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The Importance of Cultural Heritage - According To Ariana Gibbons Miss Massachusetts 2018 Contestant

Her parents come from Trinidad & Tobago a dual-island nation in the southern Caribbean, located a mere 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The gorgeous Ariana Gibbons, who'll be competing in the 2018 Miss Massachusetts USA Contest, is proud to be able to call herself a Multicultural American Girl - "What makes me unique is my background and culture. My parents are from Trinidad & Tobago and I have ancestry from India. I’ve lived in Boston my whole life (Jamaica Plain to be exact), and have grown up always making the best of every opportunity given to me, even if the circumstances weren’t the greatest" - she explained.

Ariana has never let life’s “road blocks” get in her way of success and that’s something she would love to instill in all young women, especially those who grew up similar to her - "I’ve learned a lot of skills through my successes and mistakes, and I’d love nothing more than to teach these skills and empower the young women in my city and beyond."

I had the opportunity to interview her a few weeks before the Miss Massachusetts USA Pageant. If she wins the crown she'll have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018.

Whilst Massachusetts is not one of the more successful states in terms of number of placements or semi-finalists, their fortunes were improved in recent years when Shawnae Jebbia was crowned Miss USA in 1998 and Susie Castillo won the crown in 2003. Both Miss USA winners from Massachusetts were asked the same final question during the live telecasts.

 

What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants? 

I’ve always wanted to get into something like this, but it wasn’t until I watched Miss USA 2017 and saw Chhavi Verg on that stage. She’s so beautiful and captivating and she truly inspired me to go after my dreams. I remember thinking, “Why can’t that be me?” – And a few weeks later, I entered the competition.  

Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?

I currently work in Global Campus Recruiting for one of Boston’s top consulting firms, Bain & Company. I’ve always loved working with people, especially students, so having this position excites me. I get my energy from meeting new students, providing them with comfort, answering questions, and being a reliable point of contact. 

I am also a mentor to an amazing high-school sophomore, through Minds Matter Boston. For the next 3 years, I will coach, guide, and support her on her journey to college – something that means so much to me. 

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Photographer : Red Letterprints 

I bring a warm and relatable personality to any position I have. I believe a titleholder should be approachable and should be able to bring others comfort no matter their positon/age. Lucky for me, I have experience in working with Partners for a Big 4 firm, down to the interns, and everyone in-between. 

I am versatile and know how to conduct myself no matter the situation. As much as I want to inspire young girls to take a leap of faith to chase their dreams, I also want to teach them how important it is to be able to articulate your thoughts, formulate an opinion, and carry a conversation with strangers. Those 3 things together will truly get you far in life, not just beauty.

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

 
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