Kari sits down with Maggie Gehlsen, native of DeWitt, Iowa currently serving as Miss Muscatine. In June 2017, Maggie started her own nonprofit called “Trauma Queens,” which is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual trauma heal their bodies and minds utilizing holistic methods like movement and mindfulness.
Maggie is a 2013 graduate of De Witt Central High School and a 2017 graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sport Science.
Maggie has been a longtime participant within the Miss America Organization, which is dedicated to helping young women promote their own personal platforms through community service. In June 2017, Maggie started the nonprofit “Trauma Queens,” and recently, Maggie represented Muscatine at the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant in Davenport, Iowa, where she received the lifestyle & fitness in swimsuit award, overall interview winner, and was named 1st Runner Up to Miss Iowa 2018.
Maggie has worked closely with several nonprofits to promote awareness for sexual assault education and prevention. Currently, she works with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) as a part of their Speakers Bureau, Family Resources, and EROC (End Rape On Campus). In her free time, Maggie enjoys hot yoga, writing, reading, and cooking.
Maggie currently lives in eastern Iowa and works as a personal trainer and health coach.