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THE 2018 SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS ARE:

BEST ENTREPRENEUR – JAMIE KERN LIMA

Jamie Kern Lima is Co-Founder & CEO of IT Cosmetics, a top selling makeup and skincare brand at QVC, ULTA Beauty and Sephora. IT Cosmetics recently became the largest acquisition in L’Oréal history, also making Jamie the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history. Prior to launching IT Cosmetics Jamie was an award-winning TV News anchor with beauty challenges including sparse brows and sensitive skin, and could never find products that truly worked. That’s when IT Cosmetics and Jamie’s mission to empower every woman to feel her most beautiful was born. Jamie graduated valedictorian from Washington State University, and received her MBA from Columbia University. She was recently named on the 2017 Forbes Magazine’s Most Successful Self-Made Women List, Porter Magazines 2017 Incredible Women List, the Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, WWD’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty and is part of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Forum. She also received the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award and the 2017 CEW Achiever Award. Jamie is energized by an unremitting passion to inspire and empower women and has been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, NIGHTLINE, Joel Osteen, and in New York Times, Marie Claire, SHAPE, GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and more. When Jamie’s not appearing live on QVC in IT Cosmetics 200+ shows annually, she works passionately with philanthropic partners including Look Good Feel better® where IT Cosmetics has donated over $28 million in product to date to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence.  itcosmetics.com

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – PAULA SHUGART

With more than 30 years of experience in the television industry, Paula M. Shugart has been a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences. As president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), and producer of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® pageants, Paula oversees all business transactions and is responsible for the production of the live, worldwide telecasts each year. She is also a mentor and role model to the company’s three titleholders as they travel the globe as spokeswomen for several charitable alliances on behalf of MUO. Shugart joined MUO in 1998 as the Vice President of Production and in 2001, was appointed President by Donald J. Trump who, incidentally, had never met Paula but had noticed her outstanding work within the company. In the years after taking charge, Paula’s main goal was to break the stereotypes typically associated with beauty pageants. “MUO is a company dedicated to empowering women by instilling the message of being ‘confidently beautiful’ in their everyday lives,” Shugart says. “Our brand is not about perfection or just beauty; to the contrary, our goal is to celebrate all women and their ability to be comfortable in their own skin – we want all women to be fearless and willing to take risks, challenge themselves, and be the best they can be,” states Shugart. The contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for women, as well as philanthropic initiatives around the world. In March 2014, Shugart launched a partnership with Dutch development agency, Cordaid, to raise funds for the Philippines following the devastating Typhoon Yolanda. The Miss Universe Cordaid Relief Fund’s efforts raised a quarter of a million dollars in just six months. Shugart now sits on the board of Cordaid’s U.S. Leaders Council, a group of highly respected business and societal leaders in the United States committed to making Cordaid one of their international charitable priorities. Rebranding the Miss Universe pageant system has paid off. Over the past decade, Shugart’s efforts have boosted viewer demographics and increased viewership around the world. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is currently distributed to approximately 180 countries and territories, making it one of the most widely viewed programs worldwide and the MISS USA broadcast now reaches over 70 countries annually. In 2002, Shugart oversaw the sale of 50% of MUO to NBCUniversal and for over a decade, worked closely with NBC to maximize the organization’s potential. The MISS UNIVERSE and MISS USA pageants have garnered great success with “out of the box” cross-promotional concepts conceived by Paula and the network. In a world of ever-changing digital and social media developments for television viewers, Shugart has successfully incorporated never before seen elements of fan engagement into the MISS UNIVERSE and MISS USA telecasts, taking the pageants to a new level in live entertainment. In September 2015, Donald Trump sold the organization to WME|IMG, the global leader in entertainment, sports, events, media and fashion. The competitions are now televised on FOX. In addition to overseeing yearly, multi-million dollar sponsorship deals, Shugart has further expanded the Miss Universe brand by introducing several new product licensing ventures for the company. MUO launched their first collection of branded products in 2014 with long time partner and haircare sponsor Farouk Systems, Inc. Shortly after, MUO added swimwear, real money gaming, ready to wear clothing, and toys to their growing roster of products. Approximately 48 countries are currently selling MUO branded products around the world. Shugart, whose father was an Admiral in the US Navy, says her childhood helped prepare her for her current role. Her global travels left her with a deep appreciation and understanding of the world’s cultural diversity as well as its commonality. To her, the MISS UNIVERSE Pageant in particular provides an opportunity for women of the world to celebrate their cultural differences and achieve a greater understanding of each other. When it came time to attend college, Shugart wanted to go “someplace new…without a Navy base.” She chose Ohio University, which consistently ranks as one of the top schools in the country for television communication. Paula graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1981, with a BS in Communications, focusing on journalism and production. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council to the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and is a recipient of the University’s prestigious Medal of Merit for Achievement in Entertainment and Television Production. From 1982 to 2002, Shugart was based in Los Angeles and developed a specialty in live television production while working on some of the world’s largest productions: the “Academy Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globes,” “International Rock Awards,” and “President Clinton’s 50th Birthday Celebration,” among many others. She also served as producer on the original talent competition, “Star Search” for seven years, as well as a multitude of other programs including the Lifetime Special “The Age of the Female Icon,” which garnered a Cable Ace Award nomination. Shugart has also worked on the television productions of two of the music industry’s greatest driving forces: Madonna on her “Blond Ambition Tour” and the Rolling Stones on their “Steel Wheels Tour.” Shugart forayed into the world of daytime television as Supervising Producer for ABC’s talk show “Mike & Maty” and went on to produce the pilot for the highly popular “Donny and Marie Show” for Columbia Television. She is currently an active member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America and has served as a Commissioner to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission. Most recently, she was named a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, elected for her professional accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Working at the Miss Universe Organization may have saved Paula’s life, literally. Breast Cancer Awareness is an official cause for each reigning Miss USA, which prompted Shugart to have a routine mammogram. Having lost both her parents to cancer, Shugart was very concerned with the finding of an aggressive pre-cancerous condition known as ‘DCIS’. Nine surgeries and thirteen years later, she is cancer free and has joined Miss USA as an advocate for breast cancer awareness and believes that early detection is a key to cancer survival. missuniverse.com

BEST IN SCIENCE – DR CHIANN FAN GIBSON

Dr. Chiann Fan Gibson’s amazing life story of immigrating to the United States with less than $200 has been featured through numerous media outlets to include both Television and public events.  Dr. Gibson was a feature story and on the covers of Dentistry Today (Dentistry’s largest publication) and Women’s Dentist Journal Magazine. From her early years, Dr. Gibson’s American Dream lifestyle and a dedication to succeed, took her from a very humble beginning, rising to the very top of her profession. Dr. Gibson graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine (Boston MA) as a Merit Scholarship recipient.  She was one of only 360 dentists from around the world to become an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AAACD) in 2012.  Additionally, Dr. Gibson is a Fellow of The International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics (IADFE) and an Adjunct Instructor of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry). Dr. Gibson served 5 years on the Board of Directors of the AACD, becoming Vice President in 2014, and President in 2016-2017.  Dr. Gibson also served as President of The Chicago Midwest Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Gibson is a published author and dental columnist for the Chicago suburban Sun Times Newspaper.  Dr. Gibson’s cleft palate case study titled, Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT) An Interdisciplinary Approach (To Include Cosmetic Goals In Mind), was published in the 2015 Dental Clinics of North America textbook edition.  Dr. Gibson continues her research through the Practice Based Network associated with Tufts Dental School. Dr. Gibson was crowned Miss Washington USA while attending the University of Washington, where she was also a 3-year cheerleader. Dr. Gibson was also crowned on the international telecast, Miss Hawaiian Tropic International, in Las Vegas. Dr. Gibson later became the only dentist, and first Asian, to be crowned Mrs. United States (2005). Dr. Gibson currently practices dentistry at Smiles By Dr. Gibson & Associates, Naperville Illinois. Her dental passion includes donating dental services through the Give Back A Smile Foundation, helping restore complex damaged smiles to women of abuse.  Dr. Gibson’s life moto is, “If you have a smile, it can be beautiful.”  She is married to Emmy Award TV host / entertainer Jim Gibson.  Together they have a son, James III. smilesbygibsondmd.com

BEST ENTERTAINER – JIM GIBSON

Jim Gibson is an Emmy Award winning television host, vocal recording artist, and member of three Grammy award winning groups. At a young age, he joined the B.J. Thomas Band whose hits include, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head and Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. Additionally, Gibson toured as a member of two more Grammy groups (Bill Gaither Trio – Gospel / Lionel Hampton – Jazz).  Gibson transitioned into television as a performing TV Host and had his own show, Windy City Alive. Gibson was a Male Vocal Finalist on Star Search; performed in the White House at the Congressional Ball for Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr; performed the National Anthem on TV for the Miami Dolphins / Buffalo Bills Telecast; hosted MGM-TV’s pilot Dreams Can Come True; co-hosting with “Down Town” Julie Brown MTV’s Spring Break; and performed numerous times on, The Merv Griffin Show.  Gibson is most noted for hosting more than 1,500 Pageant telecasts or specials throughout the world.  These Pageant organizations include Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Globe, Miss Universe, Mrs. America and others.  Over the decades, more than 100,000 contestants walked across Gibson’s stage including, Vanna White, Paula Zahn, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and dozens of soap stars and top models. On the big screen, Gibson was the voice over announcer and Line Producer for Rockin The Corps, (an American thank you), which was the largest military tribute concert ever produced, featuring Destiny’s Child (Beyoncé), KISS, Hootie & The Blowfish, Ted Nugent and Cedric The Entertainer. Executive Producer, Quincy Jones recorded the event live in front of 50,000 Marines & their families on the beach at Camp Pendleton during the Iraq deployment. He is married to celebrity cosmetic dentist, Dr. Chiann Fan Gibson.  They have a son, James III and reside in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

AND YOUR 2018 WINNERS ARE:

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – Kelsey Schmidt, working on her PHD

BEST ATHLETE – Emily Demure, NCAA division 1 volleyball player

BEST BREAKOUT STAR – Shanna Moakler, TV personality

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER – Chitralekha(lekha)

BEST COACH – Faith Schway

CONGENIALITY – Mikayla Holmgren, contestant at Miss Minnesota USA 2017

BEST COSTUME – Pamela Curnel, Mrs. Washington America director (designed and created the pink gown worn by Deidre Murphy at Mrs. America 2017)

BEST CROWNING MOMENT – Tasha Haskins, Miss Plus America 2010

DENISE WHITE – Angela Cruze, being successful going through the foster care system

BEST DIRECTOR and/or PRODUCER (Local, State, Regional) – Paula Miles, RPM Productions – State Pageant Qualifiers to Miss USA & Miss Teen USA for Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina & South Carolina (has had 1 Miss Universe, 1 Miss World, 5 Miss USA’s and 4 Miss Teen USA’s)

BEST DIRECTOR and/or PRODUCER (National, International) – Jorge Esteban, Miss Iceland Universe

BEST EMCEE|HOST|CORRESPONDENT|NEWS ANCHOR – Lu Sierra, International Model, Runway Coach & Analyst for the Miss USA & Miss Universe Telecasts on FOX

BEST ENTERTAINER – Jim Gibson, Emmy award winning TV Host, Producer & Music Artist

BEST ENTREPRENEUR – Jamie Kern Lima, Co-Founder of IT Cosmetics and first female CEO in L’Oreal’s 108-year history

BEST EVENING GOWN – Alyssa London, Miss Alaska USA 2017 and Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014

BEST FASHION DESIGNER – Mac Duggal & RC Caylan

BEST MAKEUP and/or HAIR STYLIST – Austin Ryde

BEST JUDGE – Kerry Damiano, former Miss Idaho USA and Producer/Designer

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Paula Shugart, Miss Universe Organization President

BEST NON-PROFIT – Amanda Sowards, Vice President and Mission Director of World Missions Outreach & Ms Earth Americas 2017, and Menka Soni, Founder & President of Ravishing Women 

BEST ONSTAGE ANSWER – Melissa Perincheril, 1st RU at Miss Washington USA 2018

BEST OVERALL TALENT – Emily Oaks, IFAA World Field Championship in 2014 (in Archery and she is sponsored by Cabela’s)

BEST PAGEANT CONTENT – The Pageant Planet

BEST PAGEANT PARENT – Ekta Saini & Jennifer Lloyd

MOST PHOTOGENIC – Natalie Luttmer, Mrs America 2017

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER – Matt Boyd

BEST IN PHYSICAL FITNESS – Kelsey Pesola

BEST IN SCIENCE – Dr Chiann Fan-Gibson, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry President 2016, Mrs United States 2005

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA and/or VIDEO BLOG – Allyson Rowe, Miss Washington USA 2014 and PageantLIVE

 

BEST SPONSOR – Bridal Elegance

BEST STORY / MOST IMPACTFUL – Madeline Irwin, Miss Washington USA 2018 contestant

BEST TITLEHOLDER – Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992

BEST VOLUNTEER – Kathleen (Kat) Ray, Ms Senior Universe Founder

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