Kelsey Lee Hill Miss Ripley 4th of July 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Kelsey Lee Hill Miss Ripley 4th of July 2019.
Full name: Kelsey Lee Hill
Title/Year: Miss Ripley 4th of July 2019
Pageant System: West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Hobbies: Traveling, Dance, Photography, Volunteering, and Pageants
Platform: Special Needs and Hospice Care
Years competed: 10 Years
Countries visited: Australia, New Zealand, Panama, and Costa Rica
Likes: Most everything
Dislikes: When people do not treat each other equally or with disrespect
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Kelsey Hill and I am from Ripley, West Virginia. I recently graduated from Ripley High School in 2019. I am currently going to college majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, otherwise known as Ultrasound. I would like to specialize in Obstetrics. Volunteering throughout my community and state is something I take very seriously. I have collected over 100 blankets for Hospice Care throughout the past three years. I also volunteer for Special Olympics and Camp Echo. Both of those go hand in hand with Special needs kids and adults. I am very blessed, selfless, generous, and love to make others smile. I hope to make very big changes in this world one day!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment means being yourself and being confident as a woman. In my opinion, there is no one stronger than a woman with confidence and drive to do what they want to do. There are very few women in this world that do not have confidence simply because of how our society works today. Most people think that women cannot do the same work as men. As a woman, you can do anything a man can do and more, if you believe in yourself. True to Beyoncé’s words, girls do run the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I started competing in pageants when I was nine years of age. I was watching Toddlers and Tiaras one evening and said to my mom “I want to try competing in pageants.” Now, the rest is history. I have now been competing in pageants for ten years and love every minute of it. I have met so many wonderful women from competing in pageants. Pageants have helped me come out of my shell and show the real me. I am forever thankful for all the people and opportunities that pageants have brought to me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
Just like I said in the last question, Toddlers and Tiaras actually inspired me to start competing. Although the pageant system I compete in is completely opposite of what Toddlers and Tiaras show, that is still what inspired me to do my first pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
The current title I hold is very near and dear to my heart simply because it is in my home town. I have had the honor of representing this festival three times throughout my pageant career as Jr. Miss, Teen, and now Miss Ripley 4thof July. The Ripley 4thof July is known as America’s Largest Small-Town Independence Day Celebration. It has brought in many TV companies and people throughout the years. This festival is always growing and improving, and I am very blessed to say that Ripley is my home town.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The pageant system I compete in is known as West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals. There are 80+ girls that compete for the title of West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen every January. The girls that compete at our state pageant have won a fair or festival from around West Virginia. We all come together to compete for the State Fair Queen title. The ages of the girls competing for this title range from 16-21. Once you are over the age of 21, you cannot compete in Fairs and Festivals anymore. There are four phases of the competition, private interview, event promotion, evening gown, and for the top 15, onstage question. One thing different about our pageant system is the event promotion. The event promotion is a 30 second advertisement that the queen must memorize and say onstage about your fair or festival you are representing. You can win different fair or festival titles and compete in the state pageant from 16-21. But once you win the state fair title, you cannot compete for anymore Fairs and Festivals titles. This pageant system is amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone competing in pageants in the state of West Virginia.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
We are being judged on private interviews that last 3 minutes, event promotion, photogenic, evening gown, and if you make it to the top 15 and top 5, onstage question.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
My experience during the competition is always nerve wracking, but very rewarding. Every time I step out on the stage, I try to have as much confidence as I can, but most of the time I am very nervous. As far as rehearsals during the competition, I always have fun and try to meet as many new girls as possible. Making new friends throughout the competition always makes your time more fun and less tense.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I volunteer for many things around my community when I am needed, but there are two special things that I volunteer for. That is Special Needs activities and collecting items for Hospice Care. As far as special needs activities go, I help out with Special Olympics and Camp Echo. They both highlight special needs kids and adults and lets them know that they are just as amazing as anyone and really are no different. It warms my heart seeing all the people get to have their special day and really show their true selves, which they may not get to do every day. I have collected blankets for Hospice Care patients and will continue to collect other items for them as the years go on.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have done multiple appearances at fairs and festivals throughout my state. Whether it be other fairs or festivals pageants, or just a festival, I try to represent my title the most I can.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I received multiple scholarship awards last year for graduation, 2018-2019 Color Guard captain for the Ripley High School Marching Band, National Color Guard award, traveling to multiple countries, and fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming Miss Ripley 4thof July.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Honestly, I am no different than any other girl in this world. Just like every girl I am strong and always try my best. I put my best foot forward in any situation. I try to help as many people as I can in this world. I feel that everyone should be treated equally and loved. If I had the power to make everyone’s pain and suffering away, I would. If I could give everyone enough money to end poverty, I would. I am a very giving and loving person and wish everything and everyone could be equal.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
The moment my name was called as the winner, was surreal. It was something that I have been waiting my whole life for, and I just couldn’t believe it was actually happening. I immediately started crying and my mouth flew wide open. I almost didn’t move up to be crowned because I simply couldn’t believe one of my dreams were finally coming true.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being a beauty queen means leading by example and trying to make our world a better place. Beauty queens are not here to downgrade people or act higher up than anyone else. We are all human, all created the same, and even beauty queens know it. There are millions of little girls looking up to all the beauty queens all over the world wishing they could be them. Beauty queens have to set a good example for the younger generations and be the best they can be.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants helped me open up and not be so shy. I can now talk in front of hundreds of people and not think a thing about it. It has helped me gain so much confidence in myself as well.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
Pageants helped my self-esteem and body image a lot. I have accepted how I am as a person on the inside and out and I couldn’t feel more beautiful because of it.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It feels amazing to know I am an inspiration to girls in this world. Everyone needs someone to look up to and be an inspiration for. Even if I am an inspiration to just one person, I couldn’t be happier.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Just be yourself. The judges will see the real you no matter what. You should never try to hold back your personality when you’re onstage. Let loose and let yourself shine.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I look over my bio and think of multiple ways the judges could ask me questions. I practice my onstage walk in my heels around my house for multiple days. I try to remain calm and not over think anything.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Confidence is the key. Like the saying goes, strut your stuff. When you’re on stage, it’s your time to shine. Keep your shoulders back and smile as big as you can.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
You will know when it’s the right dress. You’ll get a beaming feeling inside and you will stand in front of a mirror with it on for hours refusing to take it off. Make sure that you feel like yourself and you are confident in your choice before thinking of anyone else’s opinion. Because truly, your opinion is the only one that matters.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be yourself and never lie. Answer honestly and show the judges your raw, true self.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
The one mistake I’ve made competing is not competing enough. I took a year off when I was 16, and I wish I wouldn’t have. I missed a lot of opportunities that I can’t get back.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Getting so nervous that they freak themselves out. If you get into your head too much, it can be dangerous.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
Not at this moment in time, but I would love to have an opportunity to one day.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
My plan for 2020 as a queen is go harder than ever before. I want to volunteer more, represent more, and have more experiences as a queen. I hope to inspire more people in 2020 and help as many individuals as I can.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to leave behind a positive and outstanding legacy. I want people to remember me as a queen that took every opportunity she could and represented to the best of her ability.
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Kelsey Lee Hill Miss Ripley 4th of July 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Benizo.com
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