THE VIRGINIA PILOT – The 16-year-old Cox High School junior was crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA 2017 after competing in a pageant for the first time.
“When they finally put the crown and sash over me, I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
With all the glitz and glam that comes with the crown, there was only one person Madison wanted to celebrate with: Her twin brother, Bryan, who was born with Down syndrome.
“He’s the one that made me really smile when I came out in that dress because I could see him right away, I could point him out,” Madison said.
Their father, C.J. Deni, said Bryan was “cheering and jumping up and down” when Madison was crowned at the event Nov. 20.
He even got to go on stage with her.
“Everything that I’ve done, even throughout my life, has been for him because he’s definitely been my inspiration and he’s definitely shaped me as a person,” Madison said.
Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber gives an exclusive interview about her work with soldiers facing PTSD.
Telling Rehab-International, she says, “My goal is to make soldiers feel less ashamed of it, and for people in general to understand this is a reaction to trauma, a mental battle. You should never be ashamed of asking for help.”
Ultimately, Deshauna wants to ensure that those who are done serving can come home to all the resources they need to help them recover. You can read more by tapping here.
Lyrric Cosby Jackson of Georgia competed in the Miss Georgia USA 2017 competition with the hopes of earning the crown and ticket to compete at Miss USA, what she left with was something more.
On Medium, she writes, “I never expected to “strut” down a runway in a fire engine red bikini with as much confidence and honesty as I did, nor did I expect to learn so much about myself in such a short time.”
While Lyrric did not make it to the next round, we’re happy she found herself and gained confidence along the way.
You can read her full piece “Not Your Average Pageant Girl” by tapping here.
Congratulations to Miss Hawaii USA 2017 Julie Kuo! Julie earned the crown at the Miss Hawaii USA competition in Honolulu over the weekend.
Learn more about Julie and her story to the crown by tapping here!
Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega has had her baby! She and her husband Al Horford shared the first photo of their daughter Alía Horford Vega.
On Instagram, she writes, “More than grateful to you, my Lord, for sending another great blessing to our family. On November 27 a princess came to our lives to brighten up our days. Your little brother, your daddy and I were waiting for you with great eagerness. Welcome to the world, my baby girl. Alía Horford Vega.”
Congratulations, Amelia and Al!