You are Ukrainian-American. What makes you the most proud of your culture ?
I am proud of my culture and traditions because throug the course of history that includes numerous wars and revolutions, Ukrainian people managed to preserve its distinct culture and traditions. Living in a multicultural society of the United States sparked my interest in studying other cultures and languages and also reminded to cherish my own.
You won the Elite Miss Illinois Pageant. What does it entail ?
Being part of the Miss Earth United States pageant system brings numerous opportunities and important responsibilities for a titleholder. As a state titleholder i will represent Illinois at the national pageant this summer in Washington D.C. One of my main objectives as a state queen is to educate people in my community, state of Illinois, on the national and international levels about the importance of the preserving our environment. Miss Earth United States differ from other pageant system because everyone gets a chance to work on a common goal which is preserve our Mother nature!
What does it feel like to be a beauty queen and wear a crown?
I am honored to represent Illinois as a state queen at the national level. As a beauty queen i set high standarts for myself by working hard toward development of my platform that concentrates on ecotourism and go green campaign and also collaborating with other people on various enviromental projects.
Do you plan to compete in another pageant in the future ?
I did not think about this yet, because now all my energy and work concentrated on the development of my planform and preparation to the national pageant. There are several projects that i am currently working on that will help me to leave a legacy after my reign.
What would you advise to any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
Do not be afraid to take a chance and try something that you have never done before! Dream big, work hard, be persistent and you will be achieve a lot in your life.
What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants ?
A friend of mine told me about the opportunity to participate in the Miss Earth Illinois and how great her experience was with this pageant system. Another reason is that Miss Earth United States has an important mission that i can easily relate to and it is to be a beauty for a cause. Be someone who makes a difference in this world by constantly demostrating to others that every contribution matters.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
Because it was my first pageant and it was an absolute success i did not have any disappointments during my pageant journey. I enjoyed every part of the competition and also tried to encourage other contestants to do the same. I think in cases of personal disappoitment, it is important to stay focused on your future goals and keep working harder than before.
What are your career goals?
Currently i am pursuing Doctoral degree in Political Science and International Relations because i would like to be a voice for other women around the world that do not have an opportunity to receive education and stand for their rights. All the projects including volunteering and mission trips have significantly enriched my personal and professional life. In the future i plan to learn a few more foreign languages, join overseas mission trips and finish my degree. Ultimately i would like to use my educational background and experience by working for the federal goverment in international relations field.
Thanks to the beautiful Anna for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Earth U.S 2017 pageant.