Hello my lovelies!
It has been quite some time since I have last written, but boy do I have many updates for you all. I began the journey to participating in the Miss Beloit Pageant over a year ago, and it taught me more about myself than I ever imagined.
First and foremost, many people believe that being in the pageant world, means that you must be a size 0 and extremely beautiful, but from my experience it is quite the opposite. While the media does portray pageant women to be thin and beautiful, I came to find a side of pageantry that is much more meaningful and important. I found that people cared more about my intellect and talent, than my size and looks. As a curvy gal, this experience allowed me to flourish and embrace my body, mind, and soul on a level deeper than I had ever reached. Being apart of the Miss Beloit Pageant, taught me to love myself, and appreciate that although I am not perfect, I can always strive to be the best version of myself.
Although I didn’t walk away with the crown, I walked away with a sense of pride in myself. I am proud of who I am, all I have accomplished, and all that has yet to come. The night of the pageant, was humbling, and I found that so many young girls and women found my confidence (in my not so size 0 body) to be inspirational. I have lived an incredible life, and I am glad that I was given this opportunity to help other young women see beyond the looks and perceived notions of who should be in a pageant. I am young, confident, and curvy, and yes I walked across a stage in front of hundreds of people in my two piece swimsuit. To all the young women out their who think that if they are a specific size they will be happier, this is just not true. You must be happy with who you are, and love yourself for all the perfectly imperfectness that is you!