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A Real Culture Shock Cassidy Wolf gave up the laid back California teenage lifestyle for the hustle and bustle of New York City’s red carpets and Fashion Week, and her star has only just begun to rise L PHOTOS COURTESY OF MISS UNIVERSE L.P., LLLP 72 PAGEANTRY ike a lot of stories that we read (and publish) about national pageant queens and titleholders, Cassidy Wolf ’s is one of chance. A dancer for most of her young life, the 19-year old student and reigning Miss Teen USA ad- mits that she wouldn’t have probably even con- sidered entering her first pageant had it not been for one fateful moment when a friend passed off an opportunity for a dance audition. Fortunately, that audition involved her getting to see the Miss California USA pageant from backstage, and it didn’t take much more than the bright lights and seeing Alyssa Campanel- la’s pre-Miss USA success to convince her to give it a try. But while Cassidy’s new title and crown have made her a shining example for young women across the U.S. in leadership, service and for generally just being a celebrity, she also became a role model in another sense before she’d even step foot in the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas for that spectacular crowning event. So often we preach the impor- tant of awareness in social media and the Inter- net in general, but Cassidy found herself the target of a far worse breed of bully and stalker, when she was the subject of an attempted blackmail and extortion. Fortunately, Cassidy has come out on top, in more than one sense, and as we see with so