What a weekend it has been at nationals. It was a weekend of laughs, tears (both happy and sad) and learning.
Check in for the pageant was Thursday night, but due to a lot of different things, I came down Friday morning. I had to go to work quickly to set things up for the day, then went to the mall. I last minute decided to change my gown (again) and literally waited outside Macy’s until it opened. I then hit the road to Cromwell, CT and arrived at 12:30 in the afternoon, with just enough to grab some food and meet up with my friend and sister queen Mary before we started rehearsals. the rest of the night consisted of practicing our opening number dance, watching Miss teen USA preliminaries, and watching the big sister/little sister competition. although I have a little (Cayla) she was running late so we were unable to compete. It was a fun night to get the weekend started.
We were up way too early for a morning workout with Lori Ann from Bravo’s Game of Crowns.
She literally kicked our butts. Although I appreciated the opportunity, this workout screwed me up for the rest of the weekend because I was extremely sore and it hurt to walk or move. We also had an interview prep seminar, then a long break before interview, where Mary and I just relaxed until her parents came up. we then had dinner with them and got ready for our interviews.
I actually had a very political interview; I was expecting more about me and my bio and was slightly thrown off by some of the questions, but I thought I answered them well. it was a 5 minute panel.
Questions in my interview;
-how do you feel about security in schools given Sandyhook?
-why should you be the national titleholder?
-what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
-if you could sit down with Obama for a few hours, what would you talk about?
-finish this sentence…love is _____
-how do you feel about school uniforms?
-do you value your American freedom?
-what would you change in education reforms?
-who inspires you most? (time ended so I didn’t answer this)
After my interview, we had a few more hours of rehearsal, and then tried to go to bed but we were too excited for Sunday.
Once again up very early to get ready and go to the black and gold breakfast.
We then headed into rehearsal and then got ready for finals. the day went by very fast! it was finally showtime. We started with opening number, which was a white or red cocktail dress and a mask of our choosing. our song was to Applause by Lady Gaga.
Next was swim, where I came out in my black suit I bedazzled for USA last January.
Finally was gown, where I modeled my new burgundy gown that has sequins and lace on it.
I felt confident in swim, but during gown, the back of my dress got caught on the back of my heel which made it difficult to walk, and I’m sure one of the judges noticed because I saw him look at my feet. I had mixed emotions coming off stage. after a few minutes of waiting, we all went on stage to hear the announcement of top 5. This was a VERY competitive pageant with lot of experienced girls and former titleholders of other systems. I was devastated to not hear my name called, but extremely excited for Mary for making it.
A huge congratulations to Kara for winning! I met Kara a few years ago when she was actually my judge at Miss New York International. enjoy your year! And congrats to all the girls, I’m glad I got to share this weekend with you. Mary, thank you for encouraging me, being my friend and rock, giving me laughs, and of course for straightening my hair Saturday! I love you girlie. Sasha and Debbie, thank you for the opportunity.
Although I was disappointed that I wasn’t what the judges were looking for, at the end of the day, I am really competing against myself. If I look at the improvements I’ve made since my very first pageants, I know I have a lot to be proud of.
pictures of my first pageants;