Photos & Video By A Taste Of Chicago, Guthrie Bonnétt (#ATOC), Shay James and Cami Lawrence
At The 2021 Fresh Faces Project Awards, the organization and its Founder, Calynn, bestowed a variety of awards, titles and honors to over 50 hand selected artists, business owners and public figures from all over America at their annual pro bono ceremony!
The Fresh Faces Project is a nonprofit initiative owned by the Calynn Communications & Creative corporation. They have provided free and discounted PR & Marketing services to over 600 beneficiaries since their inception in 2014. They made history in January as being one of the largest pro bono marketing agencies in the world and have been seen on the front pages of media giants such as but not only Yahoo! Finance, Billboard HipHop, E! News Sri Lanka, New York Times Daily, The Washington Mail, The Los Angeles Tribune and more! They’ve been coined a “legion of legends” in the media led by the Founder, Calynn M. Lawrence (Ms. USA Universe Tourism 2021), that has been called “Supergirl of Small Business PR (Various outlets),” “One of The Greatest Minds In Creative PR (A Valid Review),” and “The Queen Midas of Small Business Marketing (Humor & Style Magazine).”
This year the ceremony hosted a thorough program with three separate honors that were available to guests! They bestowed LIfetime Honoree awards to guests who had shown immense support to their cause and made sizable contributions to their industries and
communities. They offered Innovator Awards to creatives and entrepreneurs who have been making waves in their fields. And, most notably, they had the official coronation of their first class of Royal Ambassador queens, The Artists of Altruism, who will reign for the next year representing the organization in their philanthropy, business and entertainment work!
The profiles of these chosen queens are not only notable but highly impressive and the work that they have already done in their communities speaks volumes! It is no wonder they were given the highest honors available within the organization, royal ambassadorship to reign for an entire year as the faces of the cause.
Jessica is the Founder of The Miss Abilities organization, one of the largest pageant systems for disbaled people in the USA, a social media influencer and a Dove Self Esteem Project representative. Michaela is a Board Certified Behavior Therapist, educator and community activist advocating for people with autism and other special needs. Julianna is a criminal justice warrior with dreams to reform the legal system to be more equitable for marginalized groups.
Destiny Faith is an active community volunteer, teen model and women’s rights advocate who is using her youth to make a difference. Joy is a humanitarian, sales executive and director of her own charitable arts academy that serves underprivileged youth. Demetria is a social services worker, business owner of multiple successful boutiques and event producer with a long history of fundraising for various causes. Kiana is a business owner and culinary artist with a passion for volunteer work benefiting children in need. Miriam is a breast cancer survivor and women’s health advocate seeking to contribute to and partner with organizations that help women dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses. Jenesis is an 8-year old painter and dancer who wants to help other children find their voice through the arts while also raising awareness for her late mother’s illness, Gastroparesis, alongside her grandmother, Miriam.
Statements From The 2021 Artists of Altruism:
“As the Ms. Fresh Face Universal 21-22, a woman of color battling Endometriosis and a mother to a son on the Spectrum, I will use my platform, education and background to bring more awareness to the oversights many face in getting diagnoses and proper care and highlight disparities in underrepresented communities in the USA and abroad, as well as teach others how to get more involved.” – Michaela, Ms, Fresh Face Universal 2021
“As an artist, plus size queen, and humanitarian, my mission as Ms. Elite Fresh Face Universal is to help young women across the globe overcome body image issues and build their self esteem through the Dove Self Esteem Project!“ – Jessica, Ms. Elite Fresh Face Universal 2021
“I stand for love, passion and for touching the lives of those around me for the better.” –
Julianna, Miss Fresh Face USA 2021
“My platform is advocating for chronic illnesses as this is a cause that hits home. I want to help those suffering. Public health is a major responsibility and how we deal with it, is our decision.” –
Miriam, Ms. Forever Fresh Face USA 2021
“My Goal is to live and leave a Legacy of Service!” – Demetria, Ms. Forever Fresh Face America 2021
“Break the Silence, we as a society need to show men and women that it is ok to come forward and speak about what has happened to them, they are not alone!” – Destiny Faith, Miss Teen Fresh Face America 2021
“Every person deserves food, shelter, compassion and love! I will be doing work nationwide to help contribute to this cause during my reign.” – Kiana, Ms. Elite Fresh Face USA 2021
“My platform as the 2021 Ms. Fresh Faces USA is to IGNITE JOY THROUGH THE SPARK OF THE ARTS! I aim to accomplish this by giving back selflessly through the arts and utilize this platform along with my own business that I am CEO/ Founder/ Director of JNV R.E.P.S.P.A.C.E (Royal Exquisite Peacock School of Performance, Arts, Catering, and Events) to restore, enhance, and incredibly improve the communities through the creative and performing arts. My goal is to create a Renaissance of new talented artist by bridging the gap between generations, embracing differences in cultures and backgrounds, ministering and performing through the word of God, and birthing and cultivating the arts in the underprivileged, misfortunate, underrepresented,socially, emotionally and economically forgotten. I strive to provide restoration, healing, and therapy through artistic expression by helping others to find their voices, refurbishing purpose by encouraging to relight the flame within, and IGNITING JOY of the Arts to SHINE brightly for the world to see!” – Joy, Ms. Fresh Face USA 2021
The ceremony is invitation only and self-funded by their parent company with no ticket sales, entry fees or nomination fees to make it 100% accessible to every demographic! Its Founder sets this in place because she does not want anyone who deserves recognition to be stifled by their financial situation. Thus, the food, drinks, raffles and actual awards are of no charge to guests as a part of their pro bono cause. The credit for this amazing event also goes to the contributors who made it happen outside of its Founder! Photos & Videos were done by volunteers who exemplify the mission of the initiative : A Taste of Chicago, Shay James & Cami Lawrence. Decor & catering was done by Damuchi Does It, Leretha Thomas & Toriano Lawrence. Set Up And Take Down was done by their beloved volunteers. The Royal Ambassadors also donated a portion of their People’s Choice Competition fundraiser proceeds to the event totalling $350.
The event is a fantastic extension of their nonprofit work and is a beautiful way to honor and uplift talents who are changemakers in their community! The Fresh Faces Project does an outstanding job of selecting a phenomenal pool of honorees every year who embody the heroism, talent and diversity that they represent! This year was no exception with a jaw dropping roster of superstars on their honoree list.
Julianna, Miss Fresh Face USA 2021
Joy, Ms. Fresh Face USA 2021 Kiana, Ms. Elite Fresh Face USA 2021 Jenesis, Junior Miss Fresh Face 2021
Miriam, Ms. Forever Fresh Faces USA 2021 Michaela, Ms. Fresh Face Universal 2021 Jessica, Ms. Elite Fresh Face Universal 2021
Destiny Faith, Miss Teen Fresh Face America 2021 Demetria, Ms. Forever Fresh Face America 2021.
Cami Lawrence Nikhaule Martin Frances Acklin Isha Ayana Rita Hankins Brit Thomas
Lasonya Alexander, Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate 2021 Nikoleta Morales, Ms. Royalty International Dutches 2021
The Gallarneau Family Yolanda Stinnett, Mrs International 2021
Kendough Ericca Avilla Benjamin Scott
Nallely Garcia & her daughter Miranda Guthrie Bonnétt
INNOVATOR AWARD HONOREES
Sharen Chester, Ms. America Nation2021 Oriane Golden, Ms. International America Nation 2020
Ariel Maria Shay James
Glory Djidonou, Mrs. America Nation 2021
Dr. Delmar “Dominique” Peterson, Ph.d., M.Ed, Ms. Illinois World Universal 2021 Debbie Sue Goodman
Anthony + Sharrell Amos David Seymour Lena Herrero
Arella Swan Iesha Trotter Anita Lain
Sanovia Reynolds Parks
Angela Johnson, Ms. American Royal Spirit 2021-2022
For More Information On The Calynn Communications & Creative Corporation: www.caycomcreate.com
For More Information On The Fresh Faces Project: www.freshfacesproject.org