LOS ANGELES – August 16, 2012 - Beautiful young women gather this weekend for the 8th Annual Miss Malibu Pageant, one of Malibu's premier annual events held at the Malibu Golf Club. This year, Miss Malibu Contestant, Lauren Selman, 26, is putting Mother Earth front and center as she combines her passion for the environment with pageantry and shows that being green can be gorgeous. She started an eco-campaign to promote sustainable and healthy living, and everything, from her dress to what she talks about, reflects her philosophy.
"Pageants have traditionally been about the celebration of beautiful women, glamorous gowns, crowns and all things Diva, but with the enthusiasm of eco-friendly lifestyles throughout our community, it just makes sense to include that awareness within our pageant.” So said Kristen Bradford, CEO of Crown Diva and the Miss Malibu USA and Miss Santa Monica USA Pageants.
Lauren asked Eco Stylist Taryn Hipwell, of EcoDivasTV.com, to help her find a pageant-perfect eco look. The former Miss Cranberry First Runner-Up says, “Lauren is beautiful whether she is wearing a dumpster-diving suit or an organic gown with eco-couture vintage bling, which is why I applaud her for using the Miss Malibu USA Pageant as a platform to effect change and be a positive role model for young women.”
Taryn has pulled together a selection of local and sustainable designers for the competition. "I think it is great to blend a natural and glam look into pageantry," says sustainable dress designer Lindee Daniel. "I like to use all things natural, and enjoy using wild, organic vegetarian silks and cottons, and the natural colors of the fibers or earth."
On Sunday, Lauren will proudly wear a 100% organic dress by Lindee Daniel, Mink vegan shoes, Margaret Rowe’s one-of-a-kind vintage couture jewelry designs, accessories from Org by Vio, Rockstar Accessories by Fahmina, sunglasses by Colin Leslie and a reception dress by EcoSkin Collections. Armineh Vartanians with Studio DNA will style her hair, and she will be wearing toxic free organic Josie Maran cosmetics. Lauren will use recycled fiber hangers, Green Garmento sustainable garment bags, and Waxelene for a healthy glow.
As this is her first pageant, Lauren has been working with pageant coach Tamara Henry, M.A., who produced the "Green Is Gorgeous" campaign for the 2010 Miss America Contestants. "As a former Miss Arkansas USA, pageants are about the celebration of inner beauty, success and a platform from which to launch a career," says the Anchor of the Emmy nominated eco transpo TV show "Metro Motion." The reality TV personality was also the winner of last month's ex-beauty queen episode of "RuPaul's Drag U" on LOGO. "Green T" says, "It's all about the energy - clean energy, and comedy fun has been the basis of my pageant training with Lauren. Every week we met at the beach with a group of powerful women to share our joy and aliveness and our connection to the ultimate queen of beauty – Mother Earth!”
For Lauren, the pageant goes beyond Sunday’s event. It is about promoting sustainable education and specifically MUSE School, a local non-profit educational organization in Malibu Canyon. MUSE School is dedicated to empowering children to realize the full potential of their lives through academic excellence, personal responsibility, compassionate relations, global consciousness and environmental awareness. "We couldn’t be more thrilled that Lauren is showcasing MUSE and the future generations. Lauren walks and talks the practice of sustainability, and we strongly support her as a contestant,” said MUSE co-founders Suzy Amis Cameron and Rebecca Amis. “Furthermore, we stand by her side as she takes this pageant to a different level by doing it up green.”
Amis Cameron also founded Red Carpet Green Dress in 2009, when, alongside her husband, “Avatar” director James Cameron, she saw the opportunity to share a message about the increasingly relevant issue of sustainability within the fashion industry. The Avatar press run gave her the chance to deliver that message on the red carpet. "I wanted to wear a beautiful dress that had some meaning to it," said Cameron. "It's really about bringing awareness to the fact that we can be kind to the planet and still wear something really gorgeous — and to then take that a step further; for people to think about the carbon footprint of their everyday clothes."
“Lauren is a wonderful example of the message behind Red Carpet Green Dress and the increasingly relevant issue of sustainability within the fashion industry,” said Amis Cameron. “To actually have a person representing MUSE in 100% eco-friendly fashions and products is beyond our wildest dreams. We commend Ms Selman for standing above the rest in showing compassion for our planet through her message, practice and commitment. By bringing attention to the beauty and practicality of sustainable design, we believe more people will consider sustainable alternatives and practices in their own lives and, ultimately, become part of the solution. Action begins with awareness.”
“It is such an honor to promote sustainability and MUSE School,” Lauren said. “Being on the stage in a stunning sustainable gown, eco-accessories and non-toxic makeup while making a statement makes me feel powerful. As youth of today we stand in a critical place, at a threshold of opportunity; the choices we make can transform the future and do something about the suffering that is taking place in the world. This pageant is just that. It’s a chance to stand for something."
For more information about Lauren’s eco-campaign, or to schedule an interview with Lauren Selman,
Contact; Reel Green Media at 818-396-7335 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at: www.laurenselman.com
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The Miss Malibu USA Pageant will take place on Sunday, August 19th from 4pm-7pm. Tickets are available for $35 (VIP tickets @ $50) by visiting www.missmalibu.com/tickets. There will also be a pre-show cocktail reception from 2pm-4pm at Malibu & Vine.
About the Miss Malibu Organization
The Miss Malibu Organization hopes to offer a venue where young women from 14 to 26 years old can grow personally in poise, confidence, goal setting, public speaking, communication skills, physical fitness and self-discipline. We also strive to open doors and provide career and educational opportunities, not only to the winner but also to all the young women who participate. Miss Malibu and Miss Malibu Teen USA will promote our sponsors and be active in community service programs and charity outreach. Kristen Bradford, who also serves as the Pageant’s Executive Director, founded the Miss Malibu organization. To learn more visit: www.missmalibu.com