This weeks Pageant Press is with the inspiring Emily Drake! She is one of my fellow Miss Amazing directors, the Delaware state director, and the reigning Miss Delaware United States 2015! Emily is 27 years-old and from New Castle, Delaware. She has many hats that she wears in her life, the Delaware Miss Amazing state director and Miss Delaware US 2015 are just the tip of the ice berg for her! She is also a commercial realtor, has her Bachelor’s of Science in Leadership and is the owner of her brand new business called Elite Events by Emily, check out her website here! Not only that but she was just named one of the Delaware Business Times Top 40 Under 40, one of the youngest recipients! Read more about that here! Learn a little more about her below!
When did you first decide to get into pageantry?
-I think my fate was decided before I was born ! The day I was born (September 10) the front page of the newspaper was “Miss Minnesota wins Miss America” . I remember watching pageants on TV at 6 years old and asking my mom “how do I sign up for this?” Eventually, at age 14, I competed in my first pageant and never looked back.
You’ve competed in multiple pageant systems, what is the main difference you see between the different organizations?
-That’s a tough question. I think each system brings something unique to the world of pageantry. I competed at Miss Delaware Teen USA three times , Miss Delaware USA three times, and Miss Delaware United States twice. I was attracted to the Miss United States Organization because of its emphasis on platform AND beauty.
Do you have a specific platform you support?
Yes. I am the state director of the Delaware Miss Amazing Pageant, a pageant that provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build self confidence in a supportive environment. Miss Amazing Inc. is a national organization in over 30 states and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to bring this program to Delaware. Miss Amazing truly is a life changing experience for not only the participants but the staff, volunteers, and audience members as well.
If so, how has your title helped spread your message?
-My title has helped me promote DE Miss Amazing more than I could have hoped. In our first year we set up to have 10 participants and 50 audience members. We had 15 participants and over 100 audience memebers! We were featured in the News Journal and interviewed on our morning radio station the day after because of how quickly the word spread. We already have gained traction for our 2016 program and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us !
What do you think is the relevance of pageantry in today’s society?
-It’s unfortunate that pageantry still has a negative stigma surrounding it. Pageantry has helped mold me into the woman I am today. I have impressive interview skills, I am comfortable speaking with anyone, I am an activist in my community, and have accomplished a lot for only being 27; and I can credit a large portion of that to pageantry. I was just awarded the Delaware Business Times Top 40 Under 40 in Delaware, and as the youngest recipient , I can say confidently that competing in pageants has helped push me to achieve so much in such little time.
You are the current Miss Delaware United States, and just finished competing at Nationals with a top 15 finish, congratulations by the way! What was that experience like? Hearing your name called as the top 15?
-Unreal. Being called LAST (which seems to be a theme in my competition history), I almost lost it. Standing there as the first 14 names were called my legs were shaking, my smile was stale, and was going crazy. Then I hear “and our last spot goes to…. DELAWARE” It was such a surreal moment for me, it is hard to put into words how grateful I was.
What advice would you give to women and young girls starting out in pageantry?
-To stay focused, trust yourself, and trust your training. The truth is…. You probably won’t win your first time. I didn’t win my first 7 times; don’t let that deter you from competing. Learn from each experience, take it all in, and have a blast doing it!
What is your absolute favorite part of being a part of pageants?
-I love being on stage. I danced for 22 years and hitting that stage was always such a rush for me. I also love that I feel my best when prepping for pageants. I am in the best shape of my life, my mind is focused, and I am in the zone.
Some people seem to have a negative connotation about pageantry, whether they feel its dated, a waste of money, etc. What would say to someone who shares that type of view?
I get it a lot, I even had a coworker told me it was “a little girl thing” and I needed to grow up. You just have to realize that not everyone sees everything the same way. I respect peoples opinions and just remain confident that the path I’m choosing by competing in pageantry, is the right one for me.
If you could be any Disney princess who would you be?
I’d say Ariel. I’m not sure how to justify why other than she was a mermaid, and that’s pretty awesome in and of itself. haha
What is your favorite song to rock out to?
-I don’t think I can pick just one ! Most recently “Worth it” by Fifth Harmony !
If you had to choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?
-Mozzarella sticks 🙂
What is your favorite book?
-Honestly, Gone Girl was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read.
What is one beauty product you could not live without?
Thank you so much Emily for telling us about yourself! You can check out the Miss Delaware United States pageant here! And don’t forget to LIKE Emily’s Facebook page here! Also, as a state director for the Miss Amazing Pageant as well I am going send you the Miss Amazing, Inc. website for more information on getting involved in your state!
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