Patricia Morales World Latina New Mexico Ms. 2022
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Patricia Morales World Latina New Mexico Ms. 2022.
Full name: Patricia Morales Title/Year: World Latina New Mexico Ms. 2022 Pageant System: World Latina Education Level: Bachelor’s of Science- NMSU , Licensed Esthetician Zodiac sign: Scorpio Hobbies: taking my baby to the park, shopping, decorating, organizing, self care Platform: Cultivating a supportive environment for moms, parents raising kids to their best ability without societal pressures and judgment Years competed: 5 Countries visited: USA, Mexico, United Kingdom, Bolivia, Dominican Republic Likes: spending time with my son, coffee, brunch, the Real Housewives franchise Dislikes: being hangry & rude people Status: Single World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I’m a new mom to a beautiful baby boy named Milan, whom I enjoy taking care of full time. I was born in California, and was raised in New Mexico. I speak 3 languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese; English was my second language. I enjoy traveling, and would like to see more of the world. When I get some down time, I enjoy doing a little self care on myself whether it’s a face masks, makeup or online shopping. Some people may get preconceived notions because of my appearance, but I’m pretty down to earth and easy going. World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education. I graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelors in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. After working in the industry I took some time abroad to Bolivia and teach English at Universidad Saleciana de Bolivia. Once I came back to the states I decided to go back to school and get my Esthetician license, and after a short time became self employed in the industry. And as of late, my son in my biggest educator. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? I think that the empowerment of a woman is something that comes from within. It’s being comfortable and confident about being yourself, and also accepting imperfections. It’s being able to stand up for yourself when you need to, as well as uplifting other people because we all have our difficult moments. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I decided to compete in pageants after I finished college as a sort of hobby to do something outside of just working. The first two times I competed in the USA system which to me was intimidating since I had no previous experience, after that I became addicted and then decided to compete in the New Mexico Latina pageant where I was able to win the title. During that year I was able to compete at nationals in Oaxaca, Mexico where I placed in top five. Following that I competed in the first USOA’s New Mexico pageant where I placed runner up at nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. And currently I have the title for World Latina New Mexico Ms , where I have the opportunity to compete for the national title this August. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I first came into witnessing pageants via television and obviously the first thing that you notice are the gowns the make up with the hair and how confident these women seemingly appear. Initially it was intimidating to me because this was a whole new world that I knew nothing of, but I had previously done things that challenged myself into becoming more comfortable with being outside of my comfort zone. I was intrigued by the femininity and qualities that these women presented in their platforms and that was something that I wanted to become a part of as well. These women appeared to be so “put together” and confident on the outside and then when you hear them speak you realize that there’s so much more depth to these women, not just their appearance but also their intelligence and their heart and these are things that I value. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I chose to compete with this title because after having a baby I felt like I lost touch with myself. I became a stay at home mom full-time and I feel like I needed to do this for myself not only for my mental health but also to find myself again because I did struggle like many other mothers with postpartum depression. I feel like it’s important for mothers, default parents or caregivers to do something that they also enjoy for themselves so that they can maintain a healthy mindset so they are able to care for and give their children the best of themselves. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? So this is actually the first year for the World Latina organization, which is really exciting. In order to participate for the specific organization you do have to be of Latina decent. The platform for this organization is mentorship, beauty, and leadership, which is something that aligns with my values. I have previously worked with the state director, so for me it was an easy decision to want to participate in this organization. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? Like many other pageant systems most of them have a lot of similar competition sections they are judged on. For this particular pageant contestants will be judged on their eveningwear, interview, activewear, and typical heritage costumes. Usually before the main show the contestants will have preliminary show and interview a few days before the final night. Each of these categories has a maximum amount of points that each contestants can earn, these preliminary scores are then added into the final night which is the full show including the evening gown, activewear and typical heritage dress and usually a final question and that’s how the winner is determined. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I had previously worked with the pageant director when I competed for Miss New Mexico Latina, so I was fortunate to be appointed the title as it is it’s first year. I graciously accepted and was excited to know that I had made a good impression that this title was entrusted with myself. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform. My platform is to cultivate a supportive environment for moms, parents raising kids to their best ability without societal pressures and judgment. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? I think some of the greatest achievements are the chances and opportunities I took for myself that seemed scary, but taught me some of the biggest lessons. I’m one of the first in my family to complete college, many do not know Spanish was my first language (even though it does not sound that way) much of the English I learned in the beginning was from tv shows and books before beginning grade school. I was able to participate in cheerleading, dance and pageantry self taught without previous training. And also had the ability to complete my Esthetics license and become self employed. World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? In order to stand out from the other contestants all I have to do is be myself, and vice versa . I think everyone has special and unique qualities to them that we’ve gained through our up bringing and life experiences, that’s what each contestant brings to the competition. I just learn how to embrace my qualities and that’s what I bring forth. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? I think the definition of a beauty queen is a multitude of things. It’s easy to look at the outside and see “pretty”, but you also need your mind and heart to align with that. It means having good intentions, and being kind, but not being afraid to voice concerns or wrongdoings. It means you can look put together but know you’re not perfect and accept that we can still make room to improve ourselves. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life? Competing in pageants made me look internally in getting to know myself and what I’m capable of. Once I started to get to know myself it helped improve my confidence and self esteem. It’s made me more confident in voicing my opinions and feeling comfortable in my own skin. The judging aspect of it as well, because in life people will judge you as well and as hard as it is to hear sometimes I’ve learned not to mind too much others opinions. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image? I would say that it did make me more disciplined and conscious about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However I do attribute my size to genetics. And sadly regardless of what size we are we’re going to be judged and compared to other women. But I do think that as of lately especially in the media we now have more of a variety of sizes and colors of women that are also seen as beautiful and it’s not just one specific mold. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? I think that it raises the level of expectations that I have for myself and being more conscious and aware of what I portray, value and stand up for. It also holds you more accountable because you know someone is always watching your moves, and you’re not always going to be liked by everyone and which is okay, so long as you know that you are doing your best I think that’s what matters. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? I’ve learned to take my time on stage, and see it as my moment to be seen. I remind myself to have fun on the stage and let loose a little bit, as well as think of doing it for the young girl that was me who would be so happy to know that she was able to fulfill getting on a stage that she didn’t think possible. It’s important of course to also know the walking direction, and posing points looking confident and graceful! I make sure to make eye contact and smile with the judges, and walk with confidence that’s what I ultimately want to portray. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? Preparing for a pageant is similar to other things that you want to be good at, essentially you are preparing to interview for another job. Many people outside of the “pageantry world” don’t realize that so much of it is mental preparedness and readiness. I would say the more fun part is getting to choose the wardrobe for the competition. A lot of thought goes into choosing colors, hair style, accessories for the different categories of the competition where contestants get scored. The majority of preparing is knowing what you want to show people, your best attributes in just such a short time. That entails being aware of things from current events happening in the world right now, to knowing and being able to reveal parts of myself in front of people I’ve never met. Most importantly remaining authentic and true to who I am. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? I began to watch videos and pageants and tried to emulate what I saw. I learned that posture can make a world of difference when walking. It’s important to practice in your attire such as evening gown or sportswear / swimwear since one is a more slow elegant walk and the other a more upbeat, sassy walk. Of course, I also walked around the house in 5 inch heels to get used to them! World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? It should be something that you feel good and comfortable in. It’s good to stand out in a color that compliments your skin tone, or a style that really shows off your figure. You should wear the dress, the dress should not overpower you but present your best features. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Interview is usually where most of the points are scored, so it’s good to prepare and study. A lot of the interview is being able to think on your feet and pretty much expect any question to be asked. In my experience, once I get the application I like to read and study what it is the questionnaire is wanting to know of me before I even fill it out because this is where judges will most likely ask questions from. Usually I will fill in the major points to each section and organize my thoughts. I would recommend reading over it several times, not just to make sure that it makes sense but so it also feels like it flows and comes naturally as a part of you. I view interviews as conversations, and that usually calms my nerves. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? In my experience with competing in pageants, I would say my mistake was being insecure with myself. When I first began competing I had no background knowledge in pageantry other than what I saw in the media. I went into pageantry trying to emulate what I saw, which took away from showing who I was as an individual. However, I don’t think that I would redo my experience because that’s how I was able to learn from them. I would say it made me work harder at learning what I needed to do in order to improve on myself, giving me the confidence and security I needed. That is not to say that I just get by because I have previously done well, I continue to work on myself because one’s never finished learning. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the competition, and begin to self doubt. Personally speaking, I’ve had moments of beginning to compare myself to other contestants whether it’s wardrobe, hair, platform etc., and you begin to wonder if maybe you should have chosen or done something differently. If you let self doubt take over, that’s something other people and judges are definitely going to be able to see that isn’t you, and authenticity is key. I think it’s important to go in owning who you are, and being confident that that is where you’re going to stand out. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I began to take some modeling classes after college just so that I could learn how to walk better for pageants in heels. I attended some castings for modeling shows and also while I was in pageantry I was invited to do some local shows. As far as acting goes I attended a casting to be an extra in a movie and I was able to do that, unfortunately when lockdowns hit some of the projects were put on hold. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen? My plans are to continue to take as many opportunities that come my way, and serve as an ambassador for the World Latina organization. Travels may be slightly different for community involvement, fortunately now we have social media to be able to reach others in different aspects. I plan on making the most of each day with my son, appreciating the little things which are actually the big things in life. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I hope to serve as some form of inspiration for others to view themselves as valuable and pursue their careers, dreams or hobby’s. Whether that means having provided knowledge of pageantry, ideas of fashion and esthetics, or a simple motivational phrase ( or social media post). To not hold back taking chances or be afraid to embrace their attributes and be themselves! National Director: Diana Camacho & Patricia Montoya Your Local Director: Patricia Montoya Pageant website: https://www.worldlatina.com/ Photographer: Gilbert Duncan Photography HMU: Patricia Morales
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.
Patricia Morales World Latina New Mexico Ms. 2022, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Gilbert Duncan 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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