And somehow, we’ve narrowed it down to just five (5)! These five finalists are competing for a chance to appear on a cover of Seventeenâ€™s October issue and win a $10,000 scholarship from Neutrogena.
They’ll also receive makeovers at a top salon, participate in a cover photo shoot, appear on MTVâ€™s The Seven and attend a luncheon with Miranda.
â€œI am looking forward to being in New York with the finalists in June to spend some time getting to know them,” Miranda shared. “It was exciting for me when I was on the cover of Seventeen and can only imagine how excited the girls are at this prospect themselves.”
Click inside to find out if YOU are one of the finalists…
Zoe Damacela (19) – Chicago, Illlinois – From Homeless to High Fashion!
Zoe Damacelaâ€™s difficult life serves as the springboard for the successful launch of her own clothing business called Zoe Damacela Apparel. Even though she grew up in a low-income family with a single mother – and even lived in homeless shelters at some points in her life â€“ Zoe has been running a successful clothing business since she was 14. Zoe is so passionate about fashion that she taught herself to sew and took business classes so that she could write a successful business plan. She is motivated by her desire to create a better life for her and her family. Zoe has sold more than 300 one-of-a-kind pieces to girls and has even appeared on Oprahâ€™s Web site, The Tyra Banks Show and visited the White House to meet President Obama.
Lauren Lindberg (17) â€“ Danville, California – Making Movies That Matter to Teens!
When Lauren developed ADD in high school she felt lost. Taking high school film classes gave her the focus that she needed and sparked a deep passion for making movies. Over the past few years, Lauren has been creating documentaries nonstop and sheâ€™s most inspired by issues that affect teens. Her most prized work is a documentary she made about blind teens to show that blind teens have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. She has plans to make films about teen suicide and body image in the future and one day, would like to start a production company called â€œWorld Voicesâ€ that will help teens around the globe who have stories, but arenâ€™t able to share them.
Nina Montgomery (19) â€“ Ridgewood, New Jersey – Standing Up Against Online Abuse!
Nina has been speaking out against online abuse since middle school, but when her former high school friend, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide last year after a fellow Rutgers student secretly filmed his private life, Nina was more determined to combat cyberbullying. Since sixth grade, she has been a volunteer spokesperson for Wired Safety, the largest Internet education organization in the world. She has traveled to 20 schools giving presentations about cyberbullying, has proposed legislation to Congress, has addressed the topic on various TV shows and has helped the FBI track down predators. She even collaborated with her college, MTV, myYearbook, Dr. Phil, and Wired Safety to create a national anti-bullying campaign, â€œDonâ€™t Stand by, Stand Up.â€ Sheâ€™s determined to keep speaking about this important issue until online abuse stops â€“ for good.
Shannon McIntosh (21) â€“ Petersburg, Florida – The Fearless Racecar Driver!
With over 100 race wins in a male-dominated sport, Shannon wonâ€™t take her foot off the gas until she becomes the first female to win the Indy 500. She has been racing cars since the age of five with her family and now competes in the INDYCAR USF2000 Series while working her way up to compete in the Indy 500. She is the only female driver in her series and she is the only American female who is trying to climb this ladder.
Ann He (16) – Dallas, Texas – The Photographer Turned Fashion Blogger Star!
The beauty that Ann captures with her camera is a reflection of how she sees the world. What started as a hobby has turned into a flourishing business â€“ and Annâ€™s photos are getting her heaps of praise from fashion blogs, like TrendLand.net and Lulus.com. Even though sheâ€™s only 16, her photos are so striking that sheâ€™s already been hired by magazines, brides and Nike. Through her art, she hopes to inspire creativity in others.
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