Catrina Nicole Wordlaw Ms. Infinity Mississippi 2020-2021
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Catrina Nicole Wordlaw Ms. Infinity Mississippi 2020-2021.
Full name: Catrina Nicole Wordlaw
Title/Year: Ms. Infinity Mississippi 2020-2021
Pageant System: Miss Infinity International
Education Level: Masters
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, mentoring & volunteering
Platform: Mental Health, Domestic Violence Awareness & Education
Years competed: 1999 & 2020
Countries visited: I have not visited outside the U.S., but I look forward to international traveling post-pandemic
Likes: Shopping, fashion, cooking, reading, pets, family, friends, watching movies, social media, and volunteering
Dislikes: Hunger, homelessness, poverty, diseases, and disasters
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a Mental Health Professional with credentials as a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Louisiana. As a result of my hard work and dedication to education and mental health, I am also a member of several organizations: the American Counseling Association; the Louisiana Counseling Association; CASA; and Event Planner Association. Currently, I am chapter president of Omega Upsilon Pi- South Central Epsilon chapter, and I am a member of Kappa Nu Pi Pageant Society. In addition, I am a Mary Kay Consultant, business owner of Pink Princess Couture Boutique and Events by Catrina, and CEO of Crown for a Cause non-profit organization. I reside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where my family also lives. I am a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ. Whenever I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends especially during the holiday seasons. I enjoy cooking and entertaining guests, watching my favorite TV shows, and binge-watching movies. I love shopping for clothes, and home décor. Volunteering is a top priority for me. Pre-pandemic, I volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. It gives me much fulfillment to know that I can make a difference in the lives of children through volunteerism.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education. I graduated from high school with honors in 2001. I earned an Associate degree in Child Care Technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2003, graduated with honors. In 2006, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Education from Jackson State University, graduated with honors. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix (2009), and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University (2013).
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you? Women empowerment to me means to be confident in your own strengths and capabilities. It means to encourage, support, and inspire women and girls to expand their aspirations throughout their communities.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. During my senior year in high school, I competed in the Miss Essence 1999 pageant. This pageant system was sponsored by CROSS, Inc. (Community Resource Organization for Services and Support) a non-profit organization that focuses on social, economic, and educational development of citizens in our community. This was my first pageant, and I was excited to win 2nd runner-up for Miss Senior Essence 1999. In 2002, I was invited to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant but was not available at the time to participate. It was an honor to be acknowledged for that competition.
Years later I decided to return to pageantry and was accepted into the pageant system of Miss Infinity International competition directed by Shana Shaw. She provided information about the photo contestant regularly sent emails to contestants about the competition. In following the guidelines of the pageant system’s photo contest, I invited family and friends to vote on my photo on social media and after receiving the required votes, I was excited to win state title Ms. Infinity Mississippi (2020-2021). I am currently using this platform to serve my community.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Kendrea Johnson-McVadon-Empyreal Noble Intl 2021. I was welcomed into a new pageant system Univerz - V Internationals directed by Dr. Octavia McCleskey-Mallory for the Empyreal Miss Pageant. I was excited to accept my new title Empyreal Prime 2021. I will also be competing in the Miss Fashion Global Pageant under the direction of Pageant Director Terrance Shaw. Both pageants are scheduled to be in Florida in November 2021. I am super excited to compete in both competitions.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I decided to compete in Miss Essence 1999 pageant because I wanted to represent teens while focusing on helping the school youth K-6th grades. Pageant contestants had to raise funds from ticket and other sales to be eligible to compete in the competition. The proceeds from the pageant were used to establish a summer camp kids’ club. Helping the youth inspired me to compete in Miss Essence 1999 pageant, and I was able to build on my self-esteem and confidence throughout the process.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I felt empowered to enter Miss Infinity International. “It's easy to let life-stress shake our foundation of inner-strength as human beings, but if you want to inspire people around you, learn to stand your ground through thick and thin.” -Lifehack.org. This statement resonates with me. Prior to and during the pandemic, I found myself feeling overwhelmed by circumstances that were out of my control. It was time to bring activities that brought me joy, back into my life, so I decided to compete for Miss Infinity International. I wanted to focus on something positive while representing an organization that shares my values. Competing for this title was one of the best decisions I ever made. Winning Miss Infinity Mississippi 2020-2021 has given me the opportunity to serve people in my community.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Miss Infinity International focuses on empowering women, promoting a positive self-image, and providing an avenue of achievement for today’s charity-oriented ladies. It is about helping women achieve their dreams, feeling beautiful inside and out, inspiring others, and uplifting each other. It is a sisterhood of like-minded girls, teens, and women who seek global change, and who provides support and encouragement to inspire each other to be the best version of ourselves. The pageant system slogan reads: “Beauties for the continuity of altruism. Where we promote goodwill and serve our communities for the greater good of making our world a much better place!”
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? Contestants will be judged 25% for each competition: Self-Intro, Interview, Photogenic, and Community Service.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. The Miss Infinity pageant system is a virtual competition. Contestants are required to submit their competition material online for judging and scoring. The pageant director provided a national pageant handbook highlighting all the information about the competition, and she was always available to answer questions. At the start of the competition, I happily informed my friends and family on social media about the competition and invited them to vote on my photo. It was exciting watching the votes come in to see if I was a winner. After one whole year of not buying any attire for a special event, due to the pandemic, I was excited to be shopping for appropriate pageant apparel for the competition. It was also exciting to have professional pictures made. I had a wonderful experience throughout the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause you volunteer for. As a representative of Miss Infinity International Pageant system, I have used this opportunity to establish Crown for a Cause, a non-profit organization that focuses on different awareness’s, such as medical, mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and education. Volunteering for these causes is dear to my heart. Giving the current climate this country is in -- the pandemic, mental health awareness is vital to reach individuals who are faced with mental challenges beyond their control. I am an advocate for mental health and have devoted my life’s work to counseling and providing services for the mentally ill; therefore, it is imperative that I help people with mental challenges overcome restrictions and stigmas that often prevent them from living a good life. As a Mental Health Professional Therapist and a volunteer in my community, I will continue to promote mental health awareness and educate people about the importance of taking care of their mental health. I am currently advocating for women in domestic violence situations by bringing awareness to others about this cause and have started collecting personal care items to meet their needs.
As a former educator, advocating for youths’ education is important on so many levels. I formed a scholarship committee from my high school alma mater to help organize a scholarship program for high school seniors for the 2021 school year. The scholarship committee will award each qualified recipient $500 toward their college tuition. I also helped organize Adopt A High School Senior Class of 2021 using social media platforms. This is open to high school seniors around the country. To meet the requirements or be eligible, seniors must submit a photo along with a brief bio and they will receive encouragement, gifts and/or monetary gifts from their sponsor(s). In addition, I will host an online pageant seminar for high school girls ages 14-18.Guest speakers will speak on beauty pageant etiquettes. My goals for these causes are to organize numerous fundraisers and benefit drives to serve those who are mentally challenged or have been limited by extenuating circumstances.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? I completed an interview with P.O.W.E.R. Membership Club. I will appear on the Babes Girl Talk show hosted by Renee Reynolds-Lawson on Power 4.4 on May 23, 2021.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? Some of my greatest achievements have been in academics. Graduating with honors from several colleges and universities. Being inducted into academic honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and Chi Sigma Iota. Leadership Plenty Certificate of Program Completion (2009). In 2016, I received an award for Employee of the Month as Mental Health Professional Therapist at Center for Hope Children and Family Services. Most recently, I am a candidate for an Honorary Doctorate Degree (June 2021) from McFormalsdale Christian University in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Adult & Children Counseling and Family Intervention Counseling. I am the class of 2021 Valedictorian and currently the university’s doctoral graduate model.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? My unique and vibrant personality makes me stand out from others. I am a fun, funny and fabulous fashionista. People love that about me, and they love that I am genuine and down-to-earth, they love my sense of humor, positivity, kindness, and caring attitude.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. I was excited about winning my state title Ms. Infinity Mississippi 2020-2021. The winner(s) was selected by votes on social media, and it was exciting to win votes from family and friends and receive their congratulations. Seeing my name on a list with other winners and winning the state title in my region was a big moment for me. It was the most exciting moment I had in a long time, particularly after a long year of uncertainties from the pandemic. It is truly an honor to win and serve as Ms. Infinity Mississippi, an experience I will cherish for years to come.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? A beauty queen to me means being strong and having the courage to stand up for the values she believes in. A beauty queen not only exude confident, glamorous, and poise, she shares a positive vibe with others and cares deeply about making a difference in the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life? Competing in pageants has changed my life. It helped me gain more confidence. I am more empowered as a woman and encouraged to focus on doing great things to continue to build morale and character. Competing in pageants has helped me to focus on achieving my goals.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self esteem and body image? My self-esteem soared when I entered the Miss Infinity International pageant. Pageants help me feel good about myself. They put my best qualities on display and have helped me to be more confident and feel beautiful inside and out.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? Inspiring young girls to achieve their dreams is truly an honor. I feel incredibly lucky to have an amazing platform to be an inspiration to young girls. I have always been a mentor to young girls in some way, and I hope to continue to inspire them to use their time and talents to serve the needs of people in their communities.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? My on stage strategy is to focus on doing my best by keeping a smile and maintaining my composure. I will focus on having good eye contact with the judges and give them my best performance. I will show with confidence, so they will make no mistake that I can represent the organization as their beauty queen.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? Preparing for the competition was exciting. The Miss Infinity pageant is a virtual competition, so I basically had to focus my attention on reading the pageant’s national handbook; requirements, rules, and expectations of contestants to compete in the competition. Putting a beauty entourage together for hair, makeup, and photos was the most exciting part of the competition. I really felt like a beauty queen after the beauty makeovers and photoshoot. I was excited about all the events of the competition and encouraged myself to stay focused on the challenge to achieve my goals in the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walks? Practice as many times as possible for each competition. Always wear a smile and be sure to have great eye contact when walking the runway. Staying focused on each competition will help contestants be in the moment and have great walks.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress? Choose a dress that is comfortable, complements your personality and style, particularly one that flatters your body shape to help you look and feel beautiful.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning the interview? Prepare in advance for the interview. Smile, and keep a positive attitude during the interview. Being authentic is key. Most importantly, your intelligence and personality should be on display.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've made during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? The one mistake I made during competing was not getting adequate rest before my photo shoot. Spending most of the day getting hair and makeup done, and shopping before the photoshoot was time consuming. I wished I had been more organized with my time before my photoshoot.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? Worrying about how good other girls look and not admiring what they love about themselves, not smiling, not having fun, or interacting with other contestants, not remembering that pageant systems are a sisterhood and that we are there to support, encourage and lift each other up throughout the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? During my sophomore year in high school, I participated in a modeling competition with 500 contestants and was selected to attend Barbizon modeling school. I attended several weeks of modeling school to learn about the modeling industry. It was short-lived, but it was a rewarding experience and opened opportunities to be in fashion shows. I also helped planned fashion shows for select people and modeled for various clothing stores including for my own clothing boutique. I have recently been selected by directors Kimberly Clark and Mary Baldwins to be a super model for Supermodel Unlimited magazine in their 100th icon issue and will be featured on the New York Times Square billboard. I am currently the honorary doctorate graduate model for McFormalsdale Christian University.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2021 as a Queen? My plans for 2021 are to continue to advocate and promote to others, carry out community services in my local area and internationally, and focus on giving back to my community. Continue to inspire women and young girls to expand their aspirations throughout their communities and be always accessible.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I hope to leave a legacy that will inspire and empower other women to achieve their dreams. And, what I would most like to be remembered for or leave behind is compassion and a positive attitude to influence others to achieve great things in the world.
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National Director: Shana Shaw Miss Infinity South Central Regional Director
Your Local Director: Shana Shaw
Pageant website: http://america.MissInfinity.org
Name of the Photographer and other credits: Frances Robinson Photography
TruVine Esthetics-Professional Makeup Artist- Sabrina Israel
Hair Stylist- Clementine Johnson
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