Erin Husbands 2019 Elite Miss Louisiana Earth USA
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Erin Husbands 2019 Elite Miss Louisiana Earth USA.
Full name: Erin Elizabeth Husbands
Title/Year: 2019 Elite Miss Louisiana Earth USA
Pageant System: Miss Earth USA Organization
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Hobbies: surfing, piano, traveling, DIY Projects
Platform: Calling all Superheroes to #SavetheWorld
Years competed: 27 years
Countries visited: Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic
Likes: LSU Football, Disney, Harry Potter, Animals
Dislikes: When the internet isn’t working, Single-use plastics, Clutter
Status: In a relationship
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I was adopted from Puebla, Mexico, when I was 6 months old. On Thanksgiving Day 1985, I finally made it home with my family to Marksville, LA. I have 4 legal names, two birth certificates, and I was adopted three times (all to the same family). I also made medical history for being the first one-year-old to be diagnosed with Tuberculosis in Louisiana.
When I was 23, I was published in the European Journal of Neuroscience. I’m a graduate of LSU with a BS in Biological Sciences. Today, I’m the founder of The Crowning Moment. I’m also a Disney travel agent and licensed realtor in Louisiana. I’m a classical trained pianist and self-proclaimed Disney expert. I have a black cat, Pearl, and two chinchillas, Pepper & Gypsy.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment means listening and learning from others because individually, one person does not have all the answers, but collectively we can find solutions to even the toughest problems. It means lifting each other up to overcome obstacles, and being considerate of each other’s needs while teaching each other skills to be even more amazing.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
My mom, Vickie, put me in my first pageant when I was 1 year old, which I won! Since then, I’ve held over 60 combined festival titles, local, state, national, and international titles. After sitting out for nearly a decade, I decided to compete at Miss Earth USA where I won the High Point Media Interview and Director’s Leadership awards. Now, I’m a full-time pageant coach.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
My mom has always loved pageants. Since my mother was also a co-director with my Nanny Roseada, I was also around pageants, productions, and pageant girls. I looked up to them and decided I would one day be Miss America.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
Being a pageant coach means you rely a lot on personal experience and being well-versed in many pageant systems. I competed for 26 years but after being off the stage for nearly a decade, I decided it was time to test what was still useful knowledge and what more I could learn from the contestant side of competition. This year became more about sharing this journey with the girls I work with and showing them the dedication and sacrifice it takes to go after a big goal.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Their mission is stated on the website as: “The mission of Miss Earth USA is to provide a platform for America's women to be a voice for environmental responsibility, while featuring these beauties for a cause in fashion, media and leadership opportunities.”
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
At the national level contestants are scored in Photogenic, Social Media, Think Global/Act Local project, Judge’s Interview, Media Interview, Swimsuit, Runway, Evening Wear, and staff does give a score. Only the top four in teen & elite, (top five in Miss) receive the same on-stage question, used for tiebreakers or re-ranking.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
The staff was amazing! They knew you by name and talked with you like you were life-long friends. The contestants were given so many opportunities to bond and we loved the Garbo Grabber’s sponsored service project! We were able to share ideas on how we can do more for the planet and implement these ideas in our own communities. The best part was watching my sister queen, Sydni Terradot, win Teen Miss Earth USA! She is also my 2019 TCM Girl of the Year so that was a great moment to share with her!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I focus my efforts on school-aged children to teach them about recycling, planting, and conservation. From there I spread awareness through social media with my bi-weekly Food for Thought videos and weekly superhero training videos on eco topics. For my Think Global, Act Local project, I promoted my platform: Calling All Superheroes to help #SavetheWorld! I recruited “superheroes” in 17 states, in 23 countries, and someone on all 7 continents to help me spread awareness and perform environmental acts for our planet. I’m also working on getting House Bill 72 amended to better educate Louisiana students on recycling and litter prevention.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I visited 13 states, traveling over 21,000 miles, to log 147 appearances for literacy promotions, Earth events, recycling events, park clean ups, and more.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I was 2003 Louisiana’s Jr Miss and was 2009 Miss Baton Rouge-America. At Miss Louisiana, I won a non-finalist talent award and was the recipient of the Miss America’s Community service award for raising over $1.2 million for charities and volunteering over 12,000 hours of service. I also won two back to back international titles. As Elite Miss Louisiana, I finished in the Top 8 and won the Director’s Leadership and High Point Media Interview awards.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over?
When you are relaxed and living in the moment, your confidence and excitement shines through for the judges to see.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
My mother taught me that it isn’t what you say, but HOW you say it. Making a connection with the judges helps me to be relatable and stand out from the very beginning.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
My two favorite moments were when I won Louisiana’s Jr Miss (LJM) and Miss Baton Rouge-America. I couldn’t believe that my dream of being a part of the Miss America Organization had finally come true. When I was named LJM, time actually slowed down and I only heard the sound of my increasing heartbeat. Then the emcee called “ERIN!” but I stood there in disbelief because there were two Erin’s in the competition, and I wasn’t sure they called ME!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
It means being a life-long role model. It means being inspiring, innovative, being someone’s teacher, and a friend. I strive to be a good example of volunteerism, determination, kindness, and adventure, regardless of a crown.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life?
Pageants have sharpened skills that helped me be successful in my career field. Since I was young, because of pageants, I have been able to deliver speeches, interview for jobs, travel across the country, and create a wide network of contacts.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
Pageants have taught me to be confident in my own skin and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I am humbled. I live my life in a way that helps others, inspires many, and makes my family proud because I learned so many values from them to pass on.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
First, you must pick shoes that you can safely and comfortably walk in. Then you have to “live” in your shoes. Of course, practice walking in your dress in your shoes, too! Over time, you’ll become more graceful and confident and that will shine forth when you’re on stage!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Find the dress that makes you go WOW! Try on everything before you dismiss something. Also, consider taking only a handful of trusted advisers to help you pick out your dress.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
You can study facts, listen to the news, and have tons of mock interviews, but over my many years I’ve learned that a fun personality is the trick to catching the judges from the get-go. Relax and TALK with the judges instead of telling them what you think they want to hear.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I used my year at Elite Miss Louisiana as a practice run for what it would be like as Elite Miss Earth USA. I volunteered, made appearances, and traveled weekly. I listened to hours of podcasts and learned facts. I made life-style changes that would positively affect the environment by recycling more, going zero-waste, and switched to vegan products.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I wish I hadn’t waited until my last year of eligibility to compete in the Miss America Organization BUT it also led me along the path I’m on today!
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
The biggest mistake is to focus on everyone else instead of YOU. Pageants are already a gamble. You have zero control over the judge’s selection and the actions of the other contestants. What you CAN control is yourself. Stay focused, be kind & helpful to everyone, and enjoy the experience.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I have modeled and been in TV commercials for boutiques. I have been in NCIS: New Orleans, OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” Netflix’s “Tall Girl” (releases in 2020), and a small speaking role in the movie, “All Styles.”
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
As 2019 is ending, so is my reign as Elite Miss Louisiana. I will continue to teach the families I work with about recycling, conservation, and sustainability, while also traveling across the country to participate in environmental acts and encourage communities to volunteer. I’ll continue my YouTube channel and outreach to schools, youth organizations, and be active in my state to increase our efforts to save the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
My legacy is being built everyday through my work with my clients. It’s not just about pageantry but also about life-long skills from public speaking, interview skills, confidence, and being adaptability. I hope that people remember me for my determination, tenacity, and perseverance. I’m not just raising pageant girls but shaping girls to become remarkable women who will change the world.
National Director: Laura Clark
Pageant website: www.missearthunitedstates.com World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.
Erin Husbands 2019 Elite Miss Louisiana Earth USA, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Lauri L 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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