Full name: Angenique Haynes
Title/Year: Miss Infinity Illinois
Age division for pageants (Pre-teen, Miss, Mrs., etc): Miss
Hobbies: Singing, Cooking, watching TV , listening to music.
Platform: My platform is to open a youth center.
Favorite Charity: Live Out Loud Charity
Tiara Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.
(Who you are outside of the pageant world)
I am a mother. I am very family oriented. I enjoy traveling and exploring new things.
Tiara Magazine: Tell us about your pageant journey. When did you start competing and how many titles have you won or lost (if you care to share)? I started competing in my early teen years. I started with Freeport pageant and on to win Miss Sunburst.
Tiara Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I will always remember Mrs. Hannah Phillips who introduced me when I was a teenager she told how pretty I was and she inspired me to get involved and helped me through the way.
Tiara Magazine: Did any specific coach or coaching site help you prepare for the competition or past competitions? If so please share with us your top 3 tips. No coaching at all just God beside me.
Tiara Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? What separates this title from others? I competed for my current title because I truly want to make a difference to the community and outside world and to open doors for the youth along with putting my story out hoping to inspire others.
Tiara Magazine: Did you win this title the first time competing for it? Tell us the journey to the crown. Start to finish- how many months did you have to prepare? I won through a photogenic contest it was very unexpected that so many people voted for me and I won.
Tiara Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Why would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to people who have a platform and to those who want to make a difference.
Tiara Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition? What was your most nerve-wracking area of competition and what was your favorite? Being judged on interview and overall appearances my favorite is always evening gown, my least is interview because you may be caught off guard to answer the most difficult questions that can either make you or break you.
Tiara Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition. Were you a fierce competitor or more like Miss Congeniality? I have a little bit of both I am very fierce when I am on the runway but very down to earth and easy going off stage.
Tiara Magazine: Tell us about your platform and to what cause(s) you currently donate your time. My platform I would like to open a youth center that offers scholar ships, counseling, sports programs, camps. I know from experience a lot of children are lost in the world with no guidance so I’m hoping I can be that guidance.
Tiara Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title? Live Out Loud Charity Beauty Queen Parade.
Tiara Magazine: What are some of your achievements (scholastic, pageant, community oriented, etc)? Community with Allstars project and Live Out Loud Charity.
Tiara Magazine: What personal struggles have you triumphed over in order to be where you are today? I almost died 3 yrs ago when I was bullied and assaulted it changed my life in many ways and it helped me to appreciate life more by being thankful just to be alive.
Tiara Magazine: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? I plan to just be myself, to show poise, confidence, and my sense of humor as I am a living victory.
Tiara Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful contestants? I stand out because I am a living victory. I almost died 3 yrs ago and my platform is different from others. My story will set example for so many.
Tiara Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. My name has been called numerous times as winner and each time its tears of joy because no matter who doubted me or didn’t believe in me I kept going and I believed in myself so it makes me extremely proud.
Tiara Magazine: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? Beauty Queen is confident, inspiring, fierce. She’s a role model. She’s smart, self driven.
Tiara Magazine: How did competing in pageants help your life? It helps my life in many ways, it keeps me more dedicated to my purpose and it keeps you motivated to know you are a role model which makes you think and be more wiser in your everyday life.
Tiara Magazine: What do you think about Miss America removing the evening gown phase of the competition? Disappointed but also understanding at the same time. Pageant has been judged on wardrobe etc so to change that is a plus because its more than about appearances although evening gowns are very classy I do understand.
Tiara Magazine: What do you think about Miss America 2017 speaking out about being bullied within the organization? Do you think she was strong to do so? Very much so strong but i feel it was needed because so many people including myself has gone through it and felt alone no way out etc.
Tiara Magazine: You are an inspiration and role model to all of the girls out there. How does it feel? It’s a wonderful feeling honestly tearful of happiness that others can look up to you and you inspire someone else’s life is beautiful
Tiara Magazine: What behavior is considered negative in the pageant world? There are strict rules to follow in order to win or keep the crown. Please share with the audience how one must obtain and maintain their status as a role model. Keep classy at all time no matter what situation you’re in. No using profanity, no nudity, always keep it clean being respectful at all times and being polite at all times. Always smile.
Tiara Magazine: What are your tips or favorite videos for learning a better pageant walk? I always google search videos, it truly helps with the do’s and dont’s.
Tiara Magazine: What are your tips for choosing the perfect pageant evening gown dress for the onstage competition? Sparkle or glitter dress catches the attention and help you glow on stage. Split through are very sexy as well with a long train.
Tiara Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview? Don’t stutter, Don’t um over and over and be sure to keep smiling and look judges right in their eyes.
Tiara Magazine: How would you handle a political onstage question regarding our current President Trump or former President Obama? What technique would you use to answer the question yet stay politically correct? Our former president Obama has had a great journey as President and has open many doors in making a difference for us all. I am happy to see this moment in history.
Tiara Magazine: What is one mistake that you’ve done during competition that you wish you could redo and fix? I got stuck and stalled with an interview question.
Tiara Magazine: What other mistakes are made by contestants during the pageant competition? Trying too hard , or not being confident.
Tiara Magazine: Any modeling or acting experience? I have done background work on Chicago Med, suites spin-off series and Empire
Tiara Magazine: What are your plans for the next year as a Queen? My plan is to continue inspiring others and work on my plan to open a youth center and open doors to many.
Tiara Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to truly be remembered as a good person whom helped so many people and open doors for many as well. I’m hoping my legacy will live forever to always be yourself, help others and to never give up.
Thank you very much for interviewing with Tiara Magazine.