3.28.2015

New Czech Queens for 2015







New Czech queens for 2015 were crowned last night in Prague. They are (from left to right):
Česká Miss Earth 2015 (Miss Earth Czech Republic 2015) - Karolína Mališová - who will compete in Miss Earth 2015 to be held in Cairo, Egypt sometime in November.
Česká Miss 2015 (Miss Universe Czech Republic) - Nikol Švantnerová - who will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose exact date and venue have not yet been confirmed.
Česká Miss World 2015 (Miss World Czech Republic 2015) - Andrea Kalousová - who will compte in Miss World 2015 whose exact date and venue have not yet been confirmed either.


New Indian Queens for 2015


VARTIKA SINGH, ADITI ARYA, AAFREEN VAZ

fbb Femina Miss India 2015 concluded after a month of rigorous training where 21 stunning girls competed for the top three crowns of Miss India World, Miss India International and Miss India Grand International. During the finals last night, Aditi Arya won the crown of Miss India World 2015, who will now represent India at Miss World 2015. Aafreen Vaz won the crown of Miss India International 2015 and she will compete in Miss International 201. Vartika Singh won the crown of Miss India Grand International 2015 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2015. 


CB Loves MAME ADJEI - Miss Maryland USA 2015!



PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOMINIQUE JENKINS

GIVE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU.

     Regal, because not only do I carry myself with the utmost poise, confidence, and respect, but I come from a royal lineage in Ghana. And now I am also a beauty queen!

     Dynamic, because I am multifaceted/talented. I love to try new things and discover new passions from singing, acting, music producing, painting, to research, politics, and writing.

     Tenacious, because I do not take no for an answer when it comes to something that I need or want. I am steadfast and persistent to accomplish all of my goals.

HAVE YOU SEEN "50 SHADES OF GREY?" IF YOU HAVE, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? IF YOU HAVEN'T, WOULD YOU SEE IT?

     Yes, and I personally loved it. It chronicled the relationship of two consenting curious adults exploring somewhat taboo fantasies.  Many people who read the book were not fans, but with any movie adaptation of a book, you need to understand that the story line is often condensed and is an interpretation of the director, which will obviously be different from your own imagination or fantasies of the different aspects of the book.

SHOULD ABORTION BE BANNED IN THE CASES OF WOMEN WHO HAVE REPEATED ABORTIONS, BUT CONTINUE NOT TO USE BIRTH CONTROL?

     It is an unfortunate thing to continue to do, especially when there are preventative measures such as all the different methods of contraceptives out there, but I do not think that any person can tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body and life.  

DO YOU THINK THAT "SEXUALITY EDUCATION" SHOULD BE PART OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     Yes, in my elementary school when I was in the fifth grade, we were given lessons on sexuality. Every parent though had to consent to their child being taught the basics in school at that age. I think it allows the children to receive “the talk” in a comfortable setting with peers, where they get to learn about themselves, their bodies, and what they are/will be going through. As long as it is taught properly, I see no harm.



WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

           My goals for the next five years of my life would include incorporating my own non-profit organization (which I am in the process of doing), beginning a business of some kind that will allow me to be financially stable and independent as well as support my humanitarian endeavors with my non-profit. I see myself also being an established model, and possibly actress on the rise.

IF YOU WON MISS USA AND ONE OF THE CANDIDATES TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE THE CROWN, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HER?

      I would tell her that just for saying that, we can see who is truly undeserving of the title, as every woman is surely deserving of the blessings that they receive. Who are we to say otherwise?

IS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     Physical appearance is important because it is the first thing that people see when they come into contact with you. A put together person comes across as confident, and more approachable. This allows others to see you as someone that takes pride in themselves and want others to realize their worth as well.
 
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM MAN (OR IF YOU'RE GAY, DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WOMAN). 

      My dream man is someone that is passionate (about me, life, etc), loving, thoughtful, optimistic, and caring. He must also be able to keep me on my toes – I love excitement and trying new things, and I love to laugh.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PAGEANTS LIKE MISS VENEZUELA PROMOTING COSMETIC SURGERY SO MUCH? IS THAT A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE EXAMPLE FOR YOUNG WOMEN? 

     I do not mind women who want to fix the things that they are not happy with by any means, however when you are tying that to pageantry so strongly, it sends the wrong message to women that in order to win that beauty pageant you need to be perfect. And there is no such thing as a perfect woman, not even with all of the cosmetic surgery that one could afford. It takes away the focus from the other truly important aspects of pageantry which include showcasing women that are determined in their careers, their talents, and personalities.

WHY DO YOU FEEL THERE IS SO MUCH ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY?

     As someone who has lived years abroad, I understood their anti-American sentiment as a dislike of our collective ignorance regarding the situations of many countries, yet having opinions on how their problems should be handled. In Ghana, and in Brazil, everyone was so aware of what was going on everywhere, not just in their respective countries.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE THAT AMERICA FACES?

     The greatest challenge America faces in my opinion, is rebuilding our economy so that everyone is able to live a decent life, with access to healthcare, lower rates of unemployment and homelessness, and ultimately bridging the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. 


WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE U.S.A.?

     I am most proud of the freedom and opportunities we have as Americans here in the USA. We take our freedom and these opportunities for granted sometimes but these are things that people from all over the world dream about having.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN PORNOGRAPHY AND RAPE? 

     I do not think that there is a correlation between the two at all. Pornography involves the participation of two consenting adults whom are most likely benefitting (monetarily) from said act. Whereas rape involves someone forcing themselves unto another non-consenting person. And someone who watches pornography could not possibly blame viewing others having sex, as a reason to attack someone else. Pornography does not make rape okay.

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A CERTAIN AGE WHEN PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO RETIRE?   

     I think that older workers that are efficient in the workplace should not be necessarily forced to retire. Many times they are probably still working because they unfortunately do not have the luxury of no longer working due to problems in the economy, and personal financial burdens. 

IF SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY WAS TERMINALLY ILL AND IN AGONY AND ASKED YOU TO HELP THEM DIE, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE IT?  

     I would not be able to help with that, but I would try to respect their wishes by perhaps enlisting the help of doctors who could help ease their pain as much as possible. But ultimately, I think that the decision is for God to make and to release them when their time is truly “up”.

HOW SHOULD THE U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPOND TO THE THREAT OF ISIS

     There is no “right” way though to deal with terrorists because whether or not we fight them, we are losing lives. That is why I would think that the US government would respond to threats by terrorist groups like ISIS by joining together with other strong international powers to bring them down. It may be necessary to meet them with force unfortunately because peace talks with them have not and probably will not work.

VIRTUALLY ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS SINCE 9/11 HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY MUSLIMS WHO JUSTIFY THEIR TERRORISM BY QUOTING VIOLENT ACTS FROM THE KORAN. THIS SUGGESTS THAT ISLAM MAY NOT BE A RELIGION OF PEACE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? 

      I think that there are extremists in every religious group. We cannot demonize a whole religion, or whole people because of the cruel actions of some.



DO YOU SUPPORT LAWS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY BILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     Yes. I think that is a fantastic idea because a bilingual education will only promote the ways in which America is diverse, accommodating, and tolerant. After all, this country is a melting pot of cultures, and enforcing a bilingual education will only add to our children’s ability to interact with the world.

FROM A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, HOW WOULD YOU RATE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PERFORMANCE AS THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATES?
     
     I would rate his performance as Commander-in-Chief as an 8. He is limited by many factors (such as opposers in Congress) to do what he wants to do, but even with political conflict and opposition, I think that the decisions made thus far have been satisfactory.

PEOPLE SAY THE MOST PAGEANT CONTESTANTS ARE RELIGIOUS. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

    I disagree because it is not that most pageant contestants are religious, it is the fact that those that are, are vocal about it. Their faith is what drives them to succeed, and they simply appreciate the fact that they are able to share that with others who also believe.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN ETHICAL PERSON?

     An ethical person is one that holds themselves to the highest possible standard and treats everyone with utmost respect. And they expect the same. 

WHAT WOULD A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER LEARN ABOUT YOU FROM REVIEWING YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNTS LIKE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?

     They would learn from viewing my social media platforms that I am a go-getter, a person that is humorous, and an overall sweet-loving person that is able to showcase many facets of herself.
  
WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED BY COMPETING IN PAGEANTS?

     It has always been a dream of mine to become Miss USA. Even though women today have more options and freedom, I truly believe in what the Miss Universe Organization stands for. I cannot think of another organization in which women can participate in to gain such a life-changing experience. The organization not only gives women a platform to inspire others and touch so many lives, but they also offer their titleholders such unique opportunities in both their personal and professional lives. They help women achieve their career goals by giving them opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had, if they hadn’t been a part of the organization. 



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3.26.2015

CB Loves VANESSA ORIOLO - Miss New Jersey USA 2015!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY FADIL BERISHA


GIVE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU.

     Genuine. Confident. Loving.

IF YOU WERE TO COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL IN THE NEXT LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

     I would come back as a lioness because they are strong and nurturing.

HAVE YOU SEEN "50 SHADES OF GREY?" IF YOU HAVE, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? IF YOU HAVEN'T, WOULD YOU SEE IT?

      I have not seen it, but I would consider seeing it only after reading the book. Many people have told me it was a great book and I love to read!

DO YOU THINK THAT "SEXUALITY EDUCATION" SHOULD BE PART OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     I do think that sexuality education should be a part of the curriculum in American schools. Whether it is in elementary or middle school, I think it's important for young people to be educated on topics that affect them personally; it allows them to make better and more informed decisions in life. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

           Besides my goal of becoming Miss USA, I hope to begin my career in the fashion industry. I also hope to begin to collect the necessary resources and knowledge that I need to start my own fashion brand. Lastly, I would love to further my modeling career within the next 5 years.

IF YOU WON MISS USA AND ONE OF THE CANDIDATES TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE THE CROWN, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HER?

     Although I would never say I deserve the crown, I would tell her that she is entitled to her own opinion, and I respect that. But I would also tell her that I work very hard to achieve my goals and that is something I am extremely proud of.

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IS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     I do believe physical appearance is important because everyone should feel comfortable in his or her own skin. Feeling good about the way you look helps you feel and act more confident. That is why I think it's healthy to put some importance on physical appearance because it pushes you to be fit, live a healthier lifestyle, and also encourages you to dress in a way that makes you feel the most beautiful.

DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM MAN (OR IF YOU'RE GAY, DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WOMAN). 

     My dream man is someone who is respectful, loyal, honest, and trustworthy. Someone who can make me laugh and knows how to cheer me up when I am feeling down. My dream man is someone who can be my other half- someone who is supportive and who would love me unconditionally, without being afraid to show it.

CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT DESIGNER SHOES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     Designer shoes are not a necessity so I would say that I could definitely live without them. But as a person who loves fashion, I would have to mention that I do love shoes!  

HAVE YOU EVER HAD COSMETIC SURGERY OR ANY OTHER ALTERATION TO YOUR APPEARANCE?

     I personally have not had any cosmetic surgery or any other alteration to my appearance. Although I have not had anything changed or enhanced, I am not against it. I think that if people want to change something to feel more confident in the way they look, and that makes them happy, then I am completely okay with that.



WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE U.S.A.?

      I am most proud of the freedom and opportunities we have as Americans here in the USA. We take our freedom and these opportunities for granted sometimes but these are things that people from all over the world dream about having.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN PORNOGRAPHY AND RAPE? 

     I wouldn’t necessarily say that pornography leads to rape, but I do believe that pornography has the potential to give people the wrong message.

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A CERTAIN AGE WHEN PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO RETIRE?   

     I do not think there should be a certain age when people are forced to retire. I think if someone feels strong and healthy enough to continue working, then they should do so. I believe that keeping busy and doing what you love keeps you living a longer and happier life.

VIRTUALLY ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS SINCE 9/11 HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY MUSLIMS WHO JUSTIFY THEIR TERRORISM BY QUOTING VIOLENT ACTS FROM THE KORAN. THIS SUGGESTS THAT ISLAM MAY NOT BE A RELIGION OF PEACE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? 

     I believe that it is wrong to judge an entire religion based on how some followers choose to practice it. Anything can be read and interpreted in multiple ways, depending on your personal beliefs. I can see how people would believe that Islam is not a religion of peace after some of the terrorist attacks that have occurred, but I do not believe it is fair to judge an entire religion or group of people based on how some individuals have chosen to act. Overall, I think it is unfortunate that people find the need commit acts of terrorism, no matter what their justification might be.


DO YOU SUPPORT LAWS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY BILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     I completely support laws that require mandatory bilingual education for all students in American schools. I think languages are great and help enrich your life. They allow you to communicate with more people and connect with them on a personal level. Learning another language is also good for the brain! I myself love languages; I am trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Italian. I would love to continue to learn more!
  
PEOPLE SAY THAT MOST PAGEANT CONTESTANTS ARE RELIGIOUS. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

     I believe that most pageant contestants are spiritual in some way. Pageant contestants are very dedicated, motivated, inspired, and driven. Therefore, having something to believe in helps most pageant girls stay focused on their goals.
  
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN ETHICAL PERSON?

     My definition of an ethical person is someone who knows right from wrong and chooses to do the right thing in any given situation.

WHAT WOULD A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER LEARN ABOUT YOU FROM REVIEWING YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNTS LIKE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?

     From viewing my social network accounts, a potential employer would learn that I am an overall positive and happy person. They would also learn that I love to travel, meet new people, and visit new places. They would also learn that I love to smile!
  
WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED BY COMPETING IN PAGEANTS?

     Competing in pageants is truly empowering. You grow as an individual after going through each competition. During the process, you learn so much about yourself and you learn how to best present who you are to society. You build up confidence, poise, and strong communication skills. Competing in pageants helps you set goals and it challenges you to be the best version of yourself.

COMPARED TO THE 1950s-1970s, WOMEN TODAY HAVE MORE OPTIONS IN TERMS OF THEIR PERSONAL CHOICES AND PERSONAL LIVES. DESPITE THESE OPTIONS, WHY DO YOU STILL WANT TO BE MISS USA?

     It has always been a dream of mine to become Miss USA. Even though women today have more options and freedom, I truly believe in what the Miss Universe Organization stands for. I cannot think of another organization in which women can participate in to gain such a life changing experience. The organization not only gives women a platform to inspire others and touch so many lives, but they also offer their titleholders such unique opportunities in both their personal and professional lives. They help women achieve their career goals by giving them opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had, if they hadn’t been a part of the organization. 




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CB Loves ANEA GARCIA - Miss Rhode Island USA 2015!



PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDUARDO GARCIA


GIVE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU.

     Three adjectives my friends have used to describe me are, energetic, genuine and authentic! Energetic because as long as they can remember, I have been working to help my family. I was never one to sit in front of the television after school.  I was the one working three different jobs. Genuine because whenever someone calls me I have been there at anytime of the day and they know I will always be there! Perhaps not always physically but over the phone, through the camera, or in spirit - I will be there to help in any way possible. Authentic because I have the compassion and capacity to create, overcome, love, endure, and transform suffering into living.

IF YOU WERE TO COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL IN THE NEXT LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

     If I had the choice of returning as any animal, my choice would be a dove. Why? A dove symbolizes peace, love, and purity. Purity means to me containing innocence and the genuine belief that everything is still good. The white symbolizes heaven and the chance for a grand life after death. 

SHOULD ABORTION BE BANNED IN THE CASES OF WOMEN WHO HAVE REPEATED ABORTIONS, BUT CONTINUE NOT TO USE BIRTH CONTROL?

     Personally. I disagree with abortion but I understand if the procedure needs to take place due to extenuating circumstances. Using abortion as a birth control method displays poor judgment and irresponsibility. This behavior makes me question on the type of parent the woman would be. I am against this practice, but under the law women are allowed to practice it.

DO YOU THINK THAT "SEXUALITY EDUCATION" SHOULD BE PART OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

          Yes. I believe that sexual education for children early on is good due to the growing curiosity at younger ages. Sexual activity is beginning at a younger age. It’s best to address this at an earlier time than later.  

     IF YOU HAD TO BE ANOTHER WOMAN FOR ONE WEEK, WHICH WOMAN WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE AND WHY?

          The most inspiring individual I know is my grandmother. My grandmother has undergone so much throughout her life. She found herself alone, with an English barrier in a new country at the age of 27 with four children and a grandchild to support. Honestly, I don’t think anyone would want to be in her shoes for a week but I choose my grandmother because experiencing these encounters would make someone become more appreciative for what they have.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDUARDO GARCIA

IS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     Physical appearance matters in every situation whether it is in the workplace, first date, marriage etc. If you look good, you feel good. One’s appearance boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.

DO YOU THINK THAT OUR CULTURE IS TOO PREOCCUPIED WITH BEAUTY? HOW COULD WE CHANGE THAT?

     Yes, I believe our culture is too preoccupied with beauty. We could change that by putting more focus on human values rather than just physical appearance. The notion that every person is not beautiful simply because of one flaw should be disbarred. We should instead be able to discover and appreciate beauty about every person in the world whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD COSMETIC SURGERY OR ANY OTHER ALTERATION TO YOUR APPEARANCE?

     No, I have never had cosmetic surgery or any alterations to my appearance. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PAGEANTS LIKE MISS VENEZUELA PROMOTING COSMETIC SURGERY SO MUCH? IS THAT A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE EXAMPLE FOR YOUNG WOMEN? 

     Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is not only physical but mental and emotional as well. The ongoing promotion of cosmetic surgery stimulates low self- esteem on women who are naturally born in their own unique way. It is a negative example to women because they are advertising that women are not good enough as they are or as whole (internally) because of the constant emphasis of external beauty.

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A CERTAIN AGE WHEN PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO RETIRE?   

     No, each and every person is wildly different from one another, from the things we consume, to what we do day to day and even how many hours of sleep we each get a night. Each person has his or her own idea of when and why they can retire for many different variables such as, monetary stability or even old age. I do not think any person who is fit and able to continue on working and succeeding in the operation should be forced to retire solely on the basis of age. 

WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE THAT AMERICA FACES?

      The greatest challenge that America faces in my opinion would be the consistent corruption within the government which results in the stoppage of progress. When the majority of representatives are out for their next campaign or themselves, headway for many actions become sidelined. Personally, I have seen this up close in Rhode Island. Just this year the house speaker, an official state representative and a member of city hall were arrested on charges of misappropriation of campaign funds for personal use. 

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE U.S.A.?

           I feel most proud that the United States of America is a country that continues to thrive through harsh political, economic, and global warfare that takes place. I believe that the United States of America prospers during any situation it comes face to face with, positive or negative, and has done so on the foundation it was laid.  The United States has been able to flourish through and overcome obstacles such as the industrial revolution, countless peace treaties and negotiations with allied countries as well as endured world wars along the way. The fact that our country still stands strong and raises the America flag to the top of the flagpole everyday speaks louder than any person could scream.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN PORNOGRAPHY AND RAPE? 

           I believe there is zero correlation between pornography and rape. In pornography one decides to participate and act. In the case of rape, an individual is forced to perform without consent.  

DO YOU SUPPORT LAWS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY BILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

          Yes, I support laws requiring mandatory bilingual education for all students in American schools. This would permit our population to be prepared globally - we are the only Western country that does not learn more than one language, which puts us at a disadvantage globally.

           I support this because it allows further education that is the pinnacle for each student in regards to their future work and social environment. In addition, this would allocate for better communication with a large and growing majority of people in the United States and the world. 

HOW SHOULD THE U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPOND TO THE THREAT OF ISIS?  

          The US government must respond to ISIS in some way, shape or form. The problem is not so simple where there is a lone solution. These militants are not in one central location, they are spreading further as they invade more areas of the Middle East. Through using technology like Twitter and scaring populations they were able to take over towns and gain supporters faster than analysts ever predicted. ISIS’ methods are unorthodox and we as the United States are entering an extremely steep learning curve dealing with this new type of guerrilla warfare that ISIS has created. The United States and the UN are working together to quell and subdue the egregious dilemma that is occurring across the Atlantic and once and for all to regain stability and peace in that region. 





VIRTUALLY ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS SINCE 9/11 HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY MUSLIMS WHO JUSTIFY THEIR TERRORISM BY QUOTING VIOLENT ACTS FROM THE KORAN. THIS SUGGESTS THAT ISLAM MAY NOT BE A RELIGION OF PEACE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?  

           My thoughts on Muslims committing terrorist attacks and justifying their reasoning by quoting the Koran are absolutely unreasonable. Many cults quote from the Bible for death, specified ways of living, or simply hate against another faith or group of people who are different and this is comparable in a way of majority. The majority of people who follow the path are not crazy extremist in any way, shape or form; most are the exact opposite and are very accepting. This is the same for the majority of followers of the Islamic faith. Yes, the word Islam directly translates to peace and only a small majority of Islamic followers are extremist and outwardly pushing these unspeakable beliefs and actions upon the world. 

SOME STATES STILL PRACTICE THE DEATH PENALTY AS PUNISHMENT FOR HORRENDOUS CRIMES. DO YOU THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED? WHY OR WHY NOT?

      I think the death penalty should be abolished. No man has the right to take away another man’s life. In addition, there have been several cases where the state has ended the life of an innocent person.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN ETHICAL PERSON?
         
      My definition of an ethical person is one who carries good manners, values, and has respect for everything in the world. One who is open, understanding and empathetic.

CAN A PERSON WHO WAS BORN A MALE, BUT WHO HAS A SEX REASSIGNMENT TO BECOME FEMALE, BE TRULY A FEMALE IN YOUR OPINION?

     A person who is born male and has a sexual reassignment to become female is not truly a female due to biological reasons. I respect the decision if someone wants to change their sex, but they must accept the fact that human biology is irreversible, at least in this day and age. 

WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED BY COMPETING IN PAGEANTS?

     I have gained the opportunity to network with many professional and talented people who have opened doors for me in my journey. I have learned more about myself in regards to what I am capable of, my likes and dislikes.  





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3.24.2015

CB Loves RENEE BULL - Miss Delaware USA 2015


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GIVE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU.

     Passionate, genuine, charismatic!

NAME THREE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD NEVER DO.

     1. I will never skydive because I am terrified of heights. 
     2. I would never pass judgment on anyone before I got the chance to know them. Our society is quick to pass judgment on one another instead of encouraging each other, sometimes we pull each other down. This is something I would never do to someone else.
3.  I would and never will be self-centered. I live by this scripture: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition rather in humility value others above yourself.”

CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT DESIGNER SHOES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     Living without designer shoes would be easy for me. I was raised in a family of nine and it was rare to find anything designer in our house. I wore hand me downs and very affordable items! This taught me that it doesnt matter what you wear, but how you wear it. A person can still be extremely chic whether theyre wearing name brand or not! Its all about confidence in your own skin and clothing.

DO YOU THINK THAT "SEXUALITY EDUCATION" SHOULD BE PART OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     Yes, I do believe sexual education should be a part of elementary school curriculum in American schools. It is important to educate our youth; it would be beneficial to them if schools started to introduce a non-threatening sexuality education option as part of the curriculum, if approved by the guardian of each student.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

      In the next five years, I plan to expand my nonprofit, Girls2Girls, to several states. This will provide positive community leaders to young girls ages 8-15. I plan to be heavily involved with my community, speaking to thousands of youth and encouraging them to dream big and never give up.  I plan to finish my degree in business and graduate with honors. I hope to expand my jewelry business, Intricate Designs. I plan to pursue my dreams of acting and modeling as well.



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IF YOU WON MISS USA AND ONE OF THE CANDIDATES TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE THE CROWN, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HER?

      I would explain to her that, whether we believe someone deserves something or not, everyone has his or her own destiny and mine was to become Miss USA. If I were to win the title of Miss USA, I would understand that everyone will have opinions, but I would be incredibly proud of myself and would not let the naysayers affect my positive attitude.

IS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

         I believe it is important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of our bodies because we only get one. Physical appearance should reflect a healthy mind and body, which can mean many different things. But I feel that you cannot base beauty solely on physical appearance because it is much deeper than that.

DO YOU THINK THAT OUR CULTURE IS TOO PREOCCUPIED WITH BEAUTY? HOW COULD WE CHANGE THAT?

     I do believe that our culture rewards and perpetuates narcissism. The media presents unrealistic overly photo-shopped images of women and causes regular people to feel they must live up to unrealistic standards by any means necessary. We have to teach the future generation that beauty is not defined by what you see in magazines. 

     I believe we can start changing this perception of beauty by encouraging people to focus on being involved in their communities and speaking with young women about how they define beauty, while explaining to them that the images in the media are far from real. When people start to give back, they will realize that life is about so much more than a good selfie.

DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM MAN (OR IF YOU'RE GAY, DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WOMAN).

     My dream man is funny, honest and secure with himself. I love to laugh so if they take themselves too seriously and dont have a sense of humor, it will not work out.

IF YOU COULD GO ON A BLIND DATE WITH ANY MAN (OR WOMAN) IN THE WORLD, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
          
     I have a huge crush on the actor Michael B. Jordan. He is handsome and genuine and has an amazing personality. I would melt if I ever got to meet him, let alone go on a blind date.





IF YOU HAD TO BE ANOTHER WOMAN FOR ONE WEEK, WHICH WOMAN WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE AND WHY?

      I would choose to be our first lady, Michelle Obama; her initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles in young people are something I truly believe in and her interest in our future leaders has always inspired me. 

HAVE YOU EVER HAD COSMETIC SURGERY OR ANY OTHER ALTERATION TO YOUR APPEARANCE?

No, what you see is what you get! 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PAGEANTS LIKE MISS VENEZUELA PROMOTING COSMETIC SURGERY SO MUCH? IS THAT A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE EXAMPLE FOR YOUNG WOMEN?

     I think self-acceptance is most important and is a message we should be promoting. You have to love yourself and exude confidence. A confident and natural woman is far more appealing than manufactured beauty.  I always speak to young woman about self-esteem and how it all starts with accepting your flaws and knowing you are truly beautiful from the inside out. 

WHY DO YOU FEEL THERE IS SO MUCH ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY?

      I believe people have a lot of false stereotypes about America. When I meet different people from all over the world they always say I am nothing like they thought. Each country has its own stereotypes and it’s about breaking down these barriers to show people that America is truly the greatest country in the world.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE U.S.A.?

       I am proud to be in the land of opportunity and freedom. I am proud that the USA is constantly evolving to become a stronger, greater, and a more unified country. We are leaders in technology and in the military and we truly use our power to help struggling and underdeveloped countries.

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A CERTAIN AGE WHEN PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO RETIRE?

      I believe success is defined in being able to do what you love everyday. When you have a career you love, it is no longer work, but fulfilling. So I don't think anyone should be told when he or she has to stop feeling fulfilled.  We should all work as hard as possible and achieve as much as we can while we have the time and the will.

DO YOU SUPPORT LAWS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY BILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     I encourage every young person to take advantage of the free language education they receive while in school. Being a bilingual communicator has huge advantages in the marketplace, workforce, and in day-to-day interactions. I support the implementation of this into American schools because it can only benefit the children of our future.

PEOPLE SAY THAT MOST PAGEANT CONTESTANTS ARE RELIGIOUS. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?

      I had never heard that before and I dont necessarily agree or disagree. I truly believe that there are so many different types of contestants in the pageant world and thats what makes pageantry so special. You can be successful in any pageant system, despite your religion!




WHAT WOULD A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER LEARN ABOUT YOU FROM REVIEWING YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNTS LIKE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?

      My social media accounts show a young, Christian woman that loves her family more than anything.  It also reflects an altruistic businesswoman who started her own non-profit Girls2Girls. Lastly, it shows someone who is down to earth, outgoing, and fun.

WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED BY COMPETING IN PAGEANTS?
         
          My life has completely changed since starting pageantry. Pageantry has given me the confidence to overcome so many fears, such as speaking in front of large crowds. I was inspired to start my own non-profit organization through my platform of mentorship because of pageantry.  Competing has changed my life for the better and pushed me to become the best possible version of myself and for that I am thankful.




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