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    Steve Harvey & Ashley Graham to Host Miss Universe

    It’s official: Steve Harvey will be returning to host the MISS UNIVERSE® Competition this January.  Joining him as our Backstage Host is Ashley Graham, you might remember her from the 2016 MISS USA® Competition.  We can’t wait to see what they bring to the stage this year.  Tune in to The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition airing LIVE January 29th on FOX from The Philippines.


    Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey is the host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show radio program, and the popular TV shows Family Feud and Celebrity Family Feud, The Steve Harvey Show, family favorite Little Big Shots, and the new competition reality program Funderdome. His popularity continues to grow to global proportions, bolstered by his new role as host of the Miss Universe Pageant. Harvey is currently one of the most powerful voices in media, touting a career spanning nearly 30 years as a top stand-up comedian, actor, award winning TV personality and talk show host, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.


    Harvey began his entertainment career as a comedian, working the stand-up circuit.  He grew to have a roster of acclaimed specials, including co-starring in one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history The Original Kings of Comedy, and the hit Don’t Trip…He Ain’t Through With Me Yet.

    Harvey first made his mark in television and film as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He went on to star in several popular shows, including The Steve Harvey Show, and has appeared in such movies as You Got Served, and Johnson Family Vacation.

    Harvey expanded his reach into radio, as host of the nationally syndicated, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. He co-created The Neighborhood Awards, an awards show honoring local businesses, institutions and leaders for the excellence demonstrated in their communities.

    Harvey is also author of multiple New York Times best-selling titles. His first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think… inspired the 2012 box office topping movie, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.  His newest book Jump is scheduled for release in December, 2016.

    As a humanitarian and an entrepreneur, Harvey makes it a priority to give back. Through The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, he and his wife provide hundreds of teens annually with mentoring and educational opportunities. His company, HARCAL, allows him to create business partnerships that specifically target and benefit the working middle class.

    Harvey’s list of accolades includes several NAACP Image Awards, a People’s Choice Award, induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Steve Harvey Show in 2014 and 2015, as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud in 2014. Harvey most recently received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Little Big Shots, as Outstanding Host for A Reality or Reality-Competition Program. 

    Harvey is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a proud parent with wife Marjorie to seven children. Harvey hopes to use his platform to motivate others to pursue their dreams, and serve as an example of the power of faith and hard work.

    Ashley Graham

    Ashley Graham, 29, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and discovered in a mall at the age of 12. Her natural beauty and effervescent personality led to her signing with an international modeling agency at the age of 13, launching her successful, diverse career. Ashley has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In February 2015, she starred in #CurvesinBikinis, a campaign with swimsuitsforall that made her the first size 14 model to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. In February 2016, she was selected as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie and also landed one of three covers for the magazine, making her the first size 14 model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

    A leader for the body positive movement, Ashley has been featured on the covers of Vogue UK, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Maxim, Glamour’s special Curve issue, and many more. In January 2016, Ashley was named to Forbes Magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s January issue alongside top celebrities and entrepreneurs. In November 2016, Glamour named her “Woman of the Year,” while Mattel simultaneously created a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness. In December 2016, People Magazine named Ashley one of the “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.”

    A business-savvy entrepreneur, Ashley has collaborated with Canadian brand Addition Elle on her own line of seductive, size-conscious lingerie. Featuring sexy pieces designed to fit and accentuate women of various sizes, the line is available at Nordstrom and on AshleyGrahamCollections.com. In March 2016, Ashley launched “Beyond by Ashley Graham,” an exclusive dress collection in collaboration with Dressbarn. Additionally, she secured an exclusive partnership with swimsuitsforall, for who she will design annual swimsuit collections, the first launching in May 2016.

    Additionally, Ashley is a sough-after television personality and has hosted Miss USA 2015, 2016’s VH1 Divas, E!’s Oscar Red Carpet, a week-long “Body Proud” series on Good Morning America and guest hosted several national talk shows. She is currently a judge on VH1’s America’s Next Top Model where she provides her expert advice on how to become a boss, brand and a business woman.

    As a role model and body activist, Ashley is regularly invited to speak at national conferences, high schools and girls’ groups about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment. Her first TEDx talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” was given at TEDxBerleeValencia in April 2015. Her monthly “Great Style Has No Size” column for InStyle encourages women to embrace their curves and feel comfortable in their own skin.


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    Be Pia’s MVP with Omaze

    You can walk the red carpet at the MISS UNIVERSE® Competition this January with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach! The Miss Universe Organization is teaming up with Omaze to bring fans the ultimate backstage experience.  For as little as $10, fans can bid to win a VIP backstage package in the Philippines.  All proceeds go to Cordaid to give aid to women and children around the world.

    Here’s how it works.

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    You and a friend will:

    • Score VIP seats at The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition and go to the after-party
    • Get crowned by Pia Wurtzbach onstage at dress rehearsal
    • Enjoy a backstage tour and lunch with Pia
    • Get glammed up by the Miss Universe hair and makeup team
    • Be flown to the Philippines and put up in a 4-star hotel



    What You’ll Do

    Every year, thousands of women from countries around the world compete for the title of Miss Universe. And now Pia Wurtzbach, the current queen herself, wants you to be her VIP guest at this year’s MISS UNIVERSE® Competition. You’ll fly to the beautiful Philippines where you’ll walk the red carpet alongside the incredible contestants and hang out backstage with Pia for the full behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll step on stage during dress rehearsal, where Pia will place the legendary crown on your head for the photo opp of a lifetime. You’ll get a total makeover from the Miss Universe glam squad, then watch the whole show from VIP seats. And after they’ve crowned the next big winner, you’ll hit up the after-party to celebrate. Flights and hotel included.


    Who You’ll Help

    A staggering number of 1.2 billion people live their daily lives in the imminence of war, armed conflict and increasingly recurrent natural disasters. Their basic needs are unmet, their human rights are trampled, their voices aren’t heard. In the heart of their communities, Cordaid mobilizes global networks, resources and knowledge to help people move beyond survival and live in dignity. Cordaid specifically has projects across 22 developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with a focus to empower women and girls through education, business and entrepreneurial efforts, and health programs, among others.

    Other Things You Can Earn

    Aside from a backstage access pass, you can receive an EmpowHER tote and many more!


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    Miss PA USA Fights Body Stigma

    Having battled an eating disorder herself, the recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2017 Cassandra Angst plans to educate other girls who worry about their body.

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    She says that body shaming is heavily prevalent in today’s culture via social media and misinformation on the subject.  Cassandra says body image problems can occur in girls as young as 6 and persist to college and beyond.  She says, “If I can save one life, or change one little girl’s life, it would mean the world to me.”

    After competing against the other women from her home state, she told The Courier Times, “A lot of them are strong, confident women. It’s good to surround yourself with people like that,” she said. “I’m just very lucky to have been given the crown, because any girl could have won.”


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    Patriots Cheerleader Crowned Miss MA USA

    Julia Scaparotti, a Patriots cheerleader, is one of the newest ladies to join the Miss USA sisterhood.  She was recently crowned Miss Massachusetts USA 2017.  In addition to competing for the title with other women from her state, she also competed against other Patriot cheerleaders.


    Julia says “It was nice to have the support system of them, too. I was thinking, statistically if I don’t win, I have two women that I would love to win,” Julia said. “And it’s true. If I didn’t win, I would want it for one of them because I know how hard they’ve worked. I love them.”

    Julia will head to the 2017 MISS USA Competition where she will compete to win the title Miss USA, stay tuned!

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    Brother Inspires Miss VA Teen USA

    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.

    Read the rest of the story from The Virginia Pilot…