Miss World Americas National Director Elizabeth Safrit Believes in Empowering Women Through Pageantry

Miss World Americas 2014 and the newly appointed director of America’s Miss World, Elizabeth Safrit shares some exciting news with LadyCode. We are so excited to share Elizabeth’s story because LadyCode is all about women empowerment, and Elizabeth, along with her mother, Lynne Safrit, have made it their goal to do just that with this year’s America’s Miss World pageant. The pageant will be held in Orlando, Florida August 8-13, 2017. To learn more about becoming a national finalist at America’s Miss World 2017, visit: http://www.americasworld.org.

LadyCode: Elizabeth, thank you so much for taking the time to share your exciting news with us. What brought you into the world of pageantry?

Elizabeth: I fell into pageantry by accident. A family friend asked me to compete in a pageant because he needed one more girl in order to hold the pageant. I was 19 at the time and I fell in love with it because it encouraged me to stay focused on my health, current events, and philanthropy.

LC: Here at LadyCode we are so excited to find that this is an all female-led organization, and I’m sure that being a former contestant and international finalist will help you plan an amazing experience for your national finalists this year! What are some important things you learned as a contestant that influenced the format of the new America’s Miss World?

ES: It certainly helps to have gone through the process myself! What I love about Miss World is that every activity, every day is part of the competition. You always have judges around, whether you know it or not. We want someone who is Miss World all the time, not just onstage. I love that about Miss World and the women who compete with our organization really enjoy it as well because it helps them to know that the best woman truly prevails.

Our pageant this year is much more like the international competition than ever before. The only true difference is with the addition of activewear, in which we give the opportunity to the finalists to showcase their dedication to a healthy lifestyle onstage. The Miss World sports competition is usually not open to the public, but we really wanted the United States audience to learn more about that competition. We want young girls and women to know that they don’t have to be a certain size to be considered beautiful and healthy, we just want them to strive to be confident and meet their own personal goals of fitness.

LC: With the change in directorship, what is the new direction you are taking with America’s Miss World?

ES: We are incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to create a fresh start for Miss World in the United States. When we were discussing the changes with the Miss World Organization, we found it imperative to have female leaders in an organization that strives to champion and empower women. Lynne was an executive for a national company for 30+ years and has vast expertise in economic development and philanthropy. I have the experience with the Miss World Organization, pageantry, and marketing. We hope our involvement proves how much we love this organization and believe in it. We want to move forward as an organization that offers new and exciting opportunities for women to showcase their talents on the largest international level.

LC: As a member of the pageant community, I know that Miss World has a massive fan base internationally. With this fresh start for America’s Miss World in the United States, how do you plan to promote the organization to build a fan base in the US?

ES: The first step is to work on getting our national pageant televised, which we are actively pursuing. Miss World is a breath of fresh air, as it continues to modernize to reflect the women of our generation. We want to give the fans a new kind of pageant to be excited about – Miss World isn’t just gown and swimsuit, there are so many different factors that can determine the outcome. The more people realize the calibre of women who have started at Miss World- Lynda Carter, Halle Berry, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai- the stronger our fan base becomes. Miss World has produced more Hollywood royalty than any other pageant!

LC:The Miss World Organization heavily emphasizes the importance of philanthropy with its Beauty With a Purpose portion of the competition. How will you motivate your national finalists to use this platform to give back?

ES: Beauty with a Purpose is the core of the Miss World Organization. We’ve established an entire day dedicated to promoting Beauty with a Purpose during the national final. America’s Miss World partnered with Best Buddies to pair each finalist with a buddy for the day and the pairs will focus on activities to learn “Miss World values”- leadership, confidence, social media skill, and more. We’ve also created an incentive for the finalists to fundraise for Best Buddies. Best Buddies has created a website specifically for our finalists- the highest fundraiser will receive a spot in the finals. It all goes to a great cause and it’s a fun competition- Best Buddies will be actively updating the leaderboard with the top 5 or 10 fundraisers so we can see who is really pushing hard for the organization!

LC: As the oldest running international beauty pageant, Miss World has consistently evolved throughout the years to represent the woman and her place in society. How are you tailoring this competition to reflect the role of today’s woman?

ES: Like Miss World, we do not have a swimsuit competition. However, health and fitness is a key part of our competition, as it is for women everywhere. We’ve included an onstage fitness-wear portion of competition in addition to the fitness competition (gym exercises). It’s a fun way to let the contestants showcase their hard work in the gym and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. We’ve partnered with Sthenos Activewear (https://sthenos.com), which is an LA-based brand made in the United States, for the onstage fitness competition. Every contestant will model pieces of their choosing from the Sthenos line.

Miss World highlights the value of women beyond external beauty. We interview our finalists in different interview settings, encourage them to make a difference with their Beauty with a Purpose projects, promote a healthy lifestyle, and embrace their unique qualities that make them so amazing.

LC: What can the winner of America’s Miss World 2017 expect to experience during her reign?

ES: With Miss World being held earlier this year, Miss World America can expect to hit the ground running with preparation for the international competition. She will immediately go to Chicago for wardrobe design with Mac Duggal, begin her appearance schedule, and start filming her videos for Miss World. She’ll have a group of incredibly talented people to guide her and she will go to Miss World with every intention of coming back to the United States as the new Miss World.

LC: As a former finalist, do you have any advice for the women competing this year?

ES: I would encourage the finalists to let their beauty shine from within. They should be kind and compassionate, yet confident in who they are. We are looking for an ambassador for our organization…and our country.

 

Tickets are available now on https://www.universe.com/events/miss-world-america-and-miss-teen-world-america-pageant-tickets-1M8VXG. We hope to see you there!

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Meet Miss Globe Georgia United States 2017: Jalen Graves

Lady Code is the one of the media sponsors of Miss Globe United States, which means we have the opportunity to meet and interview each state delegate for Miss Globe United States before they head off to compete for the national title this September in Washington, DC! Our first interview in this series is Jalen Graves, Miss Georgia Globe United States 2017!

Meet your Georgia queen: 

Hiii!!!! I’m Jalen Graves, born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama. I have recently relocated to the Atlanta area, after graduating from Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation services. Currently I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation counseling at Georgia State University. When I have spare time, I love to cuddle with my fur baby.

Quick facts…
Hometown: Fairfield, AL
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, Scrapbooking
Favorite food: Anything with cheese
Favorite movie: Love Jones
Three words that sum you up: Love is Everything
Song you have on repeat right now: Bruno Mars –That’s What I Like
Dream job: Owner and Director of Community Empowerment Center
Beauty product you can’t live without: MASCARA!!!
Favorite quote: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”

Being Miss Globe Georgia must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
That is so true! I usually wake up at about 8am, have breakfast and head to the gym. Twice a week I have class, so I do that and get the tons of homework I have done. When I’m not in class I may attend a workshop or meeting for one of the organizations that I am in. One the weekends I usually take my fur baby to the park and hang out with my friends.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Globe Georgia so far?
Learning!! This is my first time holding a state title and there is so much that goes into. I’m really enjoying preparing for the national pageant and doing interviews like this one.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
Mine is primer… because I am oily and I hate for my makeup to slide. Primer is definitely one thing that I will splurge on. Also, drinking a lot of water to help keep my complexion clear and luminous.

Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My parents without a doubt. They both came from backgrounds that could have easily counted them out but found a way to persevere. I very proud of my daddy who has just gained a Master’s degree at the age of 60.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
Tell someone you trust. I know that bullying can sometimes silence its victims for so many different reasons, but it is my hope that one confidant can provide so much refuge that those that are bullied are able to withstand it until they feel comfortable to stand up or tell someone of authority.

Tell us about your platform:
My platform is all about mental health awareness. As a counselor in training it is a topic that has become very close to my heart. I want to use my voice and position to share with people that mental illness is a disability and we as a society should work together to help those affected because we all are touched by it in some way.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
Don’t be afraid to ask!!! There are very few clubs and organizations that will turn down volunteers. So just ask around to people that are involved into something you have an interest in, I’m sure they would be happy to have some help.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I love catching up on my shows. As a queen and a college student, I have very small pockets of free time and always try to use those to catch up on my favorite TV shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

What is your go-to makeup look?
A natural look with Springy eyes and dramatic lashes.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
The one thing I can’t live without….. My MacBook. I take it EVERYWHERE!!! I never know when I need to check and send emails or jump on Facebook. Plus it has all of my favorite music right at my fingertips.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would have to say the hardest part about competition is deciding on a gown. There are always so many beautiful ones to choose from and so many different styles. We have to decide which colors pop and what I will feel most confident in. It’s really a task, but super rewarding at the end.

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
I love getting glammed up! I’m not that girl that is super flashy every day, so competing gives me the chance to completely transform and I love it.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
For as long as I can remember my mommy would always tell me that respect never goes out of style. I have always held on to that and remembered to demand respect and respect other people.

Keep up with Jalen:
Twitter: jgraves0793
Instagram: Commenta7y_100
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Globe Georgia United States

 

Lady Code Meets Bella.Akt: Instagram’s Rising Beauty Guru

Happy -almost- weekend Lady Code! I started following @Bella.Akt on Instagram a while back, and I’ve kind of been keeping her a secret because she is SO amazing and so inspiring I wanted to keep her account to myself, kind of like when you find an awesome new song/artist and you don’t want everyone to know about them because you found them FIRST lol. Well, since she’s been featured on MAJOR accounts like Anastasia Beverly Hills and she is taking on the beauty world by a storm, I knew I had to get her to talk to Lady Code about her beauty tips, inspiration, and advice! Bella is one of the most gorgeous and talented girls I have seen on the gram, and what is shocking is that she is super down to earth, kind, and humble. Bella is unstoppable so be ready to see her rise to the top as a beauty influencer!

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Meet Bella:
Hi I’m Bella…. And I’m addicted to sniffing eye shadows. Jk! I’m a 19-year-old girl and I’m all about creativity. I live in Denmark, which is a really small country in Europe. I’m obsesseeeed with my cat Navy, I buy her clothes so we can match lol.  I don’t have anything special to present about my life (I wish I had lol). I’m just a regular teenage girl trying to figure out life.

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Favorite…

Makeup Guru: My favorite makeup artist/guru is definitely Mario (makeupbymario). His work is simply flawless. Most of my simple looks, are inspired by his work.
Beauty Blogger: There are soo many!! I love Hudabeauty, Marianna Hewitt, Lydia Millen. They’re all amazing bloggers. I love keeping up with them.
Eyeshadow Palette: All time favorite is the Morphe 35O palette because it basically got all the colors I need in my life.
Foundation: Many people think that I use a special/ expensive foundation. But I’m all about drugstore foundations. I love the Loréal Foundation Infallible Liquid 30 ml it got great coverage and it stays on all day
Mascara: Favorite mascara is once again from Loreal – Telescopic which I’m pretty sure is many peoples favorite.
Highlighter: I looove my Anastasia glowkit in ‘’Sun dipped’’ it got the perfect shades for a highlighter.
Brow Product: You can never go wrong with the Anastasia Beverly hills dipbrow pomade!
Hair Product: I’m all about natural ingredients. Coconut, almond, olive and Castor oil is GOLD for not only the hair on your head, but your lashes and brows!
Cream or Powder Contour? Cream. Mostly because I’ve got dry skin but I love the finish of cream contour. It looks more natural- dewy and flawless. Which I’m a big fan of.
Blush or Bronzer? Bronzer. I don’t feel like my makeup is done without my bronzer. & I rarely use blush.

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What inspired you to get into the beauty industry?
I’ve always watched a lot of makeup/ DIY tutorials since I was 12 but I never thought I would get into the industry. I always got asked about how I do my makeup, what I use for this and that. That’s when I thought about it and started creating my own little world on Instagram.

Growing up, who was your beauty inspiration?
I grew up as a tomboy. I wasn’t into any beauty related things just 5 years ago. I’ve slowly gotten more and more into it because I’ve noticed the more creative side of myself.

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You post some super creative looks that really stand out! What inspires your creativity? 
Thank you so much! Tbh I get inspired by EVERYTHING. You could put anything in front of me and I’ll start looking- thinking- and start creating a look. One thing I always do during my makeup as a tradition is, to listen to Lana Del Rey. Her voice, music, lyrics gets me going.

Do you have any interesting tips/tricks you can share with Lady Code?
Of course! They ultimate KEY to get the perfect pigmentation out of your eye shadow/bronzer or even your highlighter is to wet your brush just a tiny sprits before dabbing it into the product and you’ll see a huge difference immediately! I do it every time I highlight my face.

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Which beauty product are you currently obsessing over?
I got sent this brow product from @Mywunderbrow and it’s waterproof y’all ! I recommend it to everyone! Especially for those who struggles with having thin brows and it takes them ages to fill their brows. This product will stay on for days! Imagine waking up and your brows are already done. #Winning
What is your go-to beauty look?
My go-to look everyday is looking like a homeless person. But when I’ve time and the energy I’m all about that bronzy, glowy-dewy look with natural eyes, meaning no mascara but sometimes with (it depends on my mood).

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Are there any projects you have going on at the moment?
I’ve some stuff going on that I’m really excited about, but I cant tell anyone yet.

What is the best makeup advice you ever received:
Take care of your SKIN. You can’t have a flawless looking base if you don’t take care of your skin first. Have some days where you let your skin breath.

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Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 
Like many other people. I’ve noooo idea! I’m just going with the flow. Doing what I love and going hand in hand with my destiny.
LadyCode is all about women empowering women! Do you have any advice/words of encouragement for our readers/viewers? Girl. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Remember to tell yourself that every single day. Don’t stand in front of the mirror and pick everything that you don’t like about yourself. Instead, pick everything you LOVE about yourself. Make your flaws into something unique because it makes you ORIGINAL. Don’t look at other girls and think that they’re better than you. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t let the evil voices get to you. Don’t listen to your haters. DON’T LET THEM WIN! Be your own best friend NOT your own enemy!
Just be happy. Do whatever the heck you want to do. Follow your heart not people’s advices. DO YOU BOO! Live your life like nobody’s watching. Create your own destiny. #TheWinningTeam

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Keep up with Bella:

Instagram: Bella.akt

Twitter: Bella.akt

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Girl Talk with Miss New York USA 2017: Hannah Lopa

Miss New York 2017 Hannah Lopa stopped by my studio yesterday for a PageantLIVE interview during her media week! Just for fun, I had my friends on Snapchat send in their questions that they wanted to ask Miss New York, and we answered some of the questions for you on LadyCode!

Watch the full Snapchat Q&A with Miss New York 2017 here:

Want more snapchat fun? Add Hannah on Snapchat: HannahLo16
Keep up with Hannah as she goes on to compete for Miss USA this summer:
Instagram: @halo16 @missnyusa
Twitter: @missnyusa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissNewYorkUSA/

Don’t forget to subscribe to PageantLIVE and watch Hannah’s full PageantLIVE interview here:

Meet Miss Pakistan World 2017: Ramina Ashfaque

Ramina Ashfaque is a recent Broadcast Communications graduate of Florida International University. After being crowned Miss Pakistan World 2017 in November, Ramina will be going on to compete in several international pageants including Miss Earth 2017, where she will be representing Pakistan. Ramina has held several pageant titles prior to her current title, including Miss Florida World. She is committed to the March of Dimes Organization in Florida in which she is an active advocate and volunteer. Ramina is on the path to fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. She also wants to be an advocate for changing the way people think, by showing her supporters what it is to be a modern woman, and appreciate the Pakistani culture while still becoming successful in the world of film, fashion, and modeling. Ramina is striving to open the minds of people with conservative backgrounds, such as her heritage, and she appreciates her platform because it gives her the ability to spread her message! 

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Current City: Sunrise, Florida
Hobbies: Traveling, exercising, modeling
Favorite food: all food 😀
Favorite movie: Bridesmaids
Three words that sum you up: Goofy, Ambitious, Loving
Song you have on repeat right now: Koshish- Teddi Pagg
Dream job: Actress
Beauty product you can’t live without: Concealer
 
Favorite quote: “Dream big, work hard, and stay humble”

 

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Being Miss Pakistan must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?  I just got a job as the Media Director for Cricket Council USA, so I will be delivering coverage from cricket games, making documentaries, etc. This was a job I was hoping for since I started college and getting into sports broadcasting. After my day at work, I am usually running errands for the upcoming international pageant I am competing in, in Taiwan next month. Then I go to the gym and work out, and then this weekend I am flying to Philadelphia for a music video with a Pakistani artist. There is always something going on!

What has been the highlight of being Miss Pakistan so farIt was such an incredible feeling to be able to accomplish ONE of biggest goals, to be able to represent a country and I am truly humbled by the opportunity. I competed in this pageant last year but placed second runner up, but I came back harder and stronger because I believe persistence is the key to tackling any of your goals. Knowing that I am going to be competing in Miss Earth 2017 was definitely the highlight after winning Miss Pakistan World.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? I never used to drink water, but ever since I started to I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin hydration.

Growing up, who was your inspiration? My inspiration has always been my mother. She is the strongest, smartest, most supportive woman I know. She came to America with nothing and went to the University of Nebraska and got her Masters in Chemistry. I admire her for how hard she has worked to get to where she is and how much work she puts into our family. She can handle anything thrown at her and she inspires me to be the best person I can be.

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Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying? I think a lot of us have been victims of bullying. Bullying is something that the bully him/herself probably have gone through themselves and is a coping mechanism going through tough times. Just remember, YOU are not the problem. We all have to stick together and you shouldn’t go through it in silence, you should always speak to someone about it. I am a believer in women empowerment, and as women we also have to stick together and only then we can can kick butt!

Tell us about your platform: I have been committed to the March of Dimes organization in Florida in which I am an active advocate and volunteer. The March of Dimes is an organization that began the premature research initiative which funds research for the causes of prematurity. I decided to team up with this organization because I had once lost a sibling to prematurity, so I wanted to contribute in any way I can to raise awareness for this cause.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? There are many ways to get involved because we have many charity events that you can volunteer at. We have annual runs and charity auctions for the organization.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? I don’t get much free time but when I do, I love to spend time with my nieces and nephew, they are everything to me. But if I am not spending that free time with friends or family, I schedule photoshoots because it is something I really do enjoy.

What is your go-to makeup look? I have tried so many name brand foundations and I can’t seem to find one that I love, so I keep going back to my Loreal infallible Pro-Matte. Then I use my go-to concealer which is the Maybelline dark circle eraser (I swear by this one even though its drug store brand). Next I take my Anastasia contour kit and do a quick contour, use my Makeup forever eyeliner, and end it with MAC whirl lipstick. It only takes my 10 minutes.

What is one thing you can’t live without? My family. EveryTHING else can be managed!

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? The hardest part is trying not to compare yourself to the other smart and beautiful women, but I do not do that anymore because I put out the best version of myself, and pray for the best.

What is the best part about competing in pageants? The best part is meeting so many goal-oriented women and being surrounded by positive energy, that we can relate to. I always make wonderful friends at every single pageant. I love these girls.

What is the best advice you have ever received? This might sound cliché, but it is that if there is something that you are truly passionate about that makes you happy, the best decision for you will always be to pursue it. In our lives, we tend to consider outside factors like what people will think and whether it will stick or not, but at the end of the day your happiness should be your main priority. It is never too late to pursue your dreams. Learn to be comfortable and confident in your own skin and success will follow.

 

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Keep up with Ramina: 

Instagram: @Ramina_ash

Facebook Fan Page: Ramina Ashfaque

 

Meet Ms. Woman Maryland United States 2016: Kimberly Arthur-Mensah

Today on Lady Code I am so excited to interview Ms. Woman Maryland United States 2016, Kimberly Arthur! Kimberly is a clinical Nurse Manager and an advocate for children who are victims of child sex trafficking. Keep reading to learn more about your reigning Ms. Woman Maryland queen!

Quick facts…
Hometown: Leakesville, MS
Current city: Bethesda
Favorite food: Seafood
Three words that sum you up: Dependable, observant, conservative
Song you have on repeat right now: Simply Amazing by Trey Songz
Dream job: Print fashion model
Beauty product you can’t live without: MAC foundation
Favorite quote:
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude
-Oprah Winfrey

Having a title keeps you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? I have been very busy. I work a 40+ hour week in nursing. Then weekends are waking up around 8am so I am at a fashion show around 9am for hair an makeup an rehearsal.

What has been the highlight of having your title so far?
All of the wonderful opportunities: Modeling in Fashion shows, photo shoots, attending charity events, interviews and many other appearances as Ms Woman Maryland.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
Lol, getting enough rest. I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a month a night.  It is not always easy.

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Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My dad. He is a psychiatrist. So growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor. Once I entered college I realized I had a passion for health care, but not for being a medical doctor.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
Please let someone know. Your parents your teachers or someone you trust. Don’t try to deal with this alone. You need other to help you put a stop to bullying.

Tell us about your platform:
I am an advocate for children who were victims of child sex trafficking. I help mentor an transport them to their meetings.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
Educate yourself on trafficking. Know the signs so you can protect your kids.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
Sleeping. I never feel like I get enough sleep.I also like to travel.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
My cellphone. I use it for everything. To communicate to others, Internet, my calendar and business related tasks.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
Standing on stage an speaking to a crowd of people. I get so nervous.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Changing your perspective  can transform your life.

Keep up with Kimberly:
Instagram: kimbuckeye
Facebook Fan Page: Ms Woman Maryland United States

The Right Way Manage Your Weight with Guest Author, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

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Meet today’s guest author: 

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner specializes in women’s health, weight management, allergies, autoimmune diseases and environmental illnesses. Since 1991 she has been advancing the concepts of integrative medicine combining her expertise in Chinese Medicine, nutrition and women’s health. Elizabeth has been featured in national publications as an expert in Integrative medicine. She has been featured on television including The Oprah Winfrey show along side her mentor, Dr. Andrew Weil. Elizabeth is also a contributing author for medical books, journals , websites and magazines. 

 

One of the biggest phenomenon I witness in my practice is women of all ages wanting to lose weight.  There are so many diets and so many opinions out there that it can make one dizzy.  The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is eating a clean diet. A clean diet consists of organic , hormone free,grass fed animal and dairy products ,whole grains, unprocessed nuts and 7-11 servings of organic vegetables and fruit.

Women ask me how can I lose weight quickly? There is no such thing as a quick fix with weight loss. By staying away from junk, and eating at least 1,200 calories a day of clean, healthy and organic food it is possible to drop anywhere from 1/2 pound to 5 pounds in two weeks. Here is an outline I give to patients. Make sure to eat protein at every meal and pick either a starchy vegetable or starch at each meal to keep blood sugar stable.

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Women’s Weight Management Dietary Guidelines

Daily intake:

Proteins: 4-6 oz of fish,  or seafood(if permitted), 4-5 oz of poultry, 3-4 oz of red meat: beef, lamb and bison(if permitted), ½-3/4 cup beans;2 oz of hard cheese, ½-1 cup of ricotta(skim) or cottage cheese(skim), 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt; 2 eggs(if permitted);1 cup egg white , 1 cup tofu or soy yogurt;3-4 oz of seitan or tempeh;1 oz of nuts(10-20) or 2 tbsp of nut butter. 3  servings of protein a day

Vegetables: artichokes beets bok choy broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber eggplant, greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip),leeks, mushrooms(shitake, Portobello no white button), okra, onions peppers pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas snow peas, green beans, snap peas, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, watercress,  herb mix salad, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, water chestnuts, yellow wax beans, endive, escarole, fennel, parsley, sprouts(alfalfa, mung bean and radish) . Unlimited

Fruit: Apple, apricots,1/2 of a banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, Clementine, cranberries, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes(1 cup) guava, honeydew, kiwi, lemon, lime  lychee (fresh) mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon(fresh)pineapple, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, rhubarb, star fruit, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon. Unlimited

*7-11 servings a day of vegetable and fruit/day, emphasize vegetables. 

Starchy vegetables: 1/3-1/2 cup beans or peas(cooked), ½ cup corn, ½ cup green peas, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup plantains or yuca,1 small yukon or purple potato, 1 small sweet potato,

Starches: 1/3-1/2 cup of cooked barley, whole grain cous-cous, bran, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, brown or basmati rice, oatmeal;1 organic corn tortilla, 1 slice whole grain high fiber bread,3/4 cup high fiber cereal, 3-5 whole rye crackers,1-2 cups air popped popcorn(limit); 5 Mary’s Gone Crackers, 5 San J,  Holgrain, or Edward and Sons brown rice crackers.

*3 servings a day of starchy vegetables or starch servings/day

 Fats:  ½ avocado,10 green or black olives,  1 tbsp capers,1tsp of organic olive, canola or sesame oil, 1tsp of smart balance, spectrum spread, or earth balance, 1tsp vegan or organic mayonnaise, 2 tbsp salad dressing(Annie’s shitake sesame or goddess, Newman’s original). Nuts, see protein. 3-4 servings/day.

 Water: Minimum of 64 oz a day. This can include oolong, green, white and herbal tea, seltzer water. Studies have shown green tea has facilitated weight loss. You may have low sodium organic vegetable, chicken or beef stock.

 Additional foods: spices, herbs, all dietary supplements and herbs, stevia, fresh lemon and lime juice, apple cider or balsamic vinegar, coffee(limit 2 cups)1 tbsp honey or maple syrup.

Please eat every 2-3 hours. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime or by 8pm. Herbal tea permitted.

You can learn more about Dr. Trattner on her website: http://www.elizabethtrattner.com

We love following her blog where she provides resources for living a healthy lifestyle, just like this one!  

 

Meet Becky Lee: Founder of Becky’s Fund

After receiving her B.A. Degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Becky Lee continued on to receive her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Interested in the prevention of intimate partner violence, Ms. Lee has been working on issues concerning survivors over the last twenty years as an advocate, a kickboxing instructor, a policy associate and an attorney. 
Becky Lee is the Executive Director of Becky’s Fund, a national non-profit organization committed to addressing and preventing the occurrence of intimate partner violence through advocacy, research and support for survivors. When she was given the opportunity to try out for Survivor: Cook Islands during the summer of 2006, Ms. Lee decided to go for it because she wanted to break media stereotypes of Asian Americans and bring awareness to the prevalence of intimate partner violence. After coming in third, Ms. Lee took much of her 3rdplace winnings to create the non-profit organization, Becky‘s Fund, (www.beckysfund.org) due to seeing the lack of attention given to addressing the issue of violence prevention and education.  Even though she has never personally experienced domestic violence, she wanted to show people by example how important it is to work on intimate partner violence as it affects 1 in 3 women in the United States, calling the organization Becky’s Fund to stress how each person can make a difference in our community on this issue.

Becky’s Fund is a 501c(3) public charity focused on the prevention of intimate partner violence and providing post-incident support for survivors and their families. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by intimate partner violence?The Fund’s mission is unique in its focus on educating an under-served market – young people, professionals, and men while working to end and prevent this violence.  Our innovative workshops, survivor independence courses, and outreach programs have earned us national recognition by the Office of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joe Biden, and was highlighted on ESPN’s Outside the Lines

Tell us about Becky’s Fund:

The prevention-based mission of Becky‘s Fund is to foster awareness of intimate partner violence, encourage advocacy among peers, promote activism through outreach programs, and create support for victims. Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, or age. Because 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will face intimate partner violence during her/his lifetime, Becky‘s Fund openly addresses this issue to tackle it and find ways to help those who are struggling with it find safety for themselves and their children.

Becky‘s Fund executes its outreach strategy through national public relations and media campaigns, using radio, print, and television public service announcements.  It leverages education, Web 2.0 technology, and cutting-edge resources to enable critical one-to-one connections between victims and survivors. These crucial resources take aim at the heart of damaging social beliefs that perpetuate a cycle of struggle and abuse among so many people in our community.  Through our website (www.beckysfund.org), networking, and events, Becky‘s Fund also connects donors with the specific needs of abuse victims.  

On an everyday basis, we are working to educate and prevent intimate partner violence from continuing.  We use social media such as twitter, facebook and the website every day to create dialogue about the assumptions and beliefs that people have about what causes intimate partner violence and how people can get involved to fight against intimate partner violence.  

We create and execute events to create awareness of this issue while raising money to fund programs and help assist victims with their different needs ranging from economical, legal, and advocacy areas.

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What inspired you to start Becky’s Fund?

While a junior at the University of Michigan, I heard an extraordinary woman and lawyer, Andrea Lyon, deliver a horrific story that would change my life and the lives of many others to come.  She described how a woman was dragged down the street by her husband with her intestines hanging out, after being slashed several times. No one ever reached out to help her.  After hearing that 1 in 3 women are affected by intimate partner violence and story after story about women who suffer in prison after killing their abusers in self-defense from intimate partner violence, I could not sit still and do nothing.    

This is why I initially went to law school, then tried out for the reality show Survivor, and lastly created my own non-profit – all to raise awareness for the epidemic of intimate partner violence in America and to create public and tangible support for these victims of abuse.  I have seen so many women hide their pain and bruises because they are afraid of being blamed all over again for the abuse.   There is a problem in our society when we continue to ask “Why doesn’t she leave,” when the question should be “Why does he keep getting away with abusing her?” I have always been outraged by the lack of community support to help abused women find safety from their batterers, just as I was shocked by the response of millions of teens in America blaming Rihanna for the abuse from Chris Brown several years ago. 

It is often up to people who have not been personally affected by intimate partner violence to stand up and speak out for the silenced victims who cannot. Because I do not have a personal story to relate, I am able to speak out about this issue so openly. I am not stigmatized by cultural judgment and other barriers such as fear of being blamed and shame in coming forward to ask for help. After working on this issue as an advocate and attorney for over 20 years, I dedicated my career to develop a multi-faceted approach that addresses social, cultural and legal barriers that trap victims and started my own organization 10 years ago with the proceeds I made from winning third place on the reality show, Survivor.

Gala where Becky hosted and represented Becky's Fund
Group Shot with Athletes and Models at 2015 Walk This Way: From L-R: John Booty, Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Pierre Garçon, Chris Baker, Bradley Beal, Becky Lee, Garrett Temple, Gio Gonzalez, Alan Anderson, Gary Clark, Steven Birnbaum, Chris Pontius, Giuseppe Lanzone

What are some challenges that victims of domestic violence may face that keep them from finding help?

When people ask “Why doesn’t she just leave?”, they fail to understand the multi-faceted barriers that keep domestic abuse survivors from seeking help. In fact, leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time for a survivor. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two weeks after leaving than at any other time during the relationship.  Especially now, financial abuse is becoming more common in domestic violence relationships. Usually, the abuser will have access to passwords and account information. Often times, the abuser has sole access to passports, passwords, credit cards, cash, and immigration papers. With no sense of financial control, the survivor often has no money or means of support if she/he leaves the relationship.

We also live in a culture where violence is normalized from such an early age. If a boy pushes a little girl down on the playground, she’s told that he’s doing it because he likes her. In addition, if the survivor grows up in a violent home, she/he probably believe that hitting is a way of expressing love and the violence often becomes normalized behavior.  Abusers also emotionally and mentally abuse their victims so that they believe that they do not deserve a life any better. Because of this, they might believe that they won’t be loved by anyone else and that the abuser is the best partner they will find. Abusers maintain a sense of power and control over their victims by isolating them from their friends and family. With no support system, the survivor would not have anyone to turn to if they attempted to leave the relationship. Finally, it’s important to understand that in these type of relationships, the survivor might still have love for her/his partner. These relationships generally don’t start out abusive. There’s a honeymoon phase that will be interrupted by tension building and eventually a violent blow up. The cycle repeats but the survivor might hold onto the positive qualities she/her sees in her/his partner. When this couple has children together, it can be even more difficult to leave the abuser she/her loves.

 

Group Shot with Athletes and Models at 2015 Walk This Way: From L-R: John Booty, Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Pierre Garçon, Chris Baker, Bradley Beal, Becky Lee, Garrett Temple, Gio Gonzalez, Alan Anderson, Gary Clark, Steven Birnbaum, Chris Pontius, Giuseppe Lanzone
Gala where Becky hosted and represented Becky’s Fund

What are some ways that Becky’s Fund raises awareness for domestic violence?

Many awareness initiatives focus mainly on girls and women, but fails to bring boys and men into the conversation. Our Men of Code program works with young male athletes and coaches to help them become better leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against girls and women.  The program includes workshops and seminars on leadership, masculinity, consent, dating violence, and empowers them to bring these same skills and knowledge to the outside world to help end violence against women.  To help raise funds for our Men of Code program, we created Walk This Way, our annual fashion charity event. This event has raised thousands of dollars for our charity to help end intimate partner violence. Last year, about 700 local Washingtonians, pro athletes, and notables came together to help raise awareness for our organization at the Italian Embassy.

We also have our Becoming Your Own Heroine program, which is a workshop for girls aged 8-18 to train and educate them on dating violence, self-defense, and artistic expression. We create an open, safe environment where girls can engage in dialogues that they might not have been able to create with their teachers or parents. The girls learn about gender identity, consent, dating violence, sexual violence, healthy and abusive relationships, and bystander intervention. Our goal for this program is to train these girls on various ways to prevent intimate partner violence and empower them to live successful, confident lives.

Tell us about your upcoming event, Take a Stand, Make a Splash:

Take a Stand, Make a Splash is our second annual swimsuit fashion show that works to end and prevent intimate partner violence. Instead of using traditional models, our models are female athletes or fitness personalities from the DC area to highlight the strength and diversity of the female body. To celebrate the strength and diversity of women’s bodies as well as honor the ground-breaking achievements that women continue to accomplish, the theme of this year’s fashion show is freedom.  Proceeds from this event will go to Becky’s Fund.

 

For more information, visit our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/630780120432552/

To buy tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-stand-make-a-splash-2016-tickets-26445416954

Becky with Football players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in our Men of Code Program
Becky with Football players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in our Men of Code Program

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?

The best way to get involved is to find local organizations near you that need help with volunteering or advocacy in helping achieve the mission to end intimate partner violence. This could look like passing out flyers, bringing awareness to an upcoming event, or even volunteering at a hotline center. However, there are other actions we can take in our daily life to make a difference without volunteering to an organization. First and foremost, if a survivor confides in you, start by believing them. Do not judge that person or question as to why she/he stayed. Believe her/his story and lead her/him to resources so she/he can rebuild her/his life.  Also, speak up. If you see someone being abused, get involved by confronting the situation, creating a distraction which will allow the survivor to return to safety, or directly contact the authorities with the survivor’s permission.

 

How can victims get in touch with Becky’s fund?

If you or someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence you can visit our website at www.beckysfund.org and visit our “Get Help” and “Resources” page that will give you all the information you need on creating a safety plan.

Meet Vanessa Hernandez: Miss New Mexico United States 2016

With the Miss United States 2016 pageant kicking off tomorrow, the countdown to Miss United States 2016 closes out with Miss New Mexico, Vanessa Hernandez! Vanessa was a student and Sundancer at New Mexico State University and a part of the first competitive hip hop dance team to win Dance Worlds. As an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Vanessa takes pride in having a career with one of her tribes enterprises. Growing up she faced bullying for having a diverse ethnic background. Now she uses her personal experiences of overcoming adversity as fuel to her platform, Anti Bullying and Women Empowerment. Vanessa hosts fashion shows that encourage young women to “stomp their heels on bullying” and embrace the beauty of being different and the confidence to always make a [fashion] statement.

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Current City: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Hobbies: Snowboarding, dancing, weight lifting, yoga, traveling
Favorite food: My mom’s green chili chicken enchiladas
Favorite movie: Legends of the Fall
Three words that sum you up: Vibrant, Authentic and Empathetic
Song you have on repeat right now: Just like Fire by PINK (The lyrics are so empowering!)
Dream job: I currently have a very rewarding career but if I was to wake up tomorrow to do something else it would be traveling the world with my platform.
Beauty product you can’t live without: I was recently introduced to Solar Protection Formula by my aesthetician and LOVE it!
Favorite quote: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude” -Scot Hamilton

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Having a title keeps you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
One of the attributes pageantry teaches is time management. To keep my sanity of balancing my full time career and title amongst other daily responsibilities I start my day off with fueling my mind, body and soul with a workout, devotional reading and a good breakfast! After working a full day my evenings vary from weight lifting, pageant prep coaching for young girls, and preparing for appearances, photoshoots and interviews for the weekend.
 
What has been the highlight of being Miss New Mexico US so far?
A couple weeks after I was crowned I received an email from the fifth grade teacher of the Mescalero Elementary School and she told me she had asked her students who they wanted to come speak at their Graduation Ceremony and they chose me! I was completely surprised and felt so honored. I have a huge heart for the youth in my community so to know I was inspiring them inspired me!
 
What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
I wouldn’t say I’m flawless all the time. With a schedule as compact as mine I tend to be short on time and resort to one of my favorite looks, a bun! Since I was a little girl I use to love to dress like my Grandma Petra and she always had a good bun and bold earrings! Simple yet classy.  
 
 What is your go-to makeup look?
I love the natural look. My days start at 5am and usually doesn’t end till 9-10 at night so I always resort to a waterproof mascara and eye liner, MAC concealer under my eyes and MAC blot powder throughout the day. I love to curl my eyelashes with the tweezer man eye lash curler and always have a lip gloss on hand!

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Growing up, who was your inspiration?
Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla! I am from a diverse ethnic background and I loved being able to relate to her upbringing and strong family values. She is Mexican-American and embraced every part of that through her music. Her innovativeness to fashion, humility, and compassion for fans is an inspiration to me as a woman today and I aspire to leave a legacy like she has.
 
Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
When I first read this blog I did a happy dance because my platform as Miss New Mexico US is Anti Bullying and Women Empowerment. I’ll share more of that below but YES I do have advice. We all have been bullied in some form or another because if you are different in any type of way you become vulnerable to being a victim of bullying.  One of my favorite lines in the book I Am Malala is when her mother tells her daughter to “Hide your face— people are looking at you” and she responds “It doesn’t matter; I’m also looking at them”. Always remember that the opinion of others does not define you! The next time you find yourself the victim of being bullied consider yourself in that position for a purpose! Be the good, share love, be the reason that bully wants to change for the better!  Matthew 5:43-48
 
Tell us about your platform:
As a young girl growing up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation I was a victim of bullying. My peers would refer to me as “white girl” and “princess” in a derogatory way because of the way I dressed and the color of my skin. When I would get home I would scratch my skin so hard till it bled hoping that it would turn brown like my mom. My mother has such a moving soul and taught me at a very young age that there is beauty in being different and to embrace who I am. Now, as a woman I want to share that! Anti-Bullying and Women Empowerment is what my platform is about. Fashion shows is my chosen activity to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and female empowerment!
 
Stomping our heels on bullying while making a Fashion Statement!
 

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What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
To get involved in your community with my platform I would just encourage you to stomp your own heels on bullying and create your own fashion statement that best represents who YOU are! By doing that you will be an encouragement to the next woman that comes your way.
To be more involved in your community with other projects I encourage you to listen to the radio, read the local newspaper or read up on your local chamber website for events. Social Media can be very helpful as well, simply posting a status asking how to get involved will blossom into philanthropic opportunities.
 
In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m grateful I have a family that supports my journey to Miss United States and the busy schedule it brings because when I do have free time it is dedicated to time being spent with them! Sometimes it’s only 20 minutes and my dad will come over and help me water my lawn, birthday BBQ’s on the back porch or sometimes I can collaborate shopping for the pageant with the women I love most! My mom and Aunt helped me choose my evening wear gown for Miss United States and that experience would not have been the same without them there.
 
 
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Friendship. I once had a conversation with a homeless man and apologized I wasn’t able to offer him much. He shared with me that my smile and generosity was enough and that more than anything he wishes people would just acknowledge him and wave hello. That conversation made me more aware that it is easy to take advantage of living a fortunate life and at the end of the day there is a lot of things we can live without but friendship keeps our souls alive!
 
What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
 Letting others speak over your thoughts. In pageantry you get told “Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself”. As generic as that sounds it is so true! It’s easy to have someone you admire influence you. But don’t let their prominent manner steer the direction of your heart in the opposite way of YOU and your dreams! 
 
What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The voice of the crown! The moment I decided to participate in this organization it gave me the opportunity to have a more powerful and impactful voice to the young girls in my community. Choosing to no longer be on the sidelines and take the chance at vying for my state title challenged me to dig deep within myself and bring out the authenticity that I have been holding back. Thanks to USNP for the first time in my life I feel on fire!  
 
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What is the best advice you have ever received?
I have come across lots of great advice through my life but most recently I had a friend reach out to me through facebook and shared with me some sweet and impactful words,
 
“…..Your coronation of Miss NM is a HUGE deal and super exciting as is the journey to Miss US, but never ever forget that you are Vanessa Hernandez, you were before and will be after this is all over. You have done an amazing job of not losing sight of your heritage and culture and where you’ve come from and most importantly your faith, and I just want to encourage you to hold onto that as things get more and more hectic….I know this is totally out of left field, I’ve just been thinking about it as everyone has been referring to you as Miss New Mexico as if that’s your new name…….”
 
God always has impeccable timing when bringing forward the support I need to help me on this unbeaten path to Miss United States!  
 
Keep up with Vanessa:
Twitter: @Miss_NMUS
Snapchat: MissNMUS2016
Instagram: miss_nmunitedstates
Facebook Fan Page: Miss New Mexico United States

Meet Claire Wright: Miss Washington Teen USA 2016

Today I am so honored to share an interview with one of the most inspiring young women I have met through pageantry. Claire Wright embodies everything that Lady Code stands for, so I knew I had to share her story with you all! I met Claire at Miss Universe 2015 through an interview I did for PageantLIVE. Through the interview, I learned that Claire was a former victim of bullying and she has since then created her own nonprofit organization, Project Claire Bear. Claire is also a blogger, student, and your current Miss Teen Washington USA! Claire is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Miss Teen USA competition, so I thought now would be the perfect time to share her story!

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What inspired you to compete in beauty pageants?
While being severely bullied in middle school, I was looking for activities outside of school, so I could build up my life away from the people mistreating me. I told my mom I wanted to compete in a pageant, who was initially apprehensive, until I received a letter in the mail the next day asking me to participate in a pageant. We did some research and looked at it as God’s perfect timing. My first pageant was the best experience I could have ever hoped for. I gave a speech on the importance of being kind to others, and that passion has since grown into my nonprofit organization, Project Claire Bear. My confidence grew immensely that weekend and I learned so much about myself, and even placed in the top 15! The experience led me to have clearer aspirations for my career and inspired me to continue competing.

What are you looking forward to the most at Miss Teen USA 2016?
I am so looking forward to spending more time with the girls there! What I love about the Miss Universe Organization is that it gives titleholders the opportunities to spend time together throughout the year, so by the time we get to Miss Teen USA it’s one giant reunion with all of our best friends! Of course I also cannot wait to see who the next Miss Teen USA is, it would be an absolute dream come true to walk away with the crown, but I love knowing that either way I will have the time of my life! 

Tell us more about Project Claire Bear and how our readers can get involved:
Project Claire Bear is a nonprofit organization I founded to prevent bullying and promote kindness. After being bullied, I realized I didn’t want other kids to have to go through what I went through, so I have made it my mission to teach kids the tools to stop a bullying situation when they see it occurring. I speak at schools and community centers in my area and really cover all roles involved in the situation, be it the bully, victim, or bystander, because everyone has the power to be the change and be the good. You can go to www.projectclairebear.com to find out more or like the Facebook page “Project Claire Bear” to stay up to date!

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You have a strong focus on anti-bullying. Do you have a personal experience with bullying that inspired you to fight bullying?
I have experienced bullying several times in my life and I decided I wanted to do what I could to make sure that other kids wouldn’t have to go through what I went through. I created Project Claire Bear as a way to prevent bullying and promote kindness by speaking out about my story and sharing the tools I learned to educate others on the different roles people play in bullying situations and how to stop it before it gets too severe.

What advice can you give to Lady Code readers that may be victims of bullying?
The most important thing to remember is that it is going to get better. When you’re being bullied sometimes it can feel like your whole world and it can be hard to see past it, but it is so important to remember that it is just a small part of it.

Do you have a favorite blogger? If so, who?
I love Julianne Hough’s blog! She represents young women for our generation so well. She is natural and confident in whom she is and promotes messages that are important to her, while keeping the blog fun. She just opened an active wear line and is so involved in actively making the world a better place; I look up to her so much. She is relatable, approachable, has so much professional and business experience and has so much to share.

How would you describe your own personal style?
My personal style is trendy and chic, yet classic. I love to stay up to date on the latest trends and am obsessed with finding new looks, but I always like to stay classic in my style.

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Who is your style icon?
Blake Lively! Her personal style has really grown since “Gossip Girl” ended. Since then, her career has taken off, she got married, and became a mother. The confidence in her personal and professional life shows through her bold fashion choices, but Blake looks just as chic in jeans and a t-shirt as in a ball gown. What I love about her is that she wears the clothes, they don’t wear her.

 What are your favorite fashion trends this season?
I am in LOVE with the lace-up trend! From shoes to tops, I can’t get enough of it!

 You must be a busy girl! How do you stay looking gorgeous?
First of all, thank you so much! Hydration is the number one thing!! I always make sure to drink plenty of water and maintain an active lifestyle to help me stay healthy and feel balanced. When I’m on the go, I always take my “S’well” water bottle with me and drink from it throughout the day.

What is your favorite new beauty product?
I’m way behind on this one, but the other day I just got a beauty blender and I swear it is pure magic. I love it and it helps me apply makeup quickly and smoothly before heading out for the day!

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Who in your life has inspired you the most?
My younger brother has inspired me the most in my life. He has grown up having learning disabilities and has had to overcome so many obstacles along the way, but he has never let that hold him back from giving his all.

 

What are some of your goals for the future?
Of course a big goal I am working towards right now is hopefully winning the title of Miss Teen USA 2016! My other future goals include graduating college, and pursuing a career as a broadcast journalist. One day I hope to host a national morning show!

Do you have any current or upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
Right now I am definitely in full Miss Teen USA preparation mode! I started a blog a year ago, thewrightwayblog.com, and plan on focusing more on it after Miss Teen USA! It is a fun way for me to share my thoughts and experiences and I am excited about it.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Always remember to be strong and be kind!

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Keep up with Claire:

Blog: thewrightwayblog.com
Instagram: Personal: @clairewright12 Titleholder: @misswateenusa
Snapchat: Personal: clairewright12 Titleholder: misswateenusa
Twitter: Titleholder: @MissWAteenusa
Facebook: Personal: Claire Wright Titleholder: Miss Washington Teen USA