You won the title of Miss Bristow USA. What does it entail ? What does it feel like to be a beauty queen and wear a crown ?
Being Miss Bristow Teen USA has been a dream and goal of mine for many years. My family and I have always had a tradition of watching the USA Pageant and Miss Universe Pageants together. So, to be a part of something this special is amazing! I am humbled and very excited to compete in October.
Representing the great state of Virginia is a huge honor for me and having my hometown Title of Miss Bristow Teen is amazing! Beauty Queens tend to get stereotyped a lot. What most people do not understand is that it is a lifestyle we choose with pageantry. We work really hard to be role models and leaders and spend many hours dedicated to serving our community. We are always wearing our invisible crowns and are prepared and ready for anything.
What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants ?
I began competing in pageants when I was 11 years old. My teacher wanted me to do something to challenge myself socially because of my shyness. I received a letter from National American Miss to compete in my state pageant and the rest is history. NAM will always hold a special place in my heart. Winning NAM Virginia Teen 2016 brought it all full circle for me and was a great achievement. Needless to say, I am very comfortable with public speaking and have gained so much confidence through this process. I recommend this for all girls to try.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day ?
I would tell any young girl out there dreaming of being a Queen one day to go for it! I have found in my personal experience the “Sisterhood” is very real. You compete alongside the most amazing young ladies but you are also developing the most treasured friendships you will ever have. You will gain so much confidence and have amazing opportunities to make an impact in your community. It is a truly life changing experience.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it ?
Competing in pageants for 6 years has brought me both success and failure. However, I do not define myself by either. What I have learned is my value is not determined by what the judges think of me on that particular day but who I am every day. Having a hard work ethic and the love and support from my family really inspiresme. However, realizing that I do not deserve to win a title but have to work really hard to earn it is my biggest motivator.
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 ?
Being crowned UNM District of Columbia Teen 2017 was an amazing experience because l was introduced to the Crown C.A.R.E.S. which is an anti-bullying platform that is very similar to my Kindness Book Club. By incorporating the two I was able to have more tools to make a bigger impact. Competing for Miss Virginia Teen USA, I will be able to raise the level of awareness and broaden my reach to help even more children throughout Virginia and nationwide. I will work tirelessly to STOP bullying.
Who is your ideal beauty queen and how has she helped you to evolve as a beauty queen ?
I have always admired Olivia Culpo. We are both Italian and from Rhode Island and after entering only one pageant, she won Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2012. That is an incredible achievement. She is also a very successful business woman and highly influential in the fashion industry.
Thanks to the beautiful Julianna for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant.