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2018 Miss California USA Candidate Somaia Farakesh Learned To Embrace Ambition

The beautiful Somaia Farakesh, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss California USAwants to be a role model to women all across the world. She would like to encourage women to leave their mark, strive for their wildest dreams and never stop until they reach their biggest goals. Through many aspects in life as well as pageantry she wants to influence woman to be the best version of themselves.

Somaia has always been very ambitious - "Growing up I found in interest in almost everything I’d come across. I’m a hopeless romantic, but I can’t find myself dating anyone until I’ve reached a level of self fulfillment, I find that it’s important to go after your dreams and follow your heart because ultimately, that is how you will attract who is truly meant to be in your life" - she explained.

Currently she is a full time student majoring in physics and biology. She is studying to be a nurse, and doing personal training on the side - "In the passed I’ve volunteered at the sunrise senior living center and grew a liking to working with seniors."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Somaia on her pageant experience and on her preparation for the Miss California USA Contest. If she wins the pageant she'll 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 CA USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I will prepare for it casually by nurturing my mind with books I enjoy, some being by my favorite author (Ernest Holmes), eating foods that give me brain power, and overall keep a healthy balance between my social life and volunteer work. 

My friends and family would say that I’m bubbly and personable and I could relate to those two characteristics because I think it’s important to always keep your playfulness and get to know others by interacting with them. 

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

Growing up, my celebrity icons were Brittney Spears and Mary Kate & Ashely Olsen. I remember watching them and loving their self confidence and energy! In addition to that, I admire everything the pageant industry promotes for young woman, I've been passionate about the industry for a long while and became inspired by watching many Miss pageants. 

I plan on continuing my journey with hopes of gaining more self confidence, leadership experience, and a sense of fulfillment knowing that I may have inspired another queen to fulfill their dreams. 

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 ?

To walk in a pageant as big as Miss World or Miss Universe would not only be an honor, but a dream come true. The preparation you must do, and the dedication you must make would be an incomparable accomplishment to fulfill. 

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Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not? 

Social media websites have taken a huge play in many people’s lives. Myself included. Although I’m very active in the instagram guru, Sometimes, I find myself caught up in the moment and I forget to post. 

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

After walking in the Miss Pacific Coast USA pageant I have to admit, I was a bit devastated not placing in top five. After going backstage and talking to former Miss Sacramento valley, Brooklyn Lowrey, our conversation turned my frown upside down and gave me a change of mindset. 

Who is your ideal beauty queen and how has she helped you to evolve as a beauty queen?

My ideal queen would without a doubt be my mom. I’ve seen her work through so many hardships while keeping food on the table, a roof over our head and always being there for me in my time of need.. 

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

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