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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Mrs. Texas Austen Williams Is Crowned Mrs. America

Austen Williams is Mrs. America! photo credit: Don Seidmann Photography

Austen Williams is Mrs. America! (Photo Credit: Don Seidmann Photography)

On Wednesday,  August 28, 2013 – Mrs. Texas, Austen Williams was crowned Mrs. America 2013 at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort and Spa in Tucson. On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream” Speech in Washington D.C., Austen’s dream came true! Austen is the first African American to win the title in 37 years. A pageant veteran, Austen was also the first African-American South Carolina Teen USA in 2002 and was awarded the congeniality award at Miss Teen USA 2002. The first runner-up was Mrs. Idaho, and Second runner-up was Mrs. Nevada. Using the online social media outlets, the 2013 Mrs. America Competition was broadcast live on LIVESTREAM.

Austen’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the country during her year of service as Mrs. America 2013 and bringing awareness to her platform of Promoting Human Trafficking awareness. Most recently Austen performed in the film “8 Days,” which is scheduled for release in November. All proceeds from the film will go toward anti-human trafficking organizations and safe homes for rescued victims of trafficking. Austen has been modeling, acting, singing and dancing for nearly 25 years, and had done more than forty regional and national jobs by the time she graduated from high school. To date, Austen has performed in dozens of films, TV shows, theatrical productions and fitness videos, as well as countless modeling jobs, including work for clients like Abercrombie and Fitch, K-Swiss, Hanes, L’eggs, Sony, Prevention Magazine, MTV, The Firm, Vibe Magazine and Best Body Magazine, just to name a few. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Austen spends her time being a wife to Marcel, and mommy to her little boy, Marc, and her baby girl, Michal. She also owns a photography business, Sugarbabe Photography, a full service baby, children and family lifestyle portraiture company. When she is not working in photography she still dabbles in the entertainment industry, co-hosting a teen talk show called, InSight.

Each year, 52 delegates (all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the National First Runner Up) compete for the coveted title. Imitated but never duplicated, “MRS.AMERICA”. It remains the first, and still the foremost competition for married women! This renowned national competition is devoted to emphasizing that America’s 70 million married women are extraordinarily beautiful, poised, articulate and versatile. Each of the 52 contestants, ranging in age from the 20 to 50, earns the right to participate in the national event by winning her state competition.

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