2018 Miss California USA Candidate Starla Smith Would Like To Use Her Voice To Promote The American Cancer Society

In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US, according to 

If she wins the crown of Miss California USA, the beautiful Starla Smith would like to use her title to promote The American Cancer Society Foundation. The Society's mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Their immediate goal is to prevent cancer, save more lives, and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Starla Smith is also close to the SIDS Foundation and Starkey Hearing Foundation - "Being a titleholder could give me a voice to enlighten other" - she explained.

I had the opportunity to interview her a few weeks before the Miss California USA Contest. The winner will have the opportunity to represent her state at Miss USA 2018. California has produced a Miss USA every decade (except the 2000s) and is ranked second highest among states in terms of placements.

You will compete at the Miss California USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I’m working out 6 days a week, eating really healthy and limiting fast food and reading books and watching videos on pageants. Also will take a walking lesson and a mock interview practice. 

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I want to continue to strive for excellence and be my best self and I really believe pageantry helps me do that. I believe pageants will give me memories and teach me lessons I can utilize in life as well. 

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

I’m a Zumba instructor, a grad student at USC and a receptionist at a law firm in Long Beach. I also volunteer at my local homeless shelter: The Good Samaritan.

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Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It this your case ? And if so, why ?

Growing up I always looked up and admired Miss USA but I thought I could never be a pageant girl. I was a tomboy and thought I’m not pretty, thin and girly enough for pageantry. Later on at the age of 23 I figured pageantry is much more than that, it’s about being a positive role model and ambassador and doing good for your community, and I thought I should give it a try. Seeing my one of my friend’s pageantry journey and how much she grown as a person really inspired me. 

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

To any girl that wants to be a titleholder I would say to trust yourself always and work hard and never be afraid to ask for help.

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