About Sherrie Gearheart
Founder of Live Out Loud Charity
Sherrie founded Live Out Loud Charity in 2010 after losing her childhood friend to suicide. He was only nineteen years of age at the time of his death. Since 2010, LOLC has educated millions of individuals globally on the signs of depression and suicide prevention. Live Out Loud Charity launched in July of 2010 with an annual fashion show where youth, families, and the community celebrate life while discussing an important issue, mental health. Each lolc fashion show produced by Sherrie educates the audience on the signs of depression and the steps for a crisis intervention. The models are real people that have been touched by suicide, depression, bullying, and low self esteem. The models are all sizes, heights, ages, and ethncities. Sherrie started a division of LOLC called the Worldwide Leadership Academy in 2013 to inspire, educate, and lead future leaders and spokespersons to further expand the LOLC mission. As of 2016, Sherrie has trained over 150 spokespersons in the Leadership Academy along with establishing grass-root efforts in eight countries. Gearheart holds over fifteen suicide prevention certificates from: QPR Institute, Trevor Project, ASIST, Tufts School of Medicine, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, The Jason Foundation, Diploma in Mental Health Studies from AMEDD, Mental Health & Illness Training from Open University, Truth Media Certified Mentor, certified in Mental Health Studies- Suicide, Violent Behavior, and Substance Abuse and certified in Mental Health First Aid. In August of 2015, Gearheart received the Minnie Riperton, Humanitarian of the Year award. In July of 2019, Gearheart received the Lifetime Achievement award by the Fashion World Grammies. Over the past nine years Sherrie has produced over 120 awareness events across the USA and internationally. Learn more about Live Out Loud Charity.
In December of 2018 Gearheart was selected as the Mrs. Illinois for the Royalty International Pageant system and will vie for the title during August 2019. In the fall of 2017, Sherrie was selected to represent the state of Illinois in the Ms. America Pageant which will take place in March of 2018. Gearheart orchestrated the 8th Annual International Fashion Show at Palmer House with said title and as founder/president of LOLC. Prior to receiving this title Gearheart was featured on NBC5 Chicago News segment, Making a Difference, where Patrick Fazio interviewed Ms. Gearheart showcasing the LOLC school presentations and awareness events. During the summer of 2017 Gearheart traveled to Ireland for a 3rd time and to Liberia for a 2nd time to complete her international humanitarian tours dealing with the prevention of suicide, anti bullying, and core character development. In 2016 Gearheart completed humanitarian tours in Ireland and Puerto Rico while creating over 20 awareness events in the USA.
Sherrie Gearheart was chosen to represent USA and vie for the coveted international title of Miss United Nations 2015. In July of 2015, Sherrie Gearheart, represented USA and won the United Nations Pageant. Sherrie has gained international acclaim as Founder & President of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC), Miss UN 2015, as a professional runway & print model, as a public speaker & singer, and editor of Tiara Magazine. Sherrie worked tirelessly fulfilling her duty as Miss UN by visiting five countries in the first six months of her reign. The purpose behind every trip is to save lives as Founder & President of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) a non profit organization focused on suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and core character development. Gearheart is also a pageantry & model coach, opera singer, professional model, editor of Tiara Magazine, contributor to Ascene Chicago Magazine, and more. Gearheart appeared on Luxe TV as an Emcee for Tiffany’s Fashion Week Paris the past two seasons and has appeared on countless media outlets. (You can read more in depth below).
Year of Service
Over the course of Sherrie’s year of service as Miss United Nations 2015 and Founder of Live Out Loud Charity, she logged approximately 200,000 miles traveling across the country and internationally to address an array of audiences on her platform: Live Out Loud Charity for suicide prevention, anti bullying, and core character development. As Miss UN 2015, Gearheart met with countless governmental bodies including: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Foreign Ministry of Information addressing the nation LIVE in Liberia, United Nations Women’s Organization of Liberia, and countless more. Gearheart interviewed on multiple media outlets, and completed three humanitarian tours. In addition, she dedicated her Miss UN 2015 reign to the country of Liberia where she has long term plans to raise funds to build the first ever mental health institution. As part of her awareness-raising efforts on behalf of suicide prevention, Sherrie also launched a social media campaign, Live Out Loud, to break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health, suicidal thoughts, and depression. Through her social media channels, Sherrie asks people to share their testimonies of overcoming depression and suicide so we as a nation can advance in mental health and restore the balance of happiness.
Spokesperson for Bill Rogers Youth Foundation
During her year, she also served as the official Spokesperson for the Bill Roger’s Youth Foundation (BRYF) focused on helping children in Liberia. BRYF & LOLC are partnered together to build the first ever mental health institution and sports recreation center for youth in Liberia. In December of 2015, Gearheart visited Liberia, West Africa as the first ever mental health advocate to address the nation on its mental health needs. BRYF’s team on the ground assisted Gearheart with her efforts. Liberia, which was struck by the Ebola Crisis and a civil war that lasted fourteen years, currently does not have a proper mental health infrastructure. As Founder of Live Out Loud Charity, Gearheart’s organization plans to raise funds to build the first ever mental health institution in Liberia. Sherrie continues to advocate for her platforms and currently travels across the country (USA) and world working with various organizations, governmental bodies, schools & universities, and philanthropies that align closely with her platform and values.
Editor of Tiara Magazine
Sherrie is Founder and Editor in Chief of Tiara Magazine a pageantry, fashion, and modeling publication read in over 170 countries online and four countries in print. Sherrie started this publication in 2009 to give a voice to women in the pageantry and fashion industries that are making a difference in their communities. Furthermore, Tiara Magazine is proud to celebrate all aspects of pageantry (plus size, Mrs., Ms., Teen, Children, Ethnic, among others). Tiara Magazine is a proud supporter of Live Out Loud Charity and showcases all LOLC fashion shows including women/teens/children of all sizes, heights, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. Tiara Magazine features queens from various pageant systems across the globe. Tiara Magazine also runs Miss Humanitarian Model, a title based on modeling ability and community service involvement. Learn more about Tiara Magazine.
Professional Runway Model
In addition to being a public speaker, advocate, host, and entrepreneur, Sherrie is also a professional part time model having graced the catwalk in:
Paris Fashion Week for designer Rodeo Designs (March 2016), Luxe TV as a host & model
Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week (House of Byfield, Feb 2015)
WALK New York Fashion Week (Speechless Vulgarity & Fallen Pearls, Feb & Sept 2015)
Art Hearts New York Fashion Week (House of Byfield, Sept. 2015, Feb. 2016)
LA Fashion Week for designers House of Byfield & Jow Fashion (Mar & Oct. 2015)
World Supermodel Tour in China (May 2015)
Chicago Fashion Week (2010-2015)
Countless South Asian Fashion Shows in Chicago (2010-2013)
Bridal Shows in Tennessee for Enchanted Brides Magazine (2011-2013)
Gearheart has appeared in over 20 publications on the cover of HFL Magazine, World Class Models Magazine, D’vine Beauty Magazine, Allezom International Magazine, Action Magazine, CSMW Magazine, Trendy Insider Magazine, and more.
Gearheart also trains aspiring models and beauty queens so they can achieve their dreams. Gearheart founded Model Boot Camp to help aspiring models gain exposure, experience, and an incredible portfolio for an affordable price. Each model is featured in Tiara Magazine. Funds raised from Model Boot Camp are donated to Live Out Loud Charity. To find out our next Model Boot Camp event visit our eventbrite page. To book Sherrie for individual model coaching contact us today.
International Pageant Winner & Pageant Coach
Sherrie has won multiple pageant titles:
Miss United Nations 2015 (Kingston, Jamaica)
Awards: best in talent, top model award, charity award
Miss Best Image 2015 (Shanghai, China)
Miss United Nations World Ambassador 2014 (Kingston, Jamaica)
Miss Illinois US International 2013
Illinois’ Ultimate Miss 2013
Miss Southern Illinois 2012 (MAO)
Awarded the national Miss America Community Service Award
Miss United America 2011 (Texas)
NISP Royal Achievement Queen 2011 (based on charity work)
American Image National Miss 2010 (South Carolina)
Awards: top interview, supermodel award
NISP Elite Queen 2010 (Illinois)
Awards: highest interview, speech, and formal wear
Miss Northern Suburbs 2009 (MAO)
Countless Teen titles in 2007-2009
To book Sherrie for a coaching session contact us today.
Travel Map in 2015 & 2016
Countries visited in 2015 & 2016:
Paris, France (October 2015, March 2016)
Dublin & Mayo Co., Ireland
Beijing & Shanghai & Chengdu, China (May 2015, November 2016)
Kingston, Jamaica (July 2015)
States visited in 2015 & 2016:
Dallas, Texas (three times)
Austin, Texas; Los Angeles
New York, New York (six times)
Decatur, Illinois (twice)
Chicago, Illinois (homebase)
Valparaiso, Indiana (seven times)
Orlando, Florida (three times)
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (twice)
Lapeer, Michigan (three times)
Countries visited in 2012 & 2014:
Naga City & Legaspi & Manila, Philippines
To see upcoming USA and international awareness events produced by Sherrie please visit our eventbrite page.