How did you get your start?
I got my start in pageantry when I was 8 years old. I received a letter in the mail from National American Miss regarding the NAM pageants that were upcoming, and possibly competing in the upcoming year. Initially, that letter didn't spark much in me other than fear (due to my fear of public speaking and being on stages in front of large crowds). But after further consideration, I realized it as an amazing opportunity to improve myself and overcome my fears while doing something I was passionate about. I always held interest with beauty, modeling, and pageants.
Throughout my career with competing in a variety of pageants, I've not only aimed to be the best version of myself both in my performance and display, but also in my message and objective. What I mean by this, is that my primary goal through my efforts in my career is to gain publicity and awareness for a cause that is near and dear to my heart and that personally affects me; PANDAS. This affliction is a condition caused by untreated strep that my brother suffers from, and has affected our family heavily.
What is your definition of beauty?
To me, beauty is something that's not only on the outside but is on the inside as well. It's a person who carries the characteristics of being confident, respectful, responsible, charismatic, and a true and genuine person who is just as attractive in their personality as they are visually.
Who's the woman you admire most ?
There are many people in my life who I could classify as the most influential woman to me personally (other than my mom, who has always been there for me and supported me 100%). Olympic gold medalist and skier Lindsey Vonn has pushed me to train myself harder and more consistently in one of my biggest passions, skiing, which has transferred as a very valuable skill in terms of my motivation and dedication when on the floor practicing for pageants.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?
One thing people don't know about me is that I'm a very determined person that strives to be the best version of myself consistently and to give back to others, and to be an outgoing, friendly person to all. We need more of that these days. I'm constantly setting goals for myself and aiming for the next milestone of improvement.
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What are you most proud of ?
I am most proud of myself most of all. My personal development and growth has been immense over the past few years, especially through enduring what is afflicting my brother and how that has acted upon my family. It's really important to me to grow as a person and leverage my strengths, while improving my weaknesses.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
Yes, because it gives me the ability to further distribute my brand, my content, and my message to the proper audiences that would appreciate my efforts and my journey the most, allowing me to obtain growth like never possible just a few years back before the innovations of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and so much more.
Your favorite beauty queen ?
Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016. I know her personally, after meeting her through PR pageant coaches. She is significant to me because whenever I talk to her, she is a really down to earth person and is super nice. I can't think of anybody better for the job.
Any message for your fans on Pageants News ?
A message I'd like to give to my new fans on pageant news is definitely that everybody is unique and different. Instead of tearing each other down for the very differences that make us special, we need to unify and love one another with the goal of creating a better and more supportive world wherever we can.