Name: Nikki Huber
Title: Miss Earth Illinois
Why did you choose this pageant system over any other pageant system? I chose the Earth Pageant system because it allows women to be proud of their beauty inside and out. I’m able to be a positive role model to young people in my community. The appearances and events are all about having a sense of community & show the community how they too can affect the world in a positive way.
Do you have previous pageantry experience? My previous pageant experience includes competing in the the Miss Illinois USA system for several years.
What are some of your accomplishments and goals in life? Some of my accomplishments include performing with the Elgin Opera Festival of Singers Ensemble and competing in my first 5k/obstacle run in 2011 – the Down & Dirty Mud Run. I appeared on NBC’s “The Playboy Club” last fall as a Bunny, ABC’s “Cougar Town”, and CBS’ “CSI:NY”, as well as a few other televised shows. I am the half-time Emcee & Special Operations team member for the Chicago Slaughter:Indoor Football League, and I was also one of the youngest to graduate from the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago. My goal is to continue to make progress in the performing arts community and be an advocate for those who are unable to do so on their own.
What was it like competing at Nationals?Because of the film schedule of NBC’s “The Playboy Club” I was unable to attend and compete at the national level. Although I was heartbroken, I had the support of my state directors to keep my head up, who have stood by my side as I strive to be the best performer I can be. I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to compete for another local title this year. In the event that I capture the crown I’ll be able to then compete at nationals. Fingers crossed!
What life experiences have you used to achieve your dreams? I come from family of very hard workers and the one thing that has helped me to achieve my dreams is to always stay grounded, remember where I came from, and the loved ones who have helped and supported me along the way. Winning titles, booking gigs or getting that promotion you want does not come easy, but eventually hard work and perseverance pay off.
What advice can you give others that want to compete in their first pageant?My best advice to others who want to compete in their first pageant is this: You are there to show the judges the best version of YOU, you can be! Always have fun, and even if you don’t win, you can learn from the experience. Regardless of the outcomes (win or lose), I have gained an abundance of knowledge from every pageant competition.
What advice can you give others that have pageantry experience? My advice to those with pageant experience is to remember who you are and what you came to do. Never compare yourself to other contestants! I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s a must! Train hard, practice your walk, interview & know what you stand for. You want to put your best foot forward. Be nice to one another and have a good time whether it’s your first year competing or you’re a pro.
Do you prefer modeling or pageantry? I truly love participating in both pageantry and modeling. With modeling, every shoot or fashion show is different (just as every pageant system is different). Modeling allows me to be creative and project that silently. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have the gift of gab. In pageantry I am able to show judges that women are beautiful, intelligent and witty. As the Earth family says we are, “Beauties for a cause.”
What is your modeling experience? I was a Model (award host) for the 2012 Chicago Film Critics Awards & Chicago Comedy Awards, and was a spokes-model for Dekadent Darling for the Dekadent Diva host Nikki Kaapke. I have modeled in runway shows for Jovani, Mac Duggal, New Orleans Fashion Week, Bridal Expo Chicago and others. I have also done some print work, mainly, for Acid Jeans, Hick Stuff (Hick Chicks), and I have been published In “Absolutely Fabulously Fit”.
Who is your favorite designer for evening gowns? My favorite evening gown designers are MacDuggal and Tony Bowles.
How do you cope with pageant nerves?I cope with pageant nerves by taking a deep breath and thinking of all the time I took preparing for the competition. I then think of my Grandmother because she was my number one supporter before she passed away.
What advice can you give others so they can cope with their nerves too? My advice to others would be to try playing a song that gets you amped up on your IPod/MP3 player before you hit the stage. It’s a fun way to set the tone for your moment to shine!
Do you have future goals in pageantry (any specific pageant you plan to compete in)? My future goals in pageantry would be to empower girls before their competition and also see what it takes to be a state director. The directors and coaches of the USA & Earth system have helped to shape me into the woman that I am today.
Do you have a platform? My platform is The Mobile Garden Project. This is a group that is working with the Chicago Transit Authority to have green house cars added to the “L” trains in Chicago. It’s a great way to help Chicagoans breath better while combining urbanization with nature – that way even if you’re living in a cement jungle you can still stop to smell the roses.
What are your hobbies? Some of my hobbies include, performing with Taco Flavored Eggrolls – which is a multicultural group of sketch comedians and performers. I enjoy singing, physical fitness, arts & crafts (to keep me creative), volunteering with Best Buddies and the Special Olympics.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Life is a work in progress. In 5 years, I would love to be hosting my own show and traveling the world. We’ll see where the world takes me.
Is there anything else you would like to include for our readers? I want the young ladies out there to know that nothing comes easy – if it did everyone would be doing it. Practice hard at whatever it is you’re passionate about and don’t let others bring you down. A positive outlook on life is key, so take time to have a good giggle & embrace the challenges life brings your way. The best advice I was given was to always be nice. If people only remember you for one thing let it be that you are a nice person.
To learn more about the Miss Illinois Earth pageant visit their website.