Taylor’s inaugural “Crowns for a Cure,” a local pageant, raised over $9,000 for juvenile diabetes in 2021. This year, the event raised $16,000 for breast cancer research. She plans to continue “Crowns for a Cure,” choosing a different organization each year to make a difference in the lives of others. “I want to encourage girls and make them understand that this is not a superficial pageant,” explains Taylor. “It’s not just about looks. It’s about having confidence in yourself.”
She also founded a program called “Own Your Sparkle,” which has given Taylor the opportunity to mentor over 140 girls between the ages of four and 18, helping improve upon skills that promote self-confidence and poise. Taylor states, “I hope my journey has inspired these girls to never give up on their dreams. Whether it’s becoming the next Miss Florida USA or whatever they want to do in life, they can achieve it as long as they keep chasing that dream.”
As Miss Florida USA, Taylor hopes to continue her initiatives while also promoting adult women’s health and education. Her social media platform, “Fit2BeYou” focuses on helping others improve their relationship with food, exercise, and their body. She uses this platform to bring more awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, but also Type 2 Diabetes and how to prevent it by living a healthy lifestyle.
During her journey, Taylor has had many of her own mentors along the way. About her relationship with Arnold, Taylor says, “He saw the potential in me before I even believed in myself. It is surreal to think that one person can change your entire outlook on life. I strive to be that person for others.”