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Here is a recap of my first 2 days of Mrs. International!
Check in started at 6 and I was able to finally meet my International pageant sister queens and I heard what to expect from pageant week.
My orientation neighbor was Mrs. West Virginia.
Reigning Mrs. International Maggie Thorne asked us to design shoes for the children of Jacksonville in support of her platform Soles 4 Souls.
We received some amazing gifts for the International Pageant organization!
Day 2 has been nothing but a blast. We started the day with a trolley tour of Historic Downtown St. Augustine and a sip from the Fountain of Youth.
Then we hit the outlets of St. Augustine and did a little shopping.
After we lightened our wallets a little, we made our way back to Jacksonville for a behind the scenes tour of Everbank Field Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It was so neat seeing the inner workings of one of my favorite sports.
Now we are headed back to the hotel, with a special appearance by the ever on time Florida evening thunderstorms.
Having an absolute blast so far and I am looking forward to dinner and our first rehearsal this evening.
Mrs. Florida International
While packing and prepping for Mrs. International, I took some time to attend a Human Trafficking awareness event. It was great to get out and educate people in my community about Human Trafficking, hosted by Central Imaging. The beach made a perfect setting for such an important cause.
There are so many sterotypes that are out there in regards to victims, and I have made it one of my missions this year to break down those myths so that there can be a better understanding and compassion for the victims of modern day slavery.
T- Minus 3 Day until Mrs. International……
Wow has the past month been a whirlwind. After getting the call from Mrs. Florida International Director Marianne Oden, telling me I was the new Mrs. Florida International, preparations began, what will be for me one of the greatest accomplishments of my pageant career.
Within one week, I submitted all required paperwork, official headshot and chose the gown I would be wearing while I grace the Mrs. International Stage, from the official Mrs. Florida International gown sponsor and friends over at Regalia.
I traveled to Tennessee to educate and raise awareness for Human Trafficking and Anti Bullying, was invited to join the statewide council on Human Trafficking in Florida by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and joined forces with Westgate CEO David Siegal, founder of the Victoria Siegal Foundation.
My wardrobe is stellar, thanks to the small village who have spent so much time and energy getting me ready to represent Florida with style!
As the final few days of preparations have started, I have been focusing my efforts on preparing myself for private interviews with the judges and the always tricky onstage question! I want to make sure that people realize the importance of education and prevention of Human Trafficking and Anti-Bullying. This is truly a global issue that not many people know or believe is really going on.
Human Trafficking affects 30.5 million people annually and does not discriminate against age, race or gender. Human trafficking is one of the Top 3 most committed criminal activity globally alongside of drug and weapon trafficking. Victims are often young, vulnerable and out casted youth, who are just looking for acceptance and a purpose in life. Bullying often causes victims to fall prey to human trafficking as well.
As a victim of severe bullying at the age of 10, I feel it is important for me to share my story with impressionable children and let them know that there are people out there who care about what happens to them and assist them in finding the help they need to gain back the confidence that was taken from them by their bullies.
I am looking forward to representing the Sunshine State at Mrs. International next week in Jacksonville! Stay tuned for pictures from pageant week!