Miss to Mrs. Demi Leigh Marries Tim Tebow!

From Miss Universe to now Mrs. Tebow, Demi-Leigh tied the knot with former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow, this past weekend in South Africa.

The sunset ceremony took place at the La Paris Estate resort and consisted of a sophisticated white, gold, green and black color palette. In an interview with People Magazine, who exclusively covered the nuptials, Demi said the wedding was a reflection of the couple, “We’re both very traditional.” She went on to say, “we wanted to look back at the wedding and see that it was intimate, elegant, and traditional.”

A wedding truly takes a village! Zavion Kotze-Brereton was the couple’s wedding designer and fashion photographer, Hanri Human was the official photographer. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Demi’s traditional values were also reflected in the design of her wedding dress. telling People, she wanted her gown to be sleek and elegant and timeless. The former Miss Universe tried on over 50 dresses before she finally found the one. She ended up walking down the aisle in a custom-made gown from David’s Bridal accessorized with diamond and pearl earrings from Marion Rehwinkel Jewelry.

The night before the wedding, Tim said he was working hard to ensure everything would go smoothly, specifically his vows, “I want the vows to be perfect.” Also sharing how he wanted to make sure his vows sounded authentic, “I’m leaving in the traditional things like ‘till death do us part,’ but I’m also adding some of my own things to it.” 

Tim Tebow’s tuxedo was custom designed by Project Runway SA Mentor, Gert-Johan Coetzee. (Photo Cred: People Magazine)

Per South African pageant rules, when Demi won the title of Miss South Africa, she had was able to represent her country at both Miss World and Miss Universe. However, since the two pageants coincided, she was sent to compete and focus on winning Miss Universe. It paid off when she took home the Phoenix Mikimoto Crown in 2017 at the AXIS Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada becoming the second Miss South Africa in history to do so at the time. Now with Zozibini’s win South Africa and a first Runner Up last year, SA is now placing themselves as a potential pageant powerhouse in the coming years. Aside from the Philippines, South Africa’s record is one of the best in the 2010’s decade for Miss Universe.

She was the first woman to wear the Mikimoto since 2008 Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza won. It was short-lived because after Demi crowned Catriona Gray in it last year it is now retired and replaced by the $5 million dollar Power of Unity Crown designed by Pascal Mouawad. During the final round she was asked about her best quality and how she could apply it to her reign as Miss Universe. Her response:

Fashion Designer, Anel Botha, designed Leigh’s gown for Miss Universe (Photo Cred: Instagram)

“As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual and Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women to overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am.” 

When Tebow isn’t on the field he moonlights as a motivational speaker! (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Demi’s new husband is also no stranger to the spotlight. Tim Tebow’s football career gained momentum his freshman year as the starting quarterback for the University of Florida in 2007. The next year, Tebow became a college football fan’s household name when he became the first college sophomore to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. After college he was a NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets but after getting dropped, he found a new passion with baseball. He now is a minor league outfielder for the New York Mets. 

When asked how he felt about the wedding, Tebow gushed, “I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest of my life with. I was waiting for the right person to come along and now I’m marrying Demi.” Such sweet words… Congratulations  to the happy couple!

The couple met through Night to Shine, an event part of the Tim Tebow Foundation. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Advances to Compete in Statewide Marketing Competition

We all want beauty and brains, but let’s be honest…It takes WORK! Current Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Payton May, is proving she is in fact more than a pretty face.  Payton placed third in her district level DECA competition. This high placement qualifies her for the competitive in the Washington State DECA competition.  

Queens support queens! Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin showed her support for Payton. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

She shared her excitement with a photo of her with the third-place medal on social media with the caption, “That feeling when you get 3rd place in your event at DECA and qualify for state.” 

DECA is a not-for-profit student organization founded in 1946, designed to help further students’ entrepreneurship skills in different areas of marketing, finance and business. The organization currently has 4,000 active high school chapters who compete on the district, state and national level. 

Award winners from last year’s Washington DECA. Will May be up there this year? (Photo Cred: Washington DECA)

The organization’s highly competitive events are based on the National Curriculum Standards of marketing, business management and administration, finance and hospitality and tourism industries. The competition consists of both a written component, similar to an school exam and an interactive component involving a presentation judged by industry professionals.

Payton plans to run for Congress after studying political science when she goes to college (Photo Cred: Instagram)

The high school senior is an active member of, Skyview High School’s DECA chapter for 3 years and is currently serving it’s student president. This year Payton has her eyes set on nationals, “I’m more ready than ever to get to nationals.” The organization awarded her previously, receiving the DECA Award for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

One can assume Payton has incorporated her learned skills from DECA into pageantry when she was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, on July 27, 2019. Winning over $30K in scholarship from The Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Organization, Inc. After winning she shared, “there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for everyone who made this dream possible.” 

Payton’s social impact platform is to encourage young people to vote and increase civic involvement (Photo Cred: Instagram)

This will be her third time competing at the state level for DECA. Will she make it to nationals? We will just have to wait and see! 

From Miss USA to CEO, Deshauna Barber Accepts New Job Supporting Women in the Military

2020 is off to an amazing start in the pageant world! New year, means new goals and news bags to secure. Congratulations are in order for former Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, who made a career move as the President and CEO of the nation’s leading 501c3, Service Women’s Action Network or SWAN. She announced the news via social media on Wednesday.

SWAN’s mission is “support, connect, and advocate for service women-past, present, and future.” Their vision is to eventually become the United States’ largest and most influential network of service women, working to advance their rights and pave the way for future growth. 

Deshauna left a lucrative government job as an IT Analyst for the Department of Commerce to compete for Miss USA (Photo Cred: Instagram)

In order to shine more light on Service Women’s Action Network, Deshauna explained to her following she see this position as “advocating on behalf of all service women and women veterans.” As an army reserve captain herself, this organization means a lot to her, raving about SWAN saying, “this organization has an amazing history of being bold and direct about the needs of all service women and women veterans.”

SWAN plays a huge role in helping  military women conquer the issues they come across by offering reproductive health services, hold sex offenders accountable in the military justice system and works to eliminates these barriers military members face with their disability claims after experiencing sexual trauma.

Growing up, Deshauna was known as a “military brat” since both of her parents served in the military for over 20 years. This meant over the course of her parents’ careers, they moved several times often within only a few weeks notice. At just 17, Deshauna decided to enlist in the United States Army Reserve. During her years, she rose through the ranks to become an Army Captain. Currently she is the logistics commander in the United States Army Reserve.

Women soldiers from all military branches of the United States Army. (Photo Cred: Service Women’s Action Network)

Deshauna was crowned Miss USA 2016, in June 2016. She made history that night being the first woman to win who was serving as active duty. She place top 9 at the 2016 Miss Universe competition. During her reign, she used her crown to promote and raise awareness about veteran issues, specifically post-traumatic stress disorders. She launched an international speaking career following her reign. One of her talking points, is discussing sexual abuse as a survivor of child sexual abuse herself. Her commencement address, The 5 Steps Glory, delivered at her alma mater Virginia State University, went viral reaching millions of people online.

Photo of Deshauna’s crowning moment next to a selfie during her active duty! (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Service Women’s Action Network was founded in 2007. According to their website, it’s one of the only groups which advocates and supports the needs of both service women and women veterans.

Prior to accepting this new CEO position for Service Women’s Action Network, Deshauna was interviewed several times throughout the course of the 3-month-long hiring process. She felt incredibly blessed to be able to take on the position. “I am so thankful to be a part of it’s history,” Deshauna said, “I look forward to the lives that will be impacted during my tenure as President of this organization!”

Congrats Deshauna!

Nia Franklin Releases Debut Single ‘Earth Sun’

Who says life after pageantry still doesn’t open doors? Pageantry certainly opened doors for Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin. Following her reign, her first single, Earth Sun was just released on Friday.

UPDATE!! Nia Franklin just announced she will be joining the cast of “The King and I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein in March. It’s the first opera for the former titleholder and composer.

During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Nia explained how her love of music started at a young age inspired from her parents, “I just have vivid memories of my parents playing Stevie Wonder all throughout the house when I was growing up.” She began her singing career as a member of her church’s choir, which, she says “is where I got my foundation from.” Nia soon found her passion for opera and went on to study music composition.

Photo of young Nia that she posted in celebration of reaching 50k followers. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

She was crowned Miss America 2019 in September 2018 as the second woman crowned under the Miss America 2.0 umbrella but first to be crowned in the new competition format than what pageant fans were accustomed to. For the first time in the pageants’ history there was no swimsuit portion so the talent category made up 50% of the contestants’ composite score on finals night. An increase from 35% in years past. Given Nia’s natural born pipes, this new scoring format was arguably her greatest strength and she gave one of the strongest performances that night during the entire competition. She sung the soprano aria, “Quando m’en’vo” from the opera, La Bohème. Upon winning the crown Nia said she felt nothing but pure joy.

Franklin performing her talent at Miss America 2019 in this red stunner from Cocos Chateau Gowns (Photo Cred: Instagram)

That sense of joy returns now with the official musical debut of her single Earth Sun. During her interview with Seacrest, Nia proclaimed, “This is kind of my introduction to the world.” Nia explained that, prior to this single, she had only released music on Soundcloud. This is her first song released on all music streaming services.

While their styles may be different, Nia draws musical inspiration from singer Kelly Rowland, who judged the competition this year. “I got great advice on how to jumpstart my music career with Kelly Rowland who left a powerhouse like Destiny’s Child to break out on her own,” Nia recently posted on social media page about how Kelly’s her musical inspiration.

Franklin’s social media post about former Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

To promote the release of her new song, Nia posted a raw video of her performing Earth Sun on Instagram. The video puts Nia’s singing and keyboard abilities on full display as her voice resonates throughout the short performance. In her post she said, “Earth Sun by me, streaming everywhere now. Have you listened to it yet?”

You can hear her new single on all major music streaming services including iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.

Grab your glass and tune in to our Pageants & Prosecco episode featuring Nia Franklin shortly after she was crowned last year.

Miss Earth USA, Libby Hill Recruits Titleholders To Clean Up California Coast

Miss Earth USA 2019, Libby Hill, traded her heels and evening gown for sneakers and a t-shirt as she and other titleholders worked as volunteers for the Clean Earth Project. An organization located in California focused on keeping the state’s beaches clean.Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 12.43.17 PM.png

Pageants & Prosecco reached out to Libby Hill for more deets about the clean up efforts. She told us as part of her Miss Earth USA platform, focused on coastal restoration, “I decided to make a trip to California” and partnered with the Clean Earth Project. Fortunately, she was not alone in her mission.(Photo Cred: Instagram)

Help came from local Miss California Earth USA titleholders and Miss Kansas USA 2019, Alyssa Klinzing also took the time out to volunteer with the women. The group worked hard together picking up trash and cleaning up Huntington Beach.

Hill’s platform during her reign as Miss Earth USA, is centered around coastal restoration, making her partnership with The Cleanup Project a natural one. In hopes of aspiring more volunteers, she says getting your girls together can be one of the easiest ways to help Mother Earth, “There are so many fun ways to contribute, including a group, or even solo, trash pickup.”

The experience served not only as a way to help the environment but allowed her to closely bond with her sister queens. She thanking the Miss Earth system for, “The opportunity to connect with so many like-minded women!”Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 12.42.34 PM.png

Miss Earth USA 2019, Libby Hill, picking up trash (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Hill shared with Pageants & Prosecco, the Clean Earth Project provided the tools, “They helped me get Garbo grabbers for all my volunteers!” In exchange for their work, she did a social media takeover for Clean Earth to increase their awareness about their Cleanup Project and campaigns.

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Miss Earth USA 2019, Libby Hill, posing with a pooch! (Photo Cred: Instagram)

The Clean Earth Project began around 9 years ago. The company sought inspiration from other environmental organizations with a similar vision and passion for a cleaner environment, specifically targeting beaches and coastal communities.

The Clean Earth Project works with volunteers on their beach cleanup efforts by giving guidance on the proper gear and supplies for them to use in a clean and sanitary way, because the organization’s knowledge on how to properly do this, Clean Earth is officially considered a premier environmental litter cleanup company.

Libby assumed the title of Miss Earth USA 2019, after the original winner, Emanii Jovan, was crowned Miss Earth Air 2019, at the international Miss Earth pageant. The assumption of the title meant a lot to Libby since she had only competed in pageants for a year, “It’s hard to imagine that only last year I walked onto a pageant stage for the first time, and now I’m in the position to represent the United States as a voice for environmental consciousness and activism.”

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Libby took on the role of Miss Earth USA at the end of 2019 after competing as Miss Gulf Coast at nationals. (Photo Cred: Instagram).

The Project hosts several cleanup events in California throughout the year to not only help increase engagement, but to also help spread awareness of the harmful effects littering can have on the Pacific ocean. Their partnerships with other environmental organizations increases their volunteers’ education of climate change issues happening to find solutions.

People outside of California can take part in Clean Earth Project by buying eco-friendly apparel such as t-shirts, sweaters, or hoodies. Customer proceeds will go directly to funding the organization’s efforts.

Catriona Gray Gets Star on Walk of Fame (SEE VIDEO OF UNVEIL)

Miss Universe 2017 Catriona Gray made history when her Star on the Eastwood City Walk of Fame was unveiled in the Philippines on Sunday. She joined eight other celebrities also inducted into the 14th Walk of Fame class. Gray led this year’s list and was recognized for her work in the television industry in the Philippines.

Catriona Gray
Cat is making waves as a singer and personality since he reign in 2018. She’s reached 8.2 million followers on Instagram!! Photo Cred: Mark Demayo/ ABS-CBN News

This year’s German Moreno Walk of Fame Awardees included Catriona Gray, comedian Jo Koy, Nanette Inventor, Edu Manzano, Jun Banaag, Jiggy Manicad, Kim Atienza, Alex Gonzaga and Rachelle Ann Go. The Eastwood Walk of Fame is on the same scale as the Hollywood Walk of Fame reserved for the best of the best in their field and area of influence. This was the first year social media was included as an official category, allowing influencer Alex Gonzaga to be included this year’s list.

Miss Universe Catriona Gray
All 9 inductees were honored for dedication to their respective industries and for honoring the Moreno legacy. Photo Cred: Mark Demayo/ ABS-CBN News

All nine of the inductees made significant contributions to the television, social media, music, movies, government, theater, news field with Gray’s work as Miss Universe helping to further lift the country’s presence in the pageant world. Her historic win provided the Philippines with their second Miss Universe crown in three years, after Pia Wurtzbach nabbed the title in 2015. Pia received her brass star in November 2018.

Watch the moment Cat’s star was unveiled below:

Congratulations Cat!

Cat Gray
Catriona Gray received her star for her work in television in the Philippines. Photo Cred: Eastwood City Mall & Cornerstone

Miss Black America Ryann Richardson Endorses Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President

Pageantry turned political this week when Miss Black America Ryann Richardson posted her endorsement for Pete Buttigieg as our next President, a first for the pageant industry. In what’s otherwise considered a taboo topic, not just in pageantry but also at the Thanksgiving table, Richardson decided to share her thoughts on who she believed should be next in line for the Oval Office.

Traditionally, contestants are encouraged to keep their political views to themselves or answer an onstage question very middle ground with no bias in a bipartisan-like manner. It’s always been considered not pageant like and separatism in fact if a titleholder expressed even what her party affiliation was because of the fear of alienating the opposing parties and not being able to reach everyone at appearances during her reign. There was fear of missing out on deals, contracts or butting heads with directors if a titleholder was too one sided in her thinking and expressed them in public her crown and sash.

Miss Black America Ryann Richardson took to social media to officially endorese Pete Buttigieg as President. The pair met during an event for the Congressional Black Caucus last year. Photo Cred: Ryann Richardson

In a first for this new 2020 era of the definition of who a titleholder is, she decided to not only express her views but officially go on record to endorse and encourage her followers to vote for Mayor Pete at the polls.

We reached out to Ryann about her decision and speaking to Pageants & Prosecco about her thought-piece, she said she felt it was important to add her voice in the 2020 election cycle conversation. Not simply because she is holding a national title but rather out of pure civic duty and what she explains is responsibility to her community, “You could argue that Miss Black America, because of it origins as an act of protest, does exist in a unique space in the ‘pageant world.'” She continues,

Richardson served as Miss District of Columbia USA in 2017 when Kara McCullogh won Miss USA. She’s competed in the Miss America system & was Miss Philadelphia in 2009. Photo: Instagram

With 20K followers on IG for this TEDx Speaker & one of the youngest honorees on the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America list, Richardson says it is ultimately irresponsible of her to sit out here voiceless “when I believe our community is facing a critical opportunity in this election.” Calling the move to speak up an important one to prevent anyone who’s listening from making the wrong decision at the polls.

In the op-ed she wrote for The Grio, Richardson talked about why she chose the millennial veteran, pointing to his honesty addressing his weak spots as the Mayor of South Bend, his leadership and intellect. Her endorsement might help Buttigieg’s campaign which is looking at dismal polling numbers among Black voters.

According to the lastest Washington Post/Ipsos poll, 21% of Black voters right now view Buttigieg as ‘unfavorable.’ The highest in the crowded Democratic nomination party, besides newly-entered billionaire Mike Bloomberg (25%). With the Iowa Democratic caucuses in just a few weeks, some fear he might not reach enough of these voters in time to nab this critical state for any of the 13 candidates. These Iowa caucus’ results are going to shed light on where they all stand in the Black community’s mind. On the other side, he does lead in Black votes 57-4 if it were up to them choosing between him or 45 for round 2.

Photo Cred: Ryann Richardson

“It’s fair to say my opinion may be an unpopular one … for now. It would surely be easier to keep my head down and not weigh in. But I’ve never been afraid to be first and I was raised to live in my truth.”

Richardson for TheGrio.com

She wrote about how growing up in D.C. gave her a first hand look at the voting process as a kid visiting the election polls with her parents and watching each new President get sworn in every 4 years.

However as she grew up and the realities of oppression and her “double strike” as a woman first and then as a person of color (or vice versa) became real, she writes, “With each election, I intuitively knew how my country would move, even when it was counter to my own desires.”

It took courage for Richardson to share her political views and she admittedly said she was sick of seeing hatred being spewd out online and was considering “clock[ing] out on America for a while to preserve my own mental health.” Who wouldn’t blame her? Twitter is full of constant dialogue, discussions and the true thoughts of keyboard happy anonymous trolls just saying anything now a days.

“The attitudes of the basest corners of our society, once fodder for faceless Twitter trolls, are now promoted from verified accounts with names and Congressional seats and endorsements from the highest office in the land.”

What do you think about titleholders endorsing a candidate, whether local, state or national? You can read the full article here and comment your thoughts below.

Miss Earth 2010, Nicole Faria, Marries Rohan Powar

Congratulations are in order for former Miss Earth, Nicole Faria!! She just tied the knot with her long-time beau of 5 years, Rohan Powar.

The couple first met when Powar, who was born in America, visited India during an internship & according to his Carnegie Mellon University bio, works in the automotive manufacturing industry.

In 2018, Powar returned to the United States to complete his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. However right before he was going to leave, Nicole and their friends decided to throw him a farewell party. It was a party for her too as he turned it from a farewell party to an engagement party when he surprised her with a proposal!

Shortly after the engagement she spoke on the moment with Time of India saying everyone knew he was going to propose but her.

Everyone knew that he was going to ask me to marry him — everyone except me, of course. He got down on one knee at the party and proposed in front of everyone.

She also said even though they spoke of getting married previously, because he surprised her they couple has no date in mind just yet and are going to enjoy this period of their relationship, but did give us a hint as to where the nuptials will take place.

“We are sure that the wedding will take place somewhere in India.”

The pair are true #relationshipgoals. She’s not the only one making history, he was the first foreign employee at an Indian company of 3,000 nationals. He quickly rose in ranks to become the Director of Operations over Mexico and United Arab Emirates.

The Official Miss Earth page congratulated the couple on their new marriage. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Faria represented India at the 2010 Miss Earth pageant in Vietnam. She was the first and so far only Miss India Earth to have won the coveted title.

After she brought home the crown, the President of India honored her with an award for being the first Indian woman and Miss India to win the coveted Miss Earth title. Since her reign as Miss Earth 2010, Faria has gone on to the world of show business as both a successful model and actress.

Nicola has been featured on the covers Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Starring in the 2014, Bollywood film, Yaariyan.

The country of India honored Nicole for her historic win as the first Indian woman crowned Miss Earth. (Photo Cred: Missosology)

Congratulations to the happy couple!!

Miss Earth USA 2018, Yashvi Aware, Sets Sights on Miss D.C.USA Crown

Miss Earth USA 2018, Yashvi Aware, officially announced she is competing at the Miss D.C. USA 2020 pageant as Miss Mount Vernon USA 2020. Yashvi shared the news of her new title through a video posted on her social media page to her followers. The pageant is set to take place this month, January 18-19th.

Yashvi’s video post about her “special announcement” of her 2020 Miss Mount Vernon USA title. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

The reason for Yashvi’s late announcement was due to recovering from surgery, “I decided really last minute to compete because I was healing from my ankle surgery.”

Yashvi’s ankle also gave her a little bit of a struggle during her reign as Miss Earth USA and has had multiple surgeries on it, landing in the hospital twice while competing at the international pageant. At one point during her reign, she was in a cast and needed crutches to walk. Despite her injury, Yashvi is pushing through in her recovery and is working hard to prepare for the Miss DC competition, “I’m running again, wearing heels, and volunteering all over the district.”

Aware in the hospital during the 2018 Miss Earth pageant (Photo Cred: Facebook)

Yashvi was crowned Miss Earth USA 2018, on July 15, 2018, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center located in Virginia. The Miss Earth USA and Miss Earth pageants are centered around environmentalism and is based off the concept of Beauty With A Purpose. This means contestants should not only prepare to walk the runway, but to be able to speak about an environmental cause they are passionate about as well.

One of Aware’s headshots as Miss Earth USA 2018 (Photo Cred: Instagram)

After being crowned Miss Earth USA, Yashvi traveled the world, modeled in New York Fashion Week, volunteered, and spoke about her environmental platform “The Future is Green.”

Her platform choice was due to the fact she wanted to be a “more responsible citizen.” Although winning the crown presented her a lot of opportunities, she had to make hard sacrifices in order to fully commit to her reign, “I gave up so much to be here at Miss Earth including my real job and education as a psychologist, because I’ve always believed in my greater purpose to serve others.”

Yashvi volunteering during her reign as Miss Earth USA 2018 (Photo Cred: Facebook)

Yashvi’s inspiring fighter mentality seemed to stick with her post-crown as she somehow finds the time to prepare for the pageant and plan a wedding. Yashvi and her fiancé, Ashu Suri, got engaged August 31, 2018 in Washington D.C. in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Ashu made Yashvi believe they were going to a photoshoot which she said was, “Not out of the ordinary in my life.”

Suri and Aware moments after their engagement (Photo Cred: Facebook)

The surprises continued, “Somehow I was blindfolded and when I opened my eyes, this handsome man was on his knee asking me to marry him surrounded by all our friends, plus a bunch of tourists cheering us on!” To this day Yashvi claims it was, “The best day of my life.”

In her video announcement Yashvi thanked her followers and asked them for continued support as she prepares for the competition, “Please continue following my journey, thank you all so much for the support you’ve given me this past year since I’ve been recovering.”

Photo of Aware in her Miss Mount Vernon 2020 crown and sash (Photo Cred: Instagram)

The 2020 Miss D.C. USA pageant is set to take place at the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center from 2:00-8:00 PM, January 18-19th. Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, January 18th. The rest of the preliminaries will take place on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 PM.

Finals for Miss D.C. USA is on Sunday, January 19th at 8:00 PM. Will Yashvi win the coveted Miss D.C. USA 2020 crown? We’ll have to wait and see.

Former Miss Teen USA Named New Catfish CoHost

The world of social media & pageantry combine on MTV tonight as former Miss Teen USA, Kamie Crawford makes her debut as the newest cohost of the popular MTV docu-series, Catfish.

Crawford announced the news to her followers on Wednesday. She will cohost all episodes of the new season with longtime host and founder, Nev Schulman.

Crawford is replacing beloved Catfish cameraman Max Joseph. She said she had to pray during the taping of the first episode because things get heated.
(Photo Cred: Instagram)

When Crawford was initially invited on the show to guest host in September 2018, she first thought it was a joke, “I thought I was being Catfished.” However, she later accepted the invitation after realizing the offer was indeed real.

Crawford was a guest cohost for several episodes on the show last season and loved every minute of it,

“All of the support I got from fans of the show was amazing, but I was just happy to be there for as long as they would have let me.”
In July 2019, Crawford received a call from Schulman asking her if she wanted to be a part of the show fulltime as the new cohost. She was elated saying, “Of course, I wanted to shout it from the roof tops.”

She is replacing longtime cohost, Max Joseph, who left the show to focus on his filmmaking career. Crawford made a point in her post to ensure her followers she is not trying to replace him, “I hope I can make him, Nev, and Catfish fans proud as we move into season 8 and beyond!”

Catfish’s official announcement of Crawford becoming the new cohost. Former Miss USA, Deshauna Barber certainly approves of their decision. (Photo Cred: Instagram)

Crawford was crowned Miss Teen USA on July 24th, 2010 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas, representing as Miss Maryland Teen USA. Upon being crowned, she won a $100,000 scholarship, moved to New York City sharing an apartment with Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete and Miss USA Rima Fakih.

After her reign as Miss Teen USA, Crawford enrolled in classes at the New York Film Academy. Her time there led her into the world of acting, modeling and hosting, which eventually led her to the MTV hit show, Catfish.

Crawford being crowned Miss Teen USA 2010 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas. (Photo Cred: Miss Universe)

Catfish began airing in 2012 featuring Nev & Max. The two came up with the idea for the show following Schulman’s very own catfish experience.

In 2007, he met and fell in love with a woman named “Megan” online. Over the course of 7 months, he and Megan exchanged text messages and even talked on the phone. However, everything fell apart when Schulman finally met Megan in person. Megan turned out to be Angela! Several years later, in 2010, the documentary, Catfished, was released featuring footage of his catfish encounter with Angela/Megan.

Following the documentary’s release, Schulman’s DMs was bombarded with people sharing similar experiences asking for his help. This inspired him and longtime friend and camera operator Joseph to create hit the show. Debuting with 2.7 millions viewers during it’s very first episode.

The MTV docu-series is still going strong after 7 seasons of success. Season 8 premieres tonight, January 8th at 8:00 p.m. EST. and will be Crawford’s debut as the new fulltime cohost of Catfish.