Tell us about your title. When did you win your title and what were the areas of competition?
-My title is Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012, and I navigate the state of Tennessee promoting my personal platform Be At (R)espect (I)ntegrity (S)elf-worth (K)nowledge as well as the national platforms partnered with the Heart Truth Campaign and Missing and Exploited Children. I received my title on my 21st birthday, December 12, 2011. The standard areas of competition are interview, on stage question, evening gown, fitness wear, and talent.
What types of appearances have you made as a queen?
-I have made appearances in West, Middle, and East Tennessee promoting the platforms listed above and stressing the importance of self-esteem and self-respect. I attended the official Red Dress Photo Shoot in Washington, D.C. with other queens from their respected states to raise the awareness of heart disease. While in D.C., we also traveled to Howard Hospital and spoke with patients on the importance of a healthy heart. In addition, I have given many motivational speeches entitled: “Dare to D.R.E.A.M with Miss Black TN USA,” “The Journey of a Princess,” and “Keeping Hope Alive.” I was a guest at the Celebrity Reading Day in Nashville, TN, A participant in the “Get Fit” program in Milan, TN, a guest speaker at the Little Miss AKA mother/daughter luncheon, and a guest at the Lenora Perkins Memorial Luncheon, and Lydia Society Trumpet Ball for young girls in public housing
What do you hope to leave behind as your legacy?
-I hope to leave behind a spirit of resilience. Once I am gone, I want people to remember that I never gave up, and I never settled for anything less than what I knew I could achieve. This is a characteristic that I aim to instill in adolescents through my appearances as well as through my interaction with my kindergartners during tutoring. I want people to remember that I stood as a symbol of hope for every young girl of every ethnicity and race.
Do you have a specific cause or charity that you hold dear to your heart? If so, tell us why
-A specific cause I whole-heartedly dedicate my reign and life to is raising self-esteem in adolescents. I believe that someone has to be responsible in building up a generation of strong, respectful, positive female leaders; I take that responsibility. I am helping to deplete the idea of women being seen as an item and creating an image of successful business owners and first ladies. I grew up with low self-esteem and found my inner beauty through experience and faith. All of my life experiences helped mold me into the strong woman I am today. However, not everyone deals with experiences the same way, so I am the ear that listens and the heart that feels what others are experiencing.
What is your pageant style?
-The more glitz and glamour, the better! I believe it is important to be different and original, so I usually go for the sophisticated look with stylish accessories. If I could bedazzle my entire wardrobe, I would!
What is your every day style?
-My every day style usually consists of a pair of flare jeans, an Aeropostale shirt or polo, a Sperry shoe, or flip- flops accompanied by glitzy jewelry to make my outfit POP!
What does your pageantry experience entail?
-I have been in pageantry since before I could walk! As long as I can remember, I have been on a stage.
How has this shaped you into the woman you are today?
-Pageantry has helped shape me into a well-rounded, confident, professional young woman. I have learned how to think on my feet, and I have become culturally competent. I grew up as a child with a shy personality and the more time I spend on the stage, the more confident I became. I also grew up as a tom boy, so pageantry brought a sense of style to my life! I can’t imagine my life without it
Do you prefer pageantry or modeling?
-I prefer pageantry because it allows me to interact with people and make an impact in many different communities. I love to walk a runway, but it doesn’t allow me to make personal connections with people. Through pageantry, I have the best of both worlds!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
-In five years, I see myself as a midwife aiding mothers to have a successful, enjoyable birthing experience!
What are your future pageant goals?
-My most recent future pageant goal is to become Miss Black USA 2012 and make an impact across the Unites States. Who knows where I will go from there?
Where can we learn more about you?
-You can learn more about me at www.missblacktennesseeusa.org, and you can keep up with my latest appearances, community involvement, and journey to the crown by liking us on Facebook at Miss Black Tennessee USA or by following us on twitter @missblacktn
What are some of your major achievements?
-A few of my major achievements include graduating in the top ten of my high school class with honors, being accepted into one of the best nursing schools in Tennessee at Belmont, and currently holding the title of Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012.
How can girls learn more about your pageant?
More information about the Tennessee pageant specifically can be found at www.missblacktennesseeusa.org!
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
-I want everyone that supports me to know that I am a titleholder who uses my power in the most positive way possible. The power of words is not something I take lightly, and I truly believe beauty starts on the inside and exudes its way out. I seek opportunities to make an impact in all communities. Although my sash reads Miss “Black” Tennessee USA 2012, I am the voice and the face of every little girl who has the hopes of making her dreams a reality. When people say you can’t, YOU CAN, and I challenge you to be the best YOU that you can be. There is only one you.
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