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Kimberly Root Ms International Beauty 2021


Kimberly Root Ms International Beauty 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Syracuse Image Photography
Kimberly Root Ms International Beauty 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Syracuse Image Photography

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Kimberly Root Ms International Beauty 2021.


Full name: Kimberly Root Title/Year: Ms International Beauty 2021 Pageant System: Ms. International Beauty Age: 36 Education Level: Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science Zodiac sign: Sagittarius Hobbies: Travel, Martial Arts, Coaching Wrestling Platform: My platform is equality for women in the sport of wrestling. I want wrestling for high school girls to be sanctioned in all 50 states in the USA. Years competed: 4 Countries visited: Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Dominican Republic, Jamaica Likes: Lychee flavored anything, culture, and language Dislikes: Disingenuous people Status: Engaged World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. My name is Kimberly Root. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of an immigrant from former Czechoslovakia. I became involved in martial arts almost 30 years ago. I hold a 2nd degree black belt in American Kenpo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. I have lived in Las Vegas, Thailand and most recently in Northern California. I worked in film as a stunt performer and came to California four years ago to work on a movie. Unfortunately, the movie fell through, but that setback led me to something so much better… the love of my life! I am engaged to be married in May of 2022! I currently work as an executive assistant at a wealth management firm and I coach wrestling at a local high school. My passion is advocating for gender equality in the sport of wrestling. World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education. I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. I am also a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Later I went on to become a part of the faculty, teaching multiple classes within the Exercise Science Department at Youngstown State. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?

Women's Empowerment means to encourage women to live up to their greatest potential and to help them grow into their best selves. It involves elevating the voices of women and helping them pursue their passions. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. 2010 Miss Czech Slovak Nevada 2011 Miss Czech Slovak US First Runner Up 2011 Ms. Nevada Globe 2012 Ms. Slovakia USA Multiverse 2021 Crowned Ms. International Beauty World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? After my mom passed away, I wanted to honor her and our culture. I remember being younger and seeing the Ms Czech Slovak US Queen come to our First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association meetings and my mom and I would always talk about how cool it would be to be the Queen. After my mom passed, I knew the pageant was something that I had to do. I bought a Slovak kroj and travelled to Wilber, Nebraska to compete in her memory. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? There is a revolution happening in the sport of girls' wrestling. I wrestled in 2003 on a boys’ team. There wasn't much support for girls in the sport. At the time of the pageant (Dec 2021), only 32 out of 50 states sanctioned girls' high school wrestling. I wanted to draw attention to girls in the sport and elevate their voices so that all 50 states sanction wrestling for girls and they are afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts. After the pageant, my home state of Ohio and the state of Iowa became the 33rd and 34th states to sanction the sport for girls. I wish I could say that I had a hand in that, but the grassroots movements in each state worked tirelessly to get the job done. I'd like to help the remaining states and open doors for the girls that live there. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Ms. International ® is part of the Ms. America® Pageant Inc. system and is for women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, widowed or married. The beauty pageant has been developed to promote and honor women, celebrate their accomplishments and use their "Crown for a Purpose" to support and encourage involvement in volunteer service. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? Judges’ competition scores are based on the following the categories: sportswear, evening gown, on-stage question, and interview. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I had a fantastic experience competing in the pageant. The women were so amazing and kind. The pageant director, Susan Jeske, was phenomenal. She was so organized and put together a great show. I felt that the pageant was fair, and I loved every moment of it. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. I volunteer as a wrestling coach for high school boys and girls. I'm so excited about the growth of the sport for women. Although the sport has grown immensely for girls, it still lacks equality. There are still 16 states that do not sanction wrestling as a sport for girls. That means that girls who wrestle in those states do not have their own state championship tournament. Their only opportunity to compete for an official championship is at a boy’s tournament. I want to fight for their equality and work with state high school athletic governing bodies to help get girls wrestling sanctioned and give girls the opportunities that I didn't have. I want them to have the opportunity to be scouted by colleges for their talents. The number of women’s wrestling programs in colleges and universities is growing and girls can get more easily recognized in a sanctioned state. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? My first major appearance was at the 20th Annual Castro Valley Girls Wrestling Tournament. I asked all the athletes to stand with me in a video and call for the Ohio High School Athletic Association to sanction girls wrestling. The video came out just a few weeks before Ohio sanctioned girls wrestling. It was very exciting! World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? 2nd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo; Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu; Ms. Czech Slovak US 1st Runner Up; Miss Congeniality; Best Sokol Talent; Best Talent Runner Up; 2012 Miss Globe Motivator of the Year; 2013 Miss Social Media Multiverse; 2021-2022 Ms. International Beauty World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? I believe that I stood out because I wasn't a "pageant girl". I didn't come from the pageant world originally although I did a couple of pageants 10 years ago. I came from the world of competitive martial arts. I believe that my platform was a unique one and that fighting for girls competing in a male dominated sport was something that women could rally behind. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner? The moment my name was called I was in shock. I thought my number was called, but I wanted to make sure I heard the right number. Then my first name was said, but I still waited because there was another contestant named Kimberly and I didn't want to embarrass myself if they were calling the other Kimberly. Once I heard my last name, it was like everything was in slow motion. I just started crying as I took my walk because I was so overwhelmed that the judges believed in my platform as much as I did. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? Being a Beauty Queen means sisterhood. It means that I was chosen to be a part of a select group of women in the world that have been elevated to speak about their causes and help others in a bigger way. It means more than outer beauty. It's about the beauty of the heart and the ability to inspire others. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life? Competing in pageants has given me such incredible experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. I have gotten to meet such strong, driven, and inspiring women and have developed some lifelong friendships. It has also given me a great way to draw attention to my cause. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? I love the confidence that I have when I compete in a pageant. Prior to the Ms. International Beauty Pageant, I had been wanting to compete in a pageant again. I think they are a fun way to make new friends and talk about my cause. I was discussing this desire to compete with another woman and shared my concerns that I'm starting to get older, and I had gained a little weight during the pandemic. Her response was, "I think you need to come to grips with the fact that your pageant days are over." To say that I was offended would be an understatement. It only made me more determined to compete. Whether I won or not, it didn't matter because I was doing what was told I couldn't or shouldn't do. The fact that I won just validated my feelings that as women, beauty comes in all sizes and is ageless. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? Inspiring young women is the best part of being a Queen. I recently posted a Facebook status about my feelings on the sport of wrestling and a call to action to sanction the sport for girls across the country. The post had over 600 shares and the best part of it was having parents send me photos of their girls wrestling and telling me that I inspired them. I even got a few photos of young girls that competed in pageants and wrestled. I was so proud and excited to see these young ladies breaking stereotypes at such a young age. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over? Eye contact is key, along with posture and constant smiling. Even if I don't think the judges are around, I try to smile throughout all of the days of the pageant, even during rehearsal. Act as if you are always on stage. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? Whether it be martial arts or pageant competition, I love visualization. I visualize my walking patterns, I visualize the way in which I answer the questions, and I visualize success. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? I think it's important to practice in all the shoes that you plan on wearing with your outfits. If you plan on a turn or a weight shift, make sure you practice it exactly the way you want to do it on stage. If you feel uncertain about the surface that you are on, skip the fancy stuff! It's better to do a simple confident walk than falling with a fancy turn. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? For me, it's all about confidence. When you feel confident your personality shines and your posture naturally gets better. I like something that highlights my personality. The dress I wore for the Ms. International Beauty pageant was covered in rhinestones. I absolutely loved how sparkly that it was. I'm saving for my wedding and didn't want to spend a lot of money on a gown. While I know that it is common practice to spend a lot of money on gowns, I would rather the money go to the cause that I am supporting rather than a gown. The dress that I found was less than $150 on Facebook Marketplace and accomplished the same goal as a dress that cost ten times the price. Granted, I know that was a risky move, but in that move, I was being true to myself. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Be authentic. I didn't try to be too rehearsed with my answers, although I did have talking points. Speak from the heart. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? My one regret is losing my stage presence after the crowning. I was so relieved and excited that I forgot about the posture and stances for the photos taken at the end. My arm is covering my sash in almost every picture. I was smiling so hard that it made me look like I had a double chin. I would have loved to look more statuesque after winning. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? Do not ramble in your on-stage interview answer. Be concise and confident. You don't want to get docked on time. I heard some great answers to questions, but then the contestants started doubting their answers and went down a spiral of rambling. Their answer got worse as time elapsed. Keep it simple! World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I've done promotional modeling and have acted in some independent films. I am also a stunt performer and have been a stand-in and an extra in some larger films. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen?

I plan to continue working with different state high school athletic associations to help get wrestling sanctioned for girls. I want to help organizations like Wrestle Like a Girl advocate for females in the sport of wrestling. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to show women that they can be whatever they want to be and they don't have to put themselves in a box. They can be strong and beautiful. They can be wrestlers and beauty queens. Their opportunities are endless, and they don't have to limit themselves. I want to lead by that example. International Director: Susan Jeske National Director: Susan Jeske Your Local Director: Pageant website: https://msamericapageant.com/3/miscellaneous30.htm Name of the Photographer and other credits: Hair/MUA/Photos: Syracuse Image Photography

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview! Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief of World Class Beauty Queens Magazine.

Kimberly Root Ms International Beauty 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Syracuse Image 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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