Name: Ashley Melnick
Definition of Beauty: What makes a woman beautiful is her inner truth. Inner truth is a timeless beauty of knowing who you are and believing you have a purpose in life. A woman with inner truth captivates people with her spirit and confidence, which exudes from inside.
How I Give Back to the Community: My passion in life is sharing my brother Ryan who has autism. Last year as Miss Texas, I traveled the state working with non-profits and visiting schools sharing the lessons I learned growing up with an autistic brother. Although my year traveling the state has ended, I am still involved with local non-profits. My message is to share how I have come to view Ryan’s autism as a gift, because it has helped me realize the importance of embracing differences among all people and the importance of accepting what you’re given in life.