The 2011 National American Miss Texas Titleholders voluteered their time at the Tarrant County Buddy Walk. Together these girls help make a difference in the lives of others. NAM Queens often become life long friends!
Yesterday the National American Miss Staff took a day off from the National Office to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. We had a great time volunteering and giving back to our community. The Houston Food Bank is on of the leading organizations to fight hunger. It was so rewarding to make a difference. Every time I volunteer I remember that the true blessing is on the giver, not the recipient. The Houston Food Bank Stats: • 70 million pounds distributed last year
• 137,000 different people fed each week
• 865,000 different people fed each year
• nearly 500 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas
o Church food pantries
o Homeless shelters
o Safe havens for the battered and abused
o Nutrition sites for children and the elderly
• More than 259,000 volunteer hours contributed annually Girls get out and make a difference ! It's fun, easy, and rewarding! For More Information on The Houston Food Bank Click Here!
Did you know at the NAM National Pageant one contestant takes home a brand new Ford Mustang! This year Kirby Laguerre of New York took home this amazing gift! So if you qualify to attend Nationals YOU too could drive away in a brand new Ford Mustang !
Ashley Marie MacDonald competed in NAM from 2004-2009. Through her years with NAM she won the Ohio State Teen Cover Girl title in 2006 and went on to Nationals to win the National Cover Girl title. She was also a city queen (Miss Cincinnati) in 2009 competing at Nationals with city queen (Miss Worcester) Cara Haig that fall. This story isn’t about Nationals; it’s about what happened after Nationals. In January 2011, Ashley went to school and work like any normal day. But that night at work, during a stock check Ashley had an accident. A 72 inch unassembled bookcase had fallen on her foot. She informed the manager of the accident but tried to walk it off. Within a half hour, her foot was so swollen it was bursting out of her shoe and was bruising. A report was filed and Ashley was on her way to the Emergency Room. There, doctors x-rayed her foot and thought it was a bone chip fracture. They fiber-glassed her foot into a boot and sent her home with instructions to follow up with Mercy Hea…
Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty! Danielle is no stranger to the stage, she is a 3 time former National American Miss Winner and is living in New York City as the new Miss Teen USA! Check out Danielle's podcast in Pageantry Magazine! Click to hear Danielle's Interview!
With the 2011 National American Miss National Pageant right around the corner, I went straight to the pros to give out the best advice. I asked NAM girls: "What is the best pageant advice you have ever received?" Lets see what they had to say...
Laura Nguyen :always have the right amount of confidence... never be over confident ... never not have any confidence at alll. always be right in the middle Brianna Haggerty Cannon:( 2005-2006 National American Miss)Being a queen isn't about you. It's about representing something much bigger than you, so you have to be relatable. A queen has to be able to talk to anyone about anything and have a likable personality. Thus, it is important for those qualities to translate in your personal introduction and interview. Sarah Odell:Smile like you already won, do your best, trust God, and dont give up! Ravayna Tracey:(2002-2003 National American Miss Teen) positive pageantry is a must!
if you compete only for a crown and title, the chan…
Dawn Lymberopoulos was a bit surprised when her daughter said she wanted to be in a pageant.
“I was a little apprehensive at first,” Dawn says of the day Emily got an invitation to apply to the National American Miss Pageant. “But I had participated in a Miss Teen USA pageant at 16. So I couldn’t deny her.”
Last year, Emily participated and had so much fun she decided to do it again this year. This time, she won Miss Illinois for her age division. She goes on to compete in the national competition in November.
What did you say (and what did you think) when she first proposed the idea?
I thought the experience would help her to grow in a positive way.
National American Miss is very age-appropriate. They discourage makeup, jewelry and polished nails. They focus more on their natural beauty and who they are. This pageant is more about inner beauty, poise, self-confidence and their ability to communicate.
Did you worry that pageants may somehow change her, make her too concerned with appe…
Cassandra Salas ~ the 2011 NAMiss Nebraska Pre-Teen has been busy volunteering and what better way to do it then for the animals. Each year Cassandra volunteers for the Nebraska Humane Society by making treats and blankets for the animals and their adoption families. This year she was also asked to take part in the Walk for the Animals which raised $103,973. She served food to hungry walkers and helped out at the different adoption booths. Pam Weiss (Director of the NE Humane Society) told Cassandra how nice it was to see her back each year.
By: Paige McArthur What does “true beauty” mean to me? True beauty can mean so many different things. Being beautiful is so much more than what meets the eye. So many people don’t see this. Being beautiful is not always based on the clothes you wear or the amount of makeup you put on before you start your day. It is not the style of clothing you can afford or the cost of the necklace around your neck. Thankfully, for me, being beautiful is SO much more than any of these things. Being beautiful is showing unconditional love to the ones who mean the most to you in life. It is doing what in your heart you feel is right even when the rest of the world may be doing the total opposite. To me the most beautiful and true thing you could ever do in your life is accept Jesus Christ into your heart and have faith that he will help you conquer all of life’s journeys. Because without your Lord and savior what is possible in this life? In my opinion the answer is NOTHING! He makes li…
According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “True” is the following three statements: 1. Being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false. 2. Real; genuine; authentic. 3. Sincere; not deceitful. Also, the definition of “Beauty” according to Dictionary.com is: 1. The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest). So, to put together these words, logically, “True Beauty” means a “genuine ‘like’ person’s exterior qualities.” Is that all it’s really about? People are judging others on whether or not they are beautiful… and it’s all a matter of opinion. Not everyone likes the same things and no two people are identical. So, who are we to judge whether or not someone is beautiful. We’re all different, bu…
Beauty Jazlyn Qualls What is true beauty? For the longest time I thought that true beauty was one’s outward appearance. I thought it was seen on those who grace the cover of magazines: no flaws, no imperfections…just absolutely PERFECT. But I’m 10 years old! So to me this just seemed right. When I became accepted as a state finalist in NAM’s Oklahoma Pre-teen division my dad and step-mom started harping a lot about true beauty and how I appeared to have none. We had a lot of talks about exactly what true beauty is and how to achieve it. After several months of this I think I finally have it figured out. To me, true beauty is inside of you. It is one’s inner beauty. So what’s inner beauty? It’s just true beauty but basically tells you where that true beauty is…inside of you. True beauty is the qualities one shows to those around them: caring, concern, compassion, and friendliness. Having these qualities can make anyone a true beauty. I know how busy I have become since becoming a part of …
What is True Beauty? by Jianna Garcia – age 7 True beauty is being true to yourself. It is not lots of makeup or fancy things. It is not being glitzy or mean. It is who you are on the inside. It is being kind to others, your family and all animals. No cupcake hands or fake smiles. It is being a natural girl with only true beautiful smiles from the heart. Find The True Beauty Movement on Facebook!
Waheedah Pugh, The 2004-2005 National All- American Miss married her sweetheart on September 24, 2011. After her national win back in 2004, Waheedah has worked as a National American Miss Choreographer and staff member helping produce NAM shows all around the country and inspiring girls to go after their dreams! Waheedah met the man of her dreams in 2010, when she took a mission trip to Swaziland, Africa. Waheedah and Musa Masinga will reside in Africa and continue to impact the nations with Challenge Ministries.
Over 40 NAM Staff Members and former titleholders were present for the ceremony
Several Months ago former NAM winner Amanda Moreno asked the question, What is True Beauty? Here is what NAM girls had to say.... So Deja, can you tell Momma “What is true beauty?” Sure, Momma.It’s about who you are inside.When you are kind to others and you care about them and when you like to help others because it makes you happy … you know, so that you can have that joyful feeling.When you are joyful, you smile and when you smile not only do you feel good on the inside, but you look great on the outside … see everyone can be beautiful… just be happy, helpful and kind to others… and smile! Deja Fitzwater, age 6 TRUE BEAUTY ON FACEBOOK