Miss America 2013 || Role Model

1.11.2013

I didn't have sisters. I found girls in my community to look up to. Dance teachers, previous Miss Magic Valleys, girls that I went to church with, babysitters... I wanted to be them. I learned from them. The Miss America Organization was a chance for me to be that for someone else. That is something I love about this organization, it made it easy for me to be an example in my community and it made it easy for me to be a big sister. Something that I had always wanted was placed in my hands as I started competing. There were always "little sisters" that got involved in the pageants, to be there to watch and learn from the Miss contestants. There was opportunities for princess workshops so we could teach them about confidence and self worth. The Miss America Organization even has a sister program for teens. It is all about sisterhood and being an example.


Some of my fondest memories throughout my years of competing come from girls just like the ones in the photos above. The times that they came to me to talk and I could tell them how beautiful they were. The times that they asked for a photo and for a moment I stepped away from whatever I was doing to give them my attention. The times when I could go into schools and community groups to just be there and show them that they had worth. Those are the times are cherish. I am so grateful for the opportunity to become a role model to young girls in my community through this program. And if I even helped one young woman or little girl, than I did my job. 

Love,
Deidre
Melissa Ann said...

Hi! You are absolutely beautiful! Inside and out. More little girls need role models like you to help build their confidence and mold them into strong women.

I found your blog through What Jean Wants (Blog Hop). I am your newest follower. Please stop by my blog if you have a chance: www.theeyesofaboy.com

Much love,
Melissa
The Eyes of a Boy

Angie Ouellette-Tower said...

I'm already a follower of your lovely blog - I'm just stopping by from “Aloha Friday” blog hop to say thanks for co-hosting.
Angie
godsgrowinggarden.com

Feral Turtle said...

Following via the Aloha Blog Hop! http://www.feralturtle.com

Hailey. said...

I love this post. :)

Enjoying the Epiphany said...

What a lovely post. I am your newest follower and was hopin' that you would stop by my page (currently under construction so don't mind the missing image, etc), hang out for a bit, and like me back!

Have a lovely day!
Sarah
www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

Michell @Prowess and Pearls said...

Mentoring is such a wonderful thing...we need more of it. Thanks for sharing! Following you from the Aloha blog-hop.

Michell @Prowess and Pearls
http://www.prowessandpearls.bolgspot.com

Paula Miller said...

Hi! Already a follower but wanted to stop by and say hello while I'm hopping around :)

Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Cyndi Calhoun said...

What an awesome post! I love how you found inspiration and role models!

Julie Maloney said...

Beautiful pictures! I just found you through a few blog hops actually! Glad I did!

ShaunaQ said...

You are beautiful inside and out as an example for those girls! Stopping by to show some blog love on Aloha Friday! Already following!

www.mommacandy.com

Kathy Moody said...

What an awesome post! I love it. So glad I found your wonderful blog. Your newest follower from the hop. :)

Have a great weekend.

Kathy @ lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

SarahJane Miller said...

I love this! I bet that was such a treat to be a role model to all the little girls :)

Ashley Eliza said...

you are stunning my dear. i have loved reading your posts. what a fun thing to be involved in! you are amazing! ps im OBSESSED with that black dress. i must see more pics

xo

The Unreal Life said...

New follower--excited to read more!

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