What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?
Unique characteristics about myself would be that I am dedicated, confident, and passionate about representing the amazing state of Massachusetts. Also I have a very exotic nationailty that I am so proud of. I am part Portuguese, Irish, English, Sierra Leonen, and Lebanese. I know that as a titleholder I will represent Massachusetts in the best way possible by promoting what love and kindess is all about!
What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?
I have always been inspired by watching Miss USA, and Miss Universe. Watching these women have the confidence to put theirselves out there showed me what a true role model is. I finally decided to be that woman and go after my dream of becoming MIss Masschusetts USA.
Photographer : Justin Hammond, Makeup artist : Sea Glam
What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?
I expect to gain long lasting friendships, and an unforgettable experience that I can brag about!
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 it your case ? And if so, why ?
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to compete in a pageant! I grew up watching Miss USA, and Miss Universe. This will be my first time competing in a pageant, and I have enjoyed every part of prepping for it. I am very dedicated, and determined to do the best I can, no matter what the outcome is.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
Absoultely! I believe social media shows who you are as an individual, and as a titleholder you should be representing your self appropriately. Social media is a great way to connect with others, and to also learn about one another.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
So far I have not faced any dissapointments along my journey, and I believe that when that does happen to just accept it and move on from it. Keeping a positive outlook on everything you do is so important.
We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?
I believe Il'l make a difference by showing women what confidently beautiful means inside and out. As a titleholder I want inspire women to stay true to who they are, and never change. I have seen many women compare themselves to others, and they need to learn that they are beautiful just the way they are. I also feel that I will make an impact by relating to so many different cultures because of my exotic background, by demonstarting the defintion of equality among the world.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
I would advise her to stay true to herself, and to make the best out of the experience throughout her journey. I would also let her know that most importantly bring on that CONFIDENCE, and remember that you are already a queen no matter what!
Thanks to the beautiful Chelsea for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Massachusetts USA pageant.