Meet Miss Kentucky United States 2016: Jessica Wallace

I’ve got a treat for my readers in Kentucky today! Lady Code scored an interview with our very own Miss Kentucky United States 2016, Jessica Wallace! I’ve been a fan of Jessica since she got crowned because she is so kind and humble. She is passionate about serving her community and giving back. Read on to learn more about this Kentucky queen who will be taking the Miss United States 2016 stage in a few weeks!

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Louisville
Current City: Louisville
Hobbies: Creative writing, Rock Climbing, Watching Horror films
Favorite food: Pasta, Steak, Salmon, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Grits, Greens, Pickled Okra,
Fried Chicken, Deviled Eggs and Sweet Potato Pie (Don’t forget I’m from the south) hahaha!
Favorite movie: I’m really into Horror movies! Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho is an all time favorite of mine.
Three words that sum you up: Resilient, Ambitious and Charismatic
Song you have on repeat right now: Beyonce’s entire Lemonade album
Dream job: Becoming an Executive Producer for CNN
Beauty product you can’t live without: Urban Decay Mascara
Favorite quote: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”- William Shakespeare

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
Wow! Where do I begin? I work in the banking industry, I am a Branch Manager. I am responsible for all things financial. This could be anywhere from credit card, mortgages and loan bookings to sitting down with a family and constructing the best financial plan to get their children through college. I work in a fast paced environment where things are changing every day. I have the ability to help a person plan their financial future, so each day is rewarding for me.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Kentucky so far?
Everyday as Miss Kentucky United States is a highlight! I have the BEST support system in my hometown of Louisville. I wanted to give a voice to the people in my community and promote positive change and my title enables me to do so. I am so blessed that I am in a position to where I can be a positive influence to those around me.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
I try to take really good care of my skin, I love to exfoliate. Also, I drink as much water as possible. Majority of the time I try to go with little or no make up so I can give my skin a break from product.

Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My mom. She is such a blessing in my life. God spent a little more time on this woman, she is phenomenal! My mother is a type 2 Diabetic, watching her battle this illness and never give up really shows me what true strength is. My mothers diagnosis has heavily impacted my life, it inspired me to become an advocate for the Diabetes Association. I spread diabetes awareness throughout my community by sharing my mothers story and being a mentor to families who have members that suffer from this illness.

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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?
My advice is to be strong, you’re not alone. There is a misconception that a person in my position (a pageant girl) would not understand what it’s like to be tore down by my peers. Actually, it is the complete opposite. I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. It really took a toll on my self esteem. I found it really challenging to love the skin I was in, until one day I decided to pick myself up and work on ways that I can improve. I started focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses and I began to not only flourish in all aspects of life but I began to love myself.
* Remember* God gives his toughest battles to his strongest warriors. Never give up!

Tell us about your platform: Blessings in a Backpack is an AMAZING non profit organization. This organization mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for Elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. There are more than 15 million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Children are fed during the school week by Federal government programs but we want to make sure they are getting nutritional meals on the weekend too. In Louisville we have fed over 10,000 students this past school year!

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? Donate backpacks and non perishable food items to your local elementary schools. Become a volunteer by coming out to your local elementary school to help pack bags for the kids to take home for the weekend.

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In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
Free time? What’s that? Haha! I enjoy being around people who love and support me. I’m all about creating memories and having a great time with good company.

What is your go-to makeup look?
I like simple and easy.
I love my full glam moments but I feel the most beautiful when I have a fresh look. Urban Decay Mascara, Make up Forever blush, Nars lipgloss and I’m out the door!

What is one thing you can’t live without? That’s a tough one! I’d have to say music. Music can change any horrible day into a good day once you hear your favorite song.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
The hardest part is being critiqued. We all work so hard to win and sometimes our best isn’t enough. However, as long as you have a strong sense of self and confidence to match you’ll always be a winner!

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The best part of a pageant is challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone. Displaying the best version of you is such an amazing experience and we are lucky to be able to do that on such a grand scale. Another great part of pageants are the bonds and friendships you make with the other young women. We all want the best in life and definitely empower one another on and off the stage.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Never forget where you came from.”

Keep up with Jessica:

Facebook: Jessica Wallace

Instagram: jesscee___

Facebook Fan Page: Miss Kentucky United States

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Meet Miss Washington United States 2016: Shelby Meader

The countdown to the Miss United States National Pageant continues with your Miss Washington United States 2016, Shelby Meader! Shelby just earned her MBA and works hard in her community to rescue dogs. In this interview, Shelby shares her beauty secrets, advice for victims of bullying, and her platform!

Hometown: Camas, Washington
Current City: Camas, Washington
Hobbies: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, & Hiking
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Three words that sum you up: Loyal, Confident, & Determined
Song you have on repeat right now: “Needed Me” – Rihanna
Dream job: Fly around the USA rescuing dogs from different situations
Beauty product you can’t live without: Chapstick
Favorite quote: “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”

Shelby Meader

Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? 
A typical day for me starts at 4.30am. I get up, go to the gym, come home and meal prep for the day. I work at Clackamas Federal Credit Union as an Assistant Branch Manager. Twice a week, I attend night school from 6-9pm as I am pursuing my MBA. My last class will be July 27th!! After all of that, I come home and usually like to relax and watch TV with my boyfriend Derek and our 6 month old Golden Retriever puppy curled up next to us.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Washington so far? 
I was just named Miss Washington on June 22nd, so it is all new and exciting for me. The highlight so far has been scheduling various appearances for the year. In particular, I reached out to the Southwest Humane Society, which is my platform, and created a partnership with them. I will be attending adoption events each month and continuing to walk the dogs every Sunday. I have been volunteering weekly at the Humane Society for almost 2 years, so I am thrilled to continue working with this amazing organization.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
As tough as this sounds, I have been drinking a gallon of water a day prepping for the Miss United States pageant. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin, energy, and overall health. Another beauty secret of mine is using vaseline on my lips at night. I wake up with moisturized and plump lips and it keeps them soft all day long.

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What is your go-to makeup look? 
My go-to makeup look is very fresh faced. Because I am in business, I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup during the work day. I usually just wear mineral powder, blush, mascara, and chapstick. I love the fresh faced look because it keeps my pores clean and it is easy for me to get ready in the mornings :).

Growing up, who was your inspiration? 
Growing up, my inspiration was and still is my Mother. She is the definition that handwork leads to success. She was a stay at home mom by day who take care of my brother and I, and my Dad’s paralegal by night. I have always looked up to her because she is the wife and business woman that I one day hope to 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 do. I was bullied as a kid in school. I was always underweight and was under 5 foot until I was a freshman in high school. I was as straight as a board and socially awkward. I know how it feels to bullied, and I am 100% against it. Growing up, I had this dream of becoming a successful business woman and being a model. Well fast forward to a decade later, I am Miss Washington and I just completed graduate school and received my MBA. The advice I would give would be to not give up. DO NOT let what other people say to you define who you are as a person. You are all here for a reason and are meant to do something amazing. At the time when someone is bullying, it hurts, it really does. But just know that those feelings are temporary and the bullies are only acting on their own insecurities and you are the person they happen to take it out on. Let what they say roll off your back like water on a duck. I did not let people telling me I was too ugly to ever model, too short and that my teeth were too messed up to be a beauty queen, and not strong enough to be a business woman. I just think back on those comments and I silently thank those individuals for saying I can’t, because that made me want it ever more, and now I think … I can!

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Tell us about your platform:
My platform is the Humane Society. I volunteer there every week with my mom on Sundays. We walk the dogs that are up for adoption and we post our “dog of the week” on social media in hopes of getting them adopted. One thing that I appreciate about this amazing organization is that it is a no kill shelter. I made this my platform because I have always had a passion for animals and being the voice for them because they can’t have a voice themselves. As Miss Washington I want to continue spreading the message of the Humane Society and work with the organization even more than I already am. I want to one day help in the stopping of the Yulin dog meat festival. That is my biggest hope and dream.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? 
You can volunteer as a dog walker at the Humane Society or donate. Every dollar donated helps in getting food, blankets, and supplies to the shelter. Even thing is donated and it is always in need.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I love taking our dog to the dog park, going on hikes, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am an avid snowboarder in the winter and a wakeboarder in the summer. I am also an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker. I’m an individual that has a bucket list and likes to cross things off of it.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
My cell phone. My entire life is on here and I don’t know what I would do without it. I have all of my favorite pictures and most importantly my color coded planner. If I didn’t have my planner, I really would not know what to do.

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What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would say that the hardest part about competing in pageants is everything leading up to the pageant. There is so much prep work that must be done: picking the right dress, being dedicated to a gym routine, drinking my gallon of water a day, and of course putting the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream down.

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The best part about competing in pageants is EVERYTHING. I can’t pick one part. I have met so many amazing women throughout this process, pageant friends are friends for life. I love being on stage and empowering other women to be the best that they can be. My platform is for dogs and my passion is for women empowerment and education.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 
Do not let negative comments that people say to you undermine who you are as a person.

Keep up with Shelby: 
Twitter: @shelbymeader
Instagram: @misswashingtonus2016
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Washington United States 

Terrific Thursday with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes and Victoria Duke

Hi everybody,

Today, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to have world renowned makeup artist, Scott Barnes do MY makeup.

The master at work
The Master at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Now I like makeup as much as anyone reading this blog, but I was more excited to have the chance to ask both him and Victoria Duke, another world renown makeup artist about what advice they would give to women in order to channel their inner beauty on their face.

Their answer: confidence. Wear it and be it! There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman. We all have flaws, but we can work on them and be proud of who you are.

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I have to say, I was feeling very fabulous and LOVED this makeup!

Now these two fabulous artists have worked on everyone from Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Paulina Vega who was Miss Universe 2015, The Pussycat Dolls and Beyonce so they are no strangers to beauty.

Beauty is an Inside job

Check out the video below!

Hope you enjoyed!

~Char ❤

MEET MISS NEW YORK UNITED STATES 2016: JENNIFER DECILLIS

Welcome back to Lady Code! Today I am so excited to share our interview with Miss New York United States 2016, Jenifer DeCillis! Jennifer is a model, event host, and Marketing Director for a luxury hospitality group. She lives between Southampton and New York City, but she travels often and loves to be on the road. Jennifer is a former Miss New Jersey, graduate of Temple University and a Level 1 Sommelier. Pageantry is her passion, but her family is her heart.

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MEET JENNIFER: 
Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey
Current City: New York City, New York
Hobbies: Traveling, being a foodie, wine tasting and hot yoga
Favorite food: I order salmon everywhere I go, but if I could live on pizza I would!
Favorite movie: I’m more of a TV show binge watcher, so OITNB and GOT!
Three words that sum you up: Spontaneous, driven, goofy
Song you have on repeat right now: Kygo, “Im in love”
Dream job: Red Carpet host for E! News
Beauty product you can’t live without: Becca Cream Concealer
Favorite quote: “Character cannot be developed in quiet and ease. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? My schedule is different, and busy, everyday, but I absolutely love it! I am the Marketing Director for one of the largest hospitality groups in Southampton, so some days I am glued to my phone, others my laptop and some I spend running to venues, meeting with clients and managing media outreach. I am also a model based in New York City and an event host for Tropic Beauty. My pageant days, though, as Miss New York are my longest and most rewarding. Yesterday I accompanied a two city councilmen and one mayor to nine different events. We visited senior centers, ribbon cutting ceremonies, charity concerts and political parties. I am blessed to represent a state as great as New York and I try to remain as active as possible!

What has been the highlight of being Miss New York so far? I love the moments that remind me of why I sought out to win this crown and sash and its not just because they are beautiful. The outpouring of love and support I have received from family, friends, loved ones and fans has truly touched my heart. The lives I have touched are also the highlights of my reign thus far. Meeting young girls who begin to follow my journey and express how much they look up to me and want to be like me is why I strive to us this platform to the best of my ability and to inspire others.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? One of my best secrets to looking flawless is sleep! Although, in this industry, sleep can be a luxury. For my long days, when I know I’m looking exhausted, I rely on an amazing concealer, Becca at the moment. Also, lashes! A good set of lashes can change your face and your entire look.
What is your go-to makeup look? I am a makeup addict and love having a full face whenever I can. Typically a good base, I like Tarte for coverage, earth-toned eyes and a neutral lip is my daily go-to. NARS is one of my favorite brands and if they sell it, I probably own it!

Growing up, who was your inspiration? This is easy one. Hands down, my mother. I have never known a more selfless, strong, intelligent, inspiring woman. She raised three kids on her own, sometimes working two jobs, and still always made us her number one priority. I never went without and never felt that the unequivocal abundance of love I received from one parent was not enough. I only pray that I can be half the woman and mother she is one day.

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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? Not only do I have younger siblings that have experienced bullying, but I too was once a victim of bullying. Honestly, it can be hard sometimes to look at the light at the end of the tunnel when you are a victim of something like bullying. That being said, my advice would be to try your hardest to see that light and not let the words and actions of others deter you from your path and pursuing your day to day life. I look at my former bullies now with compassion. I used that hate as fuel towards becoming a better person, if anything gained strength from the torment, and know now that those who throw stones are often the ones struggling with something within themselves. Don’t give up and don’t let anyone change you from the beautiful person you are, because you WILL persevere.

Tell us about your platform: As Miss New York, I try not to limit myself to any one cause, because I feel as though there are so many opportunities in my city to volunteer and get involved. Although, while attending the annual National Meningitis Association Gala this spring, a chord was struck within me. I knew I wanted to help and not just by making an appearance. I decided to petition to hold a seat on the board of the NMA and when all executive committee members approved, I was blown away. I can proudly say that I am now the National Meningitis Association Outreach Ambassador, engaging, educating and influencing the public on our cause and mission. A devastating, sometimes fatal disease, Meningitis, more formally Meningococcal disease, devastates lives. With proper education, exposure to the information at hand and vaccinations, lives can be saved. Please, visit my Facebook page, as well as http://www.nmaus.org, for ways to get involved.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? Getting involved in your community is easier than most people think and is very rewarding. There are an abundance of websites and social media outlets that offer lists of events, volunteer opportunities, charity functions and ways for you to donate your time. The National Philanthropy of Miss United States National is the Share Our Strength Organization and the No Kid Hungry Program. If you’d like to join us in ending childhood hunger in America, visit http://www.nokidhungry.org for ways to get involved near you! It is easy to be kind, and you never know, you may actually fall in love with helping others.

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In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? I love to travel, literally anywhere and everywhere. When I’m at home, though, I spend my summer days in the Hamptons. Our beaches are absolutely beautiful and there is always something going on. There is a gorgeous stretch of vineyards along Long Island and as a new sommelier, I am trying to visit them all! Staying active is obviously a large part of my daily routine and my mission towards my Miss United States National body, so i like to switch it up. Swimming, running and cycling are fun, but running around New York City to different restaurants, museums and parks is my favorite exercise!

What is one thing you can’t live without? Since I am always on the go, and currently living between two cities, I’ll share what typically goes into my carryall bag. My crown and sash are always with me, you never know when you might need them. I always pack a good dress and pair of nude pumps, in case the occasion calls for it, and my occasions usually do. There is forever a pair of running shoes in my backset, since I try to sneak in a workout whenever time allows. My makeup bag literally never leaves my purse and my curling iron isn’t far behind. Lastly, my laptop and my phone are always on hand, I never stop working or staying connected!

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? The hardest part about competing in anything, especially pageants, is the pressure I put on myself. Pageants can be scrutinizing, especially on ones physical appearance. I am my toughest critic and feel as though I can always be doing better, working out more, attending more events or putting more time into pageant preparation. I push myself, sometimes harder than I should, and I am working on being more content with the milestones I do reach.

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What is the best part about competing in pageants? Starting pageant a little later in life than most, I have taken two very important things away with me. The first is the amazing girl and women I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with. I have made lifelong friends through competing in pageants and always try to take something away from everyone I meet. The second is the woman that pageants have cultivated me into. I have learned so much about myself and grown and matured in ways that I never would have if it weren’t for competing in pageants. Those things are irreplaceable and I cherish them dearly.

What is the best advice you have ever received? I am blessed to be able to say that I have the most supportive family, in everything I do, and they are always guiding and inspiring me with their wisdom. There is one moment, though, one piece of advice that still lives on in my memory. My grandfather, God rest his soul, sat me down a long time ago, as a young girl, and I still picture his face when he said this. “You are a beautiful girl, but never let that get to your head. It is who you are on the inside and how you treat people that makes you truly beautiful. Never forget that.” I never have.

Keep up with Jennifer:
Twitter: @JLynn_Kelly
Instagram: @missnyus2016
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/MissNewYorkUnitedStates

Meet Adele Scala: Miss New Hampshire United States 2016

I am so excited to introduce your reigning Miss New Hampshire United States 2016, Adele Scala! She is a graduate from Northeastern University, a former NFL Cheerleader for the New England Patriots and New York Jets, and a current Territory Manager for an aesthetic device company. Adele is also a model that has been featured in numerous publications and has walked in many fashion shows. She is passionate about her platform of Hunger and Homelessness and volunteers diligently to support these causes.

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Hobbies: As a former NFL Cheerleader, I naturally have a passion for dancing and performing. I’m also a big-time jetsetter and love to travel throughout the country and the world.
Favorite food: Lately I am addicted to salmon. But my all-time favorite food is pasta. Staying true to my Italian roots!
Favorite movie: The Blind Side
Three words that sum you up: Influential, Ambitious, Humble
Song you have on repeat right now: “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Dream job: To be a Professional Cheerleading Director for a national sports league
Beauty product you can’t live without: My Aquaphor lip protectant with SPF 30
Favorite quote: “Beauty is using the power of confidence to help others grow their own” – Chrissy Teigen

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Having a title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? 

As a Territory Manager for an aesthetic device company, I am fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Every day is different! I plan my own schedule which allows me to be creative and flexible in where I need to be. For instance, the other day I woke up early in the morning, went to the Conde Nast studio to shoot a live segment for “Ask Me Anything,” then I hopped in a cab to go to a meeting with a customer. After that I went to an orientation to be a part of the Nutrition Education Program for No Kid Hungry. Upon leaving, I received a phone call from another customer who wanted to meet for a late lunch to discuss a deal so I jumped right in my car to head over. After that I finished up the rest of my work on my computer and phone and headed back home to go to the Body Sculpting Class at my gym. There is never a dull moment! I love that there is always something going on in my life. It keeps things interesting and allows me to be a master at balancing everything and finding a way to make it all work.

What has been the highlight of being Miss New Hampshire so far? The highlight so far has been the outpouring amount of love and support that I have received from my family and friends from all over the world. It means everything to me and I’m even more motivated to continue making each and every one of them proud.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? I use Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub every night, followed by the Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask a few times a week. However, I must say my biggest beauty secret right now is that I have been drinking even more water than usual and have drastically increased my fruit and vegetable intake and have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. It’s glowing! I’m a strong believer in nutrition and fueling your body with the necessary foods that it needs to flourish.

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What is your go-to makeup look? I love wearing Pur Pressed Mineral Makeup with SPF 15 on my face to even out my skin tone and create a nice base. Then I use my Anastasia contour kit to quickly highlight under my eyes, the center of my forehead and nose. Then I contour my cheek bones and top of my forehead. I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to define my brows. Then I use a liquid eyeliner on my top lid before putting on my Ardell lashes! I also use an eyeliner pencil under my eyes and mascara on both my top and bottom lashes. I usually leave my lips natural with some Aquaphor to keep them moisturized. It sounds like a lot, but it truly takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to do!

Growing up, who was your inspiration? My father. Everyone says I’m a daddy’s girl and I’m not ashamed to say that is true! I have always looked up to him and admired all of the hard work he put in to provide for his family. He is truly a “Jack of all Trades” and I strive to be the female version of him who wears multiple hats in society today. He has even taught me how to clean a clogged drain, paint a wall, and rip up carpet! He inspires me to want to be a better person. He does everything for everyone and doesn’t ask or need anything in return. Throughout everything, he always has a smile on his face, as do I!

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? Ladies, if you are, or have been a victim of bullying, know that you are not alone! Many of us have been bullied in the past and have been able to overcome the negativity and grow from it. Take everything as a learning experience and make yourself stronger from it. No one can define who you are, except for yourself. Always stay true to your values and never stoop to someone else’s level. Bullying is unacceptable and will never be tolerated by the people who respect themselves and others. We are all here for you if you are a victim of bullying so know that you have a friend in each and every one of us! We should all be empowering one another to embrace our differences and be the best version of ourselves. I’m a strong believer in women empowerment and forming a bond between us that no one can come between or break. Let’s continue making strides to put an end to bullying together!

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Tell us about your platform: My platform is Hunger and Homelessness. There are millions of individuals in our nation who need our help. I work diligently with food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and churches who all provide services for those in need. Additionally, I have teamed up with No Kid Hungry to be an integral part of their Nutrition Education Program which educates individuals in underprivileged communities on how to stretch their dollar to create healthy meals to feed themselves and their families. I was also a Party Coordinator for Birthday Wishes, Inc., which brings birthday parties to children in homeless shelters. There are numerous organizations that benefit hunger and homelessness in our country and I plan to continue volunteering with them to make a difference and lend a helping hand in my community, state and nation.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? There are many ways that you can get involved with organizations that benefit hunger and homelessness. The first thing you can do is look up the shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and churches in your area that provide housing and services to these individuals. I also encourage all of you to go on the No Kid Hungry website (www.nokidhungry.com) to look up the different volunteer opportunities you can do in your area. Together we can make a difference to end hunger and homelessness in our country!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? Free time? What is that? Just kidding! I love to be around my family and friends as much as possible. I also enjoy cooking because I find that it relaxes me after a long day.

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What is one thing you can’t live without? Water! I drink a lot of it on a daily basis.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? Having the confidence to put the best version of yourself out there to be judged. If you’re able to do that, you’ve already won!

What is the best part about competing in pageants? Meeting other women who share in your ambitions and understand your hustle. Most of the women who compete in pageants are all like-minded in wanting to achieve their dreams and do whatever it takes to get there. It’s refreshing and empowering to be around these types of women.

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What is the best advice you have ever received? To realize that not everyone is going to understand your passion and the fire that you have inside of you, and that’s okay! Everyone has their own journey in life and it’s important to stay true to who you are and follow your dreams.

 

Keep up with Adele: 

Instagram: @missnhus2016

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/missnhus2016 or search “Adele Scala – Miss New Hampshire United States 2016”

MEET MISS NEBRASKA UNITED STATES 2016: SARAI PIO

Sarai was raised in her beautiful hometown Las Vegas, Nevada since the age of three. She completed all her schooling in Las Vegas and graduated from Rancho High School and Area Technical Trade Center with a specialty in Customer Service in 2007. While attending school, she was always active in choir, dance, and theater. She always enjoyed being part of any art activities while growing up. She began her modeling at the age of 16 and has been a full-time professional model since the age of 21. Being based out of the entertainment capital of the world, Sarai has had the opportunity to work in several commercials, TV shows, and movie sets in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She has also appeared in multiple music videos as a lead dancer and has been a featured model. Sarai is currently studying fashion design at UNLV.
She enjoys creating and designing jewelry, and unique clothing pieces, as well as any creative hands-on activities. Her involvement in the modeling and fashion industry led her to a new projects and business. Lè Vie Voutique, her new online boutique launched February of 2016.  Talk Blvd, her online blog she just started May of 2016.
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Quick facts…

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Current City: Las Vegas, NV

Hobbies: Designing, traveling, visiting art museums

Favorite food: Pizza and french fries

Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Three words that sum you up: Devoted, Passionate, Hard-Working

Song you have on repeat right now: “Because you loved me” by Celine Dion

Dream job: Television Reporter or Personal Shopper

Beauty product you can’t live without: Marc Jacobs Mascara

Favorite quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” By Lao Tzu

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? My day to day schedules changes as I am a full time bilingual spokes-person and model, thus work is various modeling jobs on any given day. Although some days are long and I can work anywhere from 8-15 hours a day. A typical day would start with an early convention as a spokes model, follow by working special events throughout the day. I always take the time to attend some of my local charity events to support my community or any events I get the opportunity to support.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Nebraska so far? The fact that I am even Miss Nebraska and representing a beauty state at Nationals is a Highlight within itself, but I would have to say that having a state title has allowed for other become inspired and realize that consistency and hard work pays off in the end. I truly believe that if you can be an impact in life of one person for the better, the work and effort is worth it all.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?

It’s not a secret but being able to get sleep when my schedule is not filled is definitely an additive to my beauty secret.

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Growing up, who was your inspiration? I was raised by my mother and thus she has become my inspiration and taught me that working hard pays off.

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 believe bullying is a two part process. One being the bully and the other person being the victim of its attacks. I do not condone, nor feel that anyone should be treated different or attacked because they “just don’t fit” in what the bully feels is their domain. Bullying does not stop in high school, it continues into adulthood and thus the reason why we see racism, prejudice among religions, political views, sexual preference, and the list goes on. Yet, we should be more confident of ourselves and and not be afraid to ask for help. I believe we need to spread the word to our youth about respecting each other and getting along with one another. Everyone is different and that’s what makes this world amazing that we can learn from each other, doesn’t mater where your from or how anyone looks. No one should be mistreated.

Tell us about your platform: My platform is domestic violence, I advocate and share my personal story as I experienced my mother be in domestic violence marriage as a child from age 3-18. All I can say is that no one should be mistreated mentally or physically in any relationship. Being that my platform is very close to me, one of the non profit organization closely work with is the shade tree. The Shade Tree is a Las Vegas based shelter for women, children and pets that are victims of domestic abuse. The mission of The Shade Tree is to provide safe shelter to homeless, abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance. The shade tree offers 12 other programs for its the community. I work with the safe home to organize different clothing drives, kids events, Mother’s Day events, and different walks that raise money for the organization.

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What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? They can google there cities and see what organizations are near them. Most likely they can contact the local organizations through email or a phone call. Most of them are always needing volunteers for the various programs they offer or for big events. The lady code readers can also reach out to there state queen and see what events they have that they can attend too, most of us have a pretty busy schedule and we love when our community supports in anyway.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? In my free time, I love to spend time with my mom for dinner and a movie.

What is your go-to makeup look? Natural look. Less in more now these days. Being able to showcase a once natural beauty shows acceptance of yourself.

What is one thing you can’t live without? It would have to be my phone. That is my main connection for work, business and friends.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? That there is always so much preparation to get done and no matter how far you feel the pageant date is away it comes around the corner before your know it. Its always a rush.

What is the best part about competing in pageants? Having the opportunity to get to know your contestants and create a pageant sisterhood with them. I believe the competition is always with yourself and as long as you gave it your full effort and your satisfy with your work, then the pageant has been a success. The sisterhood that is created with some of these ladies can be a lifetime reward.

What is the best advice you have ever received? In persona, business and pageant to be your self. Do not try and represent someone who is not you. Decisiveness in any of this can be a much more costly in the end.

 

Keep up with Sarai: 

www.saraipio.com

Twitter: Misssaraipio 

Instagram: Misssaraipio 

Facebook Fan Page: saraipio1

Meet Miss Colorado United States 2016: Shanel Perry

The countdown to Miss United States continues with Miss Colorado United States! Since I was born and raised in Denver, I’m particularly excited about meeting our queen of the Centennial State! 25 year old Shanel Perry was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Colorado. She attended the University of Kentucky as a double athlete, varsity dance team and captain of the equestrian team all while studying Broadcast Journalism. She also has studied at the Colorado Film School for Writing and Directing. After college, Shanel moved back to her beloved state of Colorado where she now works as a National Sales Recruiter and teaches Pure Barre several times a week. Believe it or not, Shanel was a victim of bullying growing up. Shanel not only overcame bullying, but today she is the leader of a women’s empowerment movement and is using her title to support the cause. Read on to learn more about Shanel’s story. 

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Meet Shanel: 

Hometown: Castle Pines, Co

Current City: Denver, Co

Hobbies: Horseback riding, Pure Barre, watching movies, traveling

Favorite food: Mac and Cheese or pizza!

Favorite movie: It’s a tie between Forrest Gump and Top Gun! If Game of Thrones was a movie, it would win this one. It’s my favorite thing on TV ever. J

Three words that sum you up: Loving, Goofy, Spiritual

Song you have on repeat right now: “First” – Lauren Daigle

Dream job: Working on a movie/tv show! (Acting is a secret dream of mine!)

Beauty product you can’t live without: Lash Extensions! I go every 2 weeks!

Favorite quote: “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” –Jim Carrey

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? Today I woke up at 4:45am and went off to teach 6am Pure Barre. From there I ran home to give my puppy and boyfriend a kiss and then it was off to my full time job where I spend the day interviewing candidates for positions at Richmond American Homes. During lunch I ran errands for Miss United States! Only a few weeks out now! Yay! After work, I went to the gym to work on my fitness! Today was arms and abs. (I can barely walk today since yesterday was leg day. Ouch.) My boyfriend is a professional athlete so you can imagine how intense the workouts are! I’ve definitely through a jump rope at him before. Whoops… After the gym I made myself a healthy dinner and planned my outfit for my appearance for Miss Colorado United States tomorrow at the Defend Freedom Tour. Now it’s time to get some much needed rest to do it all over again tomorrow! Phew!

What has been the highlight of being Miss Colorado so far? I have met SO many new people. That’s one of the main reasons I love pageants so much! And you don’t just meet other people, you meet women who are just as driven and goal oriented as yourself. Every title holder wants to make a difference and that’s what makes it so special. Why wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with these people?!

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? Confidence!! Is that a beauty secret? Moisturizer helps too J especially being from Colorado. I walk around everywhere with lotion in hand otherwise I would look like a prune!

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Growing up, who was your inspiration? This is going to sound so funny, but Michelle Rodriquez in Fast and the Furious… my brother always had me watching those movies growing up and now they are some of my favorites. She was so confident and independent and kept up with the boys… I grew up in a neighborhood where I was the only girl so being able to stand up for myself and prove that I was strong and fearless was something I had to do on the daily! Whenever they would pick on me I would say to myself, “what would Letty do?” Haha!

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’ve been a victim of bullying since I can remember. I was the curly white haired, round glasses, brace face, straggly little girl that apparently everyone saw as an easy target. The name calling was the worst, but there were other times when it got more physical or cleaver… I had a girl intentionally pour a full water bottle all over me when I was wearing white capris. That was brutal for a 6th grader! What I learned through it all was to be the bigger person. If someone is saying something that is hurting your feelings, tell them. If they won’t leave you alone, get yourself out of the situation and tell someone if you need to. The BIGGEST thing you can do is be the bigger person. Be kind to everyone. If you witness bullying, stand up for them. The only way we can put a stop to bullying is to put a stop to it ourselves. Stop the gossiping, stop the name calling, the girl on girl harassment. Women should stand together, not fight against each other. Imagine how powerful we would be if we were all one!

Tell us about your platform: I co-created “Women Empowering Women” with a good friend of mine over a year ago. We have a community page on Facebook with currently over 1,200 followers! Women from all over the world encourage and inspire one another, from sharing articles and videos of strong and inspiring women, to giving advice. Everything that we share is to show that yes, YOU are worthy and YOU are strong. We have plans to make it a nonprofit and are currently scheduling events to bring our online community together in person! As women, we thrive on empowerment, courage, love, success, and the ability to be vulnerable in strengthening the positive aspects in our daily lives. It is wonderful to have a group of women that agree and stand by this.

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

Join us on social to join our online community and too see what we do next!

Private group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/267799023344089/

Public Page: http://www.facebook.com/WomenEmpoweringWomen1

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In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? My number one love has always been and will forever be horseback riding. I have been riding since I was just 2 years old! Dancing has also been a huge part of my life since I was very young and I competitively danced and rode all the way through college. After I “retired” from dancing I got hooked on Pure Barre, which is a work out similar to pilates, yoga and ballet all mixed together. I now teach that several times a week! If I’m not doing any of those, I’m probably either at the movies or watching a movie. I have been fascinated with TV/Film since I was in high school and I actually won ‘Female Filmmaker of the Year” my senior year of high school. I also took a year of class at the Colorado Film School where I studied writing and directing and out of college hosted a TV show called Rupp TV for Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.

What is your go-to makeup look? Is it sad that I only wear makeup on the weekends? My face is so sensitive that if I wear foundation and heavy makeup every day, I will just break out everywhere. When I do put makeup on for appearances and events, I go full glam! I LOVE makeup so if I could do it every day, I would. I love a gold and rose gold smoky eye with a bold lip. “Whirl” with “Current” Lip liner from MAC is my favorite. It’s almost purple.

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What is one thing you can’t live without? Music and motivational speeches. Those are the 2 things that can get me out of any funky mood I’m in. If I’m tired and need to work out, if I’m upset and need to be at an appearance, if I’m angry and need to calm down, music and motivational speeches can fix everything. I suggest Eric Thomas. My favorite from him is called, “Adele.” YouTube it. You won’t regret it!

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? Honestly, myself. I think it’s very easy to get into your own head and start to compare yourself to others and start telling yourself that you’re not pretty enough or smart enough and this is when I pray the most. I know God put me in these positions for a reason and I always just ask him to speak through me and let me shine for Him! Once you check yourself, you can really relax and enjoy the rest of the experience! 

What is the best part about competing in pageants? There are so many things! I didn’t do my first pageant until I was 23 (I’m 25 now). It was something I always watched on TV and admired… I even dressed up as Miss USA for Halloween a couple times, but I never went after it. Partly because I didn’t know where to start and partly because I didn’t think I had what it took. Boy was I wrong! Pageants are all about learning about yourself and what you are made of. I have never better understood myself then I do now. Not only do you gain confidence, self-esteem, self-improvement, friends,etc… the biggest thing for me is that it made me step back and say “okay, what do I stand for and how do I want to make a difference.”

I have been through a lot at such a young age. Eating disorders, bullying, depression, anxiety, serious health problems, toxic relationships, I couldn’t figure out why God made this life for me. I frequently questioned him saying, “why me, why me.” As I have grown and have been around the right people, I have seen the bigger picture. God gave me this life because I can handle it and I can make a difference. I’ve grown very strong over the years and its now my time to help others. The world of pageantry changed my life when I stepped onto the stage for the first time a year and a half years ago. That’s when it all sort of clicked for me. I saw what titleholders could do. The impact they have on others. I wanted to be that woman. I want to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, put a stop to girl on girl bullying, be a spokesperson for eating disorders, be an advocate for suicide prevention and so much more and you know what the best part is?! I can do it all as a titleholder.

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What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received was actually something to help me handle my anxiety. I was diagnosed with severe anxiety when I was in college. Someone once told me that when I am experiencing a panic attack or having anxiety about something that happened, to look at the big picture and say to myself, “will this matter in 5 years.” 99% of the time the answer is NO! It somehow helps me calm down a bit.

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Keep up with Shanel: 

Twitter: @misscoloradous

Instagram:@misscoloradous2016

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/misscoloradous

 

Meet Miss Texas United States 2016: Alayah Benavidez

With the Miss United States 2016 pageant a little over a month away, I’m so excited to bring you an exclusive interview with the queen of the Lone Star State, Alayah Benavidez! When she isn’t busy making appearances as Miss Texas United States and volunteering in her community, Alayah is a student, model, brand ambassador and even works for a property management company! Today on Lady Code Alayah shares her beauty secrets, advice on how to deal with bullying, and a peek into the life of a beauty queen.

Quick facts…

Hometown: Helotes, Texas

Current City: San Antonio

Hobbies: Crossfit, reading, exploring the outdoors

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite movie: Great Gatsby

Three words that sum you up: happy, genuine, caring

Song you have on repeat right now: Comfortable by Nick Jonas

Dream job: English Professor

Beauty product you can’t live without: Cream Puff powder from The Perfect Face Cosmentics

Favorite quote: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? Thank goodness I am pretty good at time management! A typical day for me is pretty full these days. I normally start my day at about 7:30 am. I work for a property management company, go to school, model for 3 agencies nationwide and am a brand ambassador for Vienna Prom. After work I hit the gym and spend time with family. At least twice a week I also make an appearance as Miss Texas (in fact I am completing this interview from a hotel room in Laredo) and volunteer my time with some of my favorite charitable organizations. It’s a crazy busy life, and I love it!

What has been the highlight of being Miss Texas so far? It’s really hard to pick just one…but I have to say that all the support I’ve received has been so heart warming. Having the support of my state and hometown will be something I will always remember and has been the highlight of my journey so far.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? Lashes, lashes, lashes! I love lashes. Even on a bare make up day lashes can complete a look. I also love to “bake” with Cream Puff by The Perfect Face Cosmetics. Not only does it sound delicious, it leaves your face looking flawless.

Growing up, who was your inspiration? Growing up I always looked up to my grandmother. She was, and still is, such a strong woman of faith. She’s my counselor, my fashion adviser and my prayer warrior. Anyone who has met her would agree that she is inspirational.

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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? In middle school and even in high school I felt bullied. Sadly, I think most people are faced with some sort of bullying in their lives. For me, cutting unhealthy relationships out of my life and realizing my self worth and potential was key. When I was able to look in the mirror and see myself as perfectly imperfect and embrace those imperfections I was finally able to face those bullies with confidence. And you know what? That confidence scared them away. My mom used to say “fake it ’till you make it”…. and I did just that. I faked it until I believed it myself. Today I can proudly say I am 100% confident in who I am. Hey Bullies, look at me now!   🙂  

Tell us about your platform: I am so thankful that at an early age I discovered a love for reading. Little did I know that all those hours of escape were building a foundation for the years ahead. Good grades came easier to me than some of my peers, job interviews were a breeze and my public speaking skills were confidently developed. All which has led me to success in my career, personal life and pageantry. This is why I started my campaign, Read The Way.

My mission is to create an excitement and love for reading in our youth. Excitement sparks passion and passion fuels dreams. I’ve reached hundreds of Texas children with my message and look forward to taking it nationwide.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? I would love for all the “Lady Coders” out there to pick up a book and read to a child! Visit a library, a youth group or a classroom! Help me spread my message and #ReadTheWay on your social media. Every community has young bright minds that are full of imagination and ready to Read Today and Lead Tomorrow!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? I’m sure you can tell I am a book nerd, but I also enjoy crossfit and living a healthy lifestyle. If it’s outdoors I am down to do it! Fishing, hiking, swimming. I’m actually kind of a tomboy in my free time… a tomboy with fierce lashes!

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What is your go-to makeup look? Okay, here is a great tip. If you need to look amazing and only have a short time to prepare…wear red lipstick. Done! I’ve had to use this go-to look a couple of time this week and I must say, I got so many compliments!

What is one thing you can’t live without? My nude heels. When in doubt wear nude.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? I love PIZZA! Sadly, it’s not a good idea to mix pageant prep and pizza. So, minimizing my pizza intake to form the perfect bikini body is super hard for me 🙂

What is the best part about competing in pageants? The relationships formed with the contestants is the best part hands down. Some of my very best friends in life were met during pageants. These women are like minded, confident and are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. It truly is a sisterhood.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Social media is such a big part of today’s society. the best advice I ever received was from my mother. She said, if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it, don’t post it. I’ve taken that advice and applied it to my life and it has really helped me to keep my moral compass steered in the right direction at all times.

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Keep up with Alayah: 

Twitter: @alayahbenavidez

Instagram: @MissTexasUS2016

Facebook Fan Page: Miss Texas United States 2016

The Power of “Girl Code”

Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about the power of “girl code”; women sticking together to protect one another and extending a sense of loyalty if for no other reason than because of their shared gender. It is so important for us women to work together and protect each other. This could range anywhere from not dating a friend’s ex-, giving a feminine hygiene product to a complete stranger, or waiting with a lone woman outside late at night as she waits for a cab.

We have to be willing to put ourselves in another woman’s shoes and take a moment to consider their feelings, fears or insecurities, so that we can stand by one another when the time comes.

Lady Code stands for Anti-bullying and Women’s Empowerment. It’s the perfect place to talk about women sticking together and supporting one another. Girls compete, but women empower. It’s easy to do the right thing, whether it’s hanging out a little longer to make sure that woman gets her ride or offering a few words of encouragement to someone who’s clearly upset. We are stronger together!

Make sure to check out the video below!

Happy Motivational Monday

Char ❤

Stopping Hate with Motivational Monday

Hi everyone,

Today’s Motivational Monday is going to be a little different. With all the hate occurring in the world today, it is only necessary for #MotivationalMonday to be about stopping this violence.

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Last week 2 shootings occurred in Orlando, one which has become the deadliest mass shooting in the United States history. Why is it that we have to live in a world that judges people based on their color, gender, sexual preference or religion?

I want to motivate everybody to be kind to their fellow man regardless of who they are. Be kind to those who are different from you, all of our hearts beat the same and it is with these hearts that we feel the pain and sadness from last week’s events.

Because of last week’s events, I will leave you with these uplifting words by Dr. King,

When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King”

More love, less hate

Have a Motivational Monday!

~Char ❤