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Miss Maine USA Candidate Stephanie Stilkey's Journey To Inspire People To Embrace Who They Are

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in? Like you are strange, different, or weird? Do you sometimes feel like there is no one else in the world who could possible understand you?

Introverts are especially susceptible to feeling like they don’t belong here … or anywhere.  Everywhere we turn there are advertisements, T.V. shows and influential people telling us to be less of what we are and more of what we aren’t.  Often, the extrovert ideal presses heavily on our shoulders and makes us feel like there is something wrong with us. If we let it.

As Miss Maine USA Stephanie Stilkey would like to make a difference and continues to inspire people by sharing her story to help any one struggling to see that they don't have to "fit in" or be somebody else to achieve your dreams and goals - "Accepting the real you is the most beautiful and empowering feeling you could experience. The thought of anyone just letting their dreams/goals slip by because they're too afraid that they won't be accepted in society or their dream is "too big", makes me strive harder to portray a "real" image of myself and that you CAN achieve your dreams AND be YOU while doing it."

Something Stephanie takes pride in with herself, is that she is a very well rounded individual - "I can change my car oil and be playing in the mud one moment and the next, be able to put on heels and have my own hair/make-up done for a photo shoot" - she explained.

The beautiful Stephanie will have the opportunity to compete at the Miss Maine Usa Pageant tomorrow! Did you know ? Maine is one of the less successful Miss USA states, with only eight placements as of 2012. In 2006, Katee Stearns made the semi-finals, becoming only the fifth woman from Maine and the first since 1977 to make the cut. In 2010, Katie Whittier became the first delegate from Maine to reach the top five, finishing 4th runner up. In 2011, Ashley Marble became Maine's first consecutive placement.


You will compete at the Miss Maine USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? 

Ever since the end of Miss Maine USA 2017, I have worked every day to push myself to be the best version of myself possible. Between throwing myself out of my comfort zone and pushing myself past mental/emotional/physical limits I didn't think I could exceed, I have slowly discovered who I truly am and have fallen more in love with myself than I have ever been in years past. 2017 has been a great year and I am anxious to see what Miss Maine USA 2018 will have in store for me this year. 

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

As for work, I am currently the Asst. Manager for Dunkin Donuts in Belfast, Maine. I not only am making sure that I am always putting my best foot forward and helping as many people as I can on the daily with a smile, but when being a manager, the more responsibilities I have. Those responsibilities include overseeing the floor, making sure that employees are doing their own job responsibilities, keeping an upbeat and positive environment, as well as coaching/teaching them on the proper dunkin standards. This may not be the job I want forever, but the people I work with/see on the daily, make this job fun, exciting, and myself so proud to be one of their leaders. 

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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 this your case ? And if so, why ?

This is certainly the case for me. I can remember wanting to compete in pageants and to become a model since I was 6 years old. Growing up though, I was the biggest tom-boy you would ever meet; I wore my brothers clothes on a daily basis and wrestled with the guys. I never believed or thought in a million years that I could be a model or compete in pageants because I didn't think I would be expected for who I was. Fast forward a couple years later, the opportunity had presented itself to me via mail. I had received a flyer in the mail to sign-up for Miss Maine and I knew that this was it. This was my chance to chase my dream. So, I signed up and a year later, I received a call that started the chase for my dream and I haven't looked back since. 

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

Of course, there is always going to be bumps and curves on your road to achieve any goal or dream. During my personal journey to the crown, I have faced many downs and rough patches that I didn't believe I could overcome. There were days I was convinced I should just throw in the towel and say, "it's not for me." I should have known that my amazing support system would NEVER let that happen; So, with a little encouragement from them and digging deep inside to find myself again, I was able to adapt and overcome the situation(s) at hand and come out a stronger, better, and more confident women in the end.

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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 want to make a difference and continue to inspire people as Miss Maine USA 2018 by sharing my story to the world to help any one struggling to see that you don't have to "fit in" or be somebody else to achieve your dreams and goals. Accepting the real you is the most beautiful and empowering feeling you could experience. The thought of anyone just letting their dreams/goals slip by because they're too afraid that they won't be accepted in society or their dream is "too big", makes me strive harder to portray a "real" image of myself and that you CAN achieve your dreams AND be YOU while doing it. 

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

 

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