|Seven state titleholders + Miss America fighting the wind during the Brooklyn|
Bridge photo shoot...how glamorous!
|NY, VA, SC, and HI|
|Mal and I are never ever awkward.|
After my classy arrival back at my humble apartment with the mountain of bags at 2am, I slept for two hours before waking up in time to sing the National Anthem at the New York City Half Marathon. Needless to say, I didn't deem a shower necessary that morning. I sang for thousands upon thousands of runners, once again escorted from tent to tent. Then a few hours later, BOOM, I'm playing cards with my family in an Irish Pub, not an ounce of glamor in sight. I'm telling you, the fake celebridom is very odd.
You don't have to be Miss New York to live a life different than the way others perceive it. Heck, with social media, we're all something like mini-celebs...except we're also our own PR managers. The thing with perception is that we can't get lost in others' opinions; we must stay cognizant about reality. At the same time, we need to use the way others see us to draw inspiration for our reality. For instance, the more people who tell me that I'm a great Miss New York, the more I want to work hard to make that statement more than just hot air. Or the opposite- if someone perceives me as stuck up because of pageant stereotypes, the more relatable I'm determined to be. We can't get lost in how we are perceived because reality is, well, reality, but we should use the eyes of others to shape our worlds into something we'll be proud of when someone starts getting to know the real us.
I don't have a solution for world peace and I don't own any blouses that cost more than $25 (shout out to Target and Forever 21), but I'm doing my darndest to be more giving, patient, intellectual, and sensitive because that's what people perceive a role model Miss New York to be...simply an upstanding woman. The wam bam glam perception can't really be changed- that's just the name of the game- but if you're reading this, please know that Miss New York is wearing faded jeans and a grey sweater while writing this on a smelly bus with no leg room.
|Made this meme a few weeks ago...perfect, right? I crack myself up...|
Since the last time I blogged...(in no particular order)
I went to Cabo with my best friends, plus grandma/stepdad/cousin:
Met Bloomberg at the annual fundraiser for the National Marfan Foundation:
Went to a few appearances upstate:
Went to a fashion show:
Judged a cheesecake contest to raise money for Broadway Cares:
Attended all of the Miss America Homecoming events:
|PS 22 Choir!|
|Good Morning America|
Hosted a few pageants, one during which a contestant drew my face for talent:
Had a major balloon sword fight:
Had my official Miss New York crown pictures taken:
Sent out lots of signed photos:
AND LOTS, LOTS MORE :-D