Thursday, March 26, 2015

Meet Miss Colorado Jr. Pre-Teen Anoyoh Mancho!


Since I was crowned the National American Miss 2014 Colorado Jr. Pre-Teen queen last summer I started my year of service right away. I donated all the community service book donations collected pageant weekend to the Colorado Fire Station #8 for them to distribute throughout the community. I also participated in a back to school drive with the Colorado Springs fire department which favored the disadvantage inner city children and supplied them with school supplies. One Saturday per month I volunteered at the local food bank where I helped collect items that were donated to the local food bank to help stamp hunger in our community. I was even featured in the Denver digest magazine and the CHCC magazine for my volunteer work in the community. The highlight of my year was when I went to the National Pageant in California. I made so many new friends, had lots of fun, and placed top 10 in the country. It has been an amazing experience so far as your 2014 Colorado Jr. Pre-Teen queen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Meet The 2014-2015 National American Miss Jr. Teen Elizabeth Saby!



NAM: Tell us about yourself:
Liz: I am a 16 year old sophomore at Mora High School. I have a 5 year old brother named Robby, a black lab named baby, and a cat named Lily. I live in a town where the population is 3,571 people! I love summer, swimming and adventures. 

NAM: What activities are you involved in?
 Liz: I run cross country, ski, golf, figure skate, I'm in student council and I love to do plays and musicals! 

NAM: What are your plans for the future?
Liz: I plan on getting a degree in medicine and becoming a missionary. I'd like to serve in the Middle East or India, healing wounds and spreading the word of God. I also would like to travel the world. 
Ready to hit the NAM National Stage for the opening number!

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Liz: You can only do you're best, and when you do so, that's what should make you the most satisfied. 

NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Liz: I practiced whenever I could! In the fall I had such a busy schedule with cross country and play practice that whenever I had free time I was practicing. Walking in my shoes on weekends, running through my introduction between classes, the excitement of the national pageant never left my mind! 

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Liz: Love love love Forever 21. The clothes they have are so chic and everything is adorable!
National Sister Queens!

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Liz: Pageants have made me a confident, motivated, approachable person. NAM has taught me to be myself, and trying to fit the mold won't do me any good. Over the years I've realized this, and I've decided that the best you can be is yourself. (:

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Liz: My Bible. This is my road map to life. I take it with me everywhere, and everything I need to be happy is written in it. 

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
 Liz:The Breakfast Club is #1 because it's a movie about real life. The 5 teenagers could've very well been born in my generation and the movie would still relate to life. Moral of the story: 80s teenagers aren't much different from today's. 
NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
Having a blast at The NAM National Pageant! 
NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM contestants?
Liz:Don't be discouraged or compare yourself to other contestants. It drops your confidence level! Remember you can only do and be your best!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
 Liz: I'd like to be the first woman to base jump off of Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the tallest building in the world!)

NAM: What is your dream job?
Liz: To own my own clothing shop on Venice Beach. 

Friends!
NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Liz: I want to inspire people to be themselves. A lot of teenagers face pressure from authority figures about who they should be and what they should do. I believe strongly in loving who you are and doing something that makes you happy. 

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
Liz: I serve at my local soup kitchen, pack meals for kids against hunger, and volunteer at my church. 

NAM: What is your most embarrassing moment?
 At Disneyland at the National Pageant all of the jr teen contestants were told to runout of the castle for a video. I started to run in the mob of girls and my flip flop got stepped on and it fell off. On of the choreographers handed it back and I ran out at least 5 seconds after everyone. Maybe I should've asked for a redo...

Ready for Check -In at the national pageant! 
NAM: What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Liz: Adults tend to think that my generation doesn't have goals. The truth is, we aren't just lazy teenagers playing video games and tweeting. Everyone has goals and dreams, especially us! 
NAM: If you could go back in time to any historical event what would it be?
Liz: I would like to experience the 70s. It's such an interesting time in history where teenagers stood up for what they believed in: peace. 

NAM: Who is to most influential person in the world?
Liz: I think Malala is an extremely influential person. Not only did she speak about what she believed in when it was forbidden, she escaped death, and continued to speak to many about what she believes. I like to think she is more influential because she is a young woman, who grew up not having power. 

Formal Wear Modeling! 
NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Liz: NAM encourages young girls that they don't need to wear makeup to be pretty. 

NAM:How long have you been involved?
Liz: I got a letter in the mail when I was 6. I competed that summer and I loved it. I have competed in NAM seven times, winning my state title last summer. To travel to Nationals to compete and win has been my dream since my first year at NAM. 

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
 Liz:Someone who is caring and real. All of the previous and current NAM queens I have met are in fact both! 

The Crowning Moment!

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Liz: I love rollerblading in the summer! My best friend Emily and I will spend endless time on bike trails around my town.
NAM: What makes your state unique?
Liz: We are a very friendly state! It's uncommon to walk down the street in my small town without a smile or a hello from the person passing by. 

NAM: What is your favorite food?
Liz: Cosmic Brownies and my mom's homemade bean soup.

The 2014-2015 NAM National Queens!

NAM: What makes you laugh?
 Liz:My friends know how to make me laugh! Without them, I don't know how I'd make it through the school day!

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Liz: After the initial shock of OMG, I thought, someone needs to tell my dad! Luckily, he already knew, because he was watching the feed from home. 

NAM: People would be surprised to know what about you?
 I am a little bit of a tomboy. My dad farms beef cattle and I have raised a calf on my own! I can dig worms for fishing, bait the hook, take the fish off, and fillet them all by myself. 
Who is ready for NAM Nationals !?


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meet The 2014-2015 National All-American Miss Celinda Ortega!


NAM: Tell us about yourself:
Celinda:  I’m an optimistic, driven, 20 year old college junior at Montclair State University majoring in public relations and minoring in acting. On campus I am proud to be involved in the National Honor Society, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Latin American Student Organization, environmental club, and fashion club.  I’m an aspiring film actress, so after school, I’m usually running around in New York City for modeling and acting gigs, classes, auditions, and shoots. I’ve been honored to be a part of awesome projects such as dancing as a little monster for Lady Gaga at the VMA’s, working in shows like Celebrity Ghost Stories, Power, The Carrie Diaries, and films like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Other Woman, and a couple Indie films coming out next year! Some of my hobbies include yoga, swimming, and cooking.  Of course, being a Jersey girl I love shopping, eating tons of pizza, and spending time down at our beautiful shores with my family during my spare time.  I also love being involved in my community.  Some of my favorite places to volunteer at are Halfway Hounds, a dog rescue organization that helps homeless dogs or dogs who have been in abusive conditions around the tri-state area find loving homes; doing yoga with the elderly every Fridays at my local senior center, Brightside Manor, and mentoring elementary and middle school girls in urban communities through self-esteem workshops and arts programs to motivate and encourage underprivileged youth.  One thing I have always wanted to do is travel around the country, so I am excited to spend my year touring various state pageants and meeting other amazing, ambitious girls like me!

NAM: What activities are you involved in?
Celinda: At school, I’m an active member of the National Honor Society, PRSA, fashion club, Latin American Student Organization, and the environmental club. Off campus, I take pride in training and taking care of dogs at Halfway Hounds, coordinating self -esteem workshops in urban schools with Miss Lucky Star Pageant, and helping the elderly stay fit and positive at my local senior center. I am also training in acting to further develop my career in television and film.

NAM: What are your plans for the future? 
Celinda: Once I complete my bachelor’s degree at Montclair State University, I am going to pursue my master’s degree in public and organizational relations. I also plan on furthering my career as a television/film actress.

NAM: How would your friends describe you? 
Celinda: My friends would probably tell you that I’m a busy-bee, since I manage a tight schedule. You should see my planner, it’s covered in ink! They would also tell you I’m the optimistic one in the group. I always try my best to see the glass half full in every situation. My friends would also say that I am a loyal and honest friend, who although extremely busy, always makes time to help my friends in need or give them honest advice.

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
Celinda:  A saying that resonates with me is one by one of my role models, Audrey Hepburn. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” It may sound cliché, but being someone who has been told that my dreams are too far-fetched, it motivates me to not give up.


Top 5 National All-American Miss 2015 

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Celinda: In high school, I did not really have the most supportive friend group. My ‘friends’ at the time thought my goal of becoming a big television/film actress was ridiculous and unrealistic and they would even get upset if I chose to go to an acting class or prepare for an audition instead of hanging out with them. After school during one of my drama rehearsals, my drama teacher noticed I was down and asked if I wanted to talk about it, after venting about my feelings she told me a piece of advice that I would instill in my life from then on; “surround yourself only by those who bring out the best in you and believe in you.” I took this advice to heart and started to make new friends who were actually excited about my goals and actually pushed me to go further. Today I am blessed to have such a strong support group around me that helps me thrive.

NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Celinda: I did a lot of pageant research and asked for advice from several previous winners. I recited my introduction almost 24/7 and walked in my formal wear heels whenever I was home. I would practice my walk and intro in front of a mirror to make sure I was pleased with my delivery. My mother and sister helped me prepare for interview by asking me tons of questions and giving me feedback on my responses.  I even took a couple of skype lessons with previous NAM winner, Hoang Kim Cung to further sharpen up my skills.


NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Celinda: Urban Outfitters and H&M are my go-to stores for my everyday wardrobe needs! They have basics like flannels, tights and button-ups, as well as edgier pieces that I can mix and match with my eclectic wardrobe.     

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Celinda: The first time I walked out on the NAM stage, it made me realize how much I love performing in front of an audience. Not only did it help me identify my career path (acting), it shaped the major I would select in college one day (public relations/communications).  It instilled that drive in me to continue competing until I earned a title, improved my public speaking skills, and has helped me cross paths with other girls with similar goals, many of whom have become my close friends.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Celinda: Aside from my National All-American Miss crown and banner, one item that is very valuable to me is a necklace given to me by my Tia Carolina during a family reunion in Dominican Republic eight years ago. It was first and last time I got to see my relatives that don’t live in the United States. On the last day of our trip, it was a very emotional day, as we were all saying our goodbyes. My aunt came up to me, took off the beautiful gold necklace she was wearing and placed it on me. She told me to keep it as a keepsake to remember her by, and I couldn’t help but get emotional. It made me feel so special that she chose me to give her necklace to, and every time I wear it, it reminds me of the wonderful memories I made with my family during that special trip.
Sister Queens!

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
Celinda: Titanic is a film that I will always love and will never get sick of, no matter how many times I watch it.  Everything from the plot, costumes, set, direction, and performance is perfect to me.

NAM: What is your favorite TV show? 
Celinda:  Every Tuesday nights people know I can’t make plans because my sister and I have to watch Pretty Little Liars!  I am very into thrillers and mysteries and PLL gives me both. My sister and I love trying to figure out who the mysterious “A” villain is and coming up with plot theories!

NAM: What is your favorite book? 
Celinda: A couple years ago I came across this book in a library called How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart by Margie Haber.  I just love the advice she gives for aspiring actors as well as stories from now-famous actors that she’s worked with, like Halle Berry, Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn, telling how they got their start and the struggles they had to go through to get where they are now.  I ended up purchasing the book on Amazon so I can have my own hardcopy to highlight and take notes on it. Her technique for acting has helped me advance in this field immensely. For any actors who still have not found the perfect technique for them and want to develop their acting skills, I definitely recommend this book!

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Celinda: My advice for future NAM girls is to relax, focus on having a good time, making friends, and most importantly, walk like you’re already wearing that NAM crown and banner and exude confidence. You have to remember that you are already a winner.  All throughout my week at nationals I imagined that I was wearing the National All-American Miss crown and banner every time I was on stage and I was just making an appearance. I really feel that just having fun and truly believing in myself, instead of worrying about “the competition” made the difference this year than the previous times I’ve competed.

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Celinda: I would like to be famous for my work in television and film.

The Crowning Moment! 
NAM: What is your dream job?
Celinda: To be cast as a lead in a New York Times best-selling novel made into a feature film directed by Martin Scorsese alongside Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. That would be my dream job!

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Celinda: I plan to use the exposure to continue promoting NAM’s values. I would encourage girls to believe in themselves, embrace their individuality, help make a difference, which in turn will increase their confidence. I will also strive to raise awareness to my platform, ocean and marine life conservation, as well as the other organizations I work closely with like Halfway Hounds and Miss Lucky Star.

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
Celinda: I volunteer on an ongoing basis with Halfway Hounds, Brightside Manor Senior Home, and Miss Lucky Star. I also participate in local food drives, walks, or other events that pop up in my local area.

NAM: What is your most embarrassing moment? 
Celinda: One time I was in New York City, shooting an interview for this Bravo documentary called Model Walk, which was a one hour segment that followed around a few models (one of them being me) going to castings and jobs. It was to show the struggles and not so glamorous situations that models go through when they’re starting out. Anyway, I hosting an interview, and I didn’t know that we were live and already filming, and they had a really big close up of me digging my nose in HD! It was so embarrassing and everyone on set was cracking up, but now I know that once you get on that stage, even if you don’t know if you’re on air or not, don’t do anything embarrassing because you’re always being watched!

NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
Celinda: I have been taking some religion courses these past couple semesters and it has quickly become one of my favorite subjects. I love learning about different perspectives of creation, the spirit world, and various philosophical views from around the world.



NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for? 
Celinda: My first wish would be to restore all the Earth’s natural resources that have been rapidly depleting due to excess consumption.  Even though we have been making a lot of greener moves, there is still more to improve if we don’t want to run out of vital raw materials.
            My second wish would be to make animal cruelty disappear. Volunteering so many hours at local animal shelters has opened my eyes to how unfortunately common animal abuse is. It breaks my heart seeing the sweetest animals come in to our shelter covered in burns, stab wounds, or just barely any body mass at all due to owners who starved them.
 My third wish would be to make every single human realize we’re all equal.   I was almost going to wish to become an extremely successful actress, but I’m confident that will happen without wishing on it.

NAM: What is your biggest fear? 
Celinda: I have an extremely serious phobia of butterflies and moths. 

NAM: Who is your role model?
Celinda: Ever since the age of 8 when I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I became obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and started reading her biographies! Many people may see her as just a pretty face or a fashion icon, but she was much more than that! Hepburn was also an advocate for women’s rights and self-confidence and very dedicated to making a difference. For instance, she worked as a UNICEF ambassador for years. Not only do I admire her for being a humanitarian, but also for what she has accomplished in the entertainment industry. Did you know she is 1 of only 12 people in the world to ever win an Oscar, Toni, Grammy, and Emmy? I hope to someday attain a legacy similar to Audrey Hepburn’s.

NAM: If you could go back in time to any time period what would it be and why?
Celinda: I have always been attracted to the nineties era, especially the Seattle music scene. I would have loved to be a college student in Seattle during the early nineties and witness the emergence of Sub Pop and the major Seattle bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Nirvana and Soundgarden, to name a few. I know I was born in the nineties, and most people would probably expect me to pick a time period that was not so recent, but I love almost every aspect of the nineties. I think it was a great time for music, fashion, television and film.  

NAM: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Celinda: I would love to have dinner with Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, my three favorite actors.


The 2014-2015 National All-American Miss

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Celinda: Competition-wise, my favorite part is personal introduction.  I enjoy public speaking and getting to sell my elevator pitch on stage! Outside the competition, I love getting to meet so many awesome, driven girls my age during check in and orientation. It is a great time to meet goal-oriented girls who are making a difference have a lot in common with you.

NAM: How did you get started with NAM? How long have you been involved?
Celinda: I first got involved with National American Miss when I was around 8 years old. I received a letter in the mail saying that a friend had recommended me to join. It was perfect timing because I had just finished all my dance recitals and I was really missing being on stage. 
It also appealed to me seeing the girls on the letter laughing and having a good time together with trophies and crowns. I begged my mom to sign me up and she said she would after she did more research online. I guess she found good testimonials because that summer I competed in my first NAM pageant as a NJ junior preteen. Even though I didn’t place, I loved the experience so much that I tried again the following year in the NJ preteen division and earned a spot in the top 15.  I took a break from NAM to focus on acting, but a couple NAM friends persuaded me to get back into it. So in 2012 and 2013, I came back with more confidence and competed in NJ teen twice and placed both years but did not win the state title. Even though I never won the New Jersey title, I was confident that I had the capabilities of being a NAM titleholder. I decided to apply for the Miss division.  Once again I placed as a runner up but did not win the state title, but since I was determined to make this goal come true, I didn’t want to stop there. I decided to go for All-American Miss this year, and finally, the dream came true. I finally became a NAM titleholder, (A NATIONAL titleholder!) after my fifth try.  I am so grateful I never gave up or lost faith in myself.

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Celinda: NAM girls are determined and ambitious. They will not give up until they achieve the goals they’ve set. Even if they do fail sometimes, they get up and keep working hard and putting in the effort it takes until they have finally achieved their dreams. They love making life beautiful for others by making a difference and spreading kindness.  NAM girls are confident in themselves, embrace their individuality and inspire others to do the same.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Celinda: I love going shopping with my sister, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially through yoga; I also have a big passion for cooking! I started out cooking Dominican family recipes that my grandmother passed down to me, and now I cook a plethora of dishes from different cultural cuisines.

NAM: What makes your state unique?
Celinda: New Jersey has the most diners in the world, the most shopping malls, the longest boardwalk, amazing beaches, and we’re the only state where every county is a metropolitan area. I love the fact that I am 15 minutes away from New York City and super close to other great metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore. Yet, I am also 15 minutes away from rural farm areas.  I love being a Jersey girl. 





NAM: What is your favorite food?
Celinda: I’m such a big foodie so it’s so hard to choose just one! But if I had to pick it would be spicy sushi!

NAM: What makes you laugh?
Celinda: Watching old Spongebob episodes, and funny baby animal videos on Youtube!

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Celinda: “AHHHHH OMG MY DREAM CAME TRUE!!”

NAM: People would be surprised to know what about you?
Celinda: I was almost going to major in biochemistry in college before I decided on PR. Communications majors, for some reason, have a reputation of favoring English/writing and loathing math and science, so I tend to surprise many people, especially other communications majors when they figure out how big of a math and science aficionado I am.





Watch the Celinda's Crowning Moment! 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meet The 2014 -2015 National American Miss Madisen Hill!



NAM: Tell us about yourself:
Madisen: My name is Madisen Hill and I am a 21 year old actress, singer, dancer, and writer. I started pursuing a career in entertainment in Los Angeles just before I turned 15 years old and I’ve been at it ever since. While keeping my faith in God as number one in my life, I’ve accomplished things I never thought possible. Currently a host of Live Life & Win!, a national television series focusing on inspirational teen success stories, I strive to influence the youth of our generation.

NAM: What are your plans for the future?
Madisen: As I proceed with a career in the entertainment industry, I hope to own and operate my own performing arts school, and eventually raise a family of my own.

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
Madisen: “Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you can go.” This quote is a constant reminder that as long as I have faith in myself and God’s plans for my dreams, as well as being grateful for the things I have experienced, whether good or bad,  I will remain on the path God has for me.

Madisen Hill The 2014-2015 National American Miss


NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Madisen: I have received so much advice throughout different experiences in my life. From never giving up to remembering to put God first in everything I do, I have been very fortunate to receive the advice I have. One thing that my parents always remind me of is that God has a specific plan for my life and as long as I trust in him and the path he has laid out for me, I have nothing to fear.
  
NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Madisen: Preparing for the NAM National Pageant was such a wonderful experience! One of my favorite parts was finding the clothes for each event. I made sure to make each outfit represent me in a way that shows a little bit of my personality. Then I made sure to practice as much as I could! Most importantly, I reminded myself that having the opportunity to compete at nationals would not come around again, so I made sure to relax and enjoy every moment of it. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this family.

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Madisen: My favorite place to shop is Altar’d State, who say they want to do more than provide fashionable alternatives to young woman who want to make a difference. They want to inspire a movement to stand out – for good.

Getting to meet Chip at Disneyland!

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Madisen: Pageants can have such a positive impact. For myself, they helped me feel confident with public speaking, encouraged me to volunteer in my community, introduced me to some of the best friends I have ever had, and given me the opportunity to make a difference in any way I choose. NAM has truly been an important part of my life.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Madisen: My most prized possession would have to be my family. I’m not sure if that counts as one thing but I do know I would do anything for my family. They are my biggest supporters and number one fans, and I would not be where I am today without them.

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
Madisen: I have so many favorite movies! I would have to say one is definitely High School Musical though – That was one of the projects that switched my love for Broadway to TV and Film!

PJ Rehearsal at The NAM National Pageant! 

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
Madisen: I also have so many favorite TV shows, like Pretty Little Liars, Chasing Life, and Law and Order: SVU. However, I love when I find TV shows that my family can laugh at and enjoy together and one of those would have to be Duck Dynasty.

NAM: What is your favorite book?
Madisen: Currently, my favorite book is Live Original by Sadie Robertson, which focusses on how it is OK to be yourself and not follow the latest trends or fads facing our generation.

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Madisen: There are so many things I would love to say to future NAM girls, but most importantly I want to make sure they know that they can do anything they set their mind to. Work hard to achieve your goals and keep dreaming big. Anything is possible.

With The 2013-2014 National American Miss Courtney Jamison! 


NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Madisen: I have always thought “famous” was an interesting word. Personally, if “famous” was a word that could be used to describe me, I hope it would be because I was doing something to make a positive impact on the world,  speaking up for what I believe in, and striving to be the best person I can be. Being “famous” for anything but that honestly doesn’t make sense to me.

NAM: What is your dream job?
Madisen: My dream job is to have a successful career in the entertainment industry, which may lead to endless opportunities to speak and educate young woman, as well as hold charity events to support non-profits that I am passionate about.

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Madisen: I plan to use my title to open doors to speak with young women and spread unawareness of anti-bullying and treating each other with respect. I also want to share the importance of using social media in a positive way, in addition to volunteering in my community.


A picture from a recent photoshoot! 

NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
Madisen: My favorite subject in school would have to be writing. I love being able to tell stories and create a world based off of my own imagination.

NAM: What is your biggest fear?
Madisen: Earthquakes. I love California but I could definitely go without the earthquakes.

NAM: What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Madisen: I think a common misconception about our generation is that we don’t know how to communicate with each other unless it’s behind a computer screen. Although we are living in a time where social media is extremely popular and our form of communication is changing drastically, our generation is able to spread a message throughout the world in just 10 minutes through one trend on Twitter or “like” on Facebook. We are making a difference and learning new ways to do it every day. Sure, we have lots of learning to do and adjustments to make, but we are bringing people together from across the world to make an impact and that is something that should not be unrecognized.


 Behind the scenes of the show that Madisen host...  "Live Life & Win"!
 
Madisen: It has always been hard for me to choose just one person as my role model. There are so many people who positively impact my life in various ways. My mom is of course one of my biggest role models and I have been so blessed to have her as someone to look up to. I also love looking up to people who stand up for what they believe in and most recently, the Robertson family has done just that.

NAM: Who is to most influential person in the world?
Madisen: I feel like the most influential person in the world changes pretty frequently, but right now I think Taylor Swift takes that title. There is not a day that goes by that you don’t hear about something incredible she did to give back to the people who support her. She is becoming a wonderful inspiration.  

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Madisen: My favorite part about National American Miss would have to be the lifelong friendships that come along with it. Knowing that I am still in contact with girls that I met when I was ten years old that I never would have known had it not been for NAM truly amazes me and I am so grateful for it.

Flashback to 2006 when Madisen was a Pre-Teen! 

NAM: How did you get started with NAM? How long have you been involved?
Madisen: My journey with National American Miss began when I was ten years old as a Jr. Preteen. After placing 3rd runner up three years in a row in Missouri, I decided to take on the national pageant for the first time and I was beyond thrilled to be the 2005-2006 National All-American Miss Preteen. I continued my journey for a few more years, adding a Miss Missouri Jr. Teen title, before making my move to Los Angeles to follow my dreams. After 6 years, I decided to come back for my final year as a NAM contestant as the 2014 Miss California and my childhood dream of becoming the National American Miss came true!!

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Madisen: A NAM girl is someone who isn’t afraid to follow her dreams and tell the world who she is. Someone who is confident and someone who is determined to make a difference. A NAM girl is someone who thrives to be an example in a positive light.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Madisen: For fun, I love going to see the latest movies with my friends, going to the beach, and most recently, I found a new love for writing scripts of my own.


California Sister Queens!

NAM: What makes your state unique?
Madisen: There are so many things that make California unique, but one thing I learned very quickly after moving to this beautiful state is that no one is afraid to dream big. People come from all over the world to California and they are welcomed with open arms, as well as being encouraged by everyone around them to follow their dreams. Nothing is impossible in California.

NAM: What is your favorite food?
Madisen: I have so many favorite foods, I can never choose just one! However, ice cream almost always tops my list, but not too far behind are chocolate covered strawberries!

NAM: What makes you laugh?
Madisen: Lots of things make me laugh but I would have to say the people I surround myself with make me laugh the most. My friends and family always know how to put a smile on my face.
 At the NYLA International Film Festival watching the premiere of "Lockdown", a film Madisen did this past year!


Madisen: My first thought was definitely “WHAT?!” which I think you can tell from the pictures. Honestly, it was quite a shock and an incredible honor because all week I was surrounded by some of the most intelligent, kind-hearted, beautiful girls, inside and out, that I had ever met and I hope to represent all that they stand for as well this year as the National American Miss.

NAM: People would be surprised to know what about you?
Madisen: I like to think I am pretty much an open book, but if I try to think of interesting facts to share, I am left handed and I still don’t have my ears pierced!

Catching Live Life & Win on TV one morning 
   
Hanging out on set for her latest film! 



Watch Madisen's Crowning Moment!