Archive for August, 2012

Logan West is the first contestant from Connecticut to win the Miss Teen USA title

Beginning when she was 12 years old, Logan West endured being relentlessly bullied for being a biracial child.

Six years later, West has made history as the first contestant from Connecticut to be crowned Miss Teen USA, an honor that she received during a ceremony in the Bahamas on Saturday. With her increased visibility, West looks to use her platform to continue speaking out against bullying after having spent the past two years talking to elementary and middle school students in Connecticut about the issue.

“This is a huge issue to me,’’ West told TODAY.com. “Students have been very receptive to the message because it’s a difference between being talked at by a teacher than hearing it from me. I’m a teenager, and I’ve been through it. I was bullied starting at 12 years old and look what I am now.’’

As a middle-schooler and high school freshman, West said she was bullied for “not acting her skin color.” She was punched, kicked and stabbed with umbrellas by a group of bullies until it escalated into a fight where she was suspended from school. During her suspension, she came up with her own anti-bullying program that she began promoting around the state after winning the Connecticut Outstanding Teen Pageant in 2010.

“I lost who Logan was when I was being bullied, but I found that participating in pageants helped me find ‘her’ again as well as gain the confidence to be a role model and voice for others,’’ she said. “During my reign, I hope to share with teens the importance of being true to yourself.’’

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By Scott Stump
TODAY.com contributor

Music video by Beyoncé performing I Was Here.

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Music video by Tenth Avenue North performing Losing.

Essence magazine provides a behind-the-scenes look at a recent fashion shoot with West Des Moines-trained gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. Check it out!

The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast will also appear on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this weekend. Click here for a sneak peek.

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