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news & views ● editorial By Erika Houvouras Braving the Storm I n John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” which he wrote for his son Sean, Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” Truer words were never spoken. This fall, Mother Nature decided to take the plans of much of the country and turn them topsy turvy. Hurricanes Harvey, Jose, Irma, and Maria made their de- structive presence known in August and September, with communities still struggling to recuperate from extreme damage and losses. On the west coast, fires continue to rav- age neighborhoods. We at Pageantry experienced some of this destruction firsthand. Floridians, however, are a special breed when it comes to storm season. Because we are inundated every fall with tropical storm warnings and hurricane alerts (most of which do not come to any harmful fruition, thank good- ness), by necessity and naiveté we tend to scoff at the po- tential danger. We have a tendency to whistle into the wind, instead of heeding its power. But every now and then we get a storm season like 2017 that forces us to deal with reality and the negative aftermath. We were fortunate. Yes, many of us lost power for several days. In fact, it took over two weeks to get the Pageantry office back online and on schedule. We had damage to property and many days lost at work. Yes, this Winter edition is later than we’d hoped as a result of Hurricane Irma’s visit to our fine state, but those are losses and inconveniences that we can face with little re- sentment, and even with a bit of gratitude. We are grateful, because we were so very lucky. It could have been much, much worse. And regrettably, it was for many other people. From Houston, to Florida, to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, to California, there are families grieving losses that we cannot fathom. People lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their loved ones. So, it is with this in mind and in the spirit of the season of giving, that we turn to you, our pageant community, to help. As I’ve said before, one of the best aspects of the Glamour Lifestyle Industry is the charitable heart of this community. It beats with generosity and commitment, and those qualities are sorely needed by those most affected by Mother Nature’s wrath this past year. The fact that the hurricanes and fires have fallen out of the news cycle does not mean that your assistance is no longer needed. In fact, it is quite the opposite. We implore you to do what you can to help the victims face the New Year with greater optimism. Whether it’s through large national 10 PAGEANTRY and global organizations like the Red Cross, AmeriCares, or UNICEF, or individual community support organizations working directly with those in need, the demand is over- whelming and your contribution will make a difference. After every storm, the sun eventually comes out. Pageantry is pleased to continue to provide you with articles to help brighten your days. As usual, we love promoting your successes through our picture pages, and we especially love to see and share your daily interactions with your com- munities. In her interview with Pageantry CEO Carl Dunn, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Jessica Baeder discusses facing her own storms. As a child she dealt with years of treatment for a kidney disorder, and she chan- nels those experiences in her work with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Miss America 2017 Cara Mund brave- ly faced what she knew could have been a negative social media storm when she honestly answered a question about climate change during the interview portion of the pageant. You can read more about that in her interview, as well. The holiday season still brings numerous opportunities to sparkle and shine. Our experts are eager to help you do just that. New fitness columnist Shannon Dey wants you to acquire that authentic glow that comes from within when you adopt a truly healthy lifestyle. If you’ve felt trepidation about what comes next for those at the conclusion of their modeling careers, have no fear. Eve Matheson shares real- life success stories that reveal an enduring light at the end of the tunnel for those willing and eager to continue foster- ing their spark. And Liz Everett GLAM dependably offers her tips of the trade to help you achieve the posh and pol- ished aesthetic that’s just right for the holiday season. ’Tis the season of reflection and projection. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to reflect on what you learned from the storms you faced this year and use that knowledge as a step- ping stone into the New Year. And even more importantly, I hope you project your newly acquired knowledge and strength into action—actions that better the lives of those around you whose well-laid plans didn’t fare so well in the face of life’s tempests. Through you, they can see the sun. Ⅺ