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Magazine 5 The Mission behind the Magazine Editor’s Notes Latasha Raines

6 PACIFICSpotlight 14 Domonique Price Miss Black Washington Cover Story

20 Interview 101 Jeremy Monlux

22 PACIFIC Business Spotlight 29 Winning Wardrobe 46 PACIFIC Model Spotlight 53 BUILDING your body BETTER Health & Fitness Bekah Baker

56 PACIFIC Pageants Magazine Exclusive Miss Washington 2012 Pageant

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Credits

Magazine Editor In Chief & Founder Latasha Raines www.latashamae.com

Interview 101 Editor

Jeremy Monlux www.facebook.com/jeremy.monlux

Health & Fitness Editor Bekah Baker www.bekahbaker.com

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Editor’s Notes

Latasha Raines

September/October – The “Beauty” Issue Words from the Editor

This issue is really going to impact your thinking around pageantry and the concept of what society has painted to be “beautiful.” I have always found it interesting that we judge people based on what they look like while they are living, and judge them based on who they were, their character and their deeds when they die. What would happen if we reversed that thinking? Basing a person’s value and beauty on who they are, not what they look like? In this issue we talk about external beauty, but a common theme you will notice from all of our contributors is the internal emphasis. I read a quote once that said “Only ugly people say beauty comes from within.” That is a false statement. In pageantry I have literally watched women with flawless facial beauty not win over the more “plain” woman because the beautiful personality they conveyed in interview resonated stronger with the judges. It is always important to me to use a diverse set of models in PPM because I want you to retrain your thinking about what beautiful is. You will look at the models in this magazine and be able to say, “Wow they are all beautiful!” Our fitness editor, Bekah Baker reveals how what we eat can impact our outward beauty and energy levels. Monaalisa Pro owner, Alisa Clark gives several beauty tips we all should commit to memory within this industry! I also had the privilege to do a story on the 2012 Miss Washington pageant and my experience there. Not forgetting our beautiful cover story on Miss Black Washington, Domonique Price. It’s truly an awesome issue. I feel that each publication just keeps getting better and better! Make sure you subscribe and spread the word about PPM!

The Mission Behind the Mag

The mission of PACIFICPageants is to make pageantry BIG in the northwest and to put pageantry in our region on the map. Our magazine will exclusively highlight every aspect of the pageant industry within the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We seek to create a resource for those interested and are already immersed in this industry as well as a hot spot for the latest fashion ideas, tips and news that only reflects pageant-benefitting businesses within OUR own states! Why should you have to win a national title before you are recognized or seen in a quality publication? Why should a young lady competing in Oregon have to look on the east coast for her perfect gown when we have designers and retailers right here?! Our hope is that we begin to make pageantry on the local and regional level a big deal and boost the pageant economy right at home. PACIFICPageants is YOU. PACIFICPageants is me. PACIFICPageants is US. This is not about blonde hair, blue eyes and world peace, we are about PEOPLE, who have a PASSION and live with PURPOSE! Join us in making pageantry BIG in the northwest!

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Magazine PPM: When was your first time competing in a pageant? I participated in the princess program for Miss Tri Valley for two years, but my first competition was International Junior Miss. After that I was bit by the pageant bug. I still keep in touch with the girls I met at IJM. PPM: How did you get into pageantry? My older sister has competed for a few years and I loved being a princess for Miss Tri Valley for two years for a contestant. We are still very close just like sisters. She comes to watch me at pageants and other things. PPM: What is your Platform? I have several causes that I strongly believe in. My first love is feeding the hungry, I volunteer with our church bread ministry and help hand out bread and food to families in our community that need help. I also volunteer with the Beaverton Clothes Closet. The Clothes Closet provides school clothes for students in the Beaverton School district that may need help. I also volunteer with the Oregon MS Society. My mom was diagnosed with MS seven years ago. I like to do the MS walk in Portland. I have done the walk for five years now. My family all walks together even my mom. My parents volunteer in the community and have raised me and my brothers and sister to give back in our community. My mom always says, "You should help whenever you can, because you never know when it may be you that needs help.� When my family found out my mom had MS, people in our community starting bringing dinners to our house and helping my mom get things done around the house. So now when someone is sick or is going through a difficult time, my mom, sister and I make dinner to take to them. 6 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

PACIFICSpotlight Camille Liggins

2012 Petite Miss West Portland Raindrop PPM: Tell us the most exciting part about your journey to competing in Raindrop Pageant! The most exciting part about my journey to Raindrop was it was the first time I had given a speech in competition. I didn't want to do spokes model, but my

mom suggested I try it, and to talk about something I really like. I gave a speech on girl scouts. I found out I liked giving speeches, this year in school we had to do speeches and I got the highest score in my class, but I would have never known I liked doing speeches if it weren't for Raindrop. PPM: What would you tell someone who is considering competing in Raindrop pageant? I would tell them to try it, you never know what you are good at and really like until you try new things. Don't be afraid to try, because you might find a talent you didn't know you had. Doing pageants has taught me to try new things, even if I am scared. Trying new things helps you to learn more about yourself. And if it doesn't go like you thought it would, just keep moving forward.


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Like most women who compete in pageants, I grew up dreaming of being Miss America. I finally decided to take a run at it when I was 23, much older than all of my competitors who at 18 and 19 were already pageant pros. I was unemployed, broke, and already engaged when I decided to enter a local preliminary to the Miss Washington pageant. I didn't even come close to the top ten. In truth, I was a hot mess. They don't tell you if you did in fact come in dead last, but I suspect I did. I learned a lot from the experience though, about what NOT to do in a pageant. After my first stab at pageantry, I got married and got a few years older, but I kept reflecting on the performance I had turned in and thinking I could have done better. It was too late to be Miss America, since I was no longer a “Miss,” but then I saw the Mrs. America pageant on TV and realized my pageant journey didn't have to be over, in fact it was just beginning. I first competed in this system in 2007 and I had so much fun and made friends that I can truly say will have my back for the rest of my life. I was hooked and have been at the pageant every year since as either a contestant or a spectator cheering on my pageant sisters. This year will be my third attempt at the Mrs. Washington title, and I'm proud to be competing among a field of truly amazing women. My platform is preventing chemical injury through cleaner living. A few years ago my husband was injured through exposure to industrial chemicals in his former line of work and developed a condition called MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities). Today he is a member of a community of over 4 million permanently disabled workers which includes many Gulf War veterans and 911 first responders who are unable to live normal lives because of severe intolerances to everyday products such as perfumes and laundry detergents. My goal and my platform is to raise awareness through a grassroots consumer education campaign aimed at teaching women, who most often are the decision makers when it comes to products used in the household, how to shop smarter to ensure their dollars go towards supporting companies that are making products better, and sending a message to industry as a whole that we as a public want cleaner safer products. I have to say that the most exciting moment I've experienced in the time I've been involved with the 8 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

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Angelique Ashton

Mrs. Snohomish County

Mrs. Washington pageant was watching my dear friend Jessica Riggs be crowned Mrs. Washington last year on her fifth attempt. We'd all been rooting for her for soooooo long! It was a culmination of a lot of emotion and a long journey for her to finally win. It was also a beacon of hope for third-timers like me, showing us all that perseverance pays off. Now I set my sights on this November's pageant and hope to follow in her graceful footsteps. This pageant has given me so much; friends, poise, learning experiences that have helped me polish my professional persona and my skills in diplomacy, public speaking, and at times, humility . . . as well as opportunities to serve my community I wouldn't have found otherwise that have been more than fulfilling, they have been a blessing in my life. This pageant has been a blessing in my life, and to anyone thinking about giving it a shot I would definitely say go for it! Even to anyone thinking about sneaking in at the last minute for this year's competition I would say, “BRING IT!” How can we find you? Anyone and everyone is free to read my blog at AngeliqueAshton.blogspot.com, and follow me on Twitter @Diva_Angelique. I would also invite you to check out my website www.LimeLightFashion.com, home of my custom costuming design.


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Miss Pre-Teen National Teenager

Hallidae Hunt – Miss Pre-Teen National Teenager

My first time competing in a pageant was at the state level of America’s National Teen Scholarship Pageant (A.N.T.S.O.) for the state of Oregon in March of 2012. I have always asked my parents if I could participate in pageants since I was four years old, but being the youngest of four children, there were always many more things that took precedence. Finally, my older sister started competing in the Miss America System, so I had the opportunity to be her Princess in her local and state pageants. I absolutely loved it, and my mom began to see that this was something I was not going to give up on. So finally, my mother Googled “Oregon Pageants” in our state to find something in my age bracket. A.N.T.S.O. appeared, and we decided to attend just to watch and see if we liked what we saw. I was completely ecstatic about the pageant, and afterwards my mom visited with the state director, and told him we would like to come back the following year to compete. My platform is “Toy Bucket Fillers”. On a “snow day” during the school year, we didn’t have school. To keep myself busy, I stumbled upon some very touching videos on YouTube that made me cry. They were videos about children who were either fighting cancer, or who had lost their lives to cancer. I pleaded with my mom to help me find something we could do for those who were currently struggling with cancer. She watched the videos with me and immediately agreed to 10 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

help. After contacting the Children’s Cancer Association (C.C.A.), they sent me a list of the programs they thought would be a good fit. I chose their “Chemo Pal Program”. This program connects adult mentors with children going through chemotherapy. Each time the children have a “chemo session,” their mentor attends, gives them a toy, and provides emotional support. C.C.A. desperately needs toys to fill this need. The name for my platform came partly from a book one of my teachers had recently read to my class in school. It uses the idea that we each have a bucket. There are people in this world that can be bullies, unkind, and do or say things that empty our buckets. However, there are also people that are bucket fillers, and they do or say things that bless us and fill our buckets. Toy Bucket Fillers, focuses on children fighting cancer, and filling their buckets up with toys to help bring emotional support during a very difficult time in their lives. The most exciting part of my journey to competing in pageants has been learning about all of the community service opportunities in my city. I didn’t know there were so many needs and being able to help with some of them has made me so aware of the needs of others. I have enjoyed getting to know so many more people in our area that I would have never met had it not been for pageants. I would tell someone deciding to compete in pageants to make sure they continuously make good choices in every area of their life with academics, social media, nutrition, and family. It’s always much more difficult to go back and “undo” any area of life you’re not proud of. Make sure to read books that teach about setting goals, improving selfesteem and self-discipline to help with the mindset during judge’s interview. Connect positively with a quality coach/mentor to help with the preparation process for interview. When it comes to the end of the day, develop opportunities to be comfortable, peaceful, and happy with both the “inside and out.” Pageants are for the girls who don’t take the “easy way out” and form good “habits” that create those ideals in their everyday life.


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Nicola Lewis, Mrs. City of Roses

Nicola Lewis, Mrs. City of Roses, is excited about her upcoming journey towards competing in the Mrs. Oregon American Pageant. “I got into pageantry through Lesley Nardini. My first pageant was in the International System where she was the Director. Now, she's coaching me and I feel so blessed!” Nicola Lewis is a unique competitor in many ways. She is down to earth, accessible and writes/talks openly about her struggles with being a single mother, in the past. She believes that through sharing her tough times as well as celebrating her victories, she is able to take her past experiences and use them to be a strong, female role model. Her platform is Soles4Souls, a charity that donates shoes to people (especially children) in need. It is an incredible organization... since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 17 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. They have also facilitated relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami. You can find out more about them by visiting their website, www.soles4souls.org. Not only does Nicola Lewis support large scale charity work, but she also believes strongly in supporting what she believes in on a local level, right here in Portland! For this pageant, she has chosen to work with all local Portland sponsors. She has formed close relationships with many local designers, and has created a positive community of women in the pageant, fashion and media industries who support and inspire each other. Her sponsors include Tom Boehme, Photographer, Stephanie D. Couture, who is making her gown; Popina Swimwear who designed her swimsuit; and Sophie Chang and Mabel& Zora for any additional wardrobe needs. With Sponsors like Islands Tanning (who she also has recently agreed to Spokes-model for), L'Attrait Salon (Jamie O'Neil), Jan Maybee, Sharon Kitzhaber with Ideal Protein, Michael James Nipper (Photographer), Anne Cleve (stylist), Nicola says, “I feel blessed to have such amazing support along this journey....which is by far the most exciting part!” When Nicola isn't busy producing events, working with her sponsors and modeling, she spends time with her husband and three children, who she calls her “biggest supporters of all!” Check out her blog at www.NicolaLewis.blogspot.com, and her platform page at www.soles4souls.org/friends/spokespersons/lewis.nicola.html.


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September/October 2012 Cover Story

Domonique Price

Miss Black Washington

PPM: How did you get into pageantry? I have always counted myself as a role model for young girls and wanted to increase the number of lives I could touch and thought what better way than through pageantry. PPM: Tell us about your journey to competing in Miss Black USA! My journey to Miss Black USA was an exciting, humbling, and encouraging experience. Miss Black USA afforded me the opportunity to not only be an advocate in my community but across the nation; from speaking to youth groups across Washington to encouraging youth to stay fit and run in the Disney world half marathon. PPM: What is your platform and the inspiration behind it? Over the course of the year, I have focused my platform on Lupus awareness. While I was in college my god-sister was diagnosed with Lupus. As a result I

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wanted to educate people on the symptoms and early detection. PPM: What has been the toughest part of being Miss Black Washington? Explaining to individuals why I decided to participate in a “black” pageant system. For me it wasn’t about it being a “black” pageant system, I was focused on the impact not only the pervious national title holders were having on different communities but also the impact the state delegates were having in their communities and I wanted to be a part of the movement. PPM: What is your favorite part about competing in pageants? Gown shopping, but more seriously I am inspired every time I go to children’s hospital and I get a chance to talk and meet the little girls. When I am in their hospital rooms for a second they are not worried about treatments but light up and are captivated by my shinny crown.


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PPM: If someone told you “pageants are dumb,” what would you say?

PPM: What do you think about our publication and its purpose?

I usually ask people are they aware that most pageant systems give out educational scholarships to their winners and runner ups?

I love that PPM is the premiere pageant destination in the Northwest and educates its readers on all things pageants related.

PPM: What would be your main words of advice to an aspiring pageant queen or contestants?

How can we contact you?

Always be yourself and stay humble! The title doesn’t enhance the individual the individual enhances the title. What I mean by that is, it’s important to not lose the essence that makes you, you, bring your uniqueness to your title and your pageant, and that is what will make you stand out. PPM: Tell us about your experience during your PPM photo shoot! I had a blast at the PPM photo shoot. From sitting and watching the teen girls go before me to having an opportunity to talk the PPM staff , who have a wealth of knowledge on pretty much all of the pageant systems! My shoot was full of smiles and laughter!

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Interview 101 Jeremy Monlux

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you are right. My clients hear this message a lot, (maybe sometimes too much) however it is a powerful statement that I live by and encourage others to do so. As it relates to pageants, in particular the interview, your ability to believe in yourself and know that you can accomplish the sometimes arduous task of sitting with a panel of judges can make the difference between a mediocre and a very strong interview. Here are some tips you can use to improve your next interview: 1. Trust your gut. A mistake (in my opinion) many contestants make is trying to articulate answers that they think the judges want to hear versus giving your honest answer or opinioneven if you think the judge might not agree with your answer. It is important to remember that for most systems, you will not be judged on your opinion, more you will judged on your ability to form an opinion. 2. Be yourself. Maybe you are really funny, or perhaps you are more serious. You might have an opinion on the current state of our economy, or the current state of Kim Kardashians love life. Whatever it is, BE YOURSELF. 3. Tell the truth. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen contestants stretch the truth on their accomplishments and volunteer efforts (and by stretch the truth, I mean 100% lie). During an interview, highlight your actual accomplishments and be proud of what you have actually done. I have had the opportunity to serve as a judge for a number of pageants and I can tell you from experience that a contestant who walks into the interview room with confidence and speaks the truth will always have a better interview and ultimately a better outcome. It may not be the crown, but accepting yourself as you are and expressing who you are always make you a winner. Interview-101 Editor Jeremy Monlux Monlux Consulting http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.monlux 20 | PACIFICPageants Magazine


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Angela Welsh

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PPM: How did you get into hair design? I have always been a creative person, and having been a dancer for 20 years I was always doing my own hair and makeup for shows and recitals. Then in high school I would always do my friends hair for school dances and proms, which just seemed a natural choice to go into the hair industry after graduating. PPM: Tell us about your journey to opening your own salon! While in beauty school as soon as I felt comfortable I started performing services on my friends and family in my parent’s kitchen for really cheap. I guess you can say that making a business for myself came natural for me. Before I had graduated beauty school I got myself a job at the local mall salon in Puyallup, WA as a receptionist. Soon after, I was doing hair full time at that salon. I knew that I did not want to stay in Puyallup and wanted to be near the city to build a clientele. It’s really important in this industry to find where you want to live and stay put because building a clientele is really the key to being successful. I was offered a position in the Bellevue Square mall within the company I was currently working. That is where I met Deanna Gadjos, she was managing the new Mia and Maxx Salon and I went there to see if it was a good fit for me. Deanna and I made an instant connection and her clientele building was something that I needed to learn, as well as how great of a hairdresser she was, I knew I could learn a lot. About a year and half after that, I had a client who knew it was time for me to branch out and start leasing a station, instead of working on a commission and found a great salon in downtown Kirkland. I left to go work for a great boutique salon. This was such a key move for my business and Deanna followed in my footsteps because the opportunity was a good move for her as well. We both worked there for seven years!!!! Seven years is a long time to work in one location but it gave 22 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

me all the drive and skills to know that I could open my own salon and do it in a better more efficient way for my clientele and me. It was not a surprise to anyone that Deanna also supported my vision and came with me to open Angela Welsh Designs. Stacy Van Gelder another awesome friend and stylist from the salon in Kirkland also came with us. We have worked more than seven years together, and it has been a great formula to a great team. Angela Welsh Designs has been opened exactly for one year and we are all so crazy happy here and successful that it seems as though we have always been here together. Having my own salon has been dreams come true and my husband Michael is the one who helped me believe that I could do it and do it well. He was right!!!! PPM: What was your inspiration behind your unique logo and salon decor? My inspiration for the salon logo and décor really just comes from my personal style and personality. It all came together really easily because I love decorating. I knew my Logo would have to have a crown in it to represent the crown of the head, and everyone should feel as though they are a queen when they get there hair and makeup done!!!


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I feel so blessed to have found my calling as a Cosmetologist at the age of 27. My journey has been one of constant learning and keeping abreast of the trends and new technological advances in my field. I began my career with a focus on taking care of my clients. I have been fortunate in being educated by very talented educators in my industry, and this lead to teaching other stylists. In my years as a correction specialist, I have built a clientele of people I truly enjoy being with. In addition, I have had the opportunity to help prepare actors and actresses for filming done locally. There’s so much joy in making people look in the mirror and say WOW.

I would advise aspiring stylists to look at education as an ongoing process in their career. Not just learning from educators, but also learning from the clients and peers. And to never forget that listening is the best way to learn what your client needs. The most common correction I deal with would have to be the results of home color application. Often the product is not applied evenly, has brassy tones or color is too dense. I focus on doing the least possible damage to correct the problem. It’s a great feeling to solve the issue and restore beauty to the client’s hair.

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Deanna Sewell Gajdos Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian Blowout is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the world! Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, conditioned hair with radiant shine.

Clients who like their curl, but hate the frizz will realize a smoother air dried finish and a slight loosening of the curl. Clients who spend time smoothing and straightening will see improved results with less effort to achieve their results. Hair that “stacks” in humidity will behave better. Pageant contestants would benefit from this process in realizing shiny, smooth, swingy hair that is easy to style and restyle for the myriad of appearances and venues.

Working with PPM has been a highlight in my career. I am so pleased to be associated with this innovative and professional body. From the stand this publication has on positive standards of beauty, to the commitment to the community and to empowering women, I am proud to be included in this issue of this groundbreaking publication. Deanna Sewell Gajdos Hairdiva470@yahoo.com


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Personalized Spray Tan

to popular belief, not all spray tans are created PPM: Tell us about your experience as an equal and may turn out looking orange. Airbrush Spray Tan Expert? I have been doing personalized spray tanning (PST)  Tan skin is slenderizing and enhances your for a little over three years and have quite a few clients body’s best features. Under the bright stage that I service on a bi-weekly basis. I have researched lights, wardrobe colors pop and the skin and used many different spray tanning solutions, appears to have a natural glow. trying to find the solution that gives the most natural looking color and which fades the best without looking blotchy when it starts to fade. The solution I  And finally, PST saves time and money use is an excellent product and is used on actors and because you can achieve your desired results in actresses on many sets in Hollywood such as Pirates one application, rather than several trips to a of the Caribbean, Modern Family, Dancing with the tanning bed or spending hours in the sun. Stars and many more. Getting into pageantry, I’ve had the opportunity to service Mrs. Auburn Plus America PPM: Pros and cons to spray tanning? 2012- Alisa Clark. Pro – For someone with acne scars and stretch marks, spray tanning helps even out skin tone and cover the PPM: Who is the best candidate for a spray tan? marks. Virtually anyone can get a spray tan. PST is great for all shapes, sizes and ages who want to achieve a Con – Sunless spray tanning may not be good for a natural looking tan. It is very safe and the solution I person with eczema and/or persistent body rash. use is all natural. I also offer a variety of protective Sunless spray tanning may irritate those areas of the supplies, such as nose filters, protective eyewear, and skin, please consult your doctor before having the disposable protective undergarments. service done. PPM: Why should someone spray tan for a stage competition? When a person is participating in a stage competition, there are several benefits to having a Personalized Spray Tan. The five most important reasons are: 

PST is going to save your skin and possibly your life because it is UV free. Tanning outside or in a tanning bed often causes wrinkles and dries out skin, also avoiding sunburn or sun rash, which wouldn’t be good for stage competition. Plus, you can avoid those pesky tan lines.

PST is a great way to ensure that your whole body is evenly tan from head to toe. You can tan everything from your shoulders to your feet and all the hard to reach places in between.

Pro – Sunless tanning is quick and painless saving you from cancer causing UV rays and unsightly tan lines. Con – Sunless tanning is not a long term solution to tan skin, so reapplication is necessary to maintain your healthy glow. The approximate life of a sunless tan is 5-10 days; depending on how well you prepare and take care of your skin after the spray tan. PPM: What are the biggest no-no's of spray tanning? One of the most important things that you must do is to thoroughly exfoliate before spray tanning. The shallower the dead skin layer on the surface of your skin, the more time it will take for this layer to build up before it starts rubbing off. That means the better the exfoliation, the more even your tan will be throughout it's life and the longer it will last.

It is also vital to moisturize every day after spray With PST, rather than spray tanning in a tanning to keep your skin from drying out and commercial spray tanning “box”, it ensures a exfoliating prematurely. consistent and concise all over tan. Contrary

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Don’t shower for at least five hours and if possible, wait at least 8 hours post having your service done. However, I also have a solution available that allows you to shower after 2 hours. This solution continues to develop even after your shower.

It is best to shave or wax one or two days before, as the bronzer gets into the newly created pores and can give you a "spotty" look. You should avoid swimming in chlorinated pools or salt water, as this will bleach your spray tan.

Don’t wear any deodorant, moisturizer or makeup before you spray tan. PPM: When should a person spray tan for a competition? Wear loose clothing after your tanning session and No more than 48 hours before, but 24 hours before is dark clothing is best because the bronzer in the recommended. Tan enhancers and spot bronzers solution will rub off a little on your clothing, but should be purchased through your professional, to washes out and doesn’t stain. ensure a consistent color. I have many of these products available to increase the longevity and look If you need to shave or wax your legs do it definitely of your tan. before and make sure that you wash your legs after waxing to remove any wax residue. If you shave your legs after the spray tan, you will take off some of your tan with the hair.

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& Angela Welsh Designs TOP TEN beauty tricks and Tips EVERY beauty Queen Should Know! 1. Drink LOTS of water! Especially when preparing for competition. Staying hydrated not only clears skin but also makes your body feel better overall.

2. ALWAYS use moisturizer and or foundation with SPF of 15 or higher. Even when tanning to prepare for competition, You can always match your make-up to your neck line, BUT you can’t reverse skin damage/wrinkles. 3. Use a green concealer/foundation primer to hide redness.

4. Put a dab of white concealer or pearlized highlight crème on the middle of your bottom lip after you apply your lipstick. This will give the effect of having fuller lips. 5. Apply MATTE bronzer to your cheek line, temples, and jaw/neck line for a contour/slimming effect.

6. Put a light-reflecting eye shadow right under the brow and in the corner of the eye to brighten up sleepy-looking eyes. 7. Use eye primer before applying eye makeup. It helps to keep eye shadow in place all day AND conceals any veins that show through the lid. 8. To refresh voluminous locks, flip hair over, gently tossle with fingers and add light hair spray to roots!

9. Foundation and makeup aren't one size fits all. You should learn how to match your skin. When foundation is seamless and natural, it's the perfect canvas.

10. The eyes are the window to your soul and YOUR BROWS are the frames to those windows. Therefore, always make sure to have well-shaped eyebrows, and don't be afraid to darken them when needed. Doing so not only frames your eyes but enhances your entire face as well.

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HAIR With Jossalin’s look we enhanced the natural curls she already had rather than damaging them with a flat iron. Using a small amount of smoothing serum curl enhancer to keep frizz and fly aways to a minimum and a Ÿ inch curling iron to pronounce the curls. MAKE-UP For a pageant girl this age, competing in a Natural Pageant we added some light mascara to her lashes, evened out skin tone with mineral powder, brightened her cheeks with a flush pink blush and finished off her natural look with light pink lip gloss!


HAIR We began Susan’s hair with a round brush blow out, adding some smoothing style crème to keep the frizz at bay and the definition smooth. For volume, a big barrel curling iron was used to create large round pin curls to the top of her head only. While that set, the rest of her hair was curled with a medium sized curling iron and set with medium hold hair spray. Once the top curls had set and were taken out, we back combed (“teased”) the top/back and side pieces for added shape and volume”

MAKE-UP Susan’s beauty queen look represents the Washington Plus America and Mrs. Washington styles. Using a skin smoothing primer and liquid foundation we evened out her skin tone and created “airbrushed” coverage, setting it with translucent HD powder. Adding some light color and contour, matte bronzing powder and rose nude blush was used. To keep her skin looking bright and fresh a pearlized highlighting crème was applied to the upper line of her cheek bone (just under the eyes). To frame her eyes we filled in and shaped her brows with brow powder/wax and complimented her eye color with light bronze/brown eye shadow and dark brown liner to the top and outside corners of her eyes. A nude/pink lip liner was applied to her entire lip, increasing the longevity of her lip color and creating more definition. Her lips were finished off with a rosy/ pink matte lipstick and a touch of pearly gloss in the middle of top and lower lip for fuller appearance.”


HAIR Smoothing and texture cream were applied throughout her hair ensuring that Tabetha’s curl would set perfectly and stay under control. Her hair was set using a large barrel curling iron with each curl roll pinned into place and light finishing spray added to set/cool. The finished look was completed by gently loosening the curls with fingers and a moderate hold hair spray to keep the curls shape.

MAKE-UP Taking a more dramatic and glamorous approach to Tabetha’s make-up, this look mimics the “Miss USA style”. Beginning with her base, we used a liquid foundation for flawless coverage and set it with a translucent HD powder. Contouring her cheek bones and jaw/neck line with a matte bronzer, then applying a rosy pink blush to the apples of her cheeks. On her eyes we used deep purples and warm browns to enhance and lighten her eye color. Then for some added “drama” and definition we applied FULL faux lashes, blended into place with black liquid liner and shaping/defining her brows with a brow powder. Finishing up the look with dark rose lip liner/gloss and touch of pearl highlighter in the center of her top and bottom lips to make them appear fuller.


HAIR Kaylee’s beautiful full hair began with adding a little bit of styling mouse and texture cream while wet, followed by a round brush blow out. Next, big barrel curls were pinned into place at the top of her head to set/cool. When the curls had set the result was lots of volume and body, finished by large whispy curls framing away from her face.

MAKE-UP For Kaylee’s “girl next door” Miss America style, natural beauty enhancement was key. First, we focused on evening out skin tone and covering blemishes with light concealer and mineral foundation powder. Next we brought her eyes to life with natural brown tones for eye shadow and liner and then for an added “pop” we applied flesh toned shimmer shadow to the inside corners of her eyes. Faux lashes were applied to enhance and make lashes fuller/ longer and then filled in with a thin line of black liquid liner. Bronzer contour powder was applied to her lower cheek bones, around the temples and neck line. To finish the look a peachy/pink blush to the “apples” of her cheeks and a nude peach lip liner and gloss to her lips.


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“I feel beautiful when my husband smiles at me with his eyes when he thinks no one is looking.” – Susan Gray


“Beautiful is you. Your feelings, your traits, your habits, your opinions, yourself. True beauty is who you are in the inside.” – Tabetha Schulz


“I feel like a princess!” – Jossalin Dockery


“You can be the most stunning and gorgeous person in the world physically, but if you are not kind and genuine on the inside it can change how people see you, not so beautiful. True beauty is measured by someone’s character. Caring, kindness, and a giving spirit make a pretty girl beautiful and goes a long way in how you feel about yourself.” -Kaylee Davidson


“Beauty is not about a pretty face or having a supermodel body. Real beauty comes from accepting yourself and being proud of who you are. The more confidence you have in who you are, the prettier you will be. After all, you can’t spell beautiful without ‘be you’.” - Alia Dockery


Join us in developing young women through building confidence and fundraising for breast cancer awareness

-November 3rd, 2012 at Green River Community College in Auburn Washington -Girls of all ages are welcome (no experience necessary) -For information please email queensforacure@comcast.net -Proceeds benefit Komen Puget Sound

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(my fellow pageant queens) about how to be a proper titleholder. They have taught me, most of all, the importance of giving back. It’s so much fun to see the experiences they have gone through during their year. PPM: How did you feel when you were modeling? At first I couldn’t believe I was selected. It was my birthday weekend and that was a true gift! When I arrived I was a bit nervous, it was so professional (not that I didn’t expect that) but those nerves soon turned to excitement with all the pampering. I loved it. Getting my hair and make-up done was amazing and they made me look so glamorous, I just wish they could be there each morning before school. Truly, everyone was so nice and accommodating and I so appreciated the opportunity. PPM: What was the shoot like for you? The concept of showing how beautiful pageant queens can be even without the big dresses and flashy jewelry was amazing! I enjoyed the fact that I was able to be glamorous one minute then goofy and crazy the next. The photographer seemed to get a kick out of taking pictures of both sides of my personality. I really got into it after a while.

PPM: Why did you answer our model casting? I am planning a future in the modeling industry as a fashion designer. I have been modeling for a few years now to learn more about the industry. Your casting was a great opportunity for me to blend my two passions, modeling and pageantry. And I love the fact that it is a NW Publication, which is really great!

PPM: How is modeling different from competing in a pageant? When you compete in a pageant you meet many other great ladies that are all going after the same crown and title. So as much as they are your new friends, they are also your competition. When you are modeling you meet amazing ladies and you are celebrating the photo shoot you were cast for together. All of the competition is done by the time you arrive at the photo shoot. The best part of both modeling and pageants is that you end up meeting friends you will stay in contact with for many years after. It is nice to have people in your life who have the same passions as you do.

PPM: We have released three issues so far what do you think about them? I am pretty new to pageants; Miss Jr. National Teenager is my first pageant ever so this was the first pageant magazine I have ever seen. I have since discovered other pageant magazine but I love that fact that this highlights pageantry in the NW. In fact, in PPM: What would be your one piece of advice you your first issue we discovered that someone my mom would give to an aspiring model? babysat for was a featured titleholder and we were able to reconnect with her, which was really cool. I have learned a lot from the ladies you have featured 46 | PACIFICPageants Magazine


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The advice I would give to an aspiring model would be to make sure you take care of yourself because you are the brand you are selling. Always be gracious and kind for any opportunity you get! And don’t be shy to seek out others for advice and learn from them. Also, seek out your own opportunities. This opportunity came from a friend and we jumped on it. If you are serious about this business YOU have to market yourself. PPM: How beauty preparation played a role in your preparation for competing? I am completely new to pageantry so, for me, I just did what I do every day. I am 14 years old and I am a cheerleader. I have workouts at least five times a week to keep my body in shape. Washing my face with a good cleanser is a critical part of my routine and I make sure my hair is always freshly cut so I did not have any split ends. I really didn’t wear a lot of makeup so making sure I bought all right make-up that matched my skin perfectly was the final touch I needed for my beauty prep portion of my pageant. I have learned SO much about make-up and good grooming through this process and am eager to learn more! PPM: What makes you feel beautiful? What makes me feel the most beautiful is when I am all dressed up, hair, make-up, a pretty dress and I am at an appearance and a little girl comes up to me. It is at that moment when I bend down to talk to her and she says “you are so pretty” that my heart lights up. It reminds me that beauty is in her smile and that makes me feel pretty good. It makes you feel, well, beautiful. And you know what, I feel just as good about myself in sweatpants and no make-up too! If I have learned anything so far, it is the content of your character that really makes you feel and look beautiful! Photography by: Monaalisa Photos by: Monaalisa Pro Pro PACIFICPageants Magazine | 47


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needs to be done to protect ourselves and our friends and families. I enjoyed reading about all the models in PPM, where they are from, what they are doing with their life. I also learned so much about what goes on in pageants. It was real nice seeing ladies off all sizes and shapes; we don’t see that too often. This was my first photo shoot, I was so excited. I can’t put it into words but I will try. I felt like I was in a dream, everybody around me was telling me how beautiful I was. And I felt beautiful, like an Angel. I wish I could have stayed in front of the camera all day. It was nice Latasha new what she wanted; she is really easy to please. I am still smiling just thinking about the photo shoot. We all meet at a lovely Beauty salon in Bellevue. It was so relaxed I went in sat down and had my hair done, Angela Welsh does wonderful work. She is about an hour and a half away from me and I’m going to use her from now on for my hair. She is the sweetest. My makeup was unbelievable when Alisa of Monaalisa Pro finished, I looked in the mirror I did not recognized myself. Every chance I got I was looking at myself. I was just in awe.

It was my dream from a young age to a model however; I chose to get married at 18. We were blessed with two great kids now ages 23 and 16. I got the courage to enter your casting call because of Washington Plus America. A pageant for curvy women that was right here in my home town in South Kitsap. I wanted to show the world and my daughter you do not have to be a size 0 to be happy and healthy. All three of your issues were great. I learned so much, the one that sticks out in my mind the most would be about Heart disease being the number one killer of women in America. That’s scary I lost my mom to a heart attack. From this magazine alone it gave me the tools to join GO RED Better U. I walk everyday now; I talked to my doctor about what I need to do. This gave me my platform. More 48 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

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In comparing modeling to pageantry, I think modeling is a lot easier. First as a model someone other than you knows what look they are after. As a model you have to show up on time and sit down. Your hair and makeup is done for you by lovely ladies. When you are done there you’ll go to the back room and your clothes are picked out for you. Now here is the fun part stand behind the camera and lights and look gorgeous. You will have someone asking you to move one way then another. Being in a pageant takes so much more work. You have to do all your homework on the pageant, buy your clothes for each category. You will be onstage all alone with people judging and staring with you. You have to answer a question onstage and you have no idea what it will be. However, pageantry challenges me and is already opening up so many doors for me to do amazing things!

“I felt like I was in a dream, everybody around me was telling me how beautiful I was.” Photography by: Monaalisa Pro

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Tabetha Schulz

I had heard a lot of great things about PPM, and I love us, and the things that we do. Not only is it their magazines. Once I got the cast to model in their informational, helping you get the perfect pageant look but can help build selfconfidence for onstage. It’s everything that you will ever need when getting ready for the pageant world. This magazine is exactly what everyone needs! Modeling was so much fun! Walking into the set it was automatically fun and uplifting. Everyone was welcoming each other and catching up on the things. The shoot ran smoothly and right on schedule. It was fun and professional. I have done many shoots in the past, but this was my favorite of all. Walking into the shoot, it automatically felt like a family. While getting our hair and makeup done everyone was very bubbly and talkative, setting a very happy and positive mood. Overall it was a great experience. To any young model out there, always believe in yourself. Start by getting yourself out there. Go to fun events and spread your name, get to know people. It’s all about connections!

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In pageants having a good appearance can help you. Depending on what system you do and what is required an appearance can help you further yourself. I’m not saying that looks are everything, because pageants are about who you are on the inside. A good appearance is just the cheery on top to your pageant experience, creating that perfect look. "'Don't be the moth. Be the light bulb.' When I say that I mean don't follow the crowd. Just shine. Be the light bulb. Do your thing. Pave your own path." ~Sara Paxton

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Although beauty prep is minimal for my four year old during competition, a small amount of make-up is necessary to not be washed out by the stage lighting. Jossalin feels the most beautiful when she is in the company of her friends and family. Familiar faces and places allow her to be herself and her quirky, funloving personality to really shine through.

“If you are aspiring to model, I would say, be yourself and let your uniqueness be what makes you beautiful.” We are constantly being told that Jossalin should model and this was a great opportunity for her to get a taste of what it’s like. Thanks PPM! The information in PPM is great for all walks of life in the pageant community. Both Jossalin and I had a great time modeling for PPM. You can’t help but feel beautiful after getting hair and make-up done. Confident is how I felt and “like a princess” was Jossalin’s response. The shoot was fun! Everyone was super nice and what an amazingly adorable host Salon! It was a great experience for us both. The biggest difference between pageantry and modeling is that in Pageantry you are showcasing yourself as a whole, inside and out. Photography by: Monaalisa Pro Modeling doesn’t require the spoken confidence or the Photos by: Monaalisa Pro one chance on stage to make it count. You have 30 frames or multiple chances to produce one good shot. If you are aspiring to model, I would say, be yourself and let your uniqueness be what makes you beautiful. 52 | PACIFICPageants Magazine


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So we ALL know how eating healthy & working out helps our bodies grow stronger, become leaner, & make us generally feel better! But for this special BEAUTY issue I want to talk about foods that can actually make us BEAUTIFUL! Our skin, hair, nails… are HIGHLY impacted by what we eat! It’s not just about fitting into those skinny jeans or feeling a little more energy. As human beings we truly are what we eat! I can NOT overstate the importance of eating healthy, fresh, non-processed food. If you have a healthy diet, you will be a healthy person. If you eat unhealthy food, your body will take the damage. It is worth the extra time it takes to shop, prepare, & store fresh perishable foods – YOU & your family are worth it!! This is the ONE body you’ve got we don’t just want them barely functioning on autopilot. We want our bodies STRONG, HEALTHY, & BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Vitamin C – Vitamin C, in conjunction with protein, is necessary for the production of collagen-the glue that holds us and our skin together and circumvents sags or wrinkles. It helps prevent facial lines, wrinkles and spider veins; hair tangling or breaking. It is essential for the health of the hair, eyes and teeth, resistance to infection, healing of wounds and firm skin tissues. Natural sources for vitamin C •

Green vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, green peppers, raw leafy greens, tomatoes

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Making sure you get enough of the right type of vitamins • Black currants, blackberries, buckwheat, cheris essential to living your best life – Feeling & looking ries, and grape are rich sources of flavonoids healthy, strong, & beautiful! If you don’t like swallowing little pills never fear! God packed healthy foods full Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth, of everything we need to let our beauty shine through! bones and nails. Deficiency in vitamin D will also lead Vitamin A - Vitamin A is essential for healthy hair and to a general lack of energy. eyes. It is also important in the prevention and clearing Natural Sources of Vitamin D of infections of the skin. Vitamin A counteracts dry skin, dandruff and wrinkle formation. It is needed for healthy • Rays of the sun blood circulation which gives a glow to the skin. Vita• Milk min A deficiency can lead to eruptions or dry, coarse, wrinkled skin; dull and dry hair or dandruff; ridging or • Salmon peeling fingernails; pimples or acne and visual fatigue. • Tuna Natural Sources of Vitamin A Vitamin E – Vitamin E helps form muscles and tissues • Cod liver oil to prevent wrinkles and premature aging of the skin. It helps prevent dry, dull skin, age spots, falling hair and • Dairy products dandruff. It improves circulation and healing of scars. • Eggs Research has shown that large doses of vitamin E double healthy cell reproduction to slow the aging process • Carrots and forestall premature wrinkling. •

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or an overactive thyroid, check with your physician Dear Tired of globs of concealer, before taking supplemental E. So no, I’m not a dermatologist – BUT I do know how foods can help you on your quest for clearer skin. If you Natural Sources of Vitamin E have consistent issues you should go see a professional • Whole wheat bread/Whole Grains/Wheat Germ for advice & perhaps a more advanced treatment plan, but in the meantime here are some tips helpful for ev• Milk eryone who would like to have clearer skin! • Raw or spouted seeds •

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Let’s start with the main two foods to AVOID: Refined sugars. Candy, soda, pastries, and cookies can be particularly troublesome for those prone to acne. These indulgences spike blood sugar levels, which your body tries to bring down by producing more insulin and male hormones. In turn, these hormones start over activating specific glands, resulting in blocked pores and inflammation.

So you just read some great ideas for foods that will help you in attaining & maintaining your personal beauty from the inside out – But I also found a few great recipes on CookingLight.com that use food on that pretty Milk. “If there’s one thing you should remove from face of yours, to literally give you that illuminant es- your diet if you want clear skin, it’s milk,” says Alan sence – Find you skin type & get that glow going on!! J Logan, ND, coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet stated on care2.com. Although relatively low on the glycemic inBanana Face Pack for Dry Skin dex, milk carries a heavy hormone load–even organic Mash half of a ripe banana; combine banana with ½ milk contains hormones because all milk comes from cup of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply nursing cows. These hormones, along with a high perthis pack on face and neck and leave for 10 minutes; centage of calcium, have made milk a suspected acne rinse thoroughly. This natural pairing helps moisturize trigger for decades. dry skin. Foods for ZAPING those ZITS for good: Cucumber Face Pack for Smoother Skin 1. Whole grains. When it comes to thwarting acnePeel 1 cucumber and mash; place in a strainer to drain causing inflammation, fiber-packed whole grains work water. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and mix well. Apply like a charm. But be sure to check your choices are high on your face and leave for 10 minutes, then wash with in fiber and low in sugar. cold water. 2. Fish. Heralded as the premiere source of omega-3 Oatmeal Face and Body Pack for Sensitive Skin fatty acids, cold-water, oily fish are loaded with antiTake 2 tablespoons oatmeal and 1 tablespoons baking inflammatory EAP & DHA acids. soda and add water to make paste. Apply to face and all over the skin; rub gently and rinse. 3. Green vegetables. Packed with inflammation-fighting nutrients and loads of antioxidants, most green leafy veggies contain plenty of fiber, which helps slow the rise of blood sugar after eating. Dear Bekah: I’ve been making some strides in cleaning up my eating & I’m starting to see some results on my body & the scale – But my skin is still a mess! Any ideas for healthy foods that will specifically help clear up the blemishes so my true beauty shines through?

4. Green tea. Among its numerous health benefits, green tea also helps keep pimples from popping up. It’s chock-full of effective anti-inflammatory antioxidants. But beware of bottled green tea drinks, which often contain scads of added sugar and calories.

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Magazine Saturday, July 7, 2012 was the Miss Washington Pageant held in Burien, WA at the Highline Performing Arts Center. When I arrived, the lobby was full of people awaiting the doors to open for this heavily anticipated event. In the parking lot I had the opportunity to speak with overly excited fans that drove all the way from Spokane to support their contestant. Before the show started I interviewed Elyse Umemoto, Miss Washington 2007 who went on to place 2nd runner up at Miss America, later becoming a star on the TV Show Survivor. Elyse states, “I’m just honored to be back in my home state of Washington. They asked me to perform so that’s what I am gonna do!”

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“I have to remain neutral, I love watching all of the talents, we will just have to see, and I have no idea, no idea who will win tonight.” When asked what was next for her, she said, “A vacation!”

Brittney Henry – Photo by Keith Krueger

Elyse Umemoto – Photo by Keith Krueger

It was fun chatting with 2011 Miss Washington, Brittney Henry, “I’m still feeling really good and positive, but as soon as that music hits I know I am going to feel tears, totally tears.” She went on to share her advice to the next Miss Washington, “Take advantage of your year, it’s such a quick lifestyle change, embrace your new job as Miss Washington and hit the ground running!” She didn’t have any predictions even though I asked her, 56 | PACIFICPageants Magazine

I decided to go back and talk to a few former Miss Washington’s and had the opportunity to speak with Kristen Eddings, Miss Washington 2006! “This is pretty amazing group of women; I am totally in awe of them! I am so happy for them and their dreams are happening, right now!” I asked her what she would say to a pageant skeptic and her eloquent reply was, “Miss America was the single best job training I ever had, but nothing prepared me for corporate America, like the Miss America interview room!” One of the most amazing parts of the night was watching Olympic Baton Twirling contestant! Her talent performance was outstanding and incomparable! With Talent holding 35% of the score, I was surprised not to see her in the top five, but all of the ladies were amazingly talented and clearly passionate about their causes!


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At the end of the multi-hour event, Miss Eastside, Mandy Schendel was chosen to represent the State of Washington at the Miss America 2013 pageant in January! Her platform is “Do Something, based on the book she authored. “This book will inspire you to dream like a child, and never give up on that which you truly want to accomplish.” Mandy Schendel, from a young age wanted to make a big difference in the world. By the age of 11, she created her own nonprofit and was teaching kids and teens how to become leaders

through volunteer service. She shares the challenges and triumphs of running a nonprofit company, as well as shares touching stories with her experiences in pageantry and working as a professional actress for Disney. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be inspired to pick up your dreams where you left them and go ‘Do Something.’” – Amazon.com Credits: Photos by Keith Krueger Written by Latasha Raines

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