Hello! I'm Amara Berry, your Miss Rhode Island World. I hope you will consider contributing any amount possible to helping me become Miss World America, the USA's representative at the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious international beauty pageant. I'm not a pageant girl with access to endless funds for these competitions, but with your help, I will focus on making proud the members of my family, my community, and Rhode Island, the beautiful Ocean State through being competitive at Miss World America.
The costs of traveling to Miss World America, maintaining my appearance during competition, and preparing for the competition in the next seven weeks are more than I can afford. I ask you to consider contributing any amount today, to let me put my full effort into performing competitively at Miss World America. Your contribution will give me the chance to make a huge impact as a role model and a national titleholder. A detailed list of my expenses is at the bottom of this post.
Over 120 women compete at Miss World to become the next international symbol of beauty, purpose, intelligence and poise. I'm a full-time student at Brown University. I also babysit children and run Camp Sparkle RI, a non-profit I founded in 2014 for underprivileged kids in Providence to learn empowerment through doing STEM activities. I love my jobs, but they don't cover the cost of pageantry as I need them to.
Winning Miss World America would give me a bigger platform to promote the issues I care about. As Miss Rhode Island World, I complete a minimum of 5 appearances per week with many local and national charities. I am an ambassador to Relay for Life, I promote suicide prevention with The Samaritans of Rhode Island, and I'm an advocate for responsible pet ownership with the Providence Animal Rescue League. In other health advocacy issues, I am an ambassador to AIDS Care Ocean State, Women and Infant's Hospital of Rhode Island and Bradley Children's Psychiatric Hospital. Since winning my title, I have been graciously hosted by many of Rhode Island's finest hospitals, libraries, elementary schools, sororities, community centers and churches at any number of pancake breakfasts, charity sports tournaments, social events, fundraisers, ribbon cuttings, school plays, little league tournaments and blood drives. I love attending these community events as a titleholder!
Miss World includes 7 areas of competition: Debate, Interview, Evening Wear, Runway, Multimedia Challenge, Beauty with a Purpose (community service), and a Fitness Competition, which includes long jump, sprints and a push-up competition instead of most pageants' swimsuit portion. I currently spend all of my waking hours focused on my studies and preparing for these 7 areas of competition.
The specific costs remaining to me are as follows:
-Covering my living expenses in the weeks leading up to Miss World America. I am sacrificing work hours to focus on preparing fully for this national competition, which cover my groceries, utilities, rent and other basic living expenses.
-Traveling to Washington DC from Providence and back
-Paying for my hotel stay from June 27-July 6th
-Paying for shoes and accessories for the evening wear competition, 1/7th of my score.
-Preparing for the interview, debate and beauty with a purpose presentations through media training, interview coaching and practice hours from pageant experts.
-Paying for 7 days of cosmetic preparations necessary to winning: hair styling, makeup application, eyelash extensions, spray tanning
-Paying for meals during all 7 days of competition, during which I will not be working
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