen Akineza 

    Colombe Akiwacu was crowned Miss Rwanda 2014 in a glamorous ceremony held on Saturday night at Petit Stade in Remera, Kigali.  The teary 19-year old could not believe it as the crowd chanted her name amid ululations.  Akiwacu beat 14 others to the crown and walked away with a grand prize that included a brand new car, a return air ticket to France or Spain and a cash prize of Rwf2 million. It is not known if Akiwacu will compete internationally, but rumor has it that she might be qualified to compete in Miss World 2014 in London in November. If would be the first time that Rwanda will be competing in the world's biggest pageant.

    Akiwacu in Umushanana traditional wear

    Source:, 2/24/2014

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  • 03/01/14--12:31: Miss Russia 2014

  • Yulia Alipovarepresenting the city of Balakovo, was crowned the new Miss Russia 2014 on March 2nd. She will compete both in Miss World 2014 and Miss Universe 2014 pageants. The first runner-up is Anastasia Reshetova of Moscow and the second runner-up is Anastasia Kostenko of the Rostov region. The reigning Miss World Megan Young and Miss Universe Gabriela Isler were part of the judging panel and assisted in the crowning of the new Miss Russia.

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    How did you get involved in pageants? 

    I used to watch Miss USA and Miss Universe on television with my mother as a little girl. It was my favorite thing ever to try and call out the winner each each year. (I was always either correct, or close!) I had always wanted to compete for Miss Florida USA but unforeseen circumstances prevented me from doing so. Last year I said, "This is it, I am signing up," and I am so glad that I did! 

    Take the first four letters of your first name (B, R, I, T) and the first four letters of your last name (O, L, D, E). Choose adjectives that start with these letters, and these adjectives must describe who you are or your personality.

    B= Bubbly
    R= Relatable
    I= Imaginative 
    T= Talented
    O= Organized
    L= Loyal
    D= Determined 
    E= Enthusiastic 

    What do you value most in a relationship with a friend? 

    I value support and loyalty the most in a friendship. I am always there to support my friends and at the same time, would never turn my back on them. I would hope to expect the same in return.

    If you were to take a self-improvement course, what about yourself would you want to improve? 

    There is always room for improvement in any aspect of yourself. We are all constantly changing. But on a less serious note, I would love to be able to improve and begin to remember the names of everyone I meet.


    Who is the woman you admire most and why? 

    I admire Oprah Winfrey and her amazing story. There are not many people who know how she really got started, so here is your chance to look it up! *wink*

    Do you believe in destiny? Why or why not? 

    I believe that everything happens for a reason. Life has a beautiful way of working itself out.

    How can we encourage the news media to report more stories about the good things that young people are doing? 

    I believe this has actually already begun with the help of YouTube. I recently just saw a YouTube video about a little boy who was freezing in the snow with no jacket at the bus-stop. The goal was to see what strangers would do. All of the strangers gave their jackets, gloves, coats, hats, and anything else they could find, to help the young boy. 

    These YouTube videos become so popular the news media stations must pick them. I have seen several other videos that were positive as well, including a police officer who bought a homeless man a pair of shoes. I think YouTube has been a great start to this and could really make waves for more positive media in the future.


    Are you concerned about the growing influx of illegal immigrants over American borders? What policies would you like to see implemented to deal with the problem? 

    Really, we have only two choices. We can either tighten up the borders, or loosen illegal immigration. In my honest opinion, I believe we should find a medium between the two. We need to be more selective with whom we allow in our country, as well as finding a way to remove those who are here that aren't working or going to school. Those who are found in schools or working, should be pardoned. 

    If you could trade places with a character on TV, who would it be and why? 

    I would love to trade places with Charlie from "Revolution." Aside from "Revolution" being my guilty pleasure, I find her character to be dynamic and hard-working. Plus, I would love to work with the rest of the cast.

    How do you feel about euthanasia? 

    While I understand how some may find it unjust, I do believe in the right to a living-will. If a person has listed that this is what they would want in the event something unforeseen may happen, they should be granted their request. Even if there is no living-will involved; if a person is in so much pain with absolutely no chance of healing, it isn't fair to let them continue suffering every day. It is a painful solution, but you need to think about what is right.

    How do you feel about medical experimentation on animals? 

    As an animal lover, I am highly against it. I understand that certain labs are looking out for the safety of human beings; however, there must be another way to perform these experiments without the expense of harmless animals.

    Do you feel that setting hiring quotas for minorities, women, and handicapped is a valid concept, and why? 

    I believe it is important to be able to provide minorities, women, and handicapped persons with equal opportunities. It wasn't until recently that women were even allowed to apply for a position in the Navy. 

    If you were a car, what would you be and why? 

    I would be a Limited Subaru BRZ because it reminds me a lot of myself right now. It is fast-paced, has a great amount of drive (good mileage), and can handle the bumps in the road without getting shaken up.

    What do you see yourself doing in two or three years? 

    I would love to have completed my Master's degree in Criminology, and hopefully be in the process of applying to several different agencies, including but not limited to the Secret Service.

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA? 

    Being Miss USA means having the power to make a difference. I have enjoyed the opportunities I have been given, and the charities I have been fortunate enough to work with as Miss Florida USA. However, I am ready and willing to expand on them. Winning Miss USA means having an even stronger voice throughout the entire country, and this could help immensely with my plans to raise money and awareness for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Also, as one of the biggest role models to women in society, this opportunity would give me the chance to encourage young girls and women around the country to want to make a difference in their own communities.



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    How did you get involved in pageants?

    I entered my first pageant on a whim. I heard an ad on the radio and begged my grandmother to call the number to sign up! I borrowed my entire wardrobe from family friends, only wore blush, mascara, and my hair in an up-do. I walked away with a tiara for "most beautiful smile" and was officially hooked. I entered some little festival pageants and our local 4-H Fair Queen Contest and realized how community oriented each organization was. Someone introduced me to the Miss America Organization because of my dance experience and eventually earned enough to graduate debt-free from a small private school in Michigan. After all of that, I still felt like I hadn't found my 'place' in the pageant world and a fellow competitor encouraged me to try out the Miss Universe Organization. Well, she was right and I finally found my place! MUO is home.

    Name three adjectives that your friends would describe you.

    Loving. Adventurous. Busy.

    What makes Indiana unique from the other states?

    Hoosiers from all over the state have different accents. In the north, or "Michiana," some Hoosiers have accents from Michigan. On the "Illiana" side, people claim to be from Chicago because they sound like it. And of course, the further south you go, there are hints of the south in each voice.

    If you could go back and relive part of your life, what part would that be and why?

    I am a strong believer of learning from your past and looking forward to your future. Although my childhood was very unusual, I can't think of a moment I would go back to relive or would do anything different. I try to live with no regrets and work hard for a better future!

    As times change, what contemporary woman do you think is the best role model for your generation and why?

    Right now, I would say Jennifer Lawrence. She inspires real beauty from the inside out and always manages to take any situation with a smile on her face. She stays true to herself and doesn't let the spotlight go to her head!

    What’s more important: life experience or education?

    100% life experience. I'm someone who really had to try in school. I have terrible test anxiety and have to write everything down in order to remember it. I cannot tell you 90% of what I learned in the classroom, but I can tell you every lesson I learned throughout my 25 years of life. I love adventure and trying new things; pushing my comfort-zone is when I found my true self.

    If you could be featured on the cover of any magazine, what would it be and why?

    Women's Health. I read my monthly subscription and I get motivated to move every time. It's comforting to me that they praise a healthy lifestyle and fit physiques. I am a woman with an athletic build and know that I will never be 6 foot tall and a size 2. But I love my 5'8" size 4 body and want to make it as healthy as possible! I would hope to be on the cover of Women's Health to inspire others to do the same. 

    Do you think employers should have access to or review a potential employee's social media, such as Facebook, and base the decision of hiring upon such?

    Absolutely. Social Media is an inside look at each person's lifestyle. When an employer is hiring a new team member, it is vital to the work environment that everyone is compatible and can work well together. That's why it is important what you put out for the world to see, even the occasional rant.

    If you could give advice to a powerful and influential person, who would that person be and what advice would you give them?

    Our nation's leaders. Don't forget what values and work ethic this country was built upon. Be open to change yet remember our constitutional rights our founding fathers fought for.

    When you vote, what considerations do you take into account in respect to the candidates, and do you think they should be held accountable for their personal actions outside the realm of their responsibility to voters? 

    I look at an election much like a pageant. I look for a 'titleholder' who is well rounded. Someone who can relate with their people and fight for their rights. I also appreciate a hard work ethic and respects the values of our founding fathers. 

    I do think candidates should be held accountable for their personal actions because in today's world, there is no such thing as a "work life" and "home life." We all take our work home with us and home often comes to work. To think one wouldn't effect the other is just ignorant.

    Do you think it is appropriate for the First Lady to participate in her husband’s decision making process as President? Why or why not?

    Yes. In any healthy relationship, communication is a strength. If a spouse thought the other was making a poor decision at work, I would hope they would speak up! The First Lady is the one person who knows the President on an intimate personal basis. I would hope her opinion would be the one he could trust most.

    If you were a victim of sexual harassment on the job, would you quit, keep quiet, or forget it?

    None of the above. I would speak up to a higher authority to resolve the issue and move on. If the authority was the harasser, I would approach that person with an ultimatum to find a resolution.

    Should gay and lesbian couples or individuals be able to adopt children?

    As someone who has lived the foster care system, I strongly believe that any stable/healthy/loving family and home-life is better than no home life. Who is to say that having two moms or two dads is better or worse than one mom and one dad. If a couple is suitable for raising a child in a loving environment, it shouldn't matter what the family is made up of.

    What one question would you like to be asked and what would your answer be?

    How do you hope to make History? I hope to be the first Native American Miss USA. America is the true melting pot of the world, but we often forget our roots. I am a registered Anishinaabe (or First People) and am proud to represent the indigenous people of North America!

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

    I want to be the people's Miss USA. As Miss USA, I hope to connect with everyone I meet so I can share my story of overcoming sexual abuse and making my dreams become a reality. Our generation lacks a true role model and I want to fill that void. Inspiring everyone I meet to reach for the stars as I continue to reach for mine will be my mission.



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  • 03/04/14--19:39: Miss Israel 2014

  • Mor Maman, an 18-year-old beauty from  Beersheba, was crowned Miss Israel 2014 (Malkat HaYofi 2014) during the televised pageant held at the Congress Centre in Haifa. Mor will represent Israel in Miss World 2014 expected to be held this November in London.

    The runner-up Doron Matalon (above) will represent Israel in Miss Universe 2014 pageant whose date and venue are still to be announced.

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    How does it feel being Miss Hawaii USA 2014? 

    I still can't believe it. Your life changes in a heartbeat! I'm so grateful and happy. The experiences that you get to take part in along with traveling is an eye opener. You learn new things and are constantly growing. 

    If your friends were to describe you, what would they say? 

    My friends would describe me as funny, caring, understanding, driven, humble, and chill.

    Define self-confidence. 

    Self-confidence is sticking to your purpose that you have set for yourself, knowing that you may fall along the way. But having that belief in yourself that nothing will shake you or discourage you. 

    What pushes your hot button? 

    I would have to say when there is a problem, and instead of  someone coming and expressing the problem, they go and discuss it with others. Like I always say, "Go to the source!" 

    Does society define "success" for women the same way we do for men? 

    Absolutely not. Whether it's women or men, we are individuals on our own with different goals and with our own personal definition of success. 

    If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change and why?

    Opening people's eyes up to acceptance. Accepting people for who they are, where they are from, their religious backgrounds, ethnicities and social upbringings. Being from Hawaii, I've grown up in a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds which has allowed me to be exposed to many different types of people and thus allowing me to be accepting and non-judgmental towards any individuals.

    How do you handle peer pressure when it goes against your values? 

    I'm not going to lie. I definitely feel stressed but I quickly remember who I am and what morals I have withheld for myself. 

    Do you think female soldiers should be allowed to fight in combat? 

    Absolutely! Girl power all the way!

    What has not happened in your life that you wish could happen (besides winning Miss USA)? 

    I would love to travel all over the world and experience the different lifestyles and cultures. There's so much I want to learn and discover from each place. 

    Would you feel that it would be fair if a transgender contestant won Miss USA over a natural-born female/woman? 

    I personally don’t have a problem with it. It’s not about the label of transgender or natural born woman. But it’s how you carry yourself as a pageant woman and upholding the positive image that the Miss Universe Organization promotes.

    If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why? 

    An elephant. I don't know what it is, but since I was little I have always been in awe of them. 

    What is more important: beauty or intelligence? 

    Intelligence. Anyone can be beautiful. But to be able to hold your ground and speak with integrity and substance is more important. 

    If you had a daughter, would you recommend that she enter a pageant? Why or why not? 

    Yes, if my daughter wants to, I will support her 110%. You learn so much about yourself. 

    What is the one thing you simply will not tolerate? 

    Fakeness. I can't stand it. 

    Why do you want to be the next Miss USA? 

    Since I was a little girl it's always been something that I have wanted to experience. And now even more, with going out in your community, being able to travel, experience new things, and truly grow into your future self. When I decided to run for Miss Hawaii USA I had to dig deep and figure out what my own personal purpose was. I stuck to it regardless of what the challenges were. To this day, I am applying that and using that as my mantra for my preparations for Miss USA. 




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