Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen, Jade Ridout, Sendoff Party
A lovely night celebrating my beautiful teen Jade Ridout!!! So excited for you to experience Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, make new friends and have memories that last a lifetime. I am so incredibly proud of you and can’t wait to watch you shine. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, 28 July in Orlando, FL. #maoteen #missamerica #womensempowerment #sisterhood
Building Partnerships and discussing disaster preparedness for Southwest (SW) DC
Enjoyed dinner lastnight on the Wharf discussing disaster preparedness for SW DC. Excited to partner with SW Strong in coordination with FEMA, DC Homeland Security & the American Red Cross to build a "disaster resilient community" in SW.
To learn more about SW Strong, go to https://swna.org
Met with leadership at National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Thank you so much to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for having me today. It was such an honor to tour your office and to meet with leadership executives to hear and learn more about the work you are doing to both end and prevent child sex exploitation. As stated, the route to ending human trafficking is multilayered and multidimensional approach and I always appreciated hearing about the strides we are making through policy changes and litigation to demand an end.
Interviewed on Good Day DC Fox 5
Thanks Soror Marissa Mitchell for interviewing me , in case you missed it, here is my interview from this morning with Fox 5 DC ! It was so fun chatting with my Soror, Marissa Mitchell, about the work I’ve done within this past month as Miss DC, pageantry and feminism, and how the Miss America Organization continues to evolve going into its 100th year… stay around until the end when Marissa threw a curveball my way that I was not expecting.
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The Premiere Party for the Real Housewives of the Potomac with Soror Wendo Osefo
I am living my best life! A premiere with the professor @wendyosefo. So excited to watch your second season on #RHOP, Soror. You're precisely the representation this doctorate student needs. Less than 15 mins until the season premiere! Let's GO!!! Thank you again for the invitation!
Thanks Signature for dressing me!
TeaTime On The Potomac with the Real Housewives of the Potomac and interviewed with BRAVO
Oh my goodness, my day has been absolutely MADE meeting the Real Housewives of Potomac. Loved getting to meet my Sorority sister, Wendy, and getting to see my Miss DC sis, Ashley! And to top it off, I was interviewed by Bravo.
Thanks Signature for dressing me!
Photo shoot/modeling for Signature (Women's Clothing Store)
Although it was smothering hot, I was hotter! Thank you Signature for the beautiful gowns and our lovely photographers (AgeOwns and Reza) for the beautiful photos!
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
I love bringing smiles to children and I am a huge proponent of reading! So I was thrilled to learn that Chase had been following me along with his grandma during my Zoom National Read Across America Day to Pee Dee CAP Head Start/Early Head Start! I donated books to the Pee Dee CAP Head Start Children which Chase was not one of the students. I arranged to surprise Chase with an autographed book of his own!
FB Message from his Grandma Cyndi:
Cyndi Gyen is feeling joyful!
"Carolyn Medina, please tell Andolyn (Miss District of Columbia/ 2021)thank you very much!!! Mr. Chase was so excited to open his package and see the book she sent him. He said he has new bedtime book for me too read... "
This was a beautiful event! A celebration of winning Miss District of Columbia and the 1st DMV Black Peloton Riders networking event!
There’s no party like a Peloton party! Thank you so much to the Park for hosting us tonight for our 1st ever DMV Black Peloton riders networking event. I joined the Peloton community over this pandemic and it was a saving grace for love, laughter and support. We truly push each other to be better and live by the motto “together we go far.” What a joy to both be celebrated and to celebrate my people. I love you all so deep. 300+ of us in one space? CRAZY. @onepeloton FOREVER.
National Scoliosis Awareness Day
Let’s take a trip BACK down memory lane for National Scoliosis Awareness Day. I was diagnosed with scoliosis in my 7th/8th grade year at my annual physical. I specifically had a lumbar curve, and because of my age, they were concerned that if we didn’t take immediate and preventative action that it would get worse as I grew. So, that meant that I had to wear a back brace for 20 hours of the day. The brace that I wore for school was “slight work” compared to the one that I wore at night. For school, I wore one that was strappy and painful, however it allowed me to wear my “normal” clothes to school in the hopes that no one would notice. At night, I wore a hardshell brace that twisted me in the completely opposite direction of my curve to “balance me out” and I had little to no mobility in it. Throughout this time, I felt restricted, isolated, embarrassed and debilitated and didn’t share with any of my friends what I was going through.
So, where am I now? I’m a perfectionist, living in a society that is constantly trying to tell you how to be, how to look and how you should be shaped. But, I’m also a therapist who has learned enough to not allow societal pressures to confine me and that there’s joy in running my own race at my own pace. Having scoliosis requires me to appreciate the imperfections that I live with. My back isn’t straight; my shoulder blades pronounce my curvature even more. My back causes me more pain than a 25 year old should have. My hips and legs aren’t even. My waist is disproportionate due to my curve and somedays are harder than others both mentally and physically but I’m me. So today, I am taking the time to be thankful for this body & to enjoy the progress my mind has made through the process; that while I can acknowledge the pain I can also laugh in the midst of it, too. #nationalscoliosisawarenessday