You choose the Miss United States system, why this one instead of Miss USA or Miss America ?
The Miss United States system, much like USA and America, promotes service, chasing of dreams, and giving voice to the values that women hold close to their hearts today. I chose this system for its family-based culture and how openly it supports its titleholders’ platforms and pursuits.
What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?
I started competing at a mature age—26. Initially, my mother and aunts, former beauty queens themselves, encouraged me to compete. My view of pageantry was that is was surface level and a waste of time. I first competed to appease them. After my first competition, I realized what an opportunity competing was to grow myself as an individual and to accomplish my goals. I adjusted my attitude and thought, “I can help and inspire others with my story.” I continued competing with the hope to share that story. Now 28 and a titleholder, I appreciate the honor and opportunity that this year of service ahead represents.
What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?
In life, we get what we give. I am funneling all of my love into my reign and the relationships I build throughout my year of service. I have already managed to gain unconditional love, support, and friendship so early on, and my heart is full. I could not ask for more.
Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?
I am a licensed life, health, and accident insurance agent working as Case Manager at a corporate personal injury law firm. I am pursuing a career in securities and insurance law. I am also a political advocate for maintenance of high standards within the financial services industry for the benefit of the financial futures of clients and families.
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 ?
I was more of a tomboy and focused on soccer, gymnastics, and running growing up, so I would say this is not the case for me. I was about to turn 27 at my first pageant, and my dreams have evolved and expanded as I have grown through the process of competition.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
I believe social media is advantageous to me to the degree that it allows me to share my life and beliefs with others. If something I have to share resonates with someone else, inspires them, or simply makes them smile, then I consider it a blessing. I am true to myself with what I share and focus on what I love, enjoy, and hold close to my heart.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
Absolutely. I feel disappointment in yourself is a sign of recognition that you are not being true to who you are or maximizing the gifts you have been given. I overcome disappointment in myself by growing past what caused it. When I acknowledge a weakness within myself, I see it as an opportunity to turn my weaknesses into my strengths. We all have this ability.
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 hope to make a difference by bringing my authentic self to the table and shining a light on my passions in an effort to help people live their best lives, whatever that may look like. Through a significant period of my childhood, my mother was a single mother, and we lived below the poverty line. I am living proof that you can accomplish any dream you hold in your heart, and this is only the beginning for me.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
You must be a queen and wear a crown in your soul first before a crown can ever be placed upon your head. Love yourself unconditionally, work to grow yourself, and do not hold back in pursuing your dreams. Be grateful for the people God places in your life to teach you. God gave you unique gifts, and it is your responsibility to cultivate and share those gifts to help and love others.
Who is your ideal beauty queen and why?
You. If you are reading this, you already represent ideal beauty. You have a beautiful light inside of you that is brighter than any star in the sky. All you have to do is share your light of love and kindness with others. That is real and ideal beauty that will never fade.
Thanks to the beautiful Jordan for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss United States pageant.