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Cr ow ns Magazine November 20 18 Inside In The Spotlight Makeva Armant Miss Black Louisiana USA pg.4 Miss November Peyton Money pg 10 On The Cover Audrey Burri pg 12 Beyond The Beauty Lisa Brake Pg 16 Agency Spotlight 800 Casting pg 19 Fashion / Style 101 Crowns Magazine Models pg 20

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Makeva Ar mant Miss Black Louisiana USA

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M akeva Ar m an t , a 26-year -old Af r ican Am er ican w om an f r om New Or lean s, La. is t h e epit om e of beau t y, elegan ce, gr ace, an d cu lt u r al aw ar en ess. Sh e becam e on e of Lou isian a's m ost pr est igiou s Qu een s, w in n in g t h e t it le of M iss Black Lou isian a USA 2018 in t h e Decem ber 2017 pagean t . Cu r r en t ly, M akeva is a f u ll-t im e gr adu at e st u den t at Th e Un iver sit y of M ar ylan d, Balt im or e Cou n t y pu r su in g a m ast er 's degr ee in In t er cu lt u r al Com m u n icat ion . Sh e also h olds a posit ion as a Gr adu at e Teach in g Assist an t of Fr en ch 1001-1002 at UM BC.

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M ak eva began h er st u dy of lan gu ages at t h e age of 14 w h ich also spar k ed t h e st ar t of h er passion f or cu lt u r al lin gu ist ic diver sit y an d w or ld t r avel. Th e Fr en ch lan gu age an d cu lt u r e qu ick ly becam e h er f ascin at ion , an d t h u s, sh e con t in u ed h er explor at ion , r eceivin g a bach elor 's degr ee in M oder n Lan gu ages: Fr en ch Con cen t r at ion / Span ish M in or f r om t h e Un iver sit y of Lou isian a M on r oe. Th e f ascin at ion did n ot st op t h er e. M ak eva w en t on t o r eceive t w o separ at e sch olar sh ips t o st u dy abr oad f r om Th e Cou n cil on t h e Developm en t of Fr en ch in Lou isian a (CODOFIL). Du r in g h er t im e abr oad, sh e st u died in M on s, Belgiu m at l'Un iver sit ĂŠ de M on s in 2013 an d again in 2017. Th is bilin gu al beau t y m ade h igh -r an k in g scor es on t h e in t er n at ion ally-r ecogn ized lan gu age exam adm in ist er ed by t h e In st it u t e f or Resear ch in Lan gu age Scien ce an d Tech n ology. As an edu cat or , sh e h as t ak en a gr ou p of st u den t s on a st u dy abr oad t r ip t o Par is, Fr an ce, an d t h ey par t icipat e an n u ally in t h e Fest ival of Wor ld Lan gu ages t h at is h eld at ULM ever y spr in g.

Makeva Ar mant 6

Miss Black Louisiana USA


M akeva h as been t o sever al ot h er cou n t r ies in clu din g Lu xem bou r g, Net h er lan ds, an d Icelan d. Her love f or lan gu ages an d cu lt u r es doesn't st op w it h Fr en ch . Sh e h as t aken t h e oppor t u n it y t o h igh ligh t h er appr eciat ion t h r ou gh h er plat f or m -- 'Pr om ot in g Diver sit y Th r ou gh t h e St u dy of Wor ld Lan gu ages & Cu lt u r es'. M akeva h as h ost ed even t s su ch as an In t er n at ion al Aw ar en ess Day, an In t er n at ion al M u sic Fest ival, an d an In t er n at ion al Healt h Expo, an d sh e plan s t o con t in u e h er r ole as a posit ive pu blic f igu r e t h r ou gh t h e f ou n din g of t h e n on pr of it or gan izat ion , Im m er sed, In c. Im m er sed is an or gan izat ion dedicat ed t o pr ovidin g edu cat ion al ser vices t o com m u n it ies of diver se back gr ou n ds. Ser vices w ill in clu de, bu t ar e n ot lim it ed t o, lan gu age classes an d t u t or in g, developm en t of st u dy abr oad pr ogr am s, an d even sch olar sh ip oppor t u n it ies f or low -in com e st u den t s. M akeva k n ow s t h at t r u e beau t y is exh ibit ed in ou r act ion s an d ou r st r en gt h . Th u s, in addit ion t o bein g a f u ll-t im e gr adu at e st u den t , Teach in g Assist an t , f ou n der of a n on pr of it , an d n ew lyw ed, M akeva is f ocu sin g on h er ow n per son al an d pr of ession al developm en t as a spokesper son , br an d am bassador , sin ger , m odel, an d pagean t coach as sh e con t in u es t o set t h e n ew st an dar d of Black Excellen ce f or w om en an d gir ls in h er com m u n it y.

Photos by Indy Photography LLC and Bobby Mayo Photography.

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Finding a Pageant Phot ogr apher Coach Br ittany DiCello The Finishing Touch Consulting

Which style of photo tends to perform well at the specific pageant in which I am competing? Getting the right "head shot" for your pageant can sometimes be tricky. So many things go into the creation of this photo! What should you wear? What do you want to portray? Did you choose the right photographer for your "look? "The list can go on and on. Here are the top questions I get asked about pageant head shots: How do I choose the right photographer? Research is key. Each photographer has their very own look and feels to their work. It's important that you understand how you want to be portrayed to the judges at your pageant. Next, you?ll want to find out about what it is that your specific pageant system is looking for in a photo so that you can choose your photographer accordingly. Some questions to ask yourself: Do you want a glamorous photo or something more natural? Do you want studio light or natural light? What is trendy right now?

What should you wear? I suggest wearing a top with a unique neckline. Tops that are off-the-shoulder, have a ruffle, collar or even some type of cut-outs tend to photograph well. You also want to be sure that you choose the right colors for you. Decide which type of skin tone you have, cool or warm, and choose your wardrobe colors accordingly. Accessories are a must. You should take a variety of options with you to your shoot for wardrobe and jewelry. Most photographers like to choose what you will wear based on your options. A great tool to use for wardrobe inspiration for photos is Pinterest. Which picture should I choose? The first thing I look for in a good photo is face shape. You want your photo to show the best angles of your face.The second thing I look for is the eyes. You will want to check to be sure the eyes look symmetrical and they are not squinted. An old

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trick I?ve learned is to turn the photo upside down.This makes it much easier to just focus on the eyes. Lighting is another element of a great photo. Be sure there are no shadows on your face that could distort the way you look in the image. Finally, look for any stray hairs (which sometimes can be fixed with a little re-touch), and any other awkward things like crooked earrings or looking uncomfortable in a pose. This typically shows the most in the neck area. Most importantly, the image should look like you! Overly retouched photos can cause confusion for a judge. When you walk into your interview or onto the stage the judge should be able to match your pageant head to you Will your pageant head shot win the pageant for you? Probably not. But it can serve as a tool to help the judges remember you. Find a photographer that connects with you. Be clear on the look you?d like to achieve in your photo. Keep in mind that, over anything else, the photo should look like you. Having a great photo will help you .


Miss November Peyton Money M y n am e is Peyt on Jade M on ey an d I am blessed t o be r epr esen t in g Sou t h Car olin a as M iss Sou t h Car olin a Jr Pr et een USA Am bassador 2019. I am cu r r en t ly in secon d gr ade at Spear m an Elem en t ar y Sch ool, an d m y f avor it e su bject in sch ool is Readin g. . In m y spar e t im e, I love dan cin g, acr obat ics or t u m blin g, spen din g t im e h elpin g ot h er s t h r ou gh m y com m u n it y ser vice pr oject s an d h an gin g ou t w it h m y f am ily. 10


Peyton Money On e of t h e m ain r eason s I st ar t ed doin g pagean t s is t h at I love h elpin g ot h er s. M y f ir st year doin g pagean t s I w as in volved in a gr ou p of lik e-m in ded ch ildr en w h o w er e dedicat ed t o h elpin g ot h er ch ildr en . All of ou r pr oject s f illed m e w it h joy. I h ave expan ded m y com m u n it y ser vice pr oject s t o in clu de m y ow n plat f or m ! I love bein g able t o pr om ot e m y plat f or m as m u ch as possible. We call it Oct os For Pr eem ies. Ou r m ission is t o br in g h appin ess t o pr eem ies on e oct opu s at a t im e. M y m om ,Nan a an d m yself began m ak in g cr och et oct opu s f or pr em at u r e babies last year af t er m y m om saw som e r esear ch on t h em . Th ey ar e cu t e lit t le cr it t er s t h at ben ef it babies in t h e NICU in a n u m ber of w ays! We h ave h opes of m ak in g over 200 t o don at e t h is year !! Th r ou gh ou t m y r eign t h is year , I w ill be in volved in so m an y am azin g pr oject s t h r ou gh ou t t h e u pst at e of Sou t h Car olin a an d beyon d. I can n ot w ait t o bu ild bear s f or t h e ch ildr en?s h ospit al or collect pajam as an d book s f or t h e Hope Cen t er f or Ch ildr en . Even at m y you n g age I k n ow h ow im por t an t it is t o h ave a ser van t 's h ear t an d sh ow ot h er s t h at k in dn ess t r u ly does cou n t . Last year I w as a par t of t h e USA Am bassador pagean t as M iss Palm et t o St at e Jr Pr et een , USA Am bassador 2018 an d it w as su ch an in cr edible jou r n ey. I loved h avin g su ch a w on der f u l exper ien ce ser vin g t h is gr eat st at e in w h ich I live t h at I ju st h ad t o com e back t h is year . I capped of f m y year last year by at t en din g t h e USA Am bassador n at ion al pagean t in Tam pa, Flor ida, w h er e I placed Top 7. Th is year I am r epr esen t in g Sou t h Car olin a as M iss Sou t h Car olin a Jr . Pr et een USA Am bassador 2019 an d I absolu t ely can n ot w ait t o m eet som e am azin g n ew f r ien ds at n at ion als.

AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

BEVERLY BROCK

Photos by Jeanna Beasley

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Au dr ey is a h igh sch ool ju n ior at Pr oviden ce Day Sch ool (PDS) in Ch ar lot t e, NC. At PDS, sh e is en r olled in t h e Global St u dies Diplom a pr ogr am , an addit ion al h igh sch ool degr ee pr ogr am f ocu sed on global cit izen sh ip, f or eign lan gu age, an d in t er n at ion al issu es. Au dr ey is an act ive com m u n it y volu n t eer an d h as ear n ed Th e Pr esiden t 's Volu n t eer Ser vice Aw ar d in 2016 & 2017 (Silver ). Sh e is a lif elon g Gir l Scou t an d h as ear n ed t h e Gir l Scou t Br on ze an d Silver Aw ar d. Sh e is cu r r en t ly com plet in g h er Gold Aw ar d an d st ar t ed Pair Necessit ies, In c., a 501(c)(3) n on pr of it t h at collect s sock s an d u n der w ear f or h om eless an d ot h er s in n eed. At sch ool, Au dr ey is in volved in : Nat ion al Hon or Societ y, Fr en ch Clu b (Vice Pr esiden t ), St u den t s of Ser vice, PDS In vest m en t Boar d, PDS In vest m en t M an agem en t Societ y, M odel Un it ed Nat ion s, St u den t s f or t h e Polit ical Advan cem en t of M an k in d (SPAM ), Kids Vot in g, Ou r Br idge (Tu t or ), t h e Fou n dat ion f or Gir ls, Win t er f ield Elem en t ar y Sch ool ? Com m u n it ies in Sch ools Volu n t eer , an d h as been on t h e h ead of t h e sch ool Hon or Roll ever y sem est er . Au dr ey is f lu en t in Fr en ch an d plan s t o st u dy Econ om ics an d Fr en ch in college. Sh e is a Var sit y r ow er (st ar t in g h er 6t h season ) an d h opes t o r ow Division 1 Cr ew in college.

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Sin ce 2016, Au dr ey h as w or ked par t t im e as a pr in t an d r u n w ay m odel. In ear ly Sept em ber of 2018, sh e w alked f or design er Cait lyn Ken t in New Yor k Fash ion Week . Lat er t h at sam e m on t h , sh e w alked in Par is Fash ion Week f or design er s Lu is M ach icao an d Cat ou . In Par is, sh e also m odeled f or An dr es Aqu in o (NYC) in a ph ot o sh oot at t h e Lou vr e. Sh e h as appear ed in m an y local an d r egion al r u n w ay sh ow s, in clu din g Ch ar lest on Fash ion Week , Ch ar lot t e Fash ion Week , an d Colu m bia Fash ion Week , an d h as w or ked w it h ph ot ogr aph er s in t h e USA an d Fr an ce.

Au dr ey 's Plat f or m

In Novem ber of 2018, Au dr ey w as cr ow n ed M iss Nor t h Car olin a Teen Am er ica 2019. Sh e w ill com pet e f or t h e t it le of M iss Teen Am er ica in Ju ly of 2019 in San An t on io, Texas. In addit ion , sh e cu r r en t ly h olds t h e t it le of M iss Nor t h Car olin a USA Am bassador Teen 2018 an d w ill cr ow n h er su ccessor in Jan u ar y of 2019. Sh e st ar t ed com pet in g in pagean t s in Jan u ar y of 2017.

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Af t er becom in g aw ar e of t h e lack of n ew sock s an d u n der w ear f or h om eless an d low -in com e f am ilies, Au dr ey cr eat ed Pair Necessit ies, In c., a n on -pr of it , 501(c)(3) or gan izat ion , t h at h elps m eet t h is lack of basic n eeds. Pair Necessit ies is dedicat ed t o w or k in g w it h com m u n it ies to obt ain an d dist r Ibu t e n ew sock s an d u n der w ear t o t h ose in n eed, in clu din g t h e h om eless, vet er an s, vict im s of cr im e, t h e w or k in g poor an d ch ildr en . Th ese it em s ar e am on g t h e m ost dem an ded at sh elt er s, bu t t h e least don at ed. Th ey ar e it em s t h at m an y people do n ot con sider don at in g, bu t som et h in g t h at ever yon e n eeds as a m at t er of h u m an dign it y. On e pair can r eally ch an ge t h e lives of m an y.


AUDREY BURRI MISS NORTH CAROLINA TEEN AMERICA

Pagean t Recor d: - M iss Nor t h Car olin a Teen Am er ica 2019 - M iss Tar Heel St at e Teen Am er ica 2018 - (Ph ot ogen ic w in n er f or NC & SC; Com m u n it y Ser vice Aw ar d f or NC & SC) - M iss Teen Am er ica 2018 (Top 15) - (M edia Cor r espon den t Aw ar d; Appear an ce Aw ar d) - M iss Nor t h Car olin a Teen USA Am bassador 2018 - (Ph ot ogen ic w in n er f or NC - all division s; NC Ru n w ay Fash ion w in n er ; an d NC Com m u n it y Ser vice Qu een ) - M iss Teen USA Am bassador 2018 (3RU) ? (Ph ot ogen ic Win n er - Nat u r al Ph ot ogr aph y, Com m u n it y Ser vice Win n er ; Ph ot ogen ic (1RU) -Glam Ph ot ogr aph y; Ru n w ay M odelin g (2RU)) - M iss Qu een Cit y Teen USA 2019; M iss NC Teen USA 2019 (Top 15) - M iss Qu een Cit y Teen USA 2018; M iss NC Teen USA 2018 (Top 10) - M iss Teen Nor t h Car olin a Th e Un it ed St at es 2018 (4RU) - M iss Teen Wor ld Am er ica 2017 (Top 10) (Social M edia Aw ar d) - East Coast Ju n ior Teen 2017, Pr in cess Am er ica - Pr in cess Am er ica Nat ion al Ju n ior Teen Pagean t 2017 (Nat ion al M ost Ph ot ogen ic Jr . Teen ; Nat ion al M ost Beau t if u l Face - all division s; M ak in g a Dif f er en ce Aw ar d (com m u n it y ser vice); Social M edia Aw ar d) - M iss Jr . Teen Nor t h Car olin a t h e Un it ed St at es 2017 (2RU) (Ph ot ogen ic Win n er f or NC ? all division s)

Photos by Kathy Whittaker

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Lisa Br ake Beyond the Beauty 16


L. Love others, despite our differences. I. Inspire others to be kind, to help those in need, to embrace their unique differences and be comfortable in their own skin. S. Stand up for yourself and others who are being bullied or made fun of. A. Anti-bullying pledge Lisa has received over 150 kids and adults who have committed against bullying.

L.I.S.A ANTI-BULLYING PROJECT

Lisa Brake is a 13- year old 7th grader from Senoia, Georgia. She is the reigning Miss USA National Southern States Jr. Miss. Lisa was bullied terribly in 4th grade, so much that her behavior and personality started to drastically change. She became depressed, withdrawn, and extremely moody. She was not able to interact with her little sisters. There were many tears and tantrums and she pulled her hair out. She didn?t eat lunch at school for many months because kids were laughing at her, making fun of her, and getting other kids to join in. She just put her head down at lunch. One girl spit in her face on several occasions. She felt alone and never told anyone what was happening. She became afraid to attend school. Lisa's mother witnessed the bullying during an unexpected visit to her school for lunch. By the end of April of her 4th grade year, she was taken out of public school and was home-schooled. A few months later, Lisa decided that she wanted to compete in a pageant. Pageants soon helped Lisa come out of her shell. The girl who was so withdrawn that she couldn?t look at people when they talked to her, was on stage in front of an audience. She was learning communication skills, poise, and gaining self confidence. She was making some amazing friends with similar values and felt a sense of belonging. She was helping others in need. She then decided that she wanted to develop a platform to help kids going through similar situations. She wanted to encourage kids to embrace their own uniqueness (whether it is their appearance or quirky personality), qualities, and talents. And for others to be accepting of each other ?s uniqueness. She developed the project L.I.S.A. in efforts to educate others about what bullying is, the effects of bullying, and how we can come together to stop it. With Project L.I.S.A. we can all come together to put a stop to bullying.

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Lily Starnes is a Crowns Magazine model and recently completed a Crowns Magazine Modeling Camp. Lily loves

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pageantry, modeling and taking care of her farm animals.

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Downtown Charlotte, NC

Photographer Eddie McNealy

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Jakobe Jackson is a Crowns Magazine model and recently completed a Crowns Magazine Modeling Camp. He loves modeling, playing basketball and spending time with family members.

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Crowns Magazine Photo Session Downtown Charlotte, NC Crowns Magazine Studio Photographer Eddie McNealy


Creekside Gahanna, Ohio Grace Brown is a Crowns Magazine model and can be regularly seen on zulily.com as a model for Spartina handbags, Boxercraft, and other brands. Grace has remained a Zulily model for a year and looks forward to continuing this cultivating relationship.

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Photographer Chris Petry Sylist Kayla Kennedy.


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Ti ck et s Avai l abl e at Car ol i n a Ti x .or g .

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