I had the opportunity to interview Alexandra Curtis, candidate for the crown of Miss World United States. I appreciate her sharing her story. I hope you will enjoy this interview!
Congratulations on being one of the finalists of Miss World America this year. How do you feel?
I remember hearing about Miss World a few years ago from a friend of mine and thinking “That sounds like my kind of pageant!” I have been following the organization ever since and I am so excited to finally be involved. I love the direction the Miss World organization has taken and this is an exciting time to be a part of it!
You represented Rhode Island in Miss America last year. What was your most memorable moment from the contest?
Competing at Miss America was such a surreal experience with so many memorable moments. I speak for many when I say it takes quite some time before it hits you that you are actually going to Miss America. I will always remember riding in the historic “Show Me Your Shoes” parade down the Atlantic City boardwalk. It was pouring rain, we were all soaked, my shoes were literally falling apart as I was kicking my feet up, but I was having the time of my life and not a single thing could “rain on my parade.” It was the dream-come-true moment where you want to take every little bit of it in and you can’t help by think “Wow, I made it!”
Competing in Miss America is already a very important thing. Why did you choose to do another pageant?
Pageants have now been a part of my life for the past 11 years. I have been given some of the most extraordinary opportunities and have made many wonderful friendships through pageantry. I always say pageants should serve you three purposes; to undergo personal growth, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to have fun! These all still ring true though my Miss World experience and I am looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead!
Miss World, Miss Usa, Miss America... Which system is your favorite and why?
I am extraordinarily lucky to have been afforded experiences with all three. Just as all have different areas of competition, they have each challenged me in different ways, and have served important purposes through various phases in my life. Miss America gave me a creative outlet to perform, a platform to be an advocate, and scholarship to attain the education I desired. Competing in Miss RI USA got me back on the pageant stage, inspired improvements to my physical fitness, and once again introduced me to a network of goal-oriented women. Miss World has given me a national platform to continue my platform-advocacy. And as much as I enjoy swimsuit, I am so thankful that the Miss World Organization has implemented sports and fitness in lieu of swimwear. The focus on raw athletic abilities for the Miss World competition has given me extra incentive to improve in my physical training for the Army. I have a great deal of respect for each of the organizations and cherish my experiences with each.
How has competing in pageants shaped you to be the person you are today?
Beyond confidence and speaking abilities, pageantry has instilled in me a strong sense of resilience and tenacity. Both are invaluable traits and necessary in my future career endeavors, especially in the realm of politics and national security.
What qualities a woman should have to represent a whole nation?
Humility, leadership, and tenacity are three traits I value in a representative. Above all, whether you represent a small town or the entire nation, a representative should embody selfless service. Anyone can wear a crown, but it takes a woman with a genuine heart for service to make a queen.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
I have faced my fair share of challenges through my life, but right now I am wrapping up my last week of grad school and all I can think of is “How on earth did I do that?!” I will have finished both my Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in the course of two years. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it. I look forward to ultimately putting my knowledge to work in tackling major challenges that face the United States - and the world.
Your favorite beauty queen?
Deshauna Barber will always be one of my all-time favorite beauty queens. She was my personal favorite going into Miss USA because of her military service and background in computer information systems. I saw a woman not that much older than I am, achieving goals that I had for myself. I had wanted to compete in Miss USA since I was a teen and I had military service on my heart for several years. In some way, watching Deshauna’s journey was a wake up call to me. I stopped saying “I’ll do that someday” and started saying “I am chasing these dreams today.” I competed in the Miss USA system for the first time last fall and enlisted in the Army National Guard earlier this year. When you actively pursue what is in your heart, it inspires others to do the same. I hope in some capacity, be it as America’s Miss World, or as Alexandra Curtis, I am able to have that impact on others, too.
Thanks to the beautiful Alexandra for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss World America pageant.