World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Amelia Kramer Pure International Young Miss America Sweetheart 2019.
Full Name: Amelia Kramer
Title/Year: Pure International Young Miss America Sweetheart 2019
Pageant System: Pure International Pageants
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: singing, theater, video games, arts & crafts
Platform: Teen mental health
Years Competed: 5
Countries visited: USA but I dream of going to England!
Likes: mermaids, flowers, the beach, reading, math
Dislikes: drama-llamas, dumplings,
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Delaware where I am the youngest of five and the only redhead! I am becoming an aunt in December! I’m headed to 9th grade where I look forward to joining the theater department. I am open-minded, love to try new things even when they are scary, make friends everywhere I go and love to volunteer! In the future, I plan on becoming a labor and delivery nurse.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Women’s Empowerment means that women and girls get to have a say in the world and their place in it.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I won my first small pageant in 2013 when I was 6. I have held many local titles over the years. I started competing with Pure in 2015 and have since held many titles, starting with Little Miss Delaware.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I always loved performing and one summer I saw the pageant at our town’s Independence Day celebration. I told my mom I wanted to “do that” and she told me maybe one day when I was big enough.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I competed for five years before I won my National title. I started as a Little Miss, and finally won as a Young Miss. Over the years I have met amazing titleholders of all ages that inspired me to work hard and make a difference no matter the title I hold. I am proud to have the honor of inspiring others across the country like I was.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Pure International Pageants is a faith based, natural pageant system that is more than just a competition-it’s a family reunion! We have fun, support each other, laugh, and cry. We love you just the way you are and welcome everyone with open arms. Pure is about more than what’s on the outside- it’s about being yourself and remembering to always Be The Impact.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
At the National level it is:
State Costume, Formal Wear and Personal Interview
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
During competition it can be really stressful but everyone is so supportive. Even though we compete against each other, we also cheer each other on and help each other out in case of an emergency. I’ve seen people share earring backs, and even dresses! Everyone is there to see you succeed and be your best and it can be really amazing to see so many different people come together as one.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I spend hours every year volunteering for many causes such as the American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics, and the Salvation Army. I’ve worked with HEY SIS, to supply low income kids headed to Kindergarten with bookbags full of supplies and given away books to promote literacy. However, as a teenager, I’ve seen how mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are affecting young people and that inspired me to work on outreach programs such as QuaranTeens Create to inspire young people to use the arts as a way to express themselves and connect to others around the world and to remind them that they are not alone.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have done countless appearances this year! I have attended local festivals and pageants, co-hosted book giveaways, volunteered at clothing closets and homeless shelters, packed school supplies for Foster Children, and kids headed to Kindergarten, led teams for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and the bucket brigade at the National Folk Festival, volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, went to Dollywood with my Sash Sisters, and more! I have waited so long to get to represent Pure as a National Titleholder and didn’t want to miss a thing!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I’ve accomplished a lot over the years, starting with skipping second grade! I was honored as a state Ultimate Queen twice and have made top 5 at Nationals four out of five times. Most recently I was also awarded an Honorable Mention for a journalism piece I submitted for the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. However, I am most proud that my perseverance paid off when I was crowned Young Miss America Sweetheart.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe that I am different because it has never been just about the crown for me, but about what I could do and the difference I could make with it. Also, I was raised to be myself and like myself for exactly who I am, which can be really hard when you’re a teenager.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I remember just staring at my mom in the front row. They paused for dramatic affect and I thought I would die as I stood there waiting. I don’t remember much after they called my name. I just remember crying a lot and being in shock. The whole time I couldn’t believe it was real.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
For me, it is about more than being a Beauty Queen. It took years of growing, learning, hard work, discipline, patience and looking to make a difference in myself and my community before I won my title. Now that I am a National titleholder, it is a huge responsibility to make myself, my family, community, directors and fellow royalty proud by being a good role model.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Pageantry has taught me so many life lessons. I know to never underestimate others, or myself. I have become more forgiving, and more resilient. Without Pure and especially Miss Pat and the rest of my Pure family, I would not be as confident, accepting, hard working, or persistent. When faced with choices in life, I always think about if Miss Pat would approve. Pageants taught me to be true to myself and to be the best person I can be.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self-esteem and body image?
Like all teens, I can struggle sometimes with these issues. Pageantry, and Pure in particular, has been helpful because it helps remind me that true beauty comes from within and that outer beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It’s weird to know that so many girls look up to me because it reminds me of how I got into Pure. I especially love getting to encourage younger girls to work hard and go after their dreams like I once did. I always try to be a good example for them.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Smile and be confident in yourself! Show the judges that you are happy and poised and glad to be there!
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
Practice! Practice! Practice! I practice until it is automatic. Same with any on-stage statements! Make sure you can do it without thinking because sometimes your mind will go blank when you get nervous. Organize everything!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Video tape your walk and critique yourself and ask others that you trust for advice. I feel like I can always learn something or improve somewhere. “Stand up straight, shoulders back, relax, take smaller steps, smile big, look them in the eye, have fun and be yourself!”
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress?
Make sure you love it and it makes you feel good. Know what colors work for you. Always be willing to try things on even if you’re not sure about it. I have ended up falling in love with dresses that I was sure I was going to hate! Take someone whose opinion you trust but, always go back to Rule #1: Make sure you love it and it makes you feel good. When you feel beautiful and confident, it shows on stage!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Speak from the heart. Be yourself and remember it’s just a conversation. You can have your talking points in mind but don’t memorize answers. Take a deep breath before you answer. Sit up straight, smile, and go! You’ve got this!
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Once, I had messed up and went to the last mark instead of the second while on stage modeling and I had to improvise. I really wish I could go back to fix that mistake, but I just kept going and that helped!
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Everyone makes mistakes but some girls let it get to them and it shows on their face. Just keep going like nothing happened! For all the audience and judges know, you meant to do that!
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I have been acting since I was 3 years old. I did commercials for a local dealership for seven years and have be in multiple musicals including, The Music Man, Shrek Jr, The Lion King Jr and this year I was Mrs. Teavee in Willy Wonka Jr. I also had the opportunity to model for New York Fashion Week 2.0 in February of 2019.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
Up until the pandemic hit, I have been really active representing my title. For the rest of my time in 2020, I plan to stay as safe as possible while still representing my title well. This means staying home as much as possible and taking proper precautions when I can’t, such as washing my hands and wearing a mask, and finding creative ways to continue to Be The Impact from home, including my project Quaranteens Create. We are lucky to live in a time where we can be connected even when we can’t connect in person!
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I hope to be remembered as a queen who always made sure to go above and beyond. I want to be remembered as someone that worked hard and made a difference in every life I touch whether it be big or small. I hope to be an inspiration to those around me to dream big, to be the impact, to never give up, to be confident in the face of opposition, to face your fears, and to love one another and yourself.
International Director: Pat Miller
National Director: Pat Miller
Your Local Director: Lynn Jump and April Brilliant
Pageant website: https://www.pureinternationalpageants.com
photography by Elizabeth Clary Photography World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Amelia Kramer Pure International Young Miss America Sweetheart 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Elizabeth Clary Photoraphy
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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