Mrs Utah United States 2017 Anne Forester wants to use her voice to educate people on childhood literacy

Brains, beauty, compassion – the contemporary image of a beauty queen has come a long way. Pageantry no longer requires you to sit down and look pretty. She's a wife, a mother, a model, an actress and a pageant girl. The gorgeous Anne Forester made the Top 5 at the Mrs United States Pageant where she represented the state of Utah. For her the pageant world can play a role in the betterment of society. The beauty queen wants to educate people on childhood literacy.

Her platform is Read, Lead, Succeed. As Mrs. Utah, she shares her passion for literacy and education. "Childhood literacy is the key to success in school. I believe in educating parents and caregivers about the importance of childhood literacy." She spent time as a reading volunteer with Read Out and Read and published her first children's book with the goal of encouraging childhood literacy. She recently launched Read Your Heart Out, an online children's literacy program to help develop early reading skills. 


I had the opportunity to interview the reigning Mrs Utah United States. I appreciate her sharing her story. I hope you will enjoy this interview!

You won the title of Mrs Utah United States. What does it entail ?

The message I share as Mrs. Utah United States is Read, Lead, Succeed. It's about building a foundation for success in school and in life through reading. The most significant factor influencing a child's academic success is the ability to read proficiently. My work in schools and with community organizations helps me to encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud to their children. Reading is vital to a child's language development and it is a powerful activity that promotes love and strengthens the parent-child bond. My platform as Mrs. Utah goes beyond teaching children to read, it's about being a lifelong learner. It is so important to take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow. Growth and power comes from owning your personal story. I have the privilege of working with My Story Matters, a nonprofit organization that tells the stories of everyday heroes living in special circumstances.

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We interview refugees living in Utah, those living in poverty, and families facing terminal illnesses. We capture their story and publish it in a book for them. There's power in taking ownership of where you've been in life and where you want to go. Throughout my reign I hope to inspire others to be a lifelong learner and be a leader in their community. 

You are a pageant queen, mother, wife, children's book author, host, actress... What are you the most proud of? Is there something you did not accomplished in your life?

I wear many hats as Mrs. Utah. The roles I most cherish are being a wife and mother. Family is very important to me. Regardless of what happens in life, my family is my support and strength. It's through them that I can go for my dreams. 

I feel blessed to have opportunities to work and give back to my community. One thing I would love to do is humanitarian work. I'm looking for opportunities to serve in other countries and I hope to be able to encourage literacy in other parts of the world. 

You made the Top 5 at the Mrs United States Contest. What was your most memorable moment from the pageant?

What a dream to hear my state called into the Top 5! I remember looking over at Mrs. New Jersey and we exchanged a look like, "We did it!" It was a very special moment. The entire week at Mrs. United States was amazing and one I will never forget. To be surrounded by strong, beautiful and determined women who are making a difference in their community and wanting to change the world is life-changing experience. I walk away with so many new friendships!

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What does it feel like to be a beauty queen and wear a crown?

I love wearing my crown! More importantly, I love wearing my sash and crown because it is a visual reminder that I have been entrusted to represent married women and be a leader in my state. Being a queen isn't just about winning the title but what you plan to do with it.

What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

Serve. Start serving others around you. Everyone is blessed with different talents and strengths. Find what you are good at and use your individuality to give back. When you recognize that you are an original beauty, you find your confidence. Being a queen is about confident and loving yourself for who you are.

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Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

I am a big believer in visualization. Before my state pageant, I visualized myself being on stage and doing my very best. However, as soon as I stepped on stage for the swimsuit portion, my shoe slipped off! I did my entire routine with my shoe half on. I was so disappointed but I hid it on my face the entire time I was on stage and tried to stay positive. I thought maybe it would cost me the title. Afterwards, one judge told me how impressed she was that I kept going. In the end, I won the title of Mrs. Utah United States. Things may not always go the way we want them to in life but the most important thing is how we deal with setbacks and just keep going.

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?

I believe I've made a difference already. As a titleholder in the United States pageant system, I am given a voice to be a champion of literacy and serve as a leader in my community.  If you want to make a difference in the world, it doesn't require a grandiose act of service. The small and simple acts of kindness and charity mean so much.