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Whitestone has its very own Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite. Margaret Skourlis, 33, won the national competition on Sept. 6 in Fargo, North Dakota, against 30 other beauty queens.

“It’s an amazing experience,” said Skourlis, who has lived in Whitestone for most of her life.

The Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite competition is held every year and it’s the Miss USA for women between the ages of 30 to 40. The petite division is for woman who are 5 feet 6 inches or less; with Skourlis being less.

Skourlis has previously held the Miss Congeniality title, among many other beauty pageant titles that she’s achieved since she was 17.

Skourlis sees her title as a way of bringing attention to various issues — from domestic violence to multiple sclerosis — by constantly attending different events and using her title to attract people.

“I’m always going to charity drives and rallies to raise awareness and attract more press attention to all of the different problems in the world,” she said. “It’s really important for us to connect with each other.”

Skouralis has two master’s degrees: one in political science and the other in business administration. Her platform used to be about multiple sclerosis, a disability her mom has. But during this most recent competition she decided to not have such a narrow focus.

“When you concentrate on only one thing during these competitions, you belittle all of the other issues. So now I’ve opened my focus to embrace all causes. I just want to see people happy.”

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