World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Isabella Margarita Christensen Miss Minnesota Latina 2021.
Full name: Isabella Margarita Christensen
Title/Year: Miss Minnesota Latina 2021-present and Miss US Photogenic 2021 award received at Nationals
Pageant System: Miss America Latina Del Mundo
Education Level: Utah Valley University BA Dance and continuing my education PSEO St.Paul College
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Hobbies: Fashion, visual art, modeling, Jiu Jitsu, singing, digital media marketing, and wellness
Platform: Spread awareness of the importance of arts and Dance in the community.
Years competed: 2 years
Countries visited: Bahamas, Mexico, China, England, and Peru is next
Likes: Going for a walk around the lake, listening to all sorts of music, reading, self care, socials, shopping, dance, crafts, chocolate,
Dislikes: Diabetes, People that don't listen and are stuck in there ways, twinkies, dog fights, pollution, vomiting, backstabbing,
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.
Isabella grew up in the Twin Cities, MN she graduated Highschool from creative arts. She has performed and competed in dance nationally and internationally winning many awards/titles. She loves helping out with the community. She is currently involved with a local non profit (CLUES) Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio. We’re she was recently teaching ESL and was part of the Arts program. She helped decorate the streets of Lake Street for Dia de Los Muertos Celebration. As Isabella says “I love sharing my artistry and different cultures to others.” World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about your education.
Isabella attended Creative Arts highschool in downtown St.Paul were she was in the honor roll she was also taking post secondary options at St. Paul College. Isabella proposed for the school to have dance classes which they then implied. Since I was in the arts field I then looked for colleges that had ballroom since I was getting passionate and winning awards in dance in my hometown and the only school that offered Ballroom dance as a major and renowned competitive ballroom team was Utah Valley University in Utah attending there BA in Dance with a Ballroom emphasis program. I'm currently enrolled into Metro State University in Minnesota and continuing my education.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does women Empowerment means to you?
I believe in this century women need to empower each other by proving to others that they can accomplish any task they set there minds to. I believe the term feminist is miss represented. Women need to stand with each other and help our communities and pageant help this opportunity.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your pageant history.
This is actually the first pageant I have done and I won the title of Miss Minnesota Latina and Miss Us Photogenic at nationals. I was in a rut during lockdown in 2020 when I was training to audition for a dance TV series that got canceled I looked for some creative exhilaration a friend of mine posted a picture of herself on Instagram competing for this pageant it sparked my interest that this would be the year of the great beginning of self identity and branding as well as supporting my community.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I liked the Miss Minnesota Latina pageant system's overall vibe and imagining myself being Miss Minnesota Latina representing my Peruvian heritage and representing my birth place of Minneapolis was breathtaking. I had to do it. I then did research and looked into the pageant and the former contestants and knew it was the right one for me. I liked the slogan 'Empowering Latinas to use their voice, passion, and culture to build a strong community."
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I have always been a leader in different settings and by competing for Miss Minnesota Latina it would help me with my artistic career and to be an enlightenment in the community. With my knowledge and education I had the right qualifications to win. My dance background helped me to understand my body and how to carry it graciously with poise and with my abilities as a natural performer it helped me not to feel shy competing with other young women on stage for a title.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss Minnesota Latina and Miss teen Minnesota Latina are the first competitions established in the state of Minnesota exclusively for Latinas, and the only one whose winner advances to a national competition. The pageant provides each delegate the opportunity to grow and advance her personal and career goals while acting as a positive role model in her community. Our goal is for each contestant to learn how to be more than a model, but a role model! World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes your director different from others?
I liked the directors style on how they do Miss Minnesota Latina the pageant is more friendly and there are courses every Saturday morning before crowning day that contestants train for the crown whether it's interview, working on your pageant walk styling, beauty classes, nutrition and more. some pageant don't provide these extra trainings and just want you to show up for the interview and crowning day which makes it hard to have a sisterhood or get connected with the directors that can help you with there connections based on your career needs.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Everything. Every minute counts the way you sit, what facial expressions you are making. are you in the pageant with a more casual outlook or professionally and there to win. Also what are you offering to the pageant that is more than looks. I remember being asked by one of the judges during the interview to show a dance move since I'm a dancer. I was a surprised but I got up and busted a 24 count cha cha with Cuban breaks then they were sold on me. I remember at nationals when I walked into the interview room all the judges faces looked at me like who just walked in... hot damn!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I remember for the state pageant arriving at the Southern Theater and rehearsing the dance routine I helped create. Then we went backstage and the beauticians were more than ready to make us look our best. Once the the ceremony started I remember everyone doing a short group huddle with a few good words and we all went out on the floor. I remember bringing extra of everything that is accessory or personal needs. I then put on a show and by the time you know it was the crowning ceremony I was holding hands with the first runner up my named was called and boom the crown was placed on my head and I was the new Miss Minnesota Latina. When I left the theater I realized I had a week to prepare and have everything ready for Nationals in Florida with the other contestants that have held there title since 2020 since the pageant was delayed during lockdown.
I remember arriving to Florida very excited with the Teen we then had a few intro meeting were the judges watched us how we acted as a group. Then the next day was the preliminaries were we had to memorize choreography and the next day was the big day of the interview. I listen to Joel Olstein before my interview and didn't let anyone take away my mojo. The interview was decent. There was a question I could have answered better. Then the crowning ceremony, media interviews and more everyone backstage was anxious yet ready for the ceremony. I remember being called out as Miss Photogenic and being disapointed that was the title I recieves and not the crown. I later I realized that I should treasure that moment and the competitors I was with. It was amazing being in Florida and representing my state and heritage the best I could. All my fans and supporters at home were so happy of what I have won in a short amount of time.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Who would you recommend your system to?
To any Latina that wants to strive for better with there goals and achieve. A confident self assured Latina that know there strengths and weaknesses and knows how to manage herself in a presentable manner. It is a big pageant system from being a state queen to Miss US and final Miss Mundo or "Miss World".
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title?
I was part of the State Fair parade, Miss US Latina Netflix, being a dance choreographer for Miss Illinois Latina and Miss Indiana Latina, directing and coordinating Miss Illinois Latina crowning weekend, have had many interviews, appearances at elementary schools, Special Olympics Minnesota, Gifts for Seniors, Helping cook at kitchens as a volunteer, Helped volunteer for a CLUES non profit during Day of The Dead and decorating the neighborhood of Lake Street, Winter Carnival Parade, Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, Cinco De Mayo Festival, Perham Turtle Fest, Target Center Appearance, Helped advocate for the state governor, Mall of America Red Carpet appearance, many Latino event. appearances.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are some of your achievements?
Following Miss Minnesota Latina mission and creating programs for dance and spreading awareness of the arts, being a pageant dance choreographer and director, National Amateur American Rhythm dance champion, dance educator/artist, paying for college and maintaining a high gpa, being promoted, auditioning for the Voice, jiu jitsu competition belt ranking, Outstanding dancer award, placing in highly in prestigious dance competitions.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe all girls have our own beauty since we are the feminine energy of this world. But I can say I'm uniquely beautiful from the inside and out and I don't need to fake it, that's about it.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I felt an immense amount of joy. It was kind of a blur. I remember having to calm down and remember how to pose for the camera and what to do after so I don't stay frozen. I had a feeling I would win the crown and when my full name was announced it just made the confetti drop in my head. I remember my first walk and how majestic I felt with my new Miss Minnesota Latina crown and sash. There was a mix off applause and joy from one side of the theater and booing and shouting the 1st runner ups name from the other. There was quite an audience.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
I knew the pageant would boost my confidence and help propel me in the right way with my rare ballroom dance career. I support healthy eating and knowledge and understanding of ones self and understanding there own body. I remember for the competition at Nationals I had to cut 20 pounds in 3months for the most aesthetic results because I was in competition. When I'm not competing I try to maintain a steady weight. But my weight can vary based on many factors, sport, or gigs I'm doing.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It is a great feeling to inspire young girls and how much joy and inspiration they get. I also have inspired men and women. There is a responsibility and I have to be aware of my image even after I hand in the crown. I will always have an invisible crown on my head and not go down the wrong path after the pageant and continuing.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
You want to know how to walk in every outfit whether it's an evening gown, heritage, and bikini. All those walks have their own personality. I tend to scope the stage and review briefly the walk choreography in my head. I then walk on look at the camera then the audience and look at every judge. When asked a question in front of the audience you should have already rehearsed different questions and your mission statement should be in the back of your head. Think of yourself as already the title holder when you walk out there.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did you prepare for your competition?
I did some self meditation and wanted to present myself as the best version of myself. I made sure to get some professional coaching. I looked at videos of Miss Universe and looked at the former contestant that competed for my pageant system. I read about the organization and different occurring events in the country and political matters. I bought a deck of cards with random questions that I had to answer. I got myself in shape and made sure that my outfit choice matched my personal taste. I made sure to get to know the organizers of the pageant and be in good terms.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Make sure to practice and break into the different shoes you choose to use. Hire a coach for pageant walks watch youtube videos and make sure to walk with straight legs and good posture. Once you have mastered the basic walk add styling and coordinate how to pose your face and arms with the clothes you are wearing and your personality.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Make sure you look at the former contestants of your pageants and see what dress types they wore. Then figure out what style fits your bodytype and has been your dream dress style or imagine what dress would look good with the crown style. The color shouldn't be hard to look at or doesn't go with your skin type tanned/untanned. It should be a soft pastel or goes with your expression accompanied with accessories and shoes that go with it.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview?
Make sure you are pleasant and look at every judge throughout the interview in the eye. Start by saying where you are representing and then follow with your mission statement and your accomplishments have a bold intro and cut excess wording. If you don't know how to answer a question, try to answer as best as you can. If you don't know how to answer it at all, say with my best intent I cannot answer the question appropriately at the moment.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Overall I feel contempt with how I represented through the competition at Nationals the only thing I would redo is one of the interview questions and if I could have spoken more with the directors of the event.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
During the competition you must focus on yourself and not get distracted by the others. I wasn't paying much attention to the others I only noticed that most girls in the pageant needed personal items or assistance with there wardrobe. Which I provided the supply of bikini tape, extra tanner, glue, lash glue, nail glue, or a band aid.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your plans for 2022/23 as a Queen?
As current title holder I still have queenly duties of advertising the pageant for contestants to apply. I have some appearances and goals to accomplish before handing over the crown. I'm currently in school, working and I'm planning to further my dance career and become a steward of the arts. I'm building my talent portfolio for a talent scout.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
To be a beauty icon for the Latino community. For us to know that we are heard. To leave behind my good deeds and volunteering so that my community can run smoother and more efficiently. For others to get inspired or inspire others after seeing my journey as queen. For my family to be proud of me and know that there are many ways to be successful.
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Your Local Director: Nancy Peralta
Photographer: Jose Martinez
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World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.
Isabella Margarita Christensen Miss Minnesota Latina 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Jose Martinez
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski
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