Charity more important than looks, says pageant winner Kendall Rivers

We have all heard it before. That girl is a "pageant girl". What does that even mean? It means she puts on makeup, does her hair nice and wears beautiful clothes to many people. But for Kendall Rivers, the reigning USA National Miss SC PreTeen, there are more important things in life. Like charity.

Rivers is an active supporter of USA National Miss The Crown C.A.R.E.S. Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools - "I’ve been able to help students in my school understand how important it is to treat everyone with respect. With the Crown Cares we can stand up to bullies together and be unstoppable" she explained.

Kendall also volunteers every Tuesday night at The Soup Kitchen - "I raise money for children hospital, I visit the nursing homes, collect food for those in need and I volunteer at the day care!"

Did you know ? USA National Miss is a fashion-forward, national pageant organization that exists to enrich the lives of young women ages 4-25 through an unsurpassed pageant experience. Awarding close to a million dollars since its inception in cash, college scholarships, and prizes, as well as assisting young women in developing a lifestyle of service, we also provide them with extraordinary opportunities. Our program recognizes the personal achievement, community involvement and excellence of young women across the USA in a fun and trendy community of sisters, who become ambassadors of many worthy causes and charities.

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I was a shy and  wouldn’t speak to anyone and after doing Pageants I became more confident about myself. 

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 ?

We are more than just girls in dresses and crowns! It takes hard work, I’m an honor student, soccer player, jr usher at church, and most important I volunteer! I have my own personal platform “Thunder Against Hunger”.

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I also completed the Red Cross Babysitters training and CPR to become fully certified to give the best possible care @ The day care.

Volunteering is my passion! I believe giving my time is more important than any service. The simple smiles, thank you and hugs mean more to me than any gift Ive ever received. 

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

The only gain I expect is to be a role model to young girls! Everyone needs someone to look up too and I want to inspire them, we can do anything.

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

No disappointments- I’ve met some wonderful people and friends that’ll I’ll cherish forever. 

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Thanks to the beautiful Kendall for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for USA National Miss PreTeen pageant.