Team Illinois Miss United States at Women Everywhere

One of the highlights of my reign was getting to appear on the talk show, Women Everywhere, with host Jegie Carrera. It was a great opportunity and I learned a lot about how radio shows are broadcasted. Best of all it was FUN!

Read more and watch us talk about teen issues, pageantry, modeling, charity work, and representing the Miss United States Organization.

Jegie Carrera

From today’s episode of Women Everywhere Ciara Evans and Arnela Karabegovich with Derrick Lee Full Video is here..http://bambuser.com/v/5787734

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Ciara Evans – Miss IL Junior Teen  (Platform: end hunger and obesity)

Anerla Karabegovich – Miss IL Teen (Platform: Children’s Health)

Derrick Lee  – Miss World Org State Director

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Haiti Fashion Week Previews at Fashion Focus CHICago

Haiti Fashion Week Preview 2015 in ChicagoI’m beyond excited to be walking for the 2015 Haiti Fashion Week Preview, as they hit the Chicago runway for the VERY first time. Please save the date and come out for an exciting time. Fashion Focus CHICago will shine a spotlight on the windy city’s fashion industry with a huge celebration!

One day I’d love to travel to Haiti for Fashion Week. The 4th Edition Haiti Fashion Week 2015 in Port-au-Prince has been announced. The theme for the week is Nourrir Haïti (Nurture Haiti). Visit the Haiti Sentinel for dates.

Haitian top designers have been invited to preview during Fashion Focus CHICago, the City of Chicago’s celebration of fashion, with a goal to showcase beautiful designs and educate the audience about Haitian culture and art through 500 years.

Advance tickets purchase via Eventbrite required due to limited available seating. –

Persida Louison, Show – Co/Producer

Monday, October 5

Our Fashion, Our Heritage: Haiti Fashion Week Preview
Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor

Noon–6 p.m. shopping
6:30 p.m. ticketed runway

Haiti Fashion Week will host a runway and selling event with its top designers. The “Our Fashion, Our Heritage” theme will cover 500 years of Haiti’s existence with a modern twist to appeal to a 21st century audience. The shopping event is free and general admission for the runway event is $15. VIP tickets are $25 and includes a swag bag. Visit fashionfocuschicago.org.
Learn more about the other highlights via Fashion Studio Magazine, including: Youth-based professional development workshops with Latino Fashion Week; Style Bias, a runway program presented through a collaboration with YOUmedia, Commonwealth and Donda’s House; and showcases by African Fashion Week Chicago, NEXT Fashion Chicago, StyleChicago.com and Haiti Fashion Week.

Sister Queens in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

During my reign as your Miss Junior Teen Illinois United States, I’ve already had some pretty amazing opportunities to make a difference in my community. But, one event I’m really excited about is Stomp the Runway – The Fight Against Childhood Obesity, which is advocating about our Beauty With a Purpose platform, Childhood Obesity Awareness. I have the honor of co-hosting with my sister queen who is also in the fight against childhood obesity, and we invite you to join us for a fun-filled evening for people of all ages. 

Here is some information about the event and I sincerely hope to see you there. If you can’t attend, please contact me to donate a ticket to a young person who might otherwise not be able to come out.

Sister Queens in the Fight to End Childhood Obesity

Sister Queens in the Fight to End Childhood Obesity

 Date Wednesday June 17, 2015 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Admission :: http://stomptherunwaychicago.eventbrite.com/

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the pet charities of each queen:

Jenna Mills – NoKidHungry.org Ciara Evans – Hashtag Lunchbag Chicago

Join Jenna Mills, Miss Iowa World, Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States 2015 – Ciara Evans and Benjamin Cottrell, BENJAMIN COTTRELL DESIGNS for an evening with a great cause on the Rooftop of FFC Lincoln Park with incredible skyline views!

This event supports First Lady, Michelle Obama’s LET’S MOVE! Campaign (www.letsmove.gov), America’s initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids!

The evening will feature an Activewear Fashion Show by Designers:
– Under Armor
– Luxskin Athletic by Richelle Deanna
– SK Threads by Wilbert Williams
– Porta Pocket by Kendra Koll

activewear brands for stomp the runway

The Fashion Show will open with the amazing BODY MOVE DANCE group directed by Regan Farag! Lively music all evening long by our favorite “kid” in town, DJ APPLEJACKZ!

Event Features:
** Keynote speaker, Laureal Arnolin on her total body transformation! **
** Health, Wellness, and Activewear Shopping Vendors **
** Wine Bar by AGED 2 PERFECTION **
** Planting Garden Station by Sponsor HOME DEPOT **
** DRINK UP Station featuring various water Sponsors **
** Gimme Five Station **
** 60 second challenge station **
** Face Paint station **

Doesn’t that sound like fun? We would love your support and hope to see you there. Thanks for dropping by my blog. 🙂 Love, Ciara

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Feeds America’s Hungry

The Letter Carriers’ 23rd annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, was held on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers all over our nation collected non-perishable food donations as they delivered mail along their postal routes. That’s a whole lot of work! In my opinion these letter carriers are heros. Ending childhood obesity, including hunger awareness, is my platform. So, I decided to help the letter carriers this year. Thank goodness for my Miss Illinois United States sister queens, director, and official coaches. The whole team went into action to participate.

Take a look at what we did to help Stamp Out Hunger feed thousands of hungry Americans. 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2015

Have you heard of Stamp Out Hunger? If not, here is what I learned about the community service project.

Fun Facts:

  • It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
  • Letter carriers like Chevell Evans are honored to be able to help people in need. Mr Evans accepted our donations and helped us get them into his postal van. I loved the really cool and fun t-shirt he wore.

Ciara and Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier

  • Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. And one in four households with a member currently serving in the U.S. military turns to a food bank for food assistance.
  • People are encouraged to leave a bag full of non-perishable foods such as canned soup; canned vegetables; canned meats and fish; pasta; peanut butter; rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.
  • Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which is a national partner in the drive.

NOTE: If your donation was not picked up, contact your local post office or simply place your donation by your mailbox on Monday instead. – Director of Community Services

When I think about how many children and families will be able to eat because of the food drive, it makes me really happy. Being able to give back to my community is an honor. Have you ever participated in Stamp Out Hunger? If not, will you next year? 

Love, Ciara

Join Relay For Life Team Miss Illinois United States Organization

Did you know that Relay for Life has been in the fight against Cancer for 30 years? That’s a very long time. I learned that the fact that cancer survivors and the people that take care of them never rest, the movement doesn’t get to rest either. The Miss United States Organization is a Relay for Life National Partner and our team is proud and honored to be able to relay this year.

The Miss Illinois United States Class of 2015 Sashes

Join the Miss Illinois United States Class of 2015 Queens Team

Please help us celebrate the 30th year anniversary of Relay for Life by doing one or all of the following:

  • Spread awareness of Relay for Life by giving us a retweet below, share on your Facebook page, or use word of mouth.
  • Donate Now. Support our Team with a donation, dedicate a Luminaria, or join our team and relay with us!
  • Start your own team or locate an event near you to support.
  • Become one of the 1 in 100 people to participate or volunteer in Relay For Life events to fight back against cancer!

History of Relay For Life

In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington. $27,000 was raised to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide movement, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer. There is still more work to be done.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and learning more about Relay for Life and why I relay. Have you been touched by the disease of Cancer? I will relay in honor of cancer survivors, my step-father and young fighter Carolina. Please visit her page on Facebook called Carolina’s Cause. Why do you relay?  Love, Ciara

Thank You For Your Encouragement and Support

Thanks for all of your support. Love, Ciara

Because it took a team effort to reach my goal of being crowned Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States, I really need to thank YOU. Thanks for all of the loving support and encouragement from everyone. I humbly announce that since I won on my state level, I will now compete in Washington DC the first week of July. If I’m successful there, I will become the very first Miss Jr. Teen United States from the State of Illinois! When I found that out, I realized that it was now up to me to set the bar. I really need to work hard everyday to make a difference. I learned from Miss Illinois United States 2014, Brittany Middlebrooks, that being a titleholder is about way more than wearing my beautiful crown. “It’s about making a difference, being a voice for those who may be unheard.”, says my role model and sister queen.

My fundraising efforts are still going strong. There is much more work to be done in order to compete. So, I will still need your help to follow my dreams. Please continue to share and spread the word about me and how I am trying to make a difference in the lives of my peers and others. Please also consider a donation to my fundraiser pageant fund HERE.

This time around, I’ll need to cover the following expenses for 5 days in our beautiful Nation’s Capital:

  • Wardrobe
  • Room and board
  • Hair and makeup
  • Coaching
  • Transportation
  • Any excess funds raised will be donated to #HashtagLunchBagChicago to help feed homeless and hungry children and adults.

In the meantime, I promise you that I’m hard at work bringing awareness about my Beauty With A Purpose platform of Ending Childhood Obesity. I can be found being a voice about organizations like Let’s Move, #HashtagLunchbagChicago, #MyPlate, and The American Diabetes Association. I am very passionate about the mission and work of each of them, so I’ve chosen to spread their awareness all over cyberspace, my peers, and beyond.

Thank you in advance for being part of #TeamCiaraEvans!

Love,

Ciara

Photo Credit: Exclusive Photographer of the Miss Illinois United States Organization, Eva Flis Photography

Crowning of Your Inaugural Miss Jr Teen Illinois United States 2015

The Miss Illinois United States Class of 2015

This is my very first blog post, ever. Welcome and thanks for dropping by. On March 29, 2015 I was blessed to hear my own name, Ciara Evans, announced! Imagine how I felt in that moment, fumbling in disbelief and overwhelmed with tears of joy. I immediately became the inaugural Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States 2015. Before me, each year my state of Illinois crowned a Teen, Miss, and Ms. United States. But this year, after months of work and preparation, I gained 6 new sister queens! The Miss Illinois United States Organization is now proud to send 7 delegates to the competition of all competitions. Along with a brand new Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms, I will compete in the 2015 Miss United States National Pageant in Washington, DC this July! As if that is not exciting enough, we are now part of the Miss World family and will send another delegate to compete! She is the beautiful and sweet Miss Illinois World. Please visit my Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States Facebook page to meet each of my new pageant sisters.

The reason I started this blog is to share one of the epidemics my generation is facing. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Since I’m most passionate about leading an active lifestyle through dance and eating as healthy as I can; I chose to be a champion for ending childhood obesity during my reign. In between wearing beautiful gowns, watching my favorite movies, shopping with gift cards, hanging out with my friends, and getting glammed-up, you will also find me hard at work volunteering and helping to spread awareness. So far, it’s been work but soooo much fun too!

Since I’m having the time of my life, I thought that I should share the journey with other young girls who have the same dream that I did. To those who dream of becoming a pageant queen and making a difference, I say YOU CAN DO IT! Since the Miss United States Organization has a motto of, Beauty With A Purpose, it was the only one for me. I wanted to do more than be thought of as just another pretty face. I wanted to make a difference.

So here we go, come along for my amazing journey as your Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States 2015.  

Please leave a comment, I love to talk. Happy blogging!

Love, Ciara

Photo Credit: Official Miss Illinois United States Organization Photographer Eva Flis