Jacquelyn Phelps Miss South Portland Maine For America 2020
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Jacquelyn Phelps Miss South Portland Maine For America 2020.
Full name: Jacquelyn Phelps
Title/Year: Miss South Portland Maine For America 2020
Pageant System: Miss Maine for America Pageant
Zodiac sign: Libra
Hobbies: Cross Stitching, Hiking, Gardening
Platform: Cancer Awareness
Years competed: 2 years
Countries visited: Bahamas
Likes: Positive People
Dislikes: Negative People
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I was born in Portland, Maine on Munjoy Hill, in “The Pine Tree State”. My first school I went to was Adam Elementary. Unfortunately, the school has been torn down and replaced with condos. My next journey was to Alaska when I was 6 years old. I lived in Anchorage for three years, and Fairbanks for six. I had a lot of outdoor adventures in Alaska. I was a tomboy. I loved to build tree forts and make crafts. I also picked up cross stitching and have been doing it ever since. My family and I left Alaska and moved to Las Vegas when I was 15. A completely opposite environment from Alaska. It took years to get used to the weather. I missed the greenery and nature of Alaska. I lived in Las Vegas for 17 years. The only thing I liked about it was my two cats. I moved back to Maine in March of 2017 and have enjoyed it here ever since. I love to volunteer for my community. Volunteering at animal shelters, volunteering to help children with life threatening illnesses. I am a person that loves to have a great time and laugh, I always like to be happy, I seek positive energy, it’s what I am attracted to. I enjoy every moment of my life, and eager to face new challenges and eager to learn.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Supporting woman and letting their inner voice speak. Empowerment helps develop a womans confidence and encourages them to do whatever they set their mind to. Empowerment makes women even stronger so that they can be leaders. Some of our best leaders are women. Empowered women strive to do the best they can and to be a role model for the next generation. Empowered women do not let any limitations stop them from achieving their goals. Empowerment encourages women to believe in themselves, to know their true strength. All women need to encourage and build each other up to be all that they can be.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
My Pageantry history is very short. I got involved when a friend told me about being in a Pageant. I have only been in two Pageants; the first Pageant was Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant. I won the title of Ms. Eastern Maine. Then I competed at States and did not win. But that does not mean that I was done. What it means was that I was a beginner, and the judges felt that I needed more practice and I was not ready at that time. Millions of pageant queens do not win their first or second pageants, but that doesn’t mean that you give up. That means that you keep practicing and practicing. Practice makes perfect. It depends how much effort you put into something. When you set your mind to it, you will achieve your goals. I am now Ms. South Portland Maine For America competing for Miss Maine for America in September. It is something that I love to do.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
A good friend encouraged me to join a pageant. My first reaction was, I was scared and nervous. I have never been on stage my entire life. I was a tomboy during my childhood years and never thought about joining a pageant growing up. Then I thought to myself, why not, it can be fun. It definitely got me out of my comfort zone. I am glad that I did it. I met some amazing people in the process, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
It was a natural progression from my previous pageants. Being involved in pageants encouraged me to want to do more. I found the confidence in me that led me to where I am today. I had zero confidence when I first joined pageantry and have gained confidence over the years. I tell myself once you set your mind to it you can do anything. I have learned that confidence is true beauty. Confidence is believing in yourself and not caring what others think. I love to take the confidence I have gained and share it with my other beauty queens that need the confidence and encouragement to succeed. That’s what we are all there for. To help each other grow and build up one another.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
It is not just a beauty contest; it is also about community service. We help and give to our community, whether it's volunteering or donating. We do the best we can each day to make our community better. We are a sisterhood and we work together to be a role model for our community. I love the Miss Maine for America Pageant that I am in. It gives me a chance to express myself as an individual. It also gives me the opportunity to work on causes that are important to me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Ability to project the qualities expected of a pageant queen, confidence, intelligence, personality, intelligent answers to interview questions, gown, swimsuit.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
My first competition, I was nervous. As my first time being on stage in the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant. I felt like people were judging me. That they wanted to see me fail. I have overcome those fears by believing in myself. Continuing with pageantry I made some amazing friendships and connections. We all supported each other and built up one another. We cheer on our friends when they won, and we were there for them if they did not.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is Cancer Awareness, I am deeply concerned about this disease, as I had many family members die from it. It intrigues me to know what causes cancer and how it develops in the first place. I love helping and being there for children that suffer from this disease. Whether it's reading a book, playing a game or helping out in other ways.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title
I have appeared at Camp Sunshine, a camp focused on helping kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. I have been at a few other events helping/donating to children with Autism. I have volunteered at the Barbara Bush Hospital, and an organization for the children with life threatening illnesses. I do whatever I can there to help out.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have successfully completed several college classes and am pursuing my Business Degree. I am also pursuing my Realtors License. I strive to make a difference in the world, and that can be the greatest achievement of all.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Every pageant queen is unique, my true nature is non-confrontational, and I stand for non-violence. I am all about equality and fairness, these are my principles that I live by. Take action and defend your beliefs that set a good example for the rest of the world. I also have a creative side that I would take advantage of to create nonprofit organizations and events to help cancer awareness. I have a natural talent that I love which is unity. I love to bring people together and aim for reconciliation.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was completely surprised and excited at the same time. I thought to myself, out of all these beauty queens, I was the one that got picked. I remember thinking to myself, don’t be disappointed if I do not win because all these beautiful beauty queens deserve the crown as much as I do. I didn’t have time to process it all. I shook hands and couldn’t stop smiling. That was the best day of my life. I had my two trophies in my hand, flowers and was trying to balance my crown as it was not tight on my head and was trying to wave and smile at the same time. I worked really hard at this and felt like my hard work paid off. It was truly an honor for me to be a role model for my state of Maine.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
It means I have a responsibility to encourage others to reach their full potential.
It is about setting a goal and achieving it. You stay true to your commitments because you are not only representing you, but you are representing your state.
My dream as a child was to become a beauty queen. My barbie doll was my beauty queen. When I saw cartoons of Barbie modeling and being on stage, I wanted to be that person. 30 years later, my dream came true. Being a beauty queen is not all about beauty and looks. It is not about winning a crown/sash. It is about being confident and being an inspiration to others. Being a beauty queen allows me to be a voice about the causes that matter to me with a bigger audience.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It helped me gain confidence. It made me realize that it’s not about success or failure, it’s about the attempt and journey to get there, to help you grow as a person. It has taught me to be prepared while under pressure, it’s an exciting challenge that helps you move toward achieving your goals.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
I remember the first time I was on stage. I admit I froze, something told me inside to believe in yourself, you got this far. I spoke, and after I completed my on-stage introduction, I felt so good about myself that I had overcome my stage fright. I used to worry that you needed the perfect body image to be in a pageant, I learned that all body types are beautiful. It’s not about how skinny you are, or the opposite. Being a pageant queen is all about being for your community. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It is an honor. I feel eager to pass on compassion, integrity and the sense of purpose in their lives. It motivates me to work even harder to make a good impression and to be a role model. I want to inspire all girls to be themselves and have fun. Be unique.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over?
Be your true self, which is being honest, and sharing your true passions from the heart. You have to have fun on stage, judges can see right through it if your nervous on stage. Have a great time and be yourself is the best advice. Confidence is key, once you have confidence in yourself and be your true self, you can achieve great success.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
Practice Practice Practice! Eating a better diet and exercise. Always get everything completed months before your pageant. Pageant day comes fast. Staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep is also very important.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Take advice from your pageant coaches Practice your walks in front of a mirror. Take a video of yourself. Watching yourself is the best thing you can do. Pretend to be one of the judges and point out the mistakes you think that you are making. That is the best way to practice.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
You want to buy the dress that you like, your pageant dress needs to fit you. It’s the dress that makes you feel comfortable and confident in. Confidence is key. Make sure it’s a dress you can walk in and screams your name. Be comfortable in the dress you walk in. You want a dress that shows off your personality and style.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Always be your true self. Mock interviews are the best preparation. Think of what you would want to say before you have the interview. You should know your true passions, what comes from your heart. Make sure you have a solid platform and know everything there is to know when you speak in front of the judges. Know what you will do for your state if you were to win your state title. Make sure you breathe and think before you speak. Know what you’re going to say before you say it. Always remember to thank the judges for their time. Always be clear, concise and confident when giving your answer, and remember to be yourself.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
My mistake was being nervous and completely lost focus during my first interview. After my first interview, the second and third interviews became much easier. I realized mistakes happen. We are human. You learn from your mistakes and move on. Practice makes perfect. I want to do my interviews with great confidence, and I am eager to share my true passions,
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I do not pay attention to other Pageant queens. It is better to focus on your own contest instead of others because it serves no purpose. It will not help you win if you focus on others.
I have seen others backstage having a bad attitude. Some girls at the pageant are only there to win and do not make any friends or help others.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
No, this is a first time for me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
Continuing volunteering and donating my time and energy to children with life threatening illnesses. Continue to volunteer at animal shelters. To help my community in any way I can. Volunteer at community events. I will be completing my projects with helping and donating to the local food bank drive. Donating blankets, food, to the local animal shelters. I am always helping out every way I can, whether it is in person or on social media to help spread the messages.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Influence people by example, to walk the talk, and to live a principle-centered life.
inspire people to treat others with compassion, kindness, and fairness. To have encouraged people to make an effort to help their community any way possible, whether it’s donating your time and effort, donating funds, or spreading the word.
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Jacquelyn Phelps Miss South Portland Maine For America 2020, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Susan Costa
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