Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Look Into Miss North Carolina

It's Miss North Carolina week! This is the first time in 4 years that I haven't been to every night of the pageant, whether just attending or actually competing. I competed for Miss North Carolina twice, when I was 19 and when I was 22. Those two time were completely different experiences. In 2011, I was the 1st runner-up to Miss North Carolina. In 2013, I didn't even make it to the Top 10, though I was awarded as the 2nd runner-up to the Quality of Life Award. It's not an easy feeling to not do as well as you did two years prior, but regardless of the outcome of that year, I am still thankful for those experiences.

Pageants are a difficult thing. It isn't like a sporting event, where if you make a basket, you get the point. You put all of your hard work into the hands of 5 people who only know you at surface-value. They get a 10-minute interview with you, in which you hope to show them who you are and to convince them that you're ready for the job. You get a few minutes on stage each night displaying your hard work in talent, lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit), evening gown, and onstage question. 

Training for a pageant is just that -- training. Girls across the state stay up-to-date on current events and world news, and the interview training and preparation that they receive does not just prepare them for the state pageant -- it prepares them for real life. My interview preparation is something I will value for the rest of my life. In this era of technological advancement, face-to-face interaction is slowly dwindling, but at the end of the day, to get a job or that entry into graduate school, an interview is necessary. Those lessons I learned are irreplaceable. These pageants encourage girls to give back to their community, to train and perfect a talent, to connect to a sisterhood that is hard to find elsewhere.

The Miss America Organization represents four tiers: style, service, scholarship, and success. Though those things were certainly relevant when I was competing, I still find them relevant today. For style, I'm thankful that I've found my niche in this blog, and I look forward to sharing my fashion choices each week. For service, my platform of ALS Awareness is unfortunately very relevant to my life. I may not be competing, but my grandmother still has ALS, so it is my mission to continue to fight to defeat ALS. For scholarship, I have my diploma hanging on the wall of my office. And for success, I look around at my friends, my family, my job, my life -- and I consider myself successful thus far and continue to strive to reach my goals.

Miss North Carolina has also given me some incredible friendships. I stood next to Hailey Best when she won Miss NC -- and we have been friends ever since. Soon, I'll get to stand beside her again on another very important day in her life. Miss NC 2013 Johna Edmonds and I first met when we competed together at Miss Garner in 2011. Three years later, I am proud to call her a friend. There are countless other women who I am proud to call friends. 

Pageants get a stereotype that they shouldn't -- but those girls that are competing are some of the brightest you will find. Sure, pageants have a focus on exterior beauty -- hair, makeup, fitness -- but those girls that are competing are some of the most kind, driven, compassionate, and intelligent girls that you will meet -- and the Miss America Organization recognizes that.

Here's a peek into my experiences:

2011 -- Miss Garner

2013 -- Miss Wilmington



  1. Love getting to hear this perspective on pageants and the family behind it. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

    Heather | Port City Prescription

  2. Sounds like such a great experience! I totally agree with you that being articulate and able to share your views with others in a tactful and intelligent way is so important, particularly in society today!

  3. You are wonderful! Oh so wonderful! xx

  4. That sparkly dress you have on in the 2011 pictures is absolutely gorgeous! Love it! Congrats on your accomplishments!

    <3, Pamela

  5. Wow! That's amazing! You look great in that glitzy gown
    The Butterfly Effect

  6. Love the second dress you wore in 2011! You are so pretty!

  7. You are so beautiful!! I'm such a pageant girl at heart - so wish I would have done it when I was in high school or college :)

  8. You are gorgeous, girl! Loved these pictures and loved what you had to say about pageants and stereotypes. I wasn't in pageants but I was in a sorority and I feel like they both get a similar "bad wrap." I could go on and on about that but you said it so perfectly!

  9. love hearing about your pageant life.

  10. It was so, so interesting to read this post about pageants from our perspective! We don't have that many pageants here in Latvia, therefore, I don't really know how they work, but it was certainly very interesting to read your story!
    I think that you are definitely a very beautiful, talented and smart girl! And your body is amazing!

  11. and I now love you THAT much more! I'm a pageant obsessed non-pageant girl if that makes sense haha I want to start a local someday!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I love reading each comment and try to respond to each one via email!

Blogger Template Created by pipdig