In a world that is so focused on outward beauty it is always refreshing to find someone who is beautiful inside and out. HER really is about finding and cultivating what makes us beautiful. Many times those things that are truly meaningful are overlooked.I am so glad that I know a women who exudes beauty from the inside out and I thank her for her time in answering my questions.
How did you first become involved in pageants and what keeps you involved?
I started competing in pageants at the age of 17, and my mother was the person that encouraged me to compete even though I refused initially. I first became involved in the industry when I received some information in the mail about The Miss Teen of Alabama Pageant. I was drawn to this pageant system because it was not your typical “beauty pageant.” The pageant highlighted scholastic achievement, school and community service, and personal development just to name a few. I stay involved in the industry because I have a passion for empowering women and girls for success. Pageantry helps ladies build self-esteem and develop leadership and communication skills. I attribute much of my success in life to pageantry, and I want to help others succeed as well.
What is your platform, the issue(s) you are passionate about and why?
I am passionate about endometriosis awareness and financial empowerment. My pageant platform is entitled Code Yellow: An Alert on Endometriosis. I am passionate about this issue because I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 after suffering for nearly 10 years with the symptoms of the disease. Endometriosis afflicts 6.3 million women and girls in the United States, and the average person has never even heard of the disease. I believe that awareness is crucial so that women and girls can be proactive about their reproductive health and wellness. I am passionate about financial empowerment because I want people to succeed financially especially the millennial generation. I educate others about personal finance and budgeting and the importance of eliminating debt in order to build wealth.
Do you believe spirituality is important and what do you focus on when you have a bad day?
Spirituality is very important to me because my foundation is in Christianity. I pray, read the Bible, and attend church on a regular basis and these practices keep my grounded and help me overcome bad days. I also like to listen to spirituality teachers such as Louise Hay and Iyanla Vanzant.
If a young woman told you she struggled with loving herself, what advice would you give?
I am a big believer in positive affirmations. I say affirmations and write down affirmations on a regular basis. For a woman who is struggling with self-love, my advice would be to practice saying affirmations in front of the mirror. One of my favorite affirmations is “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I love it because not only is it Word based, but it resonates with me and makes me feel good about myself. Saying affirmations help to shift the mindset from negative thoughts and ideas.
How do you stay humble yet driven in accomplishing your goals?
I keep an attitude of thankfulness because I know without God I am nothing, and He is the reason I can accomplish my goals and receive opportunities. For that I am forever grateful.
Who is someone you consider to be a mentor? What are some lessons this person has taught you?
I consider my godmother Twanna Walton as a mentor. She has taught me how to raise my spiritual consciousness and how to be my best self.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want me legacy to be that I empowered others to succeed in life with self-confidence and self-love.
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