Elite Miss Nevada 2018, Jody Marie is a true inspiration to the community. Being a speaker, Jody has been able to reach thousands of people every single year to influence others to reduce waste, go vegan, and support their local community. She has also been accepted to be a representative for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and lead the global fight for climate solutions. As a Fashion Model, Raw Foods Chef, Speaker, Environmentalist and Activist… Jody tries her best to leave the biggest impact with the smallest footprint.

Hometown: Las Vegas Nevada
Occupation: Fashion Model, Raw Foods Chef, Speaker, and work at a Real Estate Investment Firm
Hobbies:Volunteering, Fashion, Modeling, Photography, Creating Recipes, Hiking, Kayaking, Teaching Classes, traveling, vlogging, hosting meetups and community gatherings, speaking at events, making a positive impact in the community, and personal growth.
Favorite food: Fruit
Favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast
Three words that sum you up: Persistent, Altruistic, Courageous
Song you have on repeat right now: Run by Sir Sly
Dream job: What I am currently doing, a Published Fashion Model. Completing my dream would be becoming Elite Miss Earth and Ms. Earth afterwards.
One thing you can’t live without: Love
Favorite quote:“I can do things you cannot do, you can do things I cannot do, together we can do great things” Mother Teresa

Having a state title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
Waking up and doing some form of self-love is very important to starting the day. It will either start off with Yoga, Meditation, or getting out in nature. Starting your day with self-love can make or break your day! My days consists of volunteering, appearances, photoshoots, planning community outreach activities as well as my day to day work activities. I also spend quality time with my boyfriend, friends and family. Working at a Real Estate Investment company, I have the flexibility to do what I love and love what I do! The joy of being a title holder is every day is different and every day is just as exciting!

What has been the highlight of your reign so far? Meeting some of the most impactful and inspirational women around the USA has been the highlight of my reign. Growing up being bullied by most of the girls in my class, I had an idea of how women behave and didn’t want to be friends with women. It wasn’t until I joined pageantry that I realized that not all women put you down and many of them have your best interest in mind. Empowered women Empower women and I truly believe that pageantry is a true sisterhood to greatness. Even before Nationals, I have met some of the most kind, genuine and empowered individuals. Some of my best friends were from pageantry and I am so thankful to be able to meet the rest of the ladies in Washington DC. Your vibe attracts your tribe!

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? Eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables are what keep my skin looking flawless. I do not eat processed foods for many reasons such as the waste it produces, the lack of nutrition and for health. Being natural and rocking your own skin is also very important as it keeps your skin clear and free of chemicals. Being beautiful in your own skin is such an empowering feeling. I personally love myself with makeup but love myself even more without it.

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? Bullying has nothing to do with you, it has to do with the other person. Being bullied my whole life, I used to always think there was something wrong with me until I studied cognitive behavior in my 20’s and learned that most people who cause harm to other people is because they are suffering and want to push it on someone else. The best advise I could give would be to give your bullies more love because they truly need it. Stay Strong and keep being you!

Tell us about your platform: Being an Earth Warrior, my job is to protect our beautiful life-giving and life-saving Mother Earth. Coming from Native American Ancestry, I have always felt a deep sense of connection to our Mother Earth and all living things on it. That is why my platform is to encourage others to reduce waste, go vegan, and support their local economy. Americans on average produce 4.4lbs of trash every single day. Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the amazon being destroyed and causes 51 billion farm animals to be killed for food, every year, and that does not include sea animals. These are beautiful creatures that are essential to our ecosystem and our oceans. Supporting locals is also very important because it helps put money in your local economy and you help make your community a destination. Reducing waste is something everyone can do. We do not have a world hunger issue, we have a world waste issue.  I teach free monthly zero waste classes, intro to veganism, and host monthly meetups to bring the community together. As a speaker, I was able to reach thousands of people at the 7th annual Health Healing and Happiness conference here in Las Vegas to encourage them to reduce waste, go vegan, and support locals. Working with local and national businesses, leaders and congress, I have been able to make a drastic change in my community.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? One thing you can do right away is use your voice for what you believe in! We have so much power behind our voice and if you are not speaking about something you believe in, your community is missing out. It all depends on what your passion is, but you can host community cleanups, teach a class about something you believe in, reach out to local businesses to host events to raise money for non-profits. My favorite quote from Mother Teresa…” I can do things better than you can…you can do things better than I can…but together we can do great things” If you are not good at planning community outreach activities, find someone in your local community who is and use your talents to help them!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? Everything I do, I do with love. I do not add anything to my calendar if I am not going to enjoy it. I have come to a point in my life where I do what I love, and I love what I do. During my free time I spend time out in nature. I love hiking, camping, kayaking, grounding, gardening and just being out with our Mother Earth.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Best advice I have ever received was you will always have haters in your life and people who will try and put you down. Be the bigger person and send love their way! Keep being you and never change.

Instagram: @Jodymarie_official
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Elite Miss Nevada


Meet Miss New England Earth United States 2018: Isabella Bennett

Miss New England Earth United States 2018, Isabella Bennett, is an Environmental Activists and Information Technology Apprentice from the beautiful state of Rhode Island. She is a first generation college graduate who studied Wedding and Event Planning at the New York Institute of Art and Design and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Sustainability through the University of California: Los Angeles Extension Program. During her time competing in the Miss USA pageant system, Bella won the Miss Amity Award at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Miss Rhode Island USA Pageant. Last year, she was fortunate enough to receive the Beauty for a Cause Award at the 2017 Miss Earth United States Pageant. In her spare time, she serves as Treasurer of the Rhode Island Theatre Educational Association, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for high school to promote their theatre programs, advocate for theatre education, and feature the work of their talented students.

Hometown: Middletown, Rhode Island
Current city: North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Occupation: Audio Visual Technician & Information Technology Apprentice
Hobbies: Traveling, journaling, baking, performing, and napping.
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite movie: Armageddon
Three words that sum you up: Adventurous, adaptable, open-minded
Song you have on repeat right now: Move Together by James Bay
Dream job: Professional Actress
One thing you can’t live without: Moisturizer
Favorite quote: “Her courage was her crown and she wore it like a Queen.” – Atticus

Having a state title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? As an Audio Visual Technician for international science conferences, I spend a large portion of the year traveling. I am currently in the process of getting ready to leave for our summer conference season, so things are a little hectic right now. At the moment, a typical weekday for me consists of working 8:00am – 5:00pm at the office, running errands, taking a power nap, having dinner with my family, at least an hour at the gym, daily meditation,and then catching up on emails or watching an episode of Survivor before bed. On the weekends, I try to make at least one appearance as Miss New England Earth United States 2018, visit my friends and extended family because I won’t have the opportunity to see them for a few months, complete both a morning and evening workout, meal prep for the week, and catch up on household chores. Most people find adhering to such a strict schedule to be dull and daunting, but I actually find that it helps to keep me calm when things get chaotic. While I am never opposed to adjusting my plan, overall I tend to have significantly better days when my time is well structured.

What has been the highlight of your reign so far? During Earth Week I had the opportunity to attend the Party for the Planet at the Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, Rhode Island) and at Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Connecticut). Party for the Planet is an annual Earth Day celebration held by more than 130 American Zoo and Aquarium Association-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America. Both Rhode Island and Connecticut public schools were on vacation that week so the facilities were packed with families! Throughout the events, I had the opportunity to speak with guests about endangered species, marine pollution, and recycling. There is something really special about seeing a child’s eyes light up as you talk to them about their favorite animal or something they learned in school about the environment. Helping to cultivate a child’s a love and respect for nature is the most worthwhile thing I have done with my title. 

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
Good skin care is the foundation to every beauty look. The best way to keep your skin looking happy and health is to stay hydrated; beauty starts from within! I also firmly believe that everyone should use a moisturizer. My skincare routine consists of a vitamin c serum, lightweight gel moisturizer, eye cream with spf during the day, gentle charcoal cleanser, night cream, and hydrating eye cream before bed. Skincare products are something I never skimp on when in the beauty aisle. Having worked as a cosmetics associate for a major department store, I can honestly tell you that not all products are created equally. When looking for skincare products, I pay close attention to the ingredients and actively avoid products that contain synthetic colors and fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

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? As someone who has been a victim of bullying, I can tell you first hard that as hard as it may be right now, you will get through this. You are so much stronger than you think. While everyone’s situation is different, it is important for each of you to remember not to isolate yourself. Seek out the people in your life that you can confide in and surround yourself with their optimism and positivity. Never go through this in silence. Your emotions are valid, your thoughts are valid, and there are people who are not only willing to listen but who want to listen. You are not alone.

Tell us about your platform: As any pageant girl will tell you, developing our personal platform is an essential part of this journey for us. Our platform is what drives us; at its core, it is the reason we are competing. I chose to compete in for the title of Miss Earth United States because I believe in the mission of the organization. Their mission to protect and preserve our planet directly aligns with my personal goals and my platform which is “Educate to Advocate”.

One of the things I hear when I talk to people about environmental concerns like climate change and marine pollution is that they don’t know enough about the topic or that they had no idea that these were such big issues. It is impossible for someone to care about something if they are uninformed. This is where education comes into play. Every conversation that you have with someone is an opportunity to teach and to learn. By opening a dialogue, we are enabling ourselves to both share and receive valuable information. Through my volunteer work, I try to talk to as many people as possible about the challenges and threats that our environment is facing. The best way to advocate for our environment is by helping others to develop an understanding of what is happening and why these issues matter. By educating others on the impact that humans have on earth’s delicate ecosystems and the organism that call our planet home, my hope is that I can help to create a greener future for the generations that follow.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? The biggest thing you can do to support my platform and the health of our planet is to start taking an interest in the environment! Take the initiative to learn more about the environmental concerns that your community is facing and how you help to combat these problems on a local level. There are wonderful environmental organizations in every state who have representatives that want to help you learn about challenges your area are facing. Becoming a well-informed citizen is the first step to being able to aid in the protection and preservation our planet!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? Since we are so close to competition season, I don’t have a lot of free time right now between volunteer work, practicing for the pageant, and training at the gym. When I do get some down time I usually spend it watching Survivor with my family; we are currently in the process of watching every season from start to finish. I also thoroughly enjoy making colored coded charts and spreadsheets. I have the Google Sheets application on my phone and am constantly creating and updating documents to keep myself organized. I find to be very relaxing.

What is the best advice you have ever received? A dear friend and mentor of mine Mr. Robert Shaffer use to recite a famous quote by Dan Montano. It is something that has always stuck with me. “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Twitter: @IsabellaBrie
Instagram: @isabella.brie
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Elite Miss Rhode Island 2018, Laura Barlow, developed a passion for nature and animals at a young age. Now in her thirties, she spends her time volunteering, running a non-profit organization and taking care of her two rescue dogs. Her purpose in this world is to spread a message of love and compassion towards nature, animals and humanity. Laura also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a school teacher. Laura is proud to be Elite Miss Rhode Island 2018!

Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island
Occupation: Teacher
Hobbies: Volunteering, Nature, Animals, Health and Fitness, Cooking, Event Planning, Fundraising, Fashion
Favorite food: Do I have to pick one!? I love to eat! Some of my favorite foods include: Vegan Macaroni & Cheese, Vegan Nachos, Maple Mustard Tempeh and Hummus!!
Favorite movie: Avatar and Contact
Three words that sum you up: Compassionate, Passionate and Motivated
Song you have on repeat right now: XO by Beyonce! The song came out in 2013 but recently I have really connected to it. I love the theme of the song, “to create light from darkness.”
Dream job: I am blessed to be a teacher and I love my career. My other dream job would be working full time to help animals. I would particularly love to help put an end to the Taiji dolphin drive hunt.
One thing you can’t live without: My family and dogs!
Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Having a state title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
I am very busy! My typical day involves teaching, taking care of my dogs, completing my responsibilities involved in running a non profit organization and being a state title holder. It is a lot of work but I would not have it any other way. Service to my students, community, state and the planet is what gives me purpose. I also make sure to take care of myself as well. Everyday I make time for healthy eating, exercise and relaxation. In order to best serve others we ourselves must first be physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

What has been the highlight of your reign so far?
The highlight of my reign so far has been all of the amazing people I have met in my community and all of the wonderful organizations I have been involved with. I have volunteered weekly and I have so much more planned. It feels amazing to be making a positive difference in my community! There truly is joy in service to others. I am very thankful to the Miss Earth United States organization for giving me this amazing opportunity to be an ambassador to environmental protection campaigns.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
My best beauty secret is to use cruelty free products! Nothing makes me feel more beautiful than knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of my beauty products.

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?
Seek help! If you are being bullied please talk to a teacher, friend or parent. Please also know that you are not alone. It is impossible to be alone because you are connected to everything around you. I would also like to offer this quote from Scott Stabile as advice: “I wish you knew how normal your feelings are, and how universal your struggle is. You are so not alone. You couldn’t be alone if you tried.”

Tell us about your platform:
My platform is “We Are All Connected.” I want to help people awaken from the illusion of separation and to understand that we are all connected: nature, animals and humanity. We are all Earthlings. Every action we take has an impact on others. It feels great to know that we can live a lifestyle that shows compassion, love and respect for humanity, animals and our planet.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
There are easy things that we can do everyday to respect the connection between all life. Reducing single use plastic, recycling, eating vegan meals, saying no to plastic straws and picking up trash are just a few examples. To get more involved in your community, search online or through social media for organizations that have a mission you feel connected to and passionate about. Reach out to organizations and ask what you can do to get involved. Most organizations need volunteers and would love to have your help!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I enjoy running a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and volunteering with causes that I am passionate about. I also enjoy trying out new vegan recipes in the kitchen, dining out at restaurants and traveling. I love spending time with my family and loved ones including my two rescue dogs, Baxter and Mama Belle.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice that I have ever received was to research how animals are treated in society. The knowledge that I gained though my research helped me to open up my heart to animals, to truly love and respect them. It feels amazing to live a lifestyle that shows compassion on animals, to know that my everyday choices reflect my core belief of love and respect for all life.


Today on LadyCode we have a guest interview with Miss Nebraska Earth United States 2018, Merrick Alexander. Merrick is a small town, farm girl living in a big city studying History, Psychology, and Classics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Music has been her passion since she was 3 years old, and she has been through years of vocal training. She is able to sing in several different languages including Hebrew and Italian. Aside from music, her life has revolved around faith, family, and sports. Merrick is also a graduate of two separate modeling and acting programs, and continues to pursue both of these career fields, while volunteering and advocating for Earth and its people.

Quick facts…
Hometown: Plainview, NE
Occupation: University Student/ Model/ Nanny
Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Art, Volunteering, Running
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite movie: Raise Your Voice
Three words that sum you up: Unique, Compassionate, Motivated
Song you have on repeat right now: The Girl You Think I Am by Carrie Underwood
Dream job: Miss Earth / Singer
One thing you can’t live without: Music
Favorite quote: Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.

Having a state title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
My days contain a balance of workouts, school, work, appearances, and photoshoots, plus I like to enjoy social time as well. The key is to be well-organized and recognize how much you can actually handle in one day without slacking on any of it. Being a student adds a little inconsistency to my schedule, and appearances are on different days and times, so you have to be orderly to make it on time to everything and be well prepared.

What has been the highlight of your reign so far?
The highlight of my reign has honestly been all of the little moments. The smiles on the faces of everyone I encounter, the opportunity to help others and be a part of something so much bigger than myself. I had the opportunity to be a part of the Autism Puzzle Walk in Omaha, NE, to hang out with the families and children. I was brought there to make them smile and bring joy and inspiration to their day, but it turns out that is exactly what they did for me. Seeing their strength and courage, and the utter happiness they get out of life was unbelievable. I want to find that same freedom in life. I had the same type of experience volunteering for Dance Marathon. Children are amazing and we can learn so much from them. These are a couple highlights, out of a multitude more. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with incredible people who constantly help me grow as an individual.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
My best beauty secret is that Natural is Beautiful. For many of the appearances I have done I have worn much more natural looking makeup, no false lashes, and no extensions. I love doing more natural looks because I believe we are all beautiful in our own skin, and I want to show young girls they can be proud of their own natural beauty. This is why I chose to not to wear extensions or false lashes in my Official Headshot as Miss Nebraska Earth 2018. Another quick beauty tip is that less is more with makeup, and to always have translucent powder on hand to help with oil!

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?
The subject of bullying touches right at home for me. My older sister and I both experienced bullying in JH and High School. It breaks my heart that I have to share my advice, because it means bullying still breaks the hearts and minds of young men and women. My first piece of advice when it comes to bullying is that you make sure your actions are in check. We must always follow the “Golden Rule.” So, even if someone treats you poorly, never let that darkness seep into your own heart and actions. Don’t be afraid to speak to someone about the way you are being treated. People do care, and will help if you let them know what is happening. I promise you are NEVER alone, even though sometimes it feels like it. Remember your worth and value, it will help you stay strong in moments where bullies may try to wear you down. Most importantly I would tell a victim that I truly believe in them and that they are special, worthy, and loved.

Tell us about your platform:
-First of all, my advocacy as an Earth Warrior is to preserve and protect Earth. Earth is truly a gift, and has been taken advantage of for hundreds of years. It is up to us now to work on changing our behavior and working to cleanse the Earth of garbage and damage. These changes will not happen overnight, but the more awareness we spread about recycling, picking up trash, reusable straws, bags, and cups, plant diversity, etc. we can begin to cause multiple ripples and then hopefully a wave of change. Let’s be the difference our Earth needs and the people of Earth need.
-My personal platform is “You Define You.” I came up with this movement to teach men and women all over the world that their circumstances do not have to define them. This is a movement to become extraordinary. We need to dare to dream bigger than we have ever dreamt before, and have the courage to pursue those dreams. We can break out of whatever box we are placed into, either by ourselves or by others, and become the incredible person we are meant to be. It begins with believing in yourself, and recognizing that you are capable of achieving whatever it is that your heart desires. Make the changes necessary and chase after your dreams and goals. Believe in yourself; I believe in you.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
Oh my goodness! There are so many simple ways to get involved and help out our Beautiful Earth! First of all, you can make a personal initiative to change. You can recycle, use reusable bags, straws, and cups. These are all small changes that can be made at your own home. Many communities have groups that plant trees or do trash clean-ups. One way to find events is simply by googling events happening in your area or by using the key word search for events on Facebook. For example, Keep Omaha Beautiful and the Arbor Day Foundation both post events on Facebook people can volunteer for or donate funding too. It is truly so easy to get involved, and working as a group makes it so fun too! I would absolutely encourage you to get out in the community and start making a difference. Also, raise awareness through social media about things you learn or ways to help. If you are going to an event, post about it to see if others want to help as well. Let’s get everyone in action, and create a wave of change!
In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
Free Time? What is Free time? Haha Just kidding!  In my free time I love to travel, go to concerts, read, draw, paint, and most definitely watch movies. I catch up on time with my friends, family, and boyfriend. I love to go fishing, tubing, and boating. Spending time relaxing outdoors is one of my all-time favorite things to do. Also, I love love love to shop. So, when I get the time, I hit the malls and boutiques!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“You are enough” is probably the most important thing someone has ever said to me. We get so caught up in competition to remember that even without a trophy, crown, sash, or medal we are still so worthy of living an incredible life. We are all beautiful, wonderful, children of God, and he made us exactly who and how we are supposed to be with a purpose. People are constantly telling us the areas we need to improve or do better, so my favorite piece of advice to calm the storm is “you are enough.” Another piece of advice I live by is “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.” This piece of advice brings an optimistic lens to life.

Twitter: @merrickrandy
Instagram: merrickrandy
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Nebraska Earth United States

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:

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 (, 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 We hope to see you there!

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!

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.



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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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


Keep up with Bella:

Instagram: Bella.akt

Twitter: Bella.akt


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

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! 


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”




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.


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.




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.

kimberly arthur mensah
Photo by AJ Photoz

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