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Are You In the Now?

Before reading this publication, you must understand two things: that heroes are among us and that they don't all wear capes or super suits. While we love the action-packed blockbusters that showcase people with crazy powers and otherworldly alien finesse, and we believe that there's some truth to those fantasies as well, we see the need for society to recognize the everyday heroes that are hiding in plain sight. They are Icons and should very well be praised as such. Saving lives, Changing the World, Creating an Impact, and all with a deep backstory. All of these are characteristics of a good superhero. We're here to expose their origins, the Icons.  Are You In the Now? All editorial inquiries All sponsored content/advertising inquiries Follow us on Facebook @iconsinthenow Follow our Parent Company on Instagram @caycomcreate This publication is owned by the Calynn Communications & Creative corporatio
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Humanitarian, Businesswoman & Survivor : Azia Hernandez

  What do you do and why do you do it?  At the core of what I do, whether it’s my lingerie line or being Miss Massachusetts, I aim to spread love and positivity because I feel like the world deserves more of it.  I try  to promote a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. I like to lead by example but not editing my photos on Instagram aside of brightening the colors from time to time. I am a pageant girl so I do have perfeshila photos taken of me all glamed up, with professional lighting, and airbrushing done and am transparent about that. I like my followers to know that at the core I am just a normal everyday girl who likes to spend days in altheasur and cozy hoodies but on occasion I like to get blamed up for fun. Getting blamed up for me is just an exciting fun expressing, like dress up for big girls by by no mean am I that doll face with perfect living all the time. I show in my instagram stories that most days I am wearing practical close with minimal hair and make up as it is pr

National Queen & Cancer Survivor: Miriam Smith Wilson

Miriam, Ms. Forever Fresh Face USA 2021 is a mother and grandmother who is very active in her service to others. She had a career in delivery services and customer relations for almost three decades prior to her recent retirement to focus on her family. She loves writing, reading, creating things and being with loved ones. Her pageant platform is advocating for better resources for those suffering from chronic illnesses. Her granddaughter Jenesis is the Junior Miss Fresh Face 2021 and is passionate about the arts and being a good supporter to her community and family.  What do you do and why do you do it? I am currently fulfilling my reign as Ms. Forever Fresh Face USA 2021, organizing my annual Gastroparesis walk in honor of my late daughter, Mekia. I love to empower people and uplift them when they are suffering. This is very important because when people are hurting, regardless of if they are a custodian or a CEO, they all are entitled to being consoled and comforted. I truly believ

International Pageant Queen and ABA Therapist : Michaela Austin

What do you do and why do you do it?  I work with children who happen to be on the spectrum. These kiddos many times can have developmental and/or intellectual delays. I actually started working in this field because I am the mother of a child with Autism. I experienced so many hurdles attempting to get a conclusive diagnosis and treatment for my son that I decided to be the change that I wanted to see.  How does what you do benefit others?   Everyday I have the opportunity to not only see the difference Applied Behavior Analysis has on my clients but I see the data that clearly shows the impact I make. Its rewarding.  Describe your career journey and how it led you to where you are now.  My undergraduate degree was in Sociology/Psychology and then I went on to receive numerous certifications from the Illinois State Board of Education Certifications in: Autism, Social Narratives, Atypical DEVELOPMENT, Visual Supports for Social Emotional Learning and Tips & Tools for Homes & SC

National Queen & Legal Reform Advocate: Julianna Andrasi

  Julianna Andrasi is the reigning Miss Fresh Face USA 2021. She is currently working toward completing her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She lives in Michigan where she works as a corrections officer in a county jail. She is enthusiastic about raising awareness about many issues such as mental health and the protection of the environment. However, she is most passionate about teaching others about wrongful convictions in the United States. In May of 2021, she published her first book, “Convict or Convenient,” which sheds light on America’s justice system and explains how innocent individuals become incarcerated so easily. Aside from being a new author, Julianna also expresses her creativity through her artwork. In her free time, she can be found painting, sketching, or experimenting with whatever new craft has caught her attention for the week. Julianna discovered her love of helping people when she was young. As a teenager, she started volunteering at a local retirement home

Miss Abilities Founder & World Title Holder: Jessica Lauren

Jessica Lauren is the Founder and CEO of The Miss Abilities Organization, the reigning Ms. Elite Fresh Face Universal 2021 and a Dove Self Esteem Ambassador! What do you do and why do you do it? Jessica is a 300 hour certified yoga instructor, certified henna artist, published illustrator, office manager for a painting company, and professional artist with works on display in VA, WV, and MD. Jessica is the founder of Miss Abilities Organization, a program that creates accessible pageants and community involvement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Everything she does, she does with an altruistic heart in the hopes of making the world a better place! How does what you do benefit others? Jessica’s platform is The Dove Self Esteem Project where she teaches workshops to help young people overcome body image issues and fulfill their potential by building positive body confidence and self-esteem. By working with young people, as well as their teachers, mentors and parents, sh

Runway Model & Matriarch: Lena H.

  What do you do and why do you do it? I am the Director of Opportunities for House of Chuck Magazine Inc., owned and founded by the most talented and visionary, Mr. Chuck Pfoutz.    My role is to branch networks, collaborate different firms and teams, and open platform to aspiring talents in the modeling and entertainment industry.    House of Chuck Magazine Inc creates series of stories that is brought to life through commercials and fashion shows featuring incredible artists, designers, models, actors, and photographers. Being a petite, over-40s, and non-slim runway model in this new diverse fashion industry opened up so many opportunities beyond my day job, enlightening the possibilities, and understanding my capabilities, which captivated dreams of so many and lavishly turned them to reality.    I am a part of these family- oriented and diversified organizations that I am so much grateful for, being accepted and respected for who I am:   House of Chuck Magazine Inc. United Togethe

Teen Activist & Artist: Destiny Faith

Destiny, Miss Teen Fresh Face America 2021 is an aspiring teen model who has a love for animals and serving her community.  Destiny is a high school student active in FFA and JROTC.  She participates in community service projects through both of those, thru her various pageantry opportunities and on her own.  Destiny is a sexual assault survivor and witnessed domestic violence at it's worst. She strives to continually bring awareness and let others know they are not alone.   What do you do and why do you do it?  My mom started me in pageants not long after my coming forward about being sexually assaulted.  I lost alot of self confidence and my mom wanted me to find it again.  After the first couple I realized how much I enjoyed it and strove to become better.  I love how on the other side of pageants there's community service involved.  I love to help others and give back, with pageants and my crowns it enhances who I can reach.   How does what you do benefit others?   Humanita

Pre-Teen Pageant Queen: Brianna Pena Begay

Brianna Pena Begay is 12 years old, she was born in Shiprock New Mexico and raised in Farmington NM,  Currently, she is representing World’s pre-teen Miss New Mexico 2022 Tourism. She started pageants  when she was 6 years old in a Latina pageant where she represented New Mexico for 6 years. Some of  her hobbies include reading, playing the piano and electric guitar she also likes to shop and play with her  friends. Brianna would like to continue helping others and wants to go to college when she is older to  become a behavioral analysis in criminal profiling or an actress.   What do you do and why do you do it?  I represent New Mexico in the World’s Tourism pageant and I do this because I can help others  and make appearances in different events. I would like to do more modeling and become an  actress this is a great organization!  How does what you do benefit others?  What I do helps benefit others because I am able to show support and help others when it is  needed. Helping by volun

Gary E. Moore : Author and Activist

  "My name is Gary E. Moore. I am a poet, an author and, most importantly, a Dad. My most recent work, Songs For The Cleveland Avenue Warriors: poems from the past, present and future, was just published and is available for purchase from, an independent, woman-owned press. I also recently published and released What Daddy Do! and What Mommy Do! the first books in the forthcoming What We Do! The Children's Book Series." What do you do and why do you do it? I am a poet, an author and a Dad. I write because it's how I can best express myself, translating how I perceive the world around me. I write because I can't imagine doing anything else. How does what you do benefit others? It is my hope that I can provide someone, somewhere, a moment of joyful recognition. I want them to know that there is beauty in the world, even in the most neglected, the most forgotten spaces. Describe your career journey and how it led you to where you are now. As a

Titans of Tomorrow: Medical Professionals Creating Change

  In today's world, we've all witnessed the immeasurable importance of medical professionals in society. After a daunting year of near apocalyptic horror, with all of Earth falling prey to the treacherous pandemic, Covid-19, it's undeniable that we would not have made it through without the medical professionals in the world. We're not just talking about the doctors leading the charge in pathology, immunology and laboratory research. We're also talking about the well trained nursing staff who had to execute treatment plans for ill patients in hospitals and nursing homes. We're talking about the mental health counselors and therapists who coached people through a year of so much loss, restriction and isolation. We're talking about the administrative staff at hospitals, clinics and testing centers who kept everything afloat on the back end from patient services, insurance billing and scheduling appointments. We're talking about the janitorial staff that ke