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Kaitlin Stowe 2019 Miss South Carolina North America

Kaitlin Stowe 2019 Miss South Carolina North America, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by  Amanda Ferguson Photography
Kaitlin Stowe 2019 Miss South Carolina North America, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Amanda Ferguson Photography

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Kaitlin Stowe 2019 Miss South Carolina North America.

Full name: Kaitlin Paige Stowe

Title/Year: 2019 Miss South Carolina North America    

Pageant System: Miss North America

Age: 25 years

Zodiac sign: Gemini

Hobbies: Dance, Movies, Video Games and Makeup

Platform: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Jillian's Cure

Years competed: 1 in this system

Countries visited: Jamaica, Bahamas

Likes: I like being on the beach, sharing good times and laughter.  Honesty and loyalty go hand in hand to me.  I like taking care of animals and teaching people about animal conservation. 

Dislikes: I do not like to be lied to or spreading gossip.  I hate it when people abuse animals.  I don't think we should take life so serious at times and people need to not be so selfish.

Status: Single

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a 25 year old graduate of Lander University with a Bachelors in Mass Communication.  When I give up my title in January 2020, I plan on attending Santa Fe College in Florida where I will earn my degree in Exotic Animal Training/Management.  With this degree my world of working with and beside animals opens up.  This has been a lifelong dream and I am ecstatic that it is finally going to happen. 

World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?

Women Empowerment means women uplifting not only other women but everyone she comes across.  It means being the best version of yourself and being a role model for others.  Empowerment is being successful in not only your career but also in your personal life.  It is knowing what you want and not stopping until your dreams are realized.  

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.

My pageant career began very early in life.  My mom started me in pageants at about 3 months old.  I have held various titles throughout my childhood and teen years, competing at local and festival pageants. I then competed for Miss South Carolina in the Miss America system. I first got to represent my university as Miss Lander University in 2013, then Miss Summerville in 2015. I got to meet so many amazing people who are like family to me now! I then competed at and won Miss South Carolina US International in 2016 where I competed at Miss US International that summer. I competed for Miss US International for 3 years, in 2017 I made the top 15 in the nation! 

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

I started in school pageants with my friends just to have fun and make memories. I then started to see as I was competing in some local festival pageants girls that competed at Miss South Carolina. I noticed how poised and graceful they were at such a young age. I immediately inquired about the local prelims and that's when in college I competed for Miss Lander University. I did not win the title the first time I competed my freshman year. I knew I wanted to do pageants for a purpose now and take them seriously and to be an ambassador for my college so I tried again my second year and was one of the only sophomores to ever win the title! I am so grateful for pageants because I aspired to bring my platform and dedication to a higher level and I now have the opportunity to do just that!

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

I've competed in Miss US International which is the sister system for Miss North America for the past 3 years. I have always noticed how much fun all the North America contestants have during nationals week. I love what the Miss North America pageant stands for and how it is so inclusive to everyone. Through competing I want to have my voice heard on a higher level to help make a difference in the world, and that always starts with your local community. As a state title holder I get to do appearances and interact with so many different communities and organizations that are helping me make that difference. 

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

Emphasizing beauty, style, and cultural appreciation, The North America Pageant is a personal development opportunity for girls of North America. The delegates who become part of The North America Pageant gain confidence and poise in an increasingly competitive World.  The pageant gives each delegate the opportunity to grow and advance her personal goals while acting as a role model in her community.  Through continuous philanthropic activities, the North America Beauty Pageant is more than a beauty contest; it is an opportunity for the participants to improve their inner selves through proactively contributing to their communities throughout their States. "Ambassadors of peace and Beauty"

World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?

Fitness / Swimwear, delegates are judged on overall stage presence. Evening Wear, delegates must wear an evening gown in a style and color that best compliments her. Gowns should also reflect delegate’s style and personality. Personal Interview, a 3 minute private panel interview. Delegates must bring a fashionable outfit for the interview competition. Because of what this pageant stands for, you are being judged for your confidence and for being you!

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

I have never been more confident than when I stepped on the state stage on January 5th. I was not 100% where I thought I needed to be for fitness but I just wanted to go and have fun and show how hard I have been working and preparing for this competition. I surprised myself on stage with how confident I was. I was focused on not worrying about what every other girl was wearing or doing. I was solely focused on me. I am my biggest competition at the end of the day and that is something I had to learn. I definitely took the pageant one phase of competition at a time, just to stay calm and focused. I wanted to be able to look back no matter what the outcome was and be happy with all of my performances on the stage and I am! World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

My platform is Jillian's Cure and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Jillian is actually treated by a local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Jillian is a young girl who was diagnosed with a rare ADOA+ syndrome which affects her hearing and sight. Her doctors predict that she will lose her hearing and sight by the time she is a teenager. I met Jillian through through some family friends and I fell in love with this little girl from that moment. Meeting her you would never know she is sick. Her spirit is so inspiring to never give up, keep going and to always live a positive life. Her mom created Jillian's Cure to raise money for research since at this time there is no cure. When I was in college I was a Phi Mu and our national philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network Hospital's. I got to work closely with local hospitals and the miracle kids to help raise money for the treatment and care of the kids in the hospitals.

World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? 

Since I have recently been crowned on January 5, 2019. I went to support an old pageant family at the Miss Summerville pageant. It was amazing to get to see everyone and catch up with a pageant family that has always supported me through everything. Although I have over 20 dates booked from appearances at chili cook-offs, volunteering with baseball teams and animal rescues and judging pageants and more!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?

I am very proud to say that over 4 years of college, being a cheerleader, Phi Mu, having an internship with our local radio and TV channel, I graduated as Cum Laude, a member of the Alpha Chi national honors society and the Golden L award from Lander. Through pageants I have accomplished a lot, some of those include the Presidential Service Award, the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh award as well as top 15 at Miss US International in 2017. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

Just to be un-apologetically myself. I want to show the judges my confidence and what makes me special and unique. The best way I can do that is to be completely confident in who I am as a person and what I believe in. I want to make sure I have fun on stage and show my personality to the judges since I get limited time with them!

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I like to look at my personality as I am that girl who is there to remind you not to take the competition part too seriously, that you shouldn't lose yourself in the process. My personality is what sets me apart from the other contestants since I am so confident in who I have grown to be through pageants. I know what I want out of my life and competing and also love to just goof around and have fun. I am not afraid to stand for what I believe in and never back down from a challenge. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

The title that was announced right before mine was Miss North Carolina North America, I just so happened to have one of my best friends competing for that title. She won! I was so happy for her. When my name was called as Miss South Carolina North America 2019 I honestly couldn't believe it. I was just thanking god at how blessed I am. I was thanking him for having his hand on me during the competition. I teared up because all of the hard work I’ve been putting in was all worth it. I also realized that I get to have an amazing year with best friend as my sister queen! World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

To be a Beauty Queen, you have to look at more than just what the girl looks like on the outside. You must look at who she is on inside. You must learn who she is on the inside. Every girl is beautiful in their own way, so looking around and finding a beautiful girl is not hard. A queen is smart, determined, speaks well and is there for others among so many other qualities. So to be a beauty queen it means to be well rounded, self aware and to be confident in who you are. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

They have helped my confidence and self esteem grow exponentially. I have matured and grown up so fast but in the best way. I’ve learned time management, dedication and how to be there and help others. I know I can walk into any interview in my life and nail it because of the interview skills pageants have taught me. I have never been so sure of who I am as a person and I know how to accomplish any goal I set for myself thanks to pageants.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?

A lot of people think that competing on stage in a bikini and heels would cut down your self esteem, but it actually has built mine up a lot. Of course I’m hard on myself with how my body image is when I’m preparing for stage but I never thought growing up that I would ever have enough self confidence to step on stage in a bikini and heels, or to walk elegant in an evening gown. Public speaking was always a fear of mine growing up and now I am beyond confident to step in front of any crowd and give a speech. I now live by the mindset that I am living for me and I do not have to change for anyone to accept me. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

I feel so honored to be an inspiration and role model for girls and boys alike, young and old. It’s very humbling when someone asks me for a picture or advice. To see little girls pointing at you when I’m out at an appearance, it’s the best feeling. They are truly my inspiration to do pageants and want to help create change and a better community and world. I would not be where I am today with out knowing I have so many people looking up to me to be the best me I can be. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Practice, practice, practice! Work with a coach if possible, my coach Luis is amazing! He’s honest and tells you like it is. He lets me know if i'm in the zone and my walk is good or if it’s lacking a bit.  World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

Wear whatever you feel the most confident and comfortable in. If you wear a dress that everyone else says is beautiful and the one but you don’t feel confident in it the judges will be able to tell on stage. Pick something that shows off your beauty inside and out and your personality.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?

Be yourself, be honest and let the judges see who you really are! The worst thing you can do is try to be is what you think the judges are looking for in a queen. If you are unsure of a answer for something the judges ask you, be honest and tell them. They are looking for a girl who knows who she is, not a robotic and perfect person.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?

Eating healthy and exercise of course. Those are not just pageant prep but everyday life for me. I also watched a lot of news and kept up the best I could with the current events happening. I practiced a lot with my walk even though I've done it a million times on stage. I also had mock interviews with friends and family.  World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I once flopped on on stage question. It is what I consider to be one of my top categories in competition and I flopped big time. If i could go back and fix it, I would of course be more prepared for it but honestly I don’t think I would change it if I could because it humbled me and taught me a valuable lesson to keep my head up and that everyone makes mistakes. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

I see a lot of girls trying to copy other girls onstage. A lot of girls will see another contestant walk or how to pose or talk and try to copy them last minute. Don’t do that. What you’ve practiced is what you need to do. What works for one contestant may not work for you.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I actually do not have any modeling or acting experience. I would love to get into acting though.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?

I want to live every moment of this year to the fullest. I want to do as much as I can with my title. Appearances, getting out in the community, getting to travel my state, photo shoots and getting to meet as many people as I can. To talk to as many people about my system and platform as I can during my year. I am going to continue my involvement with Children's Miracle Network Hospital's and Jillian's Cure and do my best to make a difference in my state. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want to leave a legacy that shows no matter where you come from or how old or young you are you should always go after your dreams. Tomorrow is always a new day to start going after what you want and to never let failure stop you from doing what you want to do.

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Kaitlin Stowe 2019 Miss South Carolina North America, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Amanda Ferguson Photography Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans

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