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Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Had The Sweetest Moment with Miss Teen Oregon Vanessa Matheson (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Had The Sweetest Moment with Miss Teen Oregon Vanessa Matheson (Exclusive)

It’s almost been a month since Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff was crowned.

Right before her name was announced, the 17-year-old student and activist shared an amazing moment with Miss Teen Oregon Vanessa Matheson and JJJ has the exclusive story about their amazing friendship.

“I think we were both extremely shocked to be up there,” Sophia told us when we spoke to her after the event.

She adds, “She had been such a sweetheart and always so kind to me the entire week. I am so glad I got to share this experience with her.”

And their friendship doesn’t stop there — Sophia actually got a ton of help from Vanessa to prepare for college.

“She is awesome. She’s going to be a sophomore at the University of Oregon and I’m going into the University of Kansas as a freshman soon, so Vanessa has just been helping me alot with preparing for college,” Sophia adds.

“[She's been] giving me some advice with how to balance being a titleholder and go to school at the same time.”

Friendship goals!

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Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Is Determined To Get Rid of This Pageant Misconception (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Is Determined To Get Rid of This Pageant Misconception (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff enjoyed her entire trip to New York City last week — and these pics prove it!

Sophia took a tour of the New York Harbor, catching glimpses of her favorite sites before returning home to Kansas City afterwards.

JJJ had the chance to speak with Sophia before she left and just like us, she wants to rid everyone’s minds about one particular misconception about pageants and the people who compete in them.

“The misconception that beauty pageant winners are just beautiful and don’t have any other substance to them,” is her number one.

Sophia tells us, “I really love the direction that the Miss Universe organization is going in where they are focusing not only on the exterior but the interior as well. These girls have passions and causes that they care about and they’re intelligent and kind, wonderful people on the inside and out.”

She adds, “I can personally attain to the amount of intelligence that our Miss USA has — I mean, she’s a nuclear scientist. She is an incredible role model, not only for me, but a lot of other girls out there. Our Miss Universe is wanting to be a dental surgeon.”

“These are really, really incredible women who are making a difference in the world and I think that’s amazing.”

There's no place like home. I'm humbled and honored to return as #MissTeenUSA ??

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Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Totally Obsessed with Selena Gomez (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Totally Obsessed with Selena Gomez (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff shows off her pearly whites while heading to a new interview in New York City on Wednesday morning (August 2).

JJJ actually spoke with the new Miss Teen USA this week and got to know her so well.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff

On top of being the first Latina titleholder in a very long time, we also found out that Sophia is obsessed with Selena Gomez‘s new music.

“I’m obsessed with everything about her,’ Sophia told us. “Her new songs are just so good and she keeps coming out with a lot of new, amazing stuff lately.”

We totally agree!

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Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Proud To Be The First Latina Miss Teen USA in 10 Years (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Proud To Be The First Latina Miss Teen USA in 10 Years (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez Heithoff was crowned the new Miss Teen USA over the weekend.

You might’ve not known it at the time, but Sophia actually makes history as one of only four former title holders to be of Latina descent and the first in 10 years.

“Most of the responses have been amazing,” Sophia told JJJ in an interview this week about her heritage. “A lot of them have been commenting on my ethnicity and saying ‘We’re so happy you’re Latina’.”

She adds, “I think that goes to show how important diversity is and how needed it is in our society today. Little girls and everyone alike wants to see people and public figures that represent them and who look like them.

“I’m very glad I can be that person for them.”

So are we Sophia!

Stay tuned for more about Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia on JJJ soon!

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Miss Teen USA 2017 Crowned in Phoenix - Find Out Who Won Here!

Miss Teen USA 2017 Crowned in Phoenix - Find Out Who Won Here!

The winner of the 2017 Miss Teen USA Pageant has been crowned!

Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay took the stage once again for her final walk before passing on the crown to the new Miss Teen USA 2017.

The Top 5 semi-finalists were Miss California Teen Jaanu Patel, Miss Oregon Teen Vanessa Matheson, Miss Indiana Teen Paige Robinson, Miss Missouri Teen Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, and Miss Nevada Teen Alexis Smith.

Find out who was crowned Miss Teen USA 2017 inside NOW… More Here! »

Miss Teen USA 2017: Top 15 Contestants Announced!

Miss Teen USA 2017: Top 15 Contestants Announced!

The Top 15 at the 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant have just been announced!

Out of 51 amazing girls, only 15 are moving on to the final competition where Karlie Hay, Miss Teen USA 2016, will crown at the end of the program TONIGHT.

Be sure to watch the pageant on Facebook or on the Miss U App where you’ll see Kalani Hilliker and K. Lee Graham as judges and Jorge Blanco perform from The Venetian Las Vegas.

Click inside to see who made the Top 15! More Here! »

Karlie Hay Reveals What It's Really Like Being Miss Teen USA (Exclusive)

Karlie Hay Reveals What It's Really Like Being Miss Teen USA (Exclusive)

You think being Miss Teen USA is all crowns and beautiful gowns? Well, you’re wrong. Very wrong.

Reigning title holder Karlie Hay is here to shatter pretty much all the misconceptions about the title and the pageant.

It’s not about the gowns, or even the crown. It’s about bringing awareness to something you really believe in.

“I think people would be surprised to learn how much we genuinely love to give back and help others in any way we can,” Karlie tells JJJ. “Pageant girls are go-getters and I think it’s important for people to recognize the selflessness and hard work that goes into carrying on this title.”

We also asked Karlie to look back a year ago and give herself a piece of advice that maybe she should’ve taken at the start.

“‘You can be the sweetest ripest peach in the world and there will still always be someone who hates peaches’,” she says.

Karlie adds about the meaning for her, “I have always been a people’s person and I have always strived to make sure that everyone I met had a good impression of me. I wish going into this year, I had been more open to the concept that no one is perfect, and there will always be someone in the world that will point out your flaws.”

“Instead of striving for perfection and popularity, we should be striving to be confidently beautiful in our own way. We should embrace our personal stories and backgrounds, and we shouldn’t care about what others have to say about us.”

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Karlie Hay Gives Miss Teen USA 2017 Hopefuls Advice (Exclusive)

Karlie Hay Gives Miss Teen USA 2017 Hopefuls Advice (Exclusive)

Karlie Hay hosts a workout with a few Miss Teen USA contestants at South Mountain Park on Thursday (July 27) in Phoenix, Ariz.

JJJ recently chatted with the reigning Miss Teen USA about what she learned during her reign, and any advice she’d give the next queen.

“During my reign as Miss Teen USA, I’ve learned how to truly believe in myself,” Karlie told us. “Throughout the year, I have realized that I have something inside of me that is greater than any obstacle.”

Karlie‘s platform was drug and alcohol abuse, however, she didn’t get to campaign for it as much as she would have liked to.

“I would have loved to raise more awareness as well as speak more on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, though I’m happy I got to shed a little light on the subject at a few events,” she says. “I plan to continue advocating for teens growing up in unstable homes.”

The next Miss Teen USA will have to fill some pretty big shoes — so what’s the one piece of advice she’d give to her?

“Make every moment count!” Karlie says. “Use your title and platform to impact your community and those around you.”

Miss Teen USA 2017 will be webcast TOMORROW on Facebook and MissTeenUSA.com.

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