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Brianna Marie Pena Begay Young Miss Latinita Mexico US


Brianna Marie Pena Begay Young Miss Latinita Mexico US, World Class Princess Magazine, Photo by: Darin In On Photography

World Class Princess Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Brianna Marie Pena Begay Young Miss Latinita Mexico US.


Full Name: Brianna Marie Pena Begay

Title Year: Young Miss Latinita Mexico US

Pageant System: Miss Latinita New Mexico

Age: 10

Zodiac Sign:  Virgo

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, playing games, swimming, going on trips, going shopping

Platform: Cruelty against animals, domestic violence, cancer

Years Completed: 4

Likes: School, animals - especially my cat Kiki and dog Dexter- and shopping

Dislikes: When people hurt each other and when people hurt animals

Status: Student in 4th grade

World Class Princess Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a ten year old girl in the fourth grade McCormick in Farmington, New Mexico.  I am half Mexican, one quarter Navajo Indian and one quarter Caucasia.  I live in the Four Corners region where the states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet.  My grandfather on my mom's side was Navajo and built a house on the reservation in Arizona.  I like to go there, especially with my cousins, to play and hike.  I like to go visit Colorado where there are high mountains and a lot of snow in winter.  I like to go sledding.  I like to play with my friends and have sleep overs.  My favorite foods are posole, pasta and pizza.  I also like playing with my pets.

World Class Princess Magazine: What does women empowerment mean to you?

It means to speak up for women's rights.  It means that I, as a girl, can do and be anything.  I can be proud of who I am and the things I do.

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell about your pageant history.

In 2016 I was Little Miss Latinita Farmington.  In 2017 I had the title of Little Miss Latinita San Juan County, and in 2018 I earned the title of Little Miss Latinita New Mexico. Now in 2019 I have the title of Young Miss Latinita Mexico US.

World Class Princess Magazine: What inspired you to do the first pageant?

My friend, Valeria Adriana Marquez Mejia, inspired me to do it to get me out of my comfort zone because I was shy at the time.  I wanted to try something new. 

World Class Princess Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

I just completed my reign as Little Miss Latinita New Mexico.  After representing the state I want to try for something bigger.  I want to push myself to try different things.

Would Class Princess Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what it is about. It is about confidence, not being shy, and helping others and celebrating our Mexican heritage.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition?

How you model your dresses,  if you are having fun on stage and your walk.  Always smile!

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about your experience during competition.

I had a great time.  It was a lot of fun.  I felt confident when I went up on stage.  I've learned so much from the other girls who have been so happy to help me.

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

I have volunteered at a fundraiser for Domestic Violence.  I also did a cancer walk and helped at a lemonade stand where we were raising money for cancer.

World Class Princess Magazine: What appearance have you done with your title?

I attended and helped with a fund raiser for New Beginnings transitional housing for domestic violence and also attended a domestic violence prevention lunch.  I worked at Kelly's lemonade stand to earn money for cancer research.  I attended several San Juan County events like parades and fairs.  I went to El Grito in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I represented at NHCC children's book festival.  I also helped at several local library events.  The Unique Image Car Show was a lot of fun.  I also had a great time helping with the Over Eighties Luncheon at River Stone Church where I handed out the gifts to the ladies being honored and helped serve lunch.  I was in the annual Fourth of July parade.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are some of your achievements?

At school I received the PAX  PEEP award for good classroom behavior, helping my classmates and being a good student.  I was on the AB honor roll and received a Reading Award.  I also received first place in the recycled materials fashion award at River fest for the best costume in my age category.

World Class Princess Magazine: What is your stage strategy to win the judges over?

I make eye contact and smile at the judges while keeping good stage presence by modeling to the judges.

World Class Princess Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I believe my smile and my bubbly personality make me stand out.

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was caked out as the winner.

I was so excited and happy.  I was honored to be chosen.  I could hardly believe it.

World Class Princess Magazine: What does it mean to be a beauty queen?

It is about having fun and making friends.  I am proud to represent all of the Latinitas because they worked hard too.  We are a family.

World Class Princess Magazine: How did competing in pageants help your life?

It made me get out of my comfort zone.  I am not so shy as I was.  I am able to make friends easier.  

World Class Princess Magazine: How did pageants help your self esteem and body image?

Talking and being around the older girls (contestants) help me feel better about myself.

World Class Princess Magazine: Your are an inspiration to a lot of the girls out there.  How does it feel?

It is an honor to be looked up to which makes me want to continue being a better role model.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Never look down, smile, and wave to the audience and the judges.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress:

We look for colors that look good on stage and that I feel confident to wear.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview?

I have not done the interview part yet but I have done some other interviews.. You just need to remember to speak up and talk clearly to get your point across.

World Class Princess Magazine: How did your prepare for your competition?

I make sure I have all my dresses, shoes, sashes, and crown.  I also listen to music which helps me relax.

World Class Princess Magazine: What is one mistake that you've done during competition you wish you could redo and fix it?

I sometimes look down and forget to look at the judges and sometimes I walk too fast.  So, I practice these things and I have improved!

World Class Princess Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? 

We all make mistakes, but we learn from them and move on.

World Class Princess Magazine: Any modeling or acting experience?

I have modeled for San Juan Photography, Darin Photography, Les Peterson in Albuquerque, Charley Beats (Juan) and I have been in fashion shows at Dillard's and JC Penney's.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your plans for 2019 as a queen?

I want to attend local events that support domestic violence awareness and fund raiser for cancer research I want to get involved with preventing cruelty against animals and volunteer at the local shelter by walking dogs.  I also plan to continue modeling to develop my pageant skills.  In whatever I do in my school, my community and my state, and I want to represent the Latinita organization to the best of my ability.

World Class Princess Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want people to remember me as someone who sticks up for others and that I was a good friend who was kind.  I want people to remember me for being "me".

National Director: Patricia Montoya

Your Local Director: Evangelina Márquez

Photo by: Darin In On Photography

Brianna Marie Pena Begay Young Miss Latinita Mexico US, World Class Princess Magazine, Photo by: Darin In On Photography

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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