A week ago today, I gave up my first local title with the Miss America Organization. My year of service as Miss Piedmont has shaped me so much more than I could have ever imagined and I’m really excited to use this blog to share some of my experiences with you but first you need to hear something. I am not a pageant girl. (Gasp) I know it’s hard to believe but I didn’t start competing since I was 21 ( which honestly put me at a bit of a disadvantage to the women who have been competing since they were 13). It was a daunting undertaking and to this day I wonder what possessed me to get in my swimsuit and prance around in front of not only an audience of my peers but a panel of judges who were scoring me! But the only explanation I can give you is that it was Gods will and not mine.
Even now my pageant journey is still a relatively new development in my life. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I would never in a million years have considered myself a “pageant girl” or someone even capable of serving as a role model to young girls but after placing 1st runner up at Miss OCU in fall of 2013 (which was my first pageant ever, you can see how shocked I was in the photos above!) I was encouraged by the people around to continue pursuing my goal of competing at Miss Oklahoma. Looking back, I realize that this desire to make it to Miss O was not something I chose for myself. God was guiding my heart and my every step along the way. It also gave me something to work towards and focus on in everyday life which is something I’ve learned that I need.
A little over a year later, I was incredibly blessed to be crowned Miss Piedmont 2015. This pageant was so different for me than any other I competed in and not just because I left with a crown on my head. It was the first pageant that I truly gave to God. I was able to let go of my stress and anxiety from the pressure I put on myself every time I get on stage. But not this time. I felt confident in what I had to show the judges that day. And I guess that paid off because here I am a whole year later with new experiences and personal growth to show for it. I grew an incredible amount spiritually this year and my communication skills improved volumes as I prepared for interview with Natasha (one of my directors). Crowning the new Miss Piedmont was even more amazing then I could have imagined because I got to crown one of the sweetest girls I know! Her reaction was so priceless!
One of my goals with this blog is to share with everyone what my experience as a non pageant-y “pageant girl” has done for me in hopes that I can inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and trust God to guide their life towards His calling for them! I also am going to be writing about other aspects of my life like my faith, fitness and healthy eating, fashion, dance, school, and so on. Until next time, <3 Victoria