I feel truly blessed to be a part of this year’s Mrs. Universe Pageant, which is a real world-class competition," Gonzalez said.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2016
Carla Gonzalez, a three-time pageant winner, will represent the North America and fellow Oklahomans when she competes in the Mrs. Universe 2016 competition. Gonzalez, a fierce yet gracious competitor, will vie for the title against a host of beautiful international contestants when the competition gets underway August 29 through September 4 in Guangzhou, China.
Gonzalez has tapped American couture fashion designer and former "Project Runway" contestant Michael Costello to design an exclusive dress for her to wear at the competition. Nola Roller, a Hollywood costume designer and wardrobe stylist who has worked for MTV, Bravo, and Fox, will be contributing Gonzalez’s national costume.
This year’s topic at the pageant will focus on domestic violence, a subject very dear to Gonzalez’ heart, which she has received extensive training on and provided counseling services to survivors.
"I feel truly blessed to be a part of this year’s Mrs. Universe Pageant, which is a real world-class competition," Gonzalez said. "I owe much gratitude to the organization, as well as Michael Costello who designed my gown. Michael is a phenomenal designer who really knows his craft, and Nola Roller is a true creative force. I am also honored and blessed to have my family and friends from all over the world supporting me while I compete in China.”
Gonzalez, a devout advocate who has received many certificates and recognition for many social causes, such as Teen Dating Violence, Human Trafficking and Bullying, intends to use her years of education and experience to provide solutions and dialogue to help overcome the negative impact domestic violence has on women and children. In her hometown of Oklahoma, she also attended the Purple Sash Gala supporting Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. Gonzalez earned her master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and has provided counseling services to adults and children throughout her years working in public health. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist, Certified Domestic Violence Specialist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and is currently working to become a QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor.
As a veteran pageant contestant, Gonzalez’ has amassed many distinguishing accolades, including Ms. North America Universe 2016, Ms. United Nation International 2013, Ms. America International 2012, Ms. US of America 2011, Ms. Oklahoma United States 2009-10, and Ms. Oklahoma Globe 2008.
One of Gonzalez' most distinguishing awards came from President Barack Obama in recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening the U.S. through her volunteer service. She was also awarded the Individual Anti-Bullying award by the National School Safety Advocacy Council and the Power of One award by the Oklahoma Coalition Against Violence & Sexual Assault.
Some of the organizations that Gonzalez is a member of include state and national Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault coalitions, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Academy on Violence and Abuse, and International Bullying Prevention Association.
Gonzalez had the honor to present Golden Globe winner and iconic actress Sally Kirkland with the Humanitarian Award at The Love International Film Festival. Gonzalez was also honored to walk the red carpet alongside Kirkland and Chinese-American actress Bai Ling. Gonzalez was also gracious to present actress Barbara Eden with the Icon Beauty Award at the Hollywood Beauty Awards.
As a part of her continuous mission to support charities, Gonzalez had the opportunity to attend and support many charity and red carpet events in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Some of those events included the Matt Leinart Foundation's 10th Annual Celebrity Bowl and the Celebrity Sweat ESPY’s VIP After Party where she was pictured on the red carpet with Derek Fisher, a five-time NBA Champion, and Professional American boxer and former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.
In addition to her career and charity work, Gonzalez balances many hobbies. Some of those activities include judging and competing in pageants, as well as participating in fashion shows. She also has a passion for ballroom, jazz, and Latin dance, and enjoys taking acting lessons from Kirkland.
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Gonzalez is currently being represented by Identity Brand Management identitybrandmanagement.com and YM & Associates PR for Publicity and Red Carpet & Charity Events at http://www.YM-PR.com.
For more information about Carla Gonzalez, visit her website at http://www.CarlaDGonzalez.com, Instagram at Carlag0321, and Twitter at @CarlaGonzalezOK. To see a complete list of present and past membership visit her website at http://www.CarlaDGonzalez.com.
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