Former Miss Virginia Visits Montford Middle School [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Lanetra Bennett
May 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Be Yourself. That's the message a former beauty queen wants to relay to young girls growing up in today's society.

Who better to give beauty secrets than a beauty queen?

Former Miss Virginia told girls at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee Wednesday what the top secret was--and it wasn't the perfect lipstick or hair color.

She told the group to repeat after her, "Point to yourself and say it like you mean it. 'I deserve respect.'"

Julie Marie Carrier told the sixth and seventh graders that being beautiful starts with knowing your self value.

She says, "How when you step into the fullness of who you really are, when you're authentic, when you let who you really are shine, and you make choices that reflect that, life can be a pretty extraordinary place. you shine from the inside out."

Carrier says a speaker changed her life in high school.

She says she went from feeling like an awkward teen with a growth disorder, to graduating with honors from Ohio State University, working at the Pentagon, and becoming Miss Virginia USA 2002.

"To be able to be that one voice for so many girls to say hey, I know what it feels like to feel like life's pushing you down. I know what it feels like to deal with peer pressure. To be able to share with them that if they keep on the right path, that life will reward you, I feel so grateful to be able to speak to these girls."

Carrier shared her book that she wrote. It's called, 'BeYouTiful.'

The visit was a part of Carrier's motivational tour sponsored by the Florida Department of Health.

Tallahassee, FL - Julie Carrier, former Miss Virginia USA, is speaking this afternoon at Montford Middle School. The program starts at 1:30.

The presentation is for 6th and 7th grade girls and will cover self-esteem issues and other motivational topics for girls.

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Julie Marie Carrier (formerly Julie Laipply) is a highly-requested speaker and positive role model on healthy and successful choices for teens, girls and young people. Julie is also widely recognized for her powerful educator and parent programs on how to effectively communicate with teens.

Julie has come a long way from the “monkey legs” and “nerd” labels of high school where she couldn’t even get a date to prom. As an award-winning national speaker and author, an Emmy-nominated TV show host, Miss Virginia USA 2002, a semi-finalist to appear on NBC’s Apprentice TV show, and a senior leadership consultant at the Pentagon—all by age 27—student audiences appreciate that Julie “walks her talk,” that her life actually demonstrates the power of positive life choices, and that she candidly shows students how to do the same.


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