Alice Magoto, Miss Ohio 2016, visited Portsmouth on Wednesday to share her platform with the River Days candidates.
The River Days candidates include, Kayla Phipps from Glenwood High School, Hope Shepherd from Northwest, Mackenzie Brown from Notre Dame, Tori Reffit from Minford, Colbie Hanes of South Webster, Maggie Salmons of Wheelersburg, Emily Hicks of Portsmouth, Jordan Keys of East, Kayliegh Coleman of West, Alaina Stowers of Clay, Kaylynn Blizzard of Green and Abbie Wright of Valley.
In February, Magoto was crowned as Miss Portsmouth. In June she went on to compete for the title of Miss Ohio and won.
“We model a lot of the River Days pageants off of the Miss America system,” said Lori Lowe.
Lowe serves as the Director for the Miss River Days pageant and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Miss Portsmouth and Miss Shawnee pageants.
“They do an opening number production, they do an individual introduction, they do the eight minute interviews like Miss America,” Lowe said. “Miss Idaho was here for a community service project a few weeks ago and she said ‘I think River Days is like Miss America boot camp,” so it exposes the girls to that community.”
Miss America is the single largest provider of scholarship dollars to women, awarding more than 40 million dollars per year. Once you become a participant, you’re always eligible for scholarships.
Magoto is originally from Cincinnati, where she graduated from Seton High School. At 18 years old, she is the youngest woman to win the Miss Ohio title in 55 years. She will also be the youngest participant in the Miss America competition, which will be held September 11.
Her platform ‘Beauty Unedited – Redefining Beauty for the Next Generation,’ focuses on authenticity and ‘#nofilter’ beauty.
“My ultimate goal is to portray beauty as authenticity and fight back against the unrealistic standards that the media has set,” said Magoto. “Teenage girls are bombarded with these images every single day.”
Magoto opened up to the River Days candidates and held a conference at Elite Cosmetology School to speak out about her platform. She shared her personal struggles with acne and the way her physical appearance impacted her mental health and her school studies.
“I became very depressed my junior year of high school, and I compared myself with other girls, famous youtubers, and all these images and pictures of models I would see on Tumblr and Instagram,” said Magoto. “I wanted to become one of these perfect flawless girls and there is no human means of doing so, because it’s all fake.”
Magoto ultimately decided to move schools, and got a fresh start away from all the negativity that surrounded her prior. By doing so, she regained her confidence and developed a passion for helping others do the same.
“I want to get rid of these perfect ‘photoshop’ standards that have already been set, and show girls that your authentic self is the most beautiful,” Magoto explained.
Magoto also answered questions about her experiences in the pageant world and how she overcomes nervousness, mishaps, and insecurities.
“I thought Alice’s platform is amazing,” explained Miss Minford, Tori Reffit. “It’s not something you see everyday and I think it’s awesome that she is a Miss America contestant and she is promoting true beauty. I think it’s something that every young boy and girl needs to hear.”
Magoto has developed a website www.beautyunedited.com where individuals can upload their unedited photos and receive a stamp that reads ‘100% un-edited,’ and contribute to her research in redefining beauty standards and promoting confidence.
You can follow Alice Magoto’s journey to Miss America via social media at:
- Instagram: instagram.com/missamericaoh
- Facebook: Miss Ohio Alice Magoto
- Snapchat: missamericaoh
- Twitter: @MissAmericaOH
- Tumblr: missamericaoh.tumblr.com
- And through her websites, www.missohio.org and www.beautyunedited.com
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