2018 Miss Tennessee USA Candidate Chelsea Jones Wants To Break The Beauty Queen Stereotype

When you hear the words ‘pageant girl’ what do you think of? Tall, skinny and blonde? Your mind probably automatically goes to the list of pageant girl stereotypes. You automatically think “oh, she’s a pageant girl, so she must be skinny, tall, flawless, a stupid air head, catty, rude, or any mix of those, right? There are so many pageant girl stereotypes out there, and the reality is most pageant girls don’t fit those stereotypes. There are queens with curves and queens with disabilities. There are queens of all races, ethnicities, different height and weight. There are queens with chronic illnesses and queens with learning disabilities. There are queens who aspire to be nurses, teachers, doctors, pilots, authors, artists, lawyers, politicians, actors and literally everything else under the sun. 

The gorgeous Chelsea Jones, who'll be competing in Miss Tennesse USA later this year, is all about breaking stereotypes to set the record straight on so-called beauty queens - "I’m not Barbie skinny and I don’t have the longest legs, but I didn’t want to regret not competing" she explained.

She had strong desires to compete when she was younger - "I knew the chances of me being able to fully commit were slim. My mother worked full time and my father was always deployed. Now that I’m older and able to financially support myself I want to take full advantage of the opportunity while I can" - she said.

If she wins the crown the beautiful Chelsea will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018

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

At times I doubted myself. I didn’t think I was working hard enough; although, I was working out every morning and evening , I had changed my diet, I fried my brain with questions, and bruised my feet from practicing my walk. I still told myself if I really wanted the position as titleholder then I need to put forth more effort. I prayed constantly and continued to push myself even harder. I came into this pageant not knowing much about pageantry, but I knew the only thing standing between me and the titleholder position was the amount of effort I exerted.

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

Don’t get caught up in trying to fit into the stereotypes of the perfect pageant girl; doing that will only take away from who you are as a person. Being 100% you is going to give you the confidence you need and allow you to stand out amongst the other contestants. Every girl is born a queen and she doesn’t need a crown to portray that. When she is competing on stage, that’s her competing to claim her throne. 

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I will be happy with just feeling victorious for enduring such a challenge! There is so much to gain from competing I couldn’t possibly list it all, but mainly the opportunity to surround myself and build a bond with other beautiful, strong-minded women like myself. As well as, having the chance to inspire others through some of the struggles I have faced.

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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 see myself bettering the interactions amongst different cultures. Division is one of the larger problems we face as a society. It is easy to indulge in the food, clothing and customs of other cultures; however, we need to recognize the beauty in the historical and daily contributions each culture has made to build this country. Once we are more culturally aware and have a better understanding of the people we surround ourselves with daily, we can then operate better as a country.

Thanks to the beautiful Chelsea for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Tennessee USA pageant.