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Arteja Stamps Pure International Ms. Arkansas State


Arteja Stamps Pure International Ms. Arkansas State, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Sam Fisher, Wardrobe Manager Jason Stamps

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Arteja Stamps Pure International Ms. Arkansas State.


Full name: Arteja Stamps

Title/Year: Pure International Ms. Arkansas State

Pageant System:: Pure International Pageants

Age: 36

Zodiac sign: Pisces

Hobbies: Creating Marketing and banding for businesses

Platform: F.A.C.S. Fight Against Childhood Starvation

Years competed: I have competing for 2 years now.

Countries visited: I haven’t visited any other countries

Likes: I like for systems to be in place. I like it when I'm able to understand the big picture because I have all the information that is needed.

Dislikes: This might seem very odd but there are not many things that I dislike.

Status: I am a wife of 16 years and the mother-of-two teenage girls!

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I am truly the Girl Next Door. I love to work on and modify cars! I enjoy participating and being a spectator at local car shows. Before the global pandemic, I was a gym rat. I loved working out with my husband. Family time is equally important and I enjoy doing that as well. Whether it's a movie night or a hike up the mountain it's all enjoyable!

World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?

The word empowerment means an awful lot. When I hear the word empowerment it reminds me of influential. Because when you Empower somebody you are influencing them on several different levels. The word empowerment isn't something that should be taken lightly. Once you've reached the level of empowering someone that is a moment of pure fulfillment

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.

In 2019 I decided to compete at the Saline County Fair pageant. This is actually where my journey began. In 2019 I decided to compete at the Mrs. Arkansas America pageant. I placed in the top 10 within the Arkansas America system. A proud moment for me, this was. In 2020 I decided to join the Pure International pageant family where I became a city delegate. I competed in the state pageant as Pure International Ms. Little Rock. This was the day that changed my pageant life forever. I was crowned Pure International Ms. Arkansas State.

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

I had something to say. I had communities to reach. I knew pageantry would give me the platform and voice I needed to be heard. I honestly had no idea I would win my first pageant. I just knew I was on a mission and I was ready to stop at nothing.

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? To be completely honest when I didn't do as well at the previous pageant I almost gave up. I think I was almost shattered, but the director gave me so many words of encouragement. I honestly considered not giving it a shot. However, I knew I still had something to say. I knew I still had work to do. I also knew that pageantry was the Avenue I needed to travel down. so, I went for it.

World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

Pure International is faith-inspired, family-focused, and community-service driven. Pure allows contestants of any age, nationality, or religion to compete in a fun, friendly environment with a sisterhood like no other!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?

There are three areas of mandatory competitions. The areas of competition are formal Wear, personal interview, and modeling. Of course, there are plenty of optional competitions. While you are on stage you will be judged on your poise, confidence, presence. The whole atmosphere of the pageant is so laid-back it's impossible to not feel calm.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

My experience during the competition was laid back. There was always someone there to assist you if you needed anything. All of the contestants were helping each other. Everything was extremely organized so I never had to guess that alone took off so much stress.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

My platform is fight against childhood starvation. F.A.C.S. is a non-profit organization I founded in 2019. My nonprofit organization is geared towards alleviating and providing resources for families that may be currently or facing food insecurity. I also spend a lot of time at the Arkansas Food Bank volunteering!

World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?

Because of this pandemic, I have not had the opportunity to make appearances with my current title. However, with previous titles, I have been featured on one of Arkansas's local news channels. I have also been invited to judge several local pageants along with being asked to speak at several events. Since I've been in pageantry I've been extremely busy. This however is the first year that has not been the sentiment.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?

One of my greatest achievements is becoming a mom! My second most important achievement is finishing any & everything that I start. I really can't pinpoint my exact achievements because I'm currently living in a state of goal setting and achieving. I'm growing daily, and daily I'm continuing to strive for greatness. So answering this question is kind of difficult for me. The word achievement is such a huge word. It holds so much weight.

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

One thing that forces me to stand out amongst other Beauty ladies is the mere fact that I'm severely different. I have the Girl Next Door humbleness with a touch of wonder Woman strength. I'm so sure of who I am that its shown whenever anyone is in my presence. It's almost like whenever I enter a room I instantly brighten it. That is how potent my presence is.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

To be completely honest I was absolutely shocked. Not because I did poorly. I was shocked because this is such a large title to me it felt like it was going to be almost impossible to obtain it. Not to mention I set high expectations for myself. Coming out in this system, I have some extremely large pumps to fill.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

Being a beauty queen is far more than just a crown. Being a beauty queen screams influential. For me being a beauty queen it's something I'd never dreamt of. I am a woman that loves racing cars and modifying them, not in a million years that I ever think I would be a beauty queen!

World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

Competing in pageants has changed my life tremendously. I'm far more confident in my skin. Pageantry showed me to love exactly who I am, as I am right now. So many doors have open for me. Everyone that's anyone wants to hear what it is I have to say. So with that being said, I take my reign very seriously.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?

When you think of a beauty queen you don't think of someone my size. Being completely honest I am considered full figured and I love it! I'm able to show women that is my age and my size that it is okay to wear the fitted dress, it is okay to wear those pumps, where the earrings, throw on that red lipstick, and who cares if your hair is big. The bigger the hair, the bigger the earrings... Go big or go home I always say.

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

Being an inspiration will always feel good. Keep in mind I have two teenage daughters that are always watching my every move. Whatever I do, they will always be watching. So I hold myself to a very high standard. Not only am I their mom, but I'm also a mentor to other girls, and I'm a beauty queen! It's always my mission to set realistic expectations.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

My strategies are simple. Be exactly who you are onstage and off stage. As long as you are being Who You Are you never have to worry about impressing someone, not even the judges. The judges are looking for someone that's relatable and that's real. If you are going on stage acting anything but, always be on guard. so to answer the question, I will always be myself on and off stage.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?

48 hours before a pageant I always get into the zone. I spend 48 hours looking at everything but pageant related things. I do my best defragment my mind so that I have enough room to function without any error. It's crazy because my family knows when it's pageant time it's time to get in the zone.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Learning to walk properly during a pageant is definitely challenging. You have several different walks. You have your swimsuit walk, you have your fun fashion/modeling walk, lastly, you have your evening gown walk. Those are three completely separate walks. When it comes to nailing your walk you have to practice as if you were on stage, music and all!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

You have to be familiar with your pageant system. Be mindful of past contestants. You want to make sure you feel absolutely comfortable in your gown. If you feel the slightest discomfort, that is not the dress for you. You have to also think about your skin tone versus the colors you might want to choose. I believe you have to be totally in love with your gown before you can present well on the stage. If that means frequent visits to your local dress retailer to try on the same dress five times, so be it!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?

It's all about the conversation. You have to be able to hold a conversation with the judges. Whatever you have on your resume you need to make certain that you are actually living and or have experienced those things. The interview process for some contestants seems to be the most grueling and nerve-wracking time. This actually is not the case in reality. This is the first time the judges get to see you and know exactly who you are. This is the time to win them over, not on stage.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

One thing that I've done in a competition before, was worry about the next contestant. I was frequently comparing myself to the contestants. I wondered if my hair was good enough. If my makeup was set correctly. If their dress was better than mine. I definitely can't forget this one, I wonder how they did in their interview. These are all the things I wish I could take back. The constant wandering during the pageant caused me to be extremely insecure.

World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

This one is pretty simple. Trying to size up the competition. Worrying about the next contestant will almost get you nowhere. My daughter is also in pageants and I've had to remind her not to worry about the next girl. I understand it's easier said than done however that's a common mistake.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I do not have any modeling or acting experience. Modeling does come naturally. As for acting, I'm not sure I would ever be successful. My poker face is terrible! I guess I wouldn't do very well in a serious acting role. I am almost for certain if it was a light, almost comical role I would be great.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?

2020 has been a difficult year for appearances and volunteer work. The pandemic has put a damper on all pageant related and public related events. I have continuously been working with my platform nonprofit and volunteering with Arkansas Food Bank. However, I have not been able to hit the ground running just yet!

World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

The Legacy that I want to leave behind is hard work pays off but working harder gets the job done! I want my daughters to be fearless and take chances as I have. I want them to look at me and say, "Because my mom did it, I can too".

International Director: Mrs. Pat Miller

National Director: Mrs. Pat Miller

Your Local Director: LaToya Shockley

Pageant website:pureinternationalpageants.com World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.

Arteja Stamps Pure International Ms. Arkansas State, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Sam Fisher, Wardrobe Manager Jason Stamps

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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