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Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Joins Miss Universe & Miss USA at NYFW!

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Joins Miss Universe & Miss USA at NYFW!

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff is back for more New York Fashion Week!

The reigning Miss Teen USA, who attended her first shows back in September, met up with the new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss USA Kara McCullough over the weekend for a handful of shows, including Bibhu Mohapatra, Sherri Hill, and at the Etihad Airways VIP Lounge.

Kara and Demi-Leigh also attended the Vivi Zubedi show together.

Sophia also met with new title-holders at the Miss Universe offices over the weekend, too.

Check out some pics from Sophia‘s Instagram below!

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Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters & Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Share Same Ideals About Pageants

Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters & Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Share Same Ideals About Pageants

Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has something to say about what most people think about beauty pageants — you’re wrong.

Speaking with E! News, the new Miss Universe from South Africa shattered a long-running beauty pageant stigma.

“You can be beautiful and you can be smart and you can make a meaningful difference in your community, in your country, in your world,” Demi-Leigh shared.

It’s something that Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff agrees with.

Speaking with JJJ back in the summer after she was crowned, Sophia told us that every single girl in a pageant anywhere knows that it’s stepping stone to make a huge difference in the world, and she’s one of them.

“What means so much about this sisterhood and be inducted into this kind of club is that all these women who have gone through this process are extremely successful in their careers,” she told us about being welcomed. “There are lawyers, there are women involved in politics and the entertainment industry and are just really successful in everything they do.”

Sophia added, “I think that for me, that is the most exciting thing, knowing I’m going to be surrounded by successful women who are making a difference in the world.”

Check out more pics below of the new Miss Universe during her visit to Build Series in New York City…

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Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Welcomes Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters To The Family

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Welcomes Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters To The Family

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff shines in her silvery Sherri Hill gown at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sunday night (November 26) in Las Vegas.

The reigning Miss Teen USA stepped out for the event to root on Miss USA Kara McCullough in the competition, and also said goodbye to Iris Mittenaere as the reigning Miss Universe.

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, won the event and will take over for Iris for the coming year.

“It’s not every night that you get to watch your big sis @realkaramccullough work it on the Miss Universe stage, AND witness your other big sis @irismittenaeremf crown the new Miss Universe @demileighnp from South Africa,” Sophia wrote on her personal Instagram.

She adds, “A truly magical evening, welcome to the family Demi!!”

Check out all the pics of Sophia, Demi-Leigh, plus judge Lele Pons, inside the gallery now!

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Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Meets Missouri’s Miss Amazing Sr Stephanee Corcoran! (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Meets Missouri’s Miss Amazing Sr Stephanee Corcoran! (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez Heithoff got the opportunity to meet the reigning Miss Amazing Sr. this past week!

The University of Kansas City student and reigning title holder headed back to St. Louis for the Miss Missouri USA and Teen USA pageant activities and got to meet Stephanee Corcoran backstage at the event.

Speaking with JJJ earlier, Sophia opened up about hoping to advocate for people with developmental disabilities, specifically Down’s syndrome — which Stephanee has.

“My aunt Joanne is in her 40s and she has Down’s syndrome. I’ve grown up alongside her and my mom is her legal guardian, so she is essentially like a sister to me,” Sophia told us. “I’ve seen her through all stages of her life and the struggles that she has had.”

“I know that my aunt has a supportive family, but there a lot out there who don’t and they have disabilities like Down’s syndrome. When you lack that support from family it’s hard to have a high quality of life,” she continues.

“I really have taken an initiative to try and help people with disabilities and have researched a lot of issues, which a lot were in Kansas City and have worked with a lot of different agencies who provide care for them and given this research and talked to legislators in Missouri about how we can help and what issues these people are facing and what policies we can create to further increase their quality of life.”

It’s one of the top things on Sophia‘s to-do list while she’s Miss Teen USA this year.

“I’m really looking forward to really making a difference and giving back to a community, which has given so much to me,” she added. “A lot of life lessons that I’ve learned have been from by aunt Joanne and I think that everyone should be able to experience that some time in their life.”

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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.”

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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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