2018 Miss New Jersey USA Candidate Victoria Tullo wants to promote positive body image

Everyone has a slightly different idea of the perfect body image but we are heavily influenced by societal pressures and the media. Society’s expectations color our beliefs about the ideal body image and sometimes this creates problems or causes harm.

A lot of teens say that body image is one of their biggest struggles. So, do pageants make this better or worse? Victoria Tullo, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss New Jersey USA, thinks that in the world of pageantry the message of body positivity is the most powerful message you can send.

As a suicide survivor and one who's battled with depression most of her life Victoria would like to use her voice to shed light on the power of speaking positivity and empowering words for self encouragement and improvement - "I want to share my story with suicide and depression to encourage others who are going through their hard times that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that there will always be someone to hear their cries. In retrospect, I realize I had to endure the entire road to become who I was called to be, not only as an ambassador of Christ but a motivational speaker to propel others to follow their passions." she explained.

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Victoria a few weeks before the Miss New Jersey USA Pageant. Discover her inspiring story below!

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

I'm currently a fashion copywriter for Net-a-Porter, and have previously written for VINCE., Avenue, and Ashley Stewart, among others. However, I'm not just a copywriter; I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in Graphic Design. After excelling in a core research and writing course while attending Rutgers, I was invited to tutor other college students at The Livingston Writing Center. This opportunity led me to pursue writing roles, despite my design background, and led me to where I am today. Beyond corporate life, I continue to tutor, work part time at a bakery, and I've served as the creative director for my own blog and photo shoots.



You will compete at the Miss New Jersey USA Pageant. How will you prepare the contest ? What inspired you on the course of beauty pageant ?

Thus far I've prepared for Miss New Jersey USA both physically and mentally. Competing in this competition takes far more than what the general public might think. To be successful in pageantry isn't about being beautiful, but being true to yourself and confident in what you bring to the table. This summer of 2017 has taught me a lot about myself and what I value in life. To me, earning the honor of Miss New Jersey does not give me self validation, but rather it will give me the opportunity to be a light in the darkness to other women battling their own hardships while pursuing their dreams. 

Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). Is this your case? And if so, why?

Growing up I always dreamed of competing at Miss USA, but didn't know the first thing about how to get into competing. My priority and heart's desire is to represent the state of New Jersey, first and foremost, as that is my home state; to win that title and honor is a dream come true in and of itself. To compete at Miss USA or Miss Universe would also be life changing. 


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

I would advise young girls to be trail blazers; don't try to be someone else. There will only be one you, and the road less traveled always makes for greater adventures. Pageantry, just like anything else, is vanilla without diversity. Own who you are, and the right opportunities will find you.

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

There were times this summer when I felt off track with my diet. I definitely was not being as strict as I should have been. The trade off was that I had the best summer of my life. I truly lived life, learned more about myself than I could have ever imagined, and healed relationships that were important to me. While I beat myself up for getting off track, the set back made me boomerang into action that much stronger. As I am a huge proponent in the importance of mental health, the strength of my overall mentality had to be the healthiest before I was ready to go head first into the rigor of prep. As cliche as it sounds, sometimes you need to fall before you can fly.

Who is your favorite beauty queen and why ?

Deanna Johnson, Miss Georgia USA


As well as Siera Bearchell, the former Miss Canada, are my two favorite queens because both represented their titles exceptionally well as role models for women to embrace themselves for who they are, no matter what shape or size. 


Thanks to the beautiful Victoria for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss New Jersey USA pageant.