MISS MALIBU USA ECO CAMPAIGN
This past August, Lauren ran for 2013 Miss Malibu USA pageant on an entirely eco platform to promote sustainability and environmentally conscious brands to young women.
It all started on a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles like most ideas do my friend talked about how much she wanted to be in a beauty competition so I reached out to my friend, Tamara Henry, for advice. "What should she do?" Tamara said that I should consider running. "Are you kidding me?" The more I thought about it, the more it intrigued me. That afternoon, I went home and on my door was a sign that had been there since I moved in. It read, "I am fairly certain that if given a nice tiara, I could save the world." I had never taken the words literally in that moment, a nice tiara my just be the ticket. Then I reached out to Taryn Hipwell from EcoDivasTV to help me get eco-glam ready.
I went to an orientation and heard about women who personally grow in poise, confidence, goal setting, public speaking, communication skills, physical fitness and self-discipline. How could I resist? Who I want to be in the world is a woman who makes a difference for others and to run for office and the possibility of being Miss California USA was exciting! I was born and raised in California and the idea of representing the state puts a smile on my face.
I was working with Ecovations, an ecological architecture and design company and we work closely with MUSE School, located between Malibu and Calabasas. It was my responsibility to help facilitate sustainability programs at the school and to encourage students and teachers to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet. From the mission statement to campus design – they focus on inspiring students, teachers, staff and community to live sustainably in the classroom, at work and at home, and to become future leaders in preserving and caring for the planet. How awesome is that! I am proudly running to bring attention to MUSE School and to use my title to be an ambassador for sustainable education.
Some young people believe growing up means abandoning their ideals. But I have learned that it means learning how to live our ideals, every day, on the Earth through service and that’s exactly what MUSE School teaches. They focus on individualized education and passion driven learning.
As youth today, we stand in a powerful 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. But I believe we can only do this if we combine our passion, creativity and commitment with the wisdom of the generations before us and be bold to take a chance.
This pageant is just that. It’s a chance to stand for something. I choose to stand for the environment, progressive education and sustainable fashion.