There are as many reasons for entering a pageant as there are girls entering, and there is a story behind each one. Some enter pageants because their friends or family encourage them, others because their classmates are doing it. And many girls are lured by the enticing prizes, hefty scholarships and visions of future fame. Here's Emily Johnson story of transforming from a shy girl to a confident contestant - "Growing up with a speech disorder along with many years of speech therapy lead be to become very shy in my everyday life. Pageants was something I watched but never believed I could do due to this" - she explained.
Coming up into high school she decided to join her first pageant - "speaking in public and even one on one with others was the biggest obstacle I had to over come" - she added.
The beautiful Emily had to opportunity to represent Brainerd in the 2018 Miss Minnesota Teen United States Pageant earlier this year, read more about her story below!