One On One Interview With Hostess And Beauty Queen Kyra Batte, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive

January 21, 2012 Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

When I interviewed the gorgeous, talented beauty queen/TV hostess and starlet Kyra Batte this week, I thought it would be the typical “Valley” girl-like conversation and that I’d have an enjoyable hour or so, but nothing worthwhile to remember. However, Krya’s enigmatic beauty is just part of her complete package as a budding starlet in Hollywood and internationally. Yes, the poised and stunning beauty is very gracious, very polite and intelligent. But she didn’t come by it the easy way. The stunning brunette told Highlight Hollywood about the teenage phase, which she now looks back on and wonders how her amazing mother dealt with it all, but then she turned her life around and has become one of the most awesome people on the planet, and I can say that without being biased. I was just that impressed.From being bullied as a child, to braces and the acne phase many true beauties often endure before they realize their inner essence, which then becomes a part of who they are as an individual and ultimately inspiring, Kyra Batte spoke honestly and didn’t hold anything back in her exclusive interview with us. Publicist Misty Schwartz of Extreme P.R. said, “Kyra is amazing. I haven’t known her long, but since I got to meet her and have gotten to know her, she inspires me as well. She has a great future ahead. Tommy, Kyra is beautiful inside/out. She gives 110 percent of herself and never expects anything in return. She is a true humanitarian. I’m blessed to know her and be in her life.”

Here is Kyra in her own words; her own honest words.

Q-Have you always been so poised and confident, or did you have a tough time as a teenager or childhood phase to endure like most everyone else?

A-“I most definitely had a tough teenage phase like most everyone else! I was raised solely by my mother and grandmother with very little communication with my father. I never really got to establish a solid relationship with him. Due to that, it made my childhood very difficult. In middle school I had severe acne, braces, and was a victim of bullying. During my teenage years I completely rebelled and had my fair share of detentions and run-ins with authority. I have no idea how my poor mom handled me! I was going down the wrong path and was a very angry, troubled young girl. It wasn’t until I was 16 in my junior year of high school, I realized I didn’t want to grow up that way and have that kind of lifestyle after looking at some of my peers.

“I started taking college classes in high school and advanced math (fun tidbit about me, math was always my favorite subject and I love to crunch numbers!) and was able to graduate one year early. It wasn’t until college I had any kind confidence within myself. I need to let go of the ideas in my head that I was never good enough, that I didn’t deserve good things, or that I couldn’t accomplish anything. I really had to let go and forgive everything that had happened in my life and create a confidence within myself. That is why as a beauty queen I have made it my mission to decrease bullying and improve the mental health and confidence in youth. I was recognized by the Miss America Organization for my community service and have dedicated over 200 hours serving my community, speaking to children at schools and organizations, talking to the public, writing published articles, and built a website to hopefully decrease the bullying epidemic and suicide rates in young adults and I plan to continue to mentor young women.”

Q-You have done lots of TV hosting. What is your favorite gig in the past and why?

A-“My favorite hosting gig would have to be the one I am doing now with Gossip Meets Couture. One of my strengths as a host is my interviewing skills. I am a very curious person and I believe you can learn from anyone. Even before I went full throttle with hosting, I was always told by everyone they could see me as a host. People have said throughout my whole life I speak well and ask a lot of questions. The current gig I do involves a lot a interviewing and red carpet and celebrity events which I have always been a fan of. It gets pretty hectic sometimes having to fight with the other media crews on the red carpet (and believe me, they are not friendly), doing research on of all the celebs so I know what to ask them, and thank goodness I just got the internet on my phone so I can quickly IMDb last minute guests showing up on the red carpet! If you had told me all the cool stuff I would be doing when I was still living in Tucson, I would have never believed any of it!”

Q-Do you have pets, or do you love animals as you seem to?

A-“Yes, Tommy, I do! I have two dogs; Kujo, a shih-tzu/maltese mix and Kissy, a toy poodle. I miss them so much, they are still back in Tucson, Arizona with my mom. And yes, I do love animals! Some would be convinced I love them more than humans, although that is not true. I am a PETA member and was a vegetarian for a while until I realized I loved meat too much, but hey at least I tried! When I was the reigning Miss Pima County I also worked with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as a celebrity model at their fundraiser fashion show and other events. A lot of associating me as an animal lover sprung from my first hosting gig The Pet Friendly Traveler and then followed on with me when I was a radio show host on Green Revolution Radio; which if you can’t tell from the title ‘green’, means environment friendly so when I did my special segment “Green Gossip” a lot of animal rights were included!”

Q-What would you ultimately like to do with your career, I bet acting?

A-“Well, since I was three years old I always wanted to be an actress. It started because I had the biggest crush on Devon Sawa (the human form of Casper for any of you growing up in the 90′s) and I was convinced if I became an actress I could star in a movie and finally kiss him! Haha the silly things kids think. Growing up I did theatre and modeling (the modeling career shortly ended when I realized I am only 5’1″ after my growth spurt) and in college did numerous plays and films. After doing hosting on TV and radio I finally realized, “This is it, I was meant to do hosting all along.” I mean don’t get me wrong if I got offered to star in a movie tomorrow I would take it, and I still do some acting here and there but my main career goal is to incorporate my skills of helping teach people self improvement and motivation (I got my degree in Psychology) and use hosting to reach a bigger audience.”

Q-What is your next major project coming up, and tell us about your plans for 2012?

A-“Hosting, hosting, hosting! I have some hosting projects coming up and mainly focusing on more coverage on red carpet and celebrity events, and also hosting geared toward lifestyle and wellness.”

For more on the gorgeous actress, hostess and beauty pageant winner, go to her official website at

And thanks to Misty Schwartz and Extreme PR

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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Cupcake Wars Winner, Annette Starbuck of Goodie Girls teams up with Home Baked Beanies to create “A Sweet Trunk Show” to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting…


Cupcake Wars Winner, Annette Starbuck of Goodie Girls teams up with Home Baked Beanies to create “A Sweet Trunk Show” to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting…

January 10, 2012, (Los Angeles, CA) Goodie Girls are preparing to host their second benefit with Home Baked Beanies, most popular for their “Scented Cupcake Beanie”. This event will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 from 1-4pm at Goodie Girls (415 E. Broadway #100, Glendale, CA) and will benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting. Guests can expect to be treated to cupcake samples, discounted cupcakes and Home Baked Beanies all to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting.

Annette Starbuck, the multi-Award Winning Founder of GOODIE GIRLS exuberates a joyous passion for creating a variety of baked delights through her valiant curiosity and enchanting talent. Even more remarkable, aside from countless independent Instructional Culinary Sessions, Annette has never actually enrolled into any institutional Culinary Programs or attended Culinary School, but she’s achieved acclaimed success only through her seasoned personal experience and pure creative determination. “Baking is a passion of mine and I create every cupcake with all my heart and soul. Whether for a small occasion of getting together with Friends, BBQ’s, Showers or a big event for Charities, Weddings, or Banquets I craft each batch as I was feeding my own family – it’s who I am at the core. I am lucky to have my whole family with me on this adventure including my rock star husband Anthony, my amazing father Doug and last but definitely the most influential, my step mom Stephanie. Together we Rock the Cupcake World!”

HOME BAKED BEANIES are the first smelly hat company. The owner and creator of this new sweet idea is Tracey Scott, as well as the whole family that contributes to the designs. Smelly or not, the styles are totally unique like their cupcakes hats that smell like cupcakes as well as the hand tie rag hats, vintage shabby chic, every color, every style, and every size. They invite everyone to stop and “smell the hats“. Fans of these unique beanies can find their own Home Baked Beanie to match their personality/style at several locations including: Big Bear, CA, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles (Select boutiques), Trunk shows, holiday events and red carpet events.

READING, WRITING, IT’S EXCITING (RWE) is a nonprofit literacy program designed to improve the reading and writing skills of at-risk children. They do this by providing one-to-one writing mentors throughout the school year for kids who are chosen by their teachers to participate. The reason for RWE’s program is that research shows that if children aren’t writing and reading at their grade level by the end of second grade, they almost never catch up. Further research has also shown that as many as 80% of those kids eventually drop out of high school, are unemployed, are in prison or join gangs. And how accurate are those numbers? Several states actually base their future prison building plans on them! There are over 45,000 second grade students in L.A., and only 41% of them are proficient in writing and reading. Their goal is to help all of them… For more information about RWE, please visit:

For Press/Media/Booking:
Extreme Public Relations
Direct: (323) 570-1328

AB Weddings & Special Events are hosting an elaborate Trunk Show & AMA Style Suite with EM & Co. to benefit Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals…

On Saturday November 19, 2011 AB Weddings & Special Events will host an EM & Co. Trunk Show and American Music Awards (AMA) Style Suite at the Coast Anabelle Hotel (2011 W. Olive St. Burbank). Proceeds from the event will benefit Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks by Argo Tea, Home Baked Beanies, entertainment by DJ Niko, and snacks by Sakura’s Gourmet Pastries. This red carpet event will feature: VIP gift bags including: Argo Tea, Home Baked Beanies, and more….

Confirmed Celebrities Include:
Tony Dovolani (Dancing With The Stars), Maksim Chmerkovsiky (Dancing With The Stars), Val Chmerkovsiky (Dancing With The Stars), Natasha Alam (True Blood), Lorenzo Lamas (Renegade), Meagan Good (Stomp The Yard, Jumping The Broom), Kyle Massey (Dancing With The Stars), Chris Massey (Zoey 101), Booboo Stewart (Twilight), David Joyner (Barney), Kiko Ellsworth (Nine Lives Of Chloe King), Marian Zapico (Tekken), Tawny Amber Young (Rock Of Love), Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Meahan Good (Stomp The Yard), Amadou Ly (Twilight), Judi Shekoni (Twilight), Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Darren Darnborough (True Blood), Carlos Ramirez (Dysfunktion), Brandon Quinton Adams (The Sandlot), Steven Mango (Big Time Rush), Amin Joseph (GI Joe 2), David Dossett (Sons Of Anarchy), Kate Linder (The Young & The Restless), Brenda Epperson (The Young & The Restless), Britt Griffith (Ghost Hunters), Jennifer Woods (Entourage), Devanny Pinn (Piranha 3D), Louis Lombardi (The Sopranos), Morgan Beck (USA Olympic Volleyball Team), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Elwood), Maya Stojan (Sinners & Saints), Jennifer Bailey (The Mentalist), Karimah Westbrook (The Run Diary), Marian Zapico (Tekken), Roman Varshavsky (24), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Keaton Simmons (Prom), Shanna Moakler, Rap Duo New Boyz, Deaundre Bonds, Elizabeth Small (The Santa Clause 3), Gerren Taylor (Baldwin Hills, America The Beautiful), Keaton Simons (The Good Wife), Ashley Barker (Brink It On), Monika Gaba (In The Flow & Recording artist nominee), Nicole Andrews (We Bought A Zoo), and many more…

More about EM & Co.:
Founded in 2005, EM & Co supplies fashion-conscious shoppers with a
well-orchestrated mix of fashions from world-class designers (i.e. Vivienne Westwood, Iodice, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ilaria Nistri, Castelbajac, Stella McCartney, Missoni), as well as innovative styles from emerging L.A. talent.

White fixtures, clean lines, and artful merchandise arranged to complement the art on the walls, create a calm, yet inspiring interior that delights the eye and leads the visitor to explore.

Featuring over 30 lines from around the world in its gallery-like space, Em & Co is also an active supporter of local talent, hosting monthly art exhibits and other events featuring local artist and designers. Their mission – provide a memorable experience and the best service.

EM & Co offers the following services: personal shopping, private appointments, free alterations, studio services, custom design, trunk shows, and pet sitting…

For more information please visit:

For Press/Media/Booking:
Extreme PR
Direct (323) 570-1328