Can you introduce yourself ?
My name is Aubrie Przybysz. I live in Boston, MA and work as a Customer Success Manager in the city. I have a rescue dog named Meyer. I've been competing in the Miss America Organization for 6 years. I spend my free time volunteering, writing for my website (socialmediahandbook.com) and snowboard in the winters and go boating in the summers.
You won the Miss Lakeville Pageant. What does the crown symbolizes to you?
For everyone, the crown means something a little different. For me, it's a culmination of so many things. The first time I ever won a pageant it was this overwhelming feeling of "wow, I can do anything." It gives you this great sense of courage, but also comes with great responsibility. Today the crown symbolizes my voice and who I am as a young woman (with or without the crown). It's this wonderful symbol of power and grace that I have really come to cherish.
Miss America and Miss USA .. Which system do you prefer and why ?
I'm a Miss America girl through and through. One of my favorite things about Miss America is the talent portion of the competition. I used to be a competitive dancer, so having to give that up after high school was really hard. I never wanted to stop doing what I love. Miss America gave me a whole new outlet to showcase my ability as a dancer and continue practicing my art.
Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss America. Is this your case? And if so, why?
I've wanted to be Miss America probably since I was 4 or 5. It has been my biggest dream and the one dream that I have never given up on. I think it's partly because my aunt is a former Miss America local title holder and former Miss CT USA. I looked up to her so much as a little girl because she has always had such a wonderful light about her. She's my Miss America. She completely lights up a room and is very dedicated to her community. I can confidently say the world is a better place with her in it and that's a quality that I admire and aspire to.
Can you tell me about how your community service works? What is your typical day?
I have done every type of service work you can think of. From building houses with Habitat for Humanity to attending fundraisers to painting faces at a local fair. If an organization needs an extra set of hands I'm there. Service is all those things and more too. I'm in the middle of planning and organizing a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. That's something that takes a lot of time and thought and isn't necessarily a photo op but is still important work. I also run a website on the side to aid in my personal platform with the Miss America Organization "Social Media: Putting Your Best Foot Forward". The website is a resource I've created to help fill that gap between having social media profiles and having a clear set of guidelines and best practices.
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 ?
Every contestant has a different experience and a different story. My story is about perseverance and resilience. There were many times I could have thrown in the towel and said "I'm done" and given up on my dream to go to Miss America altogether. Many times. But I didn't and the reason I never gave up is for all of the little girls out there following my journey. What message does that send to them? It's ok to fail, but it's important to take something away from your failures and to pick yourself back up and keep going. My mantra this year is win out or age out.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
Social media has become the focus of my personal platform as a Miss America contestant. So I would have to say it's become advantageous for myself because I'm working to create material and programs for people to get them on the right foot with social media. If I can help one person keep themselves from making a post that puts them in a bad spot, then I've done my job. If I can empower parents to be hands-on when their child wants a social media profile, that's a success for me. And I will keep working for that.
If you weren't a pageant girl, what would you want to do?
Philanthropy would still be a major part of my life. I really believe it's so important to be involved and connected to your community. Having a crown just gives you a leg up, but it's not necessary. When the crown comes off I still want to be the same Aubrie.