Tell us about your title. When did you win your title and what were the areas of competition? My title is Miss Black Nashville 2013. I recently received my title in June 2012. After submitting my application it went through a reviewing process, which included an evaluation of my academic performance in college, community service efforts, and plan of action for what would be my platform during my reign. I was later interviewed by the director and received a letter stating I had been chosen as the representative Nashville for 2013.
What types of appearances have you made as a queen? Due to just receiving my title, I have not yet made any appearances as queen. However, my first appearance will be July 13th and 14th at the Sister’s Expo in Chattanooga, TN, a part of the “Be at R.I.S.K.” weekend. I am so excited for this upcoming opportunity back in the town that I graduated from!
What do you hope to leave behind as your legacy? I hope to leave behind as my legacy multiple of things! First, I want young women and men to know that you can be successful in whatever it is that you put your mind to. You can’t let negativity deter you from your achievements, take it as motivation. Second, I hope to leave behind that education is important and should be something focused on in every adolescent’s life. Third, I wish to leave behind a great awareness for asthma prevention.
Do you have a specific cause or charity that you hold dear to your heart? If so, tell us why. My platform that I will be promoting is Asthma Prevention. Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and yet many parents know little about it. In the United States, it is estimated that nearly 5 million children under age 18 have this disease. Studies show that asthma was the reason for almost 200,000 hospital stays and about 340 deaths among persons under age 25. These numbers are slowly increasing. When I was in the 4thgrade, I almost passed away due to a severe asthma attack. My family was aware of the disease and how to keep it stabilized, but that did not stop it. Imagine what it’s doing to families who have no idea that their child has asthma or how to prevent it. I want to help bring these statistics down.
What is your pageant style? I believe that I have a conservative pageant style. A young woman can be gorgeous with all the clothes on in the world! It’s not about what you wear, but how you carry yourself as a woman, and being supportive of my fellow contenders.
What is your everyday style? I love to be comfortable! I work with children and workout just about everyday so this calls for a flexible wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong though, I love to dress-up and get cute as well.
What does your pageantry experience entail? How has this shaped you into the woman you are today? My pageantry experience involves me constantly staying prepared mentally and physically. I try to read my Bible daily and listen to my pastor Bishop Walker whenever he speaks. Walking right with my Heavenly Father makes everything so much easier! I also have to stay in shape. A healthy body takes true dedication and hard work. I spend days with my personal trainer and try to eat, as I should. I feel both of these things have made me a headstrong woman and ready to take on whatever challenges come my way.
Do you prefer pageantry or modeling? I honestly enjoy doing both. I feel I have a vibrant personality and both allow me to express myself in multiple ways.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years I see myself having my Master’s degree completed in the area of Education. I see myself still impacting the lives of youth in our inner city schools, giving them hope and a vision to accomplish their goals and dreams.
What are your future pageant goals? I would love to continue to compete in pageants across the country. This would be a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to promote Asthma Prevention and Awareness and promote high quality education for our children.
Where can we learn more about you? arielnsmith.com
What are some of your major achievements? Having the opportunity to be Miss Black Nashville is a major achievement within itself. I am so honored. Some major achievements throughout my life are: I was the first African-American student body president at my high school, I was inducted into a National Honor Society for Education majors my junior year in college, and I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
How can girls learn more about your pageant? They can visit http://www.missblacktennesseeusa.org
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? I’m a Southern Christian girl who simply loves God and loves life! My motto is “Live and Be Happy.” A smile on your face can go a long way.