3 Things to Know About the Invisible Crown
By Kathryn Kueppers
1. The Invisible Crown is the LEGACY of Miss America
The mission of my Social Impact Initiative, The Invisible Crown, is to highlight the legacy of Miss America that lives on in the women who have competed. This competition experience leaves a mark, forever. Women who compete in this system are characterized by their charisma, talent, and intelligence: qualities identified by the crowns we wear, but which do not disappear the moment we take them off. Women who have spent time in this program go on to become teachers, doctors, authors, performers, engineers, mothers and more. They never stop, and they never forget where they started.
2. The Invisible Crown is INSPIRED by the women of Miss America
I grew up attending local and state pageants with my mom. No, not competing as a child like toddlers and tiaras; I simply observed. And here’s what I saw: women dressed up like princesses. I wanted in! As I got older, I noticed these same women were improving themselves each year they competed. They had better stage presence and were able to speak more articulately. Their talent was stronger, and they were more confident. Again, I wanted in! Finally, I started to participate in the Outstanding Teen program and loved every moment of it. Over my years of involvement I have seen my pageant sisters move on to pursue the dreams we’d talked about backstage. Miss America was the catalyst which inspired them and propelled them forward.
3. The Invisible Crown is about RECRUITMENT & spreading AWARENESS
I am both crazy and passionate about this program! Miss America empowers women to achieve their goals through education, community service, and hard work. Miss America helps us learn how to interview; to become effective communicators; to advocate for a cause important to us; and to perfect our talents. We learn resilience. My goal is to reach as many women as possible to introduce them to the life-changing opportunity Miss America provides. #thesisterhoodisreal ~ Kathryn Rose