Q. What inspired you to start doing beauty pageants?
A: I was inspired to do beauty pageants by the opportunity to make a difference in my community and the world around me. I didn’t used to think that pageants were such amazing outlets for community service and volunteerism until a friend pretty much dragged me by the ear to sign up for one. After the first time competing I was hooked, and I have met such amazing women along the way!
Q. Who are your biggest influences?
A: My biggest influences in life and pageantry would definitely be my parents for always telling me that anything is possible if I put my mind to it, and to my friend Amanda, who was the one who introduced me to the world of pageantry in the first place. She helps keep me on track with interview practice and walking rehearsals, and we do great community service projects together!
Q. What would be your favorite pageant experience, whether it was an event or fan feedback?
A: My favorite pageant experience was when I was invited to speak to a group of about 2,000 students about anti-bullying and self-esteem building. It was so rewarding to see middle school students, who usually don’t want to listen to anyone, sit on the edge of their seats and actually take in what I was saying. It was a truly humbling experience, and I will take that memory with me for the rest of my life!
Q. What motivates you to keep going?
A: My motivation to keep going is knowing that there is always a way to better myself, whether it is through a healthy diet and fitness routine, or making sure that I am constantly finding new ways to get out and support my community. Nothing motivates me more than seeing the positive impact that I can have on the young men and women in my community when I talk to them about positive self-image and confidence!
Q. What are you energized about now?
A: Right now, I’m really excited and energized about the upcoming state pageant, Miss New York. It is my first time going, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity, (especially since the winner goes to Miss America)! I can’t wait to use Energems and get myself amped up and ready to go!
Q. How would you use Energems to stay on track?
A: From what I’ve heard about Energems, they are a great (and delicious) way to get yourself going, and I think on those days where I am slightly lacking in my motivation, they are going to be a great pick-me-up and yummy way to get myself going!
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