Meet Kamie Crawford, former Miss Teen USA, Global Ambassador for Same Sky, curator and designer of her own lifestyle brand NOX, and our newest Women Who Inspire Us feature! She is surely nothing short of fabulous. We felt incredibly inspired by Kamie's passion to spread body positivity to both men and women across the globe. Read on to get to know more about her life/career and to get the inside scoop about what keeps her on top of her game.
In 2010, you were the first contestant from Maryland to win Miss Teen USA. What was that experience like for you?
It was a whirlwind! The pageant world is so unique compared to anything else I had done before then and even now. I was able to see so many places and meet so many people from so many different walks of life that I probably wouldn’t have had the pleasure of getting to know had I not been Miss Teen USA, so it was awesome. Hard work – but awesome!
As a former pageant queen, what is your definition of the word “beauty”?
I think that being outside of the pageant space has helped me realize what beauty truly is and how to define it, which is that it can’t be defined. Beauty is all around us and beautiful people are the ones who change us and mold us into better versions of ourselves. It’s not about hair and makeup or gorgeous dresses – being beautiful centers around being a good human in my book.
Do you have a favorite outfit that you wear to feel confident/empowered? If so, what is it?
I live for a jumpsuit. A fitted black jumpsuit with a wide leg pant will always have me ready to slay!
Post-title, what is a day-in-the-life like of Kamie Crawford?
I’m an on-camera host and beauty expert as well as a working model in NYC with my own company, @shopnoxlife - so my day-to-day life is different depending on whatever is going on! It’s very exciting but also requires a lot of responsibility as far as scheduling on my part so that I stay on track and consistent with my work.
Same Sky is a women’s empowerment organization in Rwanda that provides jobs and promotes personal growth for HIV+ survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. What is it like being a global ambassador for them?
It has been awesome to watch an organization that I’ve loved for so long grow into what it is now and to be a part of that growth. Same Sky is a really special organization that changes the lives of so many women every day, so to be a part of that is an honor.
You started your lifestyle brand, NOX, at the age of 21. Wow! Tell us about it.
I started NOX to empower women to be exactly who they are, chase their dreams and know that they are beautiful when they’re “on” and when they’re “off”. I started with sleep tee’s because I’m an avid napper, and I wanted to start my brand off with something that I’m passionate about – which is beauty sleep ;) I’ve since expanded to NOXPLATES, which are customizable nameplate necklaces and our next launch are furry slide on slippers. My brand has no bounds, just like my unstoppable NOX Girls.
What advice would you give to someone who struggles with self-confidence/self-esteem?
Happiness is an inside job, and so is building self-esteem. Don’t count on outside forces to validate you – only you can validate you. You are special and worth so much more than the negative thoughts you feed yourself. So feed yourself beautiful words of wisdom and empowerment and cut out the negative voices. Don’t be so hard on yourself, because there is no such thing as perfection!
Who/what inspires you?
My mom inspires me. She has raised five girls with very unique personalities to be confident, poised, gentle and intelligent who are also strong and opinionated. She’s never lost herself in the process and I know that’s not an easy task, so I thank her and I’m eternally grateful for her.