For years, beauty pageants have received widespread criticisms for catering to the male gaze and allegedly making room for sexism and objectification. Its bad rap often extends to the women who consider pageants as an opportunity to advance a cause or raise awareness about a certain issue. Rhyann Crosby, a highly inspirational personality armed with a story that resonates with countless others, is among today’s empowered advocates out to demonstrate how pageants can be utilized to drive change.
A firm believer that everyone has the power to make a difference, Rhyann has long since considered beauty pageants as another platform that women can use to not only pursue personal dreams but also leave a mark in the lives of others. Above anything else, they can be treated as a space where people from all walks of life can come together to celebrate individuality, recognize diversity, and acknowledge every person’s ability to relate and be compassionate.
“We are all humans and have struggles and failures, but we are also capable of compassion, understanding, and the ability to reach out to someone who is having a hard time and help them,” shared the stay-at-home mom, business school student, and couture model.
For Rhyann, helping others is central to her identity, and she continues to operate under the overarching goal of extending a hand to those who need it. Right now, she is using her voice to educate people about trauma and empower women suffering from intimate partner violence.
Domestic violence remains a global issue, and Rhyann is no stranger to it. Born into a household defined by violence, the model was not able to break the cycle until she had her daughter. Now, she is going all-out to highlight the gravity of this problem, steer women away from the abusive situations they are trapped in, and encourage positive bystanders to support survivors.
“If you are fortunate enough never to have experienced it, please do not judge those struggling,” advised Rhyann. “Domestic violence is a complex issue whose ties are difficult to break. If you know someone living with it, be there for them. Let them know that they deserve all the good in the world and that you will always be a person they can turn to. Please don’t give up on them.”
On top of dedicating her time to causes, Ryann is also currently expending effort toward carving a path toward the limelight of the modeling industry and impressing audiences with her beauty and brains at pageants. Passionate about meeting like-minded women and thriving amid friendly competition, she plans to participate in more pageants in the future.
Fueled by a mission, Rhyann doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. The pageant queen, who competed for Mrs. Texas America and made it to the top 15, will remain steadfast in her goal to maneuver victims of domestic violence in the direction of help and recovery. At the same time, she aims to cement her name in the beauty and modeling industries in the years to come.