As a Savannah State University student, Shaunii Rawls proves beauty queens are more than a pretty face. She has taken on many hats as a print/commercial model, multimedia producer, spoken word artist, motivational speaker and philanthropist in order to empower her community. She prides herself in educating women to find their inner model and exude self-confidence. She films the stories of millennials in the southeast to motivate her community to shine a spotlight on their lives.
With passion and faith, she believes that you can start and be successful in your own backyard. Along with her little sister, Shaunii created Strut for Sickle Cell, which raises awareness about Sickle Cell Disease through fashion.
They have raised over $2,000 for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in order to provide a program for Sickle Cell patients transitioning from pediatrics to adulthood.
Conveying the same title, her platform Strut for Sickle Cell will uplift Sickle Cell warriors through fitness, food, and fashion. Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States, affecting 70,000 to 100,000 Americans. She hopes to volunteer abroad to Africa to join professionals in the fight for a cure, where they are consistent with an early-life mortality of 50%– 90% among children born with SS disease.
Teaching the power of positive words of affirmation is her goal as a motivational speaker for various etiquette schools, leadership camps, and youth detention centers. As an advocate for health and education, she will promote Georgia as being the heart of innovation, collaboration, and creation.
Her mantra is I AM, I WILL, AND I CAN. Shaunii will go on to represent the state of Georgia in the 2016 Miss
Black USA Scholarship Pageant, August 2-7, 2017 in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. for the chance to earn a $5,000 academic scholarship, a trip to Africa, shoe wardrobe by Liliana Shoes, ORS Olive Oil Hair products, and serve as a celebrity advocate for the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death of women in the U.S. Miss Black USA is the nation’s premier pageant for women of color. The non-profit organization, headquartered in the state of Maryland, has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to its participants to date Shaunii Rawls is the daughter of Reginald and Sandra Rawls. For bookings, appearances, donation and sponsorship inquiries contact: Shaunii Rawls at 912-660-7655 , firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.gofundme.com/ missblackgeorgia17