Portraits

“There she is, Miss America

There she is, your ideal

The dream of a million girls who are more than pretty can come true in Atlantic City.

For she may turn out to be the Queen of femininity.”

This week’s Portrait is Anesha Robinson, the reigning Miss Southeastern, PA who was crowned this past March. Robinson will soon be competing for the coveted title of Miss Pennsylvania. Robinson started off her competition life in pants and a jacket and has continued to defy the odds and convention ever since. We made an appointment for a FaceTime chat, and I was surprised to see her in full pageant regalia, tiara and all.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”

~Nathaniel Branden

This week’s portrait, Bobby Glorioso, certainly knows the value of Branden’s words. Not long ago, he was facing self-esteem issues and addiction. With the help of an old friend, he managed to turn things around. In just a short time, Bobby G. has risen from a low point to a new outlook where he is, as he says, “sitting on top of the world.”

“The thing about cooking is it’s so interesting to watch. I don’t know why, but if you go to somebody’s house and they’re making something, they usually say interesting things while they’re cooking.”

—Christopher Walken

“Chopped,” “Top Chef,” “Iron Chef,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Brian Boitano’s Italian Adventure,” “Cupcake Wars” and “Nigella Bites” …

Obviously Christopher Walken is not the only one who enjoys watching people cook. This week’s Portrait, Peter Lee, is hoping there’s room for one more among the vast number of food-themed shows. Four of his videos, titled “Let’s Celebrate,” are currently available on Let’s Celebrate TV’s YouTube channel.

Here, he talks about he got his chopping chops and what prompted him to share his skills.

  April is Sexual Violence Awareness month. The statistics speak for themselves: One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives and almost half (49.5 percent) of multiracial women are subjected to some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes, but there’s not much in the way of research or help specifically geared towards LGBTQ people.

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