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2018 Miss Ohio USA Candidate Bri Lang Reveals How Pageantry Has Changed Her Confidence Level

From a young age, Bri Lang was captivated by pageantry. She always knew that someday she wanted to be just like women on the Miss USA stage because they were smart, kind, talented and individually beautiful - "Every year with my mom, who also used to compete in pageants, and I would sit down and watch Miss America and Miss USA on television.  I was inspired by the confidence and stage presence that all of these women had and it seemed to be something that I lacked" - she explained.

She looked up to her mom and knew that she wanted that "pageant girl" self-confidence someday - "As a shy 7th grader, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and enter my first pageant with National American Miss. I did not win that year, but I made the top 15 which ignited a fire in me and encouraged me to continue following my dream of competing in pageants."

Competing in just one pageant completely changed her confidence level and gave her the self-esteem she needed - "I've stuck with pageants ever since, while taking just a few years off to complete college. I love that pageantry focuses on education, community involvement/service, and beauty both inside and out. It is a very inspiring to be standing on stage with the most well-rounded, kindhearted women you will ever meet."

Entering a beauty pageant teaches young women very important life skills and confidence is a bonus. The ability to get up in front of an audience will help a shy and quiet person to develop confidence and carry themselves with pride. Many people have a fear of speaking in front of an audience and entering a beauty pageant provides them with an opportunity to speak in front of crowds on a regular basis so they can reach outside their comfort zone until they develop confidence and a stage presence. All beauty pageant contestants radiant confidence. So if you are a shy person and are looking to get out of your comfort zone, why not join a pageant?

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Bri on her preparation for the Miss Ohio USA Contest. The most notable Miss Ohio USA Winner is actress Halle Berry, who was 1st runner up at Miss USA 1986. Other notable former titleholders include actress, model and sportscaster Jayne Kennedy and two former Survivor contestants, Kim Mullen of Survivor: Palau and Candace Smith of Survivor: Tocantins.


You will compete at the Miss Ohio USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

I have been training and preparing for Miss Ohio USA for months! It takes a lot of time, dedication and hard work to become fully pageant ready. I competed in smaller pageants in middle school and high school, but this is my first time competing in a Miss USA system pageant so I have had to do a lot of research and planning. I have been preparing by spending many hours a week in the gym working with a fitness trainer and switching to a clean diet so that I look and feel my best, watching the news and reading articles to stay educated and on top of current events and politics, supporting my platform (Breast Cancer awareness and education) by volunteering my time at local events, and lastly I have been perfecting my competition wardrobe and stage routines which is the fun part! Unique characteristics that I believe I bring to the competition are my confidence and vibrant personality that will shine on stage.

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Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?

I recently graduated from college (Miami University of Ohio) with a degree in Strategic Communication and Interactive Media Studies. I am pursuing a job in the advertising field. I love having the ability to be creative and collaborative at work, so I was instantly drawn to advertising. The past two summers I have interned for two prestigious media/advertising agencies, one in Chicago and one in Cleveland. I learned so much and would love to find a full time job that I can use those new skills! In the past I have also worked as a group fitness instructor and social media associate for my college, worked in retail, and I also was a lifeguard for 5 years! In addition to wanting to work in advertising, it has always been a dream of mine to work with food. I would love to someday take culinary classes for fun and maybe have my own cooking show! Who knows, the sky is the limit!

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

Since the last three jobs that I have had have revolved around social media, I understand just how powerful and important it can be. I think that social media can definitely be an advantage if used properly. It allows you to show your everyday personality and all of the great activities that you are involved in outside of pageantry. Social media also allows you to stay connected with other contestants which helps in maintaining positive relationships with others which I think is one of the great benefits of pageants. Overall, I think that social media can be a great thing!

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What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day? 

Go for it! Never stop pursuing your dreams. You can be whatever you want to be in this world, and if that is being a queen then continue working towards that. Learn to be confident with yourself and you will go far. Also, there will be people out there who will try to tell you that you can't do it, but don't listen to them! With enough drive and hard work, you can achieve anything. 

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

My ideal beauty queen is Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012. I love that she started as a first time competitor and ended up taking home the most prestigious pageant title in the world. Her unwavering confidence, fun personality and natural beauty is so inspiring. She has now made a huge name for herself and is proof that pageants can take you very far in life and help you reach big goals! She has definitely motivated me to get back into pageantry and have confidence in being a "first timer" in a Miss USA state competition.

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

 

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