1. Tell us about how you got started in pageantry and your pageant history:
I started getting into pageantry in 2017 because I wanted to represent something bigger than myself. The first title I won was Miss Sun City Pre-teen 2019. Then, I went on to win Gingerbread Divisional Grand Supreme in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, I have joined the Earth system and I competed for the state title and won Teen Miss Southwest Earth!
2. What is the most important thing that you've learned competing?
The most important thing about pageantry I’ve learned is helping the community. It has given me a platform to make my voice be heard and help others along the way.
3. As Teen Miss Southwest Earth, what would you say makes Teen Miss Earth USA unique?What makes Teen Miss Earth unique is that the pageant itself focuses on saving the Earth rather than just walking down a runway. It let me represent a cause much bigger than myself and also give me the opportunity to learn and grow as a person.
4. What is your platform? My platform is “Cheer for the Earth” and it is directed at helping kids learn about the Earth at a young age so they can grow up becoming leaders and advocates for the Earth themselves. You can learn about my platform on my website cheerfortheearth.com and also on my Facebook page Teen Miss Southwest Earth.
5. What impact do you hope to leave as the reigning Teen Miss Southwest?
I really hope that I have made an impact on how people view the Earth. I want to make sure that I made a difference by helping people become aware of what’s happening to our Earth right now and the ways that they can help too.
6. As a champion of Earth friendly causes, what is your eco-tip for our readers?
Being eco- conscious can start out very simple. Take a plastic bag with you when you are out walking or hiking and pick up that trash you see out there. Don’t use plastic straws when you go out to eat, take your own reusable one with you. Start recycling at your home. The little changes you make in your life can make a big change for our Earth.
7. What was your preparation process like for Teen Miss Earth USA?
I have to say that preparing for this pageant was challenging and fun. I worked with my Coach Jackie weekly. I began studying about things that impacted our Earth. I participated in the Climate Reality Change Summit to learn as much as I could about making an impact on our Earth. I began working with a personal trainer to get fit for the bathing suit portion of the competition. I also practiced walking on stage and interviewing as well.
8. What advice would you give to other women considering competing in Teen Miss Earth USA? My best advice that I could give is to be yourself always. The judges want to see your true personality so let that sparkle.
9. What is your next pageant goal? My next pageant goal is to win Teen Miss Earth at the pageant coming up in Orlando in January.
10. Tell us about a non-pageant goal you're hoping to achieve this year.
A non-pageant goal I am hoping to achieve this year is to bring my grade point average up so I can be in the top 10% of my class for graduation next year.
NYC pageant coach Jackie Schiffer is passionate about helping women find their voices. Her international client roster includes women competing at the local, national and international level. Currently, she serves on the national coaching team for Miss Earth USA, USA National Miss, Miss Global United States, Mrs. Universal, and more.