“Who would have thought that in 1952, a local “bathing beauty” competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, CA would transform into an international annual tradition with countless young women around the world vying to become a part of Miss Universe history? As millions of fans have watched around the globe, the contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these young women.”
Since I was a little girl, I have been watching the pageants put on by the Miss Universe Organization. I remember sitting on the floor in front of the television at my grandparents house with a score card. I would mark down and score the girls and determine who I thought should be the top spots. I really took this judging role seriously and to my surprise I almost always picked the same girls the judges did. My grandmother always said that she thought one day I would be sitting in the judges seat. I have always felt this certain connection to the organization, but didn’t have a clue why (until now). Call it “Serendipity” if you wish, I have had the pleasure to work closely with the Miss Universe Organization on features with title holders (both past and present), including Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether, the current Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady and the current Miss Connecticut Teen USA Logan West.
“These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.”
As all of you know a huge focus for Beauty Buzz 411 has been supporting various charities and individuals making a difference in this world. I love how the Miss Universe Organization embraces giving back and supports “Being the change you want to see in this world”. When the opportunity came up to feature some of the contestants currently competing for the new title of Miss Teen USA, I jumped on it. Not only are these girls beautiful on the inside and out, they have huge hearts and incredible passion for helping others and being great role models. We thought it would be a great spin on things and asked the girls what their top beauty tips were. I have to say that I can stand behind each tip as I have tested and approved it myself, especially the ice-cube/ice water tips from Miss Wisconsin Teen USA Kate Redecker and Miss Kentucky Teen USA Gracie Sapp (love this and it really works).
I get so many emails from teens asking to do more coverage and features on teen skin care, so here you go my little BB411 luvs~ Enjoy!
There are several causes that are important to Abby starting with the American Association of Cancer Research as she lost both her grandmothers to cancer and her Dad is a cancer survivor. She also gives her time working with Hearts and Hooves which is an organization that helps mentally and physically challenged children through Hippotherapy. She is also excited to be recently involved with Warriors for Ross to help children with cancer and their families.
Beauty Tip – By adding conditioner to her shaving cream, it helps skin feel soft.
Olivia has a passion for working with many organizations. She embraces her opportunities working with Habitat for Humanity, UMOM, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Surfrider Foundation, Spread the Word to End the Word, FITPHX and Future Stars Global Foundation. In three words, Olivia describes herself as ambitious, adaptable and approachable.
Beauty Tip – Uses a tinted moisturizer w/ SPF before applying makeup, whether she is inside or out, she is protected from AZ sun.
With over 500 hours of volunteer service Chloe is passionate about giving back to her community through organizations like Hospice, Relay for Life, and Challenger Baseball. She even started her own non-profit project called Hats For Hope where Chloe collects hats for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. As Miss Colorado Teen USA 2013 Chloe has reached over 2,500 people this summer alone by making appearances all over the state. Her most touching is when she has the opportunity to speak to young girls about overcoming the challenges of being bullied.
Beauty Tip – Uses “High Beam” by Benefit under her cheekbones and eyebrows for a nice shiny, healthy glow.
Despina is a member of the University’s Women’s Leadership Program, serves as a Peer Mediation Coordinator for Expanding where she donates her summers to educate and inspire young women from Niger and was recently awarded, “Tutor of the Year” from the Literacy Center, the world’s largest peer-to-peer tutoring center.
She hails from a very proud and very loud, big Greek family! Despina dedicates her year of service as Miss District of Columbia Teen USA in memory of her late father who passed away from cancer when Despina was just 12 years old. Before his passing, Despina traveled with her father and family by RV to 48 states and says that the experience has taught her to “be the change she wishes to see in the world.”
Beauty Tip – Uses baby power as substitute for dry shampoo because it is cheaper and helps hair retain natural oils.
Brianne Bailey is a recent graduate from high school in Weston, Florida where she was involved in the American Sign Language club for four years. She became secretary of the club and in addition was able to teach deaf children, grades K-5, songs in ASL. ASL club raised $4,500 for the children’s after school program this year and Brianne hopes to continue raising funds and awareness for the underprivileged deaf and hard of hearing community.
Another club Brianne hopes to implement in schools is the HOPE club that she co-founded. The Helping Overcome Problems Effectively club deals with bullying, depression, and self-worth. Brianne co-founded this club after her good friend Daniel took his own life. Due to this heartbreaking experience, she hopes to reach out to others and take an initiative towards suicide prevention.
Beauty Tip – To help keep skin smooth and hair from dead ends, she applies coconut oil. She also uses banana peel on her blemishes.
Darrian Arch recently graduated from Chesterton High School. She hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University. Her career goal includes becoming a Surgical Physician Assistant. She believes her strongest talent is her ability to make people laugh. Darrian’s favorite hobbies include swimming, baking, traveling and reading. Her favorite activities include acting, volunteering, cheerleading, gymnastics and Spanish Club. She describes herself as intelligent, motivated and personable.
Beauty Tip – Uses Tree Hut exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells and leave skin soft. Also uses medicated Chap Stick for dry and damaged cuticles. To give her eyelashes a bigger curl, she heats an eyelash curler with a blow-dryer until it is warm.
Gracie is thrilled to be an advocate for Best Buddies International during her reign, and hopes to continue being involved in the charity even after her reign as Miss Kentucky Teen USA has come to an end. Gracie is also very interested in raising awareness for lung disease in children and young adults. She is passionate about this because she has lost many family members to lung disease, and has many friends close to her with relatives suffering with lung disease as well.
Beauty Tip – Washes face in ice or with ice water before applying makeup. Helps shrink pores, decrease the size of any breakouts and tightens the skin to hide wrinkles.
Beauty Tip – Uses tree oil for split ends. Also put light eye shadow over the outline of your lips before you apply lipstick so it doesn’t smear on your skin.
Eboné has a passion for speaking on behalf of worthy causes. This year Eboné created her own, local television show, featuring fashionable clothing for affordable prices. Eboné’s inspiration for the show is to make those who are less fortunate look and feel as beautiful as they are on the inside.
Eboné’s main social cause, breast cancer, has heavily impacted her life and taken three immediate family members. Besides spending years, supporting her family while they fight the disease, Eboné is an active advocate for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and a frequent volunteer for cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Eboné and her mother are the last surviving founders of “Sisters4Sisters”, their own non-profit organization established to mentor and support cancer victims, survivors, and young women. Eboné also volunteers with Katye’s Helping Hands, H.E.L.P. Philadelphia, Philabundance, and JRA Jewish Relief Agency.
Beauty Tip – Adds milk to conditioner which makes it soft, shiny and moisturized.
Imani discovered her passion for performing at a young age and dances jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. Imani has won numerous awards and scholarships throughout her dance career including a LEON dance summer intensive scholarship in New York this past year. Imani became a professional dancer for the WNBA Seattle Storm dance troupe at the age of ten. Imani have been involved in the BRIDGE program in her school where she was able to mentor a disabled student in a dance class, teaching her different ways to move her body through dance along with gain confidence by participating in class like other students
Beauty Tip – Uses baby powder as substitute for foundation because it prevents possible breakouts and gives an oil-free texture. Also uses baking soda to keep teeth white and odor free.
Kate Redeker resides in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where she currently attends Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School. Juggling her school work and extra-curricular activities, Kate still finds time to volunteer with various charitable organizations. With her passion for helping others and being in the air, Kate plans on becoming a helicopter pilot for search and rescue after college.
Kate believes her strongest talent is her ability to relate to anyone she talks to and make people smile. She describes herself as personable, outgoing, and a Christian.
Beauty Tip – To hydrate face, she uses two ice cubes and rubs all over face until they melt which combats fat cells, fights acne, tightens face to reduce wrinkles and provides blood circulation helping blemishes heal faster.
The 2013 MISS TEEN USA® Competition will steam LIVE on Saturday, August 10th 2013 at 8 p.m. ET LIVE from the Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas. Fans can help their favorite contestant earn a spot in the semifinals through the Miss Teen USA Fan Vote presented by Lisa B. Collection.