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Danielle B. Hardy Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

World Class American Royalty Magazine, Danielle B. Hardy, Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019
World Class American Royalty Magazine, Danielle B. Hardy, Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019

World Class American Royalty Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Danielle B. Hardy Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019.

Full name: Danielle B. Hardy

Title/Year: Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019

Pageant System: Royal International Miss

Age: 25

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Hobbies: Traveling, Blogging, Dancing, Singing, Fitness, Cooking, Graphic Design

Platform: Alzheimer's Awareness & C.R.O.W.N. (Creating Real Opportunities for Women Now)

Years competed: 6

Countries visited: Dominican Republic

Likes: Beyonce', fashion, music (all genres), 

Dislikes: Negativity and long road trips

Status: Single

World Class American Royalty: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a proud native of the state of Maryland. In New York, I earned my college degree from St. John's University. Also, I am a recent law school graduate, who is pursuing entertainment law as my area of practice. Earning two degrees, I am a huge proponent of pursuing higher education and am honored to become the first lawyer in my family. I am extremely passionate about the entertainment industry and have a background in modeling and acting. In 2015, I was a guest co-host on the national daytime talk show, The Real, where I gained experience in on-air hosting. As a child, I wanted to be a singer, but as I got older decided to become a lawyer for singers, actors, and record labels. Instead of becoming the talent, I will be representing them as their lawyer.  World Class American Royalty: What does women Empowerment means to you? 

Women empowerment means supporting women in all areas of life, which includes cheering on other women when they excel professionally, personally, or in any area that we thrive in. It means having the confidence to become a trailblazer and opening the door for other women to come through behind you. Women empowerment is collaborating with and helping other women achieve their goals if you are in a position to do so without feeling intimidated or jealous. Women empowerment should be an ongoing motivation to facilitate a sisterhood amongst women and not only a single action.

World Class American Royalty: Tell us about your pageant history.

I began competing in pageantry at the age of 3 in a local pageant in Maryland. My mom entered me in my first pageant and I won! After that, I took a step back from pageantry to focus on singing, dancing, and other activities. However, I started competing again when I was 14 years old. I have won the titles of Miss Clinton 2014, National American Miss Maryland 2015, and my current title Royal International Ms. Maryland 2019. After my last title in 2015, I went to law school and put competing on pause to focus on my studies, so I am thrilled to be competing again! 

World Class American Royalty: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

-My mom entered me into my first pageant at age 3. However, I was inspired to do my first pageant as a teenager because I wanted to gain more confidence in public speaking. I have always loved being on stage and wearing beautiful gowns, but pageants have given me many opportunities to practice public speaking in front of crowds of all sizes. 

World Class American Royalty: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

- I chose to compete for the title of Royal International Ms. Maryland because I believe in the Royal International Miss system. Before I compete in any pageant, I always research the system before I sign up as a contestant. With so many pageants available, it's important to me to be a part of an organization that celebrates me as a person, believes in diversity in competing, and one that is focused on serving the community and Royal International Miss embodies all of these things. I chose to compete for the title of Ms. Maryland because I love my state and wanted to use a platform to further serve the community.

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

Royal International Miss is a scholarship pageant that celebrates empowering women of all ages, colors, shapes, and sizes by giving them an opportunity to grow and develop a positive self-image. Royal International Miss offers the opportunity to develop and cultivate talents, public speaking skills, poise, and self-confidence. RIM has national initiatives such as Literacy 365, which promotes reading all-year, and other community-focused programs. 

World Class American Royalty: What are you being judged on during the competition?

During my upcoming international pageant, I will be judged on evening gown, interview, personal introduction, and fashion wear. 

World Class American Royalty: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

This is my first time competing at the Royal International Miss International pageant, so I am excited to experience the competition with this system.

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

I have two platforms. My first platform is Alzheimer's Awareness. I am very passionate about supporting the Alzheimer's Association because my grandfather passed away with Alzheimer's. In his honor, I participate in the annual walks and have walked in Maryland, New York, and North Carolina along with fundraising. My second platform is C.R.O.W.N. and it stands for "Creating Real Opportunities for Women Now." My platform advocates for women pursuing higher education and encouraging a career in law.With my platform, I mentor young women and help them with college selection, choosing a major, applying to law school, and navigating through college and law school. 

World Class American Royalty: What appearances have you done with your title?

I have been busy around the state of Maryland! My appearances include a meet and greet event, reading to a kindergarten class, helping underprivileged girls shop for a prom dress with the Priceless Gown Project, the Endometriosis Walk, and there are more appearances coming up within the next few months.

World Class American Royalty: What are some of your achievements?

I am grateful to God for all of the opportunities that I have been able to have and experience. 

(Non-pageant) I've earned many scholarships in college and law school, became the first person in my law school's history to intern at the world's largest record label and music streaming service, have been inducted into over 10 honor societies, earned my college degree, earned my law school degree, took the New York state bar exam (waiting for results), and became an inaugural member of my law school's ABA and NFL pro sports negotiations teams. 

(Pageant) I am a two time national titleholder in the National American Miss system holding the 2014 & 2015 National Academic Achievement title. At the state level, I have placed in the casual wear and spokesmodel categories.

World Class American Royalty: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

My strategy is to show them that I am confident, prepared, and show them my genuine smile. Confidence is extremely important on stage and the judges can tell if you have confidence or if you are nervous. Preparation is important because knowing your walking routine and being comfortable in your heels will make the competition less stressful. Lastly, showing a genuine smile that comes from really enjoying being on stage is a great way to win over the judges.

World Class American Royalty: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

My years of pageant experience and being a lawyer makes me stand out from the other beautiful contestants. From years of competing in different systems and age divisions, I have learned many pageant tips and strategies from trial and error as well as what works for me. Additionally, I have been trained in the law, which has given me a different perspective to bring to the table as well as experience to incorporate into being a titleholder. 

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

When my name was called out and they crowned me at the state pageant, I was so excited and my heart skipped a beat. My hard work in preparing for the pageant paid off and I was excited to start the new chapter in my life. Having my family there to cheer me on was a great part of the experience as well.

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

Being a beauty queen means having a large platform to effectuate change and being a role model to young girls. As a beauty queen, I have a platform to advocate for things that are important to me, such as women empowerment, pursuing higher education, and serving the community. I also serve as a role model to young girls who look to me to know that they can do anything they set their mind to because I will be there to cheer them on. Being a beauty queen means setting a good example, especially in the world of social media. I have a responsibility to post positive posts and refrain from posting inappropriate posts. 

World Class American Royalty: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

- Growing my public speaking skills in pageants has transferred in many areas of my life, such as college, law school, job interviews, and becoming a lawyer. Being a student and professional, I have to communicate with different types of people in different environments and sometimes it includes small or large groups of people or full boardroom. Pageants exposed me to effectively communicating to different types of people in a variety of environments. 

World Class American Royalty: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? As a child, I was shy and pageants have increased my confidence by growing my skills, including public speaking. Pageants helped me accept my body image because I always compete in pageants where contestants are a variety of shapes and sizes. It showed me that it's more than how you look on the outside, but who you are on the inside that makes you a great queen.

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

It is such an honor! I am inspired by so many strong women, such as my mom, Michelle Obama, Beyonce', and Judge Faith Jenkins. These women inspire me daily and I look up to them. Knowing that I inspire girls is an amazing feeling and a responsibility that I take seriously.

World Class American Royalty: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

My first tip would be to buy a pair of heels that you are comfortable wearing on stage. You should look at the heel's height and whether or not it has a platform. My second tip would be to practice wearing the heels many times before a pageant. When I buy new pageant heels, I will walk around my house in the heels to break them in and get comfortable wearing them. I walk on a flat surface and up and down stairs because some pageant require you to walk down stairs.

World Class American Royalty: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

I would suggest choosing a pageant dress that you feel great in and works well for your body type. When I go shopping, I keep an open mind about colors, but I choose gowns that accentuate my figure and works well for my height. Also, take a shopping buddy! I always take my mom with me when I shop for pageant gowns because she will give me an honest opinion and let me know how the gown looks in different angles. When you look good, you feel good!

World Class American Royalty: What are your tips for winning interview?

Practice! While you won't always anticipate every question the judges will ask, you can practice answering questions about you, your platform, community service, and why the judges should choose you. Any time I go in for an interview, I am ready for anything! 

World Class American Royalty: How did you prepare for your competition?

I prepare for every pageant by fitness training, walking in my shoes, and practicing interview practice questions. For fitness, I create a fun gym workout plan that includes the gym, outdoor activity, and fitness classes (don't forget the awesome playlist!). I practice walking around my house in my shoes to get more comfortable in my shoes. Lastly, I include my friends and family in my interview prep by having them ask me a variety of questions. 

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

One mistake I've done during a competition was putting too much pressure on myself to win. When I did this, I didn't have as much fun during the pageant and I stressed myself out. To fix it, I increased my practice before the pageant, so that I was comfortable in my competition areas and less stressed when I arrived for the pageant. I was able to enjoy the pageant experience and it allowed my performance to increase. 

World Class American Royalty: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

Pageant week/weekend can be very stressful for everyone, so it can get intense. I think it's important to just enjoy the experience and do your best.

World Class American Royalty: Any modeling or acting experience?

I have experience in modeling locally around the state of Maryland and I was signed to an acting agency as a teenager. 

World Class American Royalty: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?

For 2019, I am planning to expand my mentorship program to get more young women into a career in law and continue to engage in community service around my state.

World Class American Royalty: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

For my legacy, I want to do my part to continue to diversify pageantry and encourage women of all colors, ages, and sizes to compete in pageants. I want young women to know that they can achieve their dreams and goals even if they don't see a path. I want to inspire them to create their own path if there is none and to never give up. Also, I want my legacy to include serving my community in many ways to make it better than the way it was when I became queen.

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