Over the last few weeks, Rachel Barcellona has been featured on CNN, NewsWeek, and several other new media outlets as the first woman with autism to compete at Miss Florida. But I felt compelled to write this post to make sure everyone knows that she is so much more. I initially met her as a tween [...]
Inclusivity in Pageants
Written by Elizabeth Tran and Andromeda Peters Pageant History was made with Black Girl Magic When Chesli Kryst was crowned Miss USA 2019, it was not only a celebration for her, but a celebration of diversity, especially for black girls across the USA. For the first time in history, the four reigning national titleholders for [...]
Camilla Fogestedt | From Miss Sweden Earth 2017 to The Bachelor Sweden!
Camilla Fogestedt is no typical model. She is most notable for being Miss Earth Sweden 2017 and was a candidate in The Bachelor Sweden 2018! Miss Earth is one of the "Big 4" Pageants, and an honor to be on that international stage. Many of our U.S. readers are familiar with The Bachelor, as it [...]
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit on Location Recap
Once again, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has blown me away with an incredible, empowering event in Miami. I had the opportunity to meet and hear some of the most influential women in the modeling industry. Furthermore, Sports Illustrated hosted their model casting for the SI Swim Search. They have an annual open call in July, where [...]
Carly Meek | Attorney, Model, Philanthropist, and Mrs. Florida United States!
I had the pleasure of meeting Carly three years ago at my Model4Miracles Fashion Show. She was supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and modeling one of our designers C&D Pageantry's lovely gowns. The following year, she wanted to actually sponsor one of the kids from the hospital. She was not able to attend, but she [...]
Tia Kurek |The International Model, Role Model, and Mom-To-Be!
Tia Kurek (formerly Tia McDonald) and I have competed in pageants together since we were pre-teens. I remembered as a child she was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen. Her face could have been blown up in a movie poster. But beyond her physical beauty was everything she did to make a [...]
Meet Miss Universe Sweden 2017 – Frida Fornander
Frida Fornander is more than an international beauty queen and model. She is a goal-setter, dream maker, and one of my closest friends in the pageant world. Frida has represented Sweden in two of the Big 4 International Pageants, as Miss Earth Sweden 2014 and Miss Universe Sweden 2017. She has competed in more international [...]
Interview with Top Entertainment Journalist and Influencer: Vivaciously Vivian
Vivian is the go-getter I aspire to be. She is the youngest on BuzzFeed's "Top 5 Black Female Entertainment Journalists Under 30 in Hollywood" and was previously a correspondent with Access Hollywood. Her vivacious personality is magnetic. Anybody who is lucky enough to meet or know her will instantly feel better because of her presence. [...]
Get to Know: Miss USA International Stephanie Almeida
Stephanie Ellen Almeida has been the USA representative for numerous international pageants and has been a spokesperson for charitable organizations around the world. I met Stephanie two summers ago in Greece as we competed together at an international beauty pageant, where I represented Macao and she represented the USA. I instantly adored her with her [...]
Meet Damaris Aguiar | DAMA School CEO and International Model
Last September, I took part in NYFW 2.0 by Art & Beauty Magazine. During a casting, I met several models and all of them were from Miami. What were the odds that I would meet fellow Miami models in New York? I thought they were part of one of the agencies down here, and it [...]