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Monica Presiliana Romero Miss New Mexico Latina 2019


Monica Presiliana Romero Miss New Mexico Latina 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Photo by Creative Works – Keith Green Photography

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Monica Presiliana Romero Miss New Mexico Latina 2019.

Full name: Monica Presiliana Romero

Title/Year: Miss New Mexico Latina 2019

Pageant System: Miss New Mexico Latina

Age: 20

Zodiac sign: Leo

Hobbies: I enjoy weight training to exercise, I take pleasure in volunteer work whenever I am given the opportunity, I love to draw/paint when I have time, and of course pageants!

Platform: As a full-time student, I acknowledge how important education is and want my platform to reflect those values.

Years competed: 10 years

Likes: music, chemistry, art, cooking, reading, nature

Dislikes: greed, impatience, poverty, injustice

Status: Single

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a full-time student attending the University of New Mexico. I am majoring in chemistry and I aspire to be a dentist one day! I currently hold an internship position for a national laboratory and have developed a keen interest for the STEM field. I am also a Marine Corps reservist and pride myself on maintaining those standards in everything I do. As a woman of Hispanic decent I not only want to represent my cultural influences in what I stand for, but also by what I am a part of.

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

Women empowerment means an unconditional support for one another. It means that regardless of personal beliefs, as women we should prefer to encourage our fellow female peers to succeed in their interests.

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

I began doing pageants at seven years old with the help of my mom who supported me in every way she could. I had won my age category, most photogenic, most beautiful and various other awards. I loved the experience and dressing up, the awards were never my motivation. However, I stopped competing in pageants for a while, but they were always something I wanted to attempt again. As a native of New Mexico, I was intrigued when the opportunity arose to compete in the Miss New Mexico Latina Pageant. I saw it as an opportunity to represent my culture and represent the diversity within the Latino community!

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

Although I did not know much about pageants at seven years old, I was excited for all the materialistic things that come along with competing in a pageant. For example, the large, bedazzled gowns and heels. This was a change from my normal day to day life at seven where my weekends were often occupied by soccer games. After my first pageant I was hooked when I met a girl who would become my best friend and inspiration to continue doing pageants with for years to come. She had competed in pageants much earlier than me and would often win overall in the pageants we did together. I looked up to her and cheered her on in her pageant accomplishments even after I had stopped competing.

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

Competing in this pageant was unlike any other pageant I had competed in before because the title meant so much to me. It is not just a sash and a crown it represents an entire culture, to which I wanted the opportunity to express what that meant to me.

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

The pageant system for this pageant is another thing I loved about this process! Every girl who competes is already is a winner! Each queen has the title of the county in New Mexico that they are from and the Miss New Mexico Latina pageant is to compete for the overall state title. A rehearsal is done a couple of months before the pageant where affiliates of the organization help you with things you may not be confident in such as your walk and poses. Guest speakers are also incorporated into the process for motivation and guidance throughout the pageant. The pageant is split into two days where interviews, swimwear and rehearsals are done the day before and the day of the pageant an intricate show is put on for your friends and family and the winner is announced. The queens will then go on to compete for the national title “Miss U.S. Latina”, which is very similar to the Miss New Mexico Latina process. However, the process is over the span of four days.

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

During the Miss New Mexico Latina pageant, you are judged on swimwear, elegance, most outstanding and an on-stage question. Other awards like congeniality, people’s choice and most photogenic are also awarded but through other methods not determined by the judges. I was awarded most photogenic, best physique and most outstanding.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. During the pageant, I had a wonderful experience because I became close to the other girls who were also competing. In the end, it did not feel like a competition because of the dynamic of the pageant and the character of the girls who competed! The mindset was more about how each of us wanted to make an impact in our state with the title! Each girl was there to make an impact and that’s what is important.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

I want my platform to above all recognize the importance of education. To do this I have demonstrated science experiments for local 4 th graders as well as donate children’s books to local 4 th grade classrooms in my community because 4 th grade is the grade many students began to explore what they want to be when they get older. I am also in the process of getting a scholarship funded for the Miss New Mexico Latina Pageant to assist in the educational goals of next years queen.

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

I have most recently made an appearance on Telemundo Nuevo Mexico for a segment! I have also attended the closing ceremony for Hispanic heritage month and the day of the dead celebration hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Committee of Albuquerque, the Children’s Carnival hosted by the American Legion post 69, the 8 th annual princess party to benefit Monarch Formals which supports the community with formal wear for donations, Tejano night at the Curry County Event Center during the county fair, the Fashion Passionist fashion show for domestic violence awareness, the Ethnic Fair in Clovis, NM held annually and showcases vendors and a talent show, spoke with the local radio station in my hometown (Zia broadcasting) for a segment and volunteered at the Remote Area Medical Clinic in Roswell, NM which supports those who cannot afford medical and dental treatment.

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

My achievements include high school graduate from Clovis High School, Clovis New Mexico in 2017. Throughout high school I was involved in drill team and band(four time state champions of the Zia Marching Fiesta New Mexico State Championship). United States Marine Reservist 2018 to the present. I currently rank as an E-3(Lance Corporal) and was the nominated as the elected narrator for this year’s 244 th birthday ball celebration! I am a Junior at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque New Mexico. Currently I have been awarded and maintained the lottery scholarship, achieved a GPA of 3.5 and am a student ambassador of Communication and Journalism department at UNM!

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

Above all, I hope I stand out in what I am apart of and what I stand for. Being a part of different organizations that would normally not correlate to a woman competing in pageants, is what makes me stand out!

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

The experience was so surreal! Immediately, I was overwhelmed with joy and could not be more grateful for the opportunity to represent my state as Miss New Mexico Latina 2019!

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

Especially with the title Miss New Mexico Latina, it means that I represent a culture and standard of that image. It is about being more than just a beauty queen and I hope to embody that!

World Class Beauty Queens: How has competing in pageants helped your life?

Competing in pageants has helped my life in numerous ways! One is being surrounded by like minded individuals who also want to make a significant impact. It is so empowering! It has also given me the opportunity to meet so many individuals within my community and hear their stories of the importance of representing the Hispanic heritage. That has helped open my perspective to the impact this of what this pageant and title means to others and myself!

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

Pageants have helped my self-esteem and body image by allowing me to be myself and to represent a body image I am truly proud of. As I stated previously, fitness is an important part of my life to stay healthy and by keeping my body physically fit overall gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment, which increases my self- esteem.

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

It feels wonderful to have this influence in many girls’ lives. The influence that I once admired in others at a young age. I do not take it lightly and I want to address how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be someone others can look up to! World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over?

It is always important to be yourself above all. Authenticity shines through above all and judges are often experienced enough to recognize it. For me, my walk was not as feminine as other girls and I had a hard time coaching myself to manipulate it. Instead I tweaked the “pageant walk” to cater to my natural walk. In the end it was unique to me and I loved it!

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

In preparation of this pageant I reviewed all the accomplishments I listed on my application as well as my platform. I knew that I could be asked various questions mostly pertaining to those things and I wanted to be prepared to answer to the best of my ability.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

My tips for learning a better pageant walk is to incorporate your own style. It is important to be yourself in all aspects of the competition because that is what distinguishes you!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

The right pageant dress should be a dress you are comfortable in and excited to wear. This will allow you to compete at your full potential without having to accommodate an uncomfortable gown.

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

It is often said that the interview portion is the most important portion of the pageant. This is the part of the competition that you have the full attention of the judges and can introduce yourself. It is important to address all the things that you want the judges to know about you. Even if their questions do not directly pertain to the points you’d like to make, find a way to incorporate them into your answer. This will allow the judges to make the best possible decision when they know more about you!


World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

One mistake that I did during the national Miss U.S. Latina pageant was that during the interview with the judges I became too comfortable. The interview should be treated as just that, an interview. Although I was not told this directly, I was able to recognize it afterwards. I believe that if I would have held my composure better, it would have resulted in a better outcome. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

During the contest I noticed that it can become easy to become a part of cliques. Especially in larger pageants, I can understand how effortlessly this happens. However, many judges watch for this and prefer to see everybody is being included and welcomed. Be that person that takes the time to get to know everyone!

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I have very little modeling experience and no acting experience. However, the award of this title has afforded me the opportunity to work with many photographers and to become accustomed to modeling. Although, I would still not consider myself a model.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?

My plans for 2020 are to volunteer for as many communal engagements as possible, continue my platform by working with various schools and organizations that are involved in the same mission, and of course make many more appearances as Miss New Mexico Latina 2019!

World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

The legacy I would love to leave behind is in the impact I have made in the lives of others. I hope that I can lead by example and show an alternate perspective to others. Especially by my participation in pageants, I hope that others can develop a sense of confidence and motivation within themselves to compete in pageants that interest them!

Photography: Creative Works – Keith Green Photography

MUA: Monica Romero

Hair: Neri’s Beauty Salon

Outfit: Yoselin's Boutique.

State Director: Patricia Montoya.

National Director: Acirema Alayeto.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.

Monica Presiliana Romero Miss New Mexico Latina 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Photo by Creative Works – Keith Green 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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