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Aniyah Cropper Pure International Preteen America 2019

Aniyah Cropper Pure International Preteen America 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Elizabeth Clary

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Aniyah Cropper Pure International Preteen America 2019.

Full name: Aniyah Zaire Cropper

Title/Year: Pure International Preteen America 2019

Pageant System: Pure International Pageants

Age: 13

Zodiac sign: Pisces

Hobbies: Painting/Drawing, Reading, Gymnastics

Platform: My goal is to decrease the illiteracy rate in America

Years competed: 1

Countries visited: 1

Likes: Mystery books, the color purple, documentaries, and science

Dislikes: When adults tell kids my age they shouldn’t voice their opinions/beliefs/things they support, someone’s age should not be used to silence them.

Status: Student

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I’m an 8th grader from Salisbury, Maryland. I have two older sisters and two younger brothers, and a Yorkshire terrier named Eli. I enjoy the fine arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, and more. I’m a trained gymnast, but my passion for tumbling started when I did cheer at a very young age. In the future, I aspire to be a forensic scientist. Being able to make the world a better place behind a microscope and a lab coat is my lifetime goal. In order to pursue my passion, I work hard in school. Since a young age, I have been scoring high on state tests, my most recent score being 1,307. I went to a magnet school in 4th and 5th grade, and I have been in the T.A.D. program since 3rd grade. T.A.D. is a program for gifted and talented students that emphasizes things outside of normal class instruction. Through T.A.D, I have learned how to confidently speak to an audience. Which has made it easier to make get to know people and make friends of all ages.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? I believe women empowerment means to help uplift and encourage women of all age. It is sharing the strength to speak up and speak out for all women. Women empowerment is advocating for each other, and spreading love, compassion, and selflessness. 

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I’ve competed in three small local pageants. The very first being Young Miss Delmarva 2019. Then, I competed for a state title in the Pure International Pageants system. After winning Pure International Preteen Maryland, I competed at nationals and won my current title, Pure International Preteen America.

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I was introduced to pageants by a lifelong friend, Amelia Kramer. She had been competing from a very young age and convinced me to try the Delmarva pageant system. I agreed, and with a few tips from her and her mom, I was able to win my very first pageant.

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I chose to compete for my current title because the pageant system values the same things I did, community service, faith, and helping those around you.

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 pageant where girls from all over the world can compete in interview, modeling, and evening wear. Queens are also required to create a #BetheImpact Project, which is where you can use your platform to make a difference in your community. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? During competition, you are being judged on poise, ability to be confident on stage, conversation skills, and overall being kind and genuine to those around you.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I made many friendships that will last a lifetime, as well as meeting many people I can look up to for many years to come.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. My platform is literacy. I want to change the illiteracy rate in America, starting with children, as they are curious and learn best at a young age. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? I have done many appearances, some of my favorites include local fairs and festivals, parades, and quarter auctions.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? At both states and nationals, I’ve won the “Best of Interview” award. Outside of pageants, I spend majority of my time at school or in clubs. So some of my achievements include honor roll, AP classes, and being a member of the Youth Civics Council of Salisbury.

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? I think I stand out from other girls because I am very outgoing, and I love learning from other people’s experiences, making it easy to start conversations with almost everyone.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. I don’t really know how to describe the moment, it happened so fast, but crowning night was definitely one to remember. It meant I had just started an amazing journey with amazing people. And I couldn’t wait to see what the year would bring.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? I think being a Beauty Queen means that your job is to inspire other girls, and show them that they are beautiful too, inside and out.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life? Competing in pageants has allowed me to have more time on stage in front of an audience. This has made it easier to make presentations in class and perform onstage at school.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image? Pageants have helped me see that I am still the same person, whether I am dressed up or dressed down, and allowed me to find who I truly am.

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? It feels amazing knowing that I can change someone’s life for the better, no matter how small of a change. I hope I am able to help girls out there build their confidence and show them that they are all beautiful people and have beautiful souls, because it’s really important to be able to see that in yourself.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? I try to give a warm, kind smile as much as I can, it shows the judges you are friendly. When I’m speaking, I make sure my personality is clear in every sentence. Every word spoken should be genuine and come from your heart.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? I did a lot of preparation on annunciating my words clearly and with passion. I also made sure that my modeling walk was almost second nature to me by practicing, practicing, and more practicing. 

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Try to be as natural as possible. Let your arms and hands sway naturally by your side, and make sure your walk has a rhythm. Not too fast, and not too slow. Also, sometimes it’s best to slow down or take out the twirls and spins, as they can feel unnatural, and forcing movement onstage won’t allow you to live in the moment.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? Imagine the dress with full hair/makeup, imagine the dress with jewelry, or even how it’ll sparkle under the spotlights. You’ll know when you’ve found the right one, because you’ll instantly see yourself onstage, and not just standing in the dressing room.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Make it into a conversation! The judges want to get to know you, so elaborate on your answers, even try to ask them a couple questions as part of your response. Also, don’t try to be someone you aren’t, the judges will see through that and you won’t come off as genuine, just be yourself!

World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? During an interview, I’ve been so deep into a conversation, that I forgot I was on a time limit, so I ended up having to stop midway through. At least I was able to carry a friendly conversation with the judge. If I could redo it, I would definitely cut some of my answers short.

World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? I think some girls forget that the journey is more important than the destination. Pageant friends and family are forever, your reign only lasts a year. If you don’t leave with a crown, at least you have left with newly formed friendships. So live in the moment! Don’t waste a second of it, because it goes by so fast.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? When you’re modeling an outfit, make sure you really showcase it. Your time at the front of the stage should have many opportunities for photos to be captured. When modeling to showcase your personality, just do what feels natural, otherwise your walk will feel awkward to you, and the judges will pick up that you aren’t comfortable onstage. If you are a visual learner, try watching other models and beauty queens on YouTube to see how they portray themselves when modeling. Also, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen? I want to be as active in my community as possible. I’ve been planning my #BetheImpact project and I am so excited to share it with everyone soon.

World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to be known as the girl from a small town who took her love for reading and used her voice to help others find a passion for literature too. Hopefully, I can inspire other young girls like me to follow their dreams as well.

International Director: Pat Miller National Director: Kenzie Thoen Chapman Your Local Director: Lynn Thomas Jump Pageant website: https://www.pureinternationalpageants.com/ World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.

Aniyah Cropper Pure International Preteen America 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Elizabeth Clary

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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