Shae Lambert Miss New York 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Shae Lambert Miss New York 2019.
Full name: Shae Lambert
Title/Year: Miss New York 2019
Pageant System: United States Pageants
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Hobbies: traveling, writing for online blogs, acting, dancing and weightlifting
Platform: Advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking
Years competed: in this system 2, overall 15
Countries visited: 4
Likes: Honest people, discussing world issues, reading history books
Dislikes: Crowded subways
Status: Unavailable J
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am currently a graduate student at Long Island University Brooklyn, and will be graduating with my Master’s in Public Administration this fall. I am originally from Minnesota, but moved to New York to pursue my acting career and attend graduate school. I have been fortunate enough to do both. While living here I have been in a few commercials, multiple music videos, and am currently in an off-Broadway play where I get to not only act, but dance and step as well. I am also a freelance writer for Global Girl Community (@gloabalgirl_community), and have my own travel and lifestyle blog.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment means the ability to live a multifaceted life and go after, and achieve ever dream and goal you set out for yourself, despite having many preconceived perceptions about you, simply because you are a woman. Women empowerment is about elevating yourself while lifting others up at the same time. Behind every successful woman are the numerous obstacles that she had to climb in order to get to her level of success, however some of those obstacles she overcame with a little help from her fellow sisters.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I competed in my first pageant at 13 years old, in the Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens Minnesota pageant, and my talent portion was acting. I performed a piece from Romeo and Juliet. I later went on to compete in the Robbinsdale Ambassador program, Miss USA Minnesota, and Miss International Minnesota, Miss United States New Jersey, and last by certainly not least, Miss United States New York
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I always loved performing on stage, and public speaking, even as a young child, and pageants were a way to do so.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
The United States Pageant System allows for young women to express what they believe in and make a difference. I had already been active in my community promoting my platform, and volunteering to help survivors, but competing in this pageant allows me to deliver my message to a wider audience.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss United States has the logo of a diamond, because it promotes that all of the Queens, at all levels, local, state and national, are truly diamonds. The way I personally interpret that message, is that I have been under tremendous pressure in my life and have had to go through rough patches to get where I am today, however that is exactly how a diamond is created.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
There is a round robin interview with 5 judges, a swimwear portion, and evening gown. Contestants are scored on poise, walk, fitness and how well one can engage in conversation and answer the questions that were asked of them.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I was extremely excited to be there and “let the games begin”. My favorite portion is interview, and I had a wonderful time competing in that area.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
Bringing awareness to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. I educate my community by giving presentations on specific areas of legislation that have to be addressed in order to change the victim blaming narrative. I volunteer my time helping survivors, however, I feel that making a direct and lasting effect will make a larger impact. Most of my research for my master’s program is centered on these topics, so I will have ample amounts of data to use in my future career, of developing policy and legislation that will protect survivors. This is not only my platform, but my life goal and career.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
My favorite one thus far was getting to tour a cruiser naval ship at the Brooklyn Pier during Fleet Week
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I was recently inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha honors society for holding a GPA of 3.9. I am also the Public Administration Society Secretary, and a board member of the American Society for Public Administration’s Metropolitan Chapter. I am also a certified advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Making sure to use eye contact, so they know that I am not intimidated by their presence and not afraid to acknowledge them. Also make sure to have a natural smile, a fake strained smile can be spotted a mile away.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
By the time you get to a pageant beauty is already accounted for. We are all beautiful, and that has been determined, but now it’s time to see what you are truly about as a person. What sets me apart is my authenticity and willingness to be myself at all costs. I don’t give answers that I believe someone wants to hear, I give answers that are true to my character and beliefs. Additionally, I have been working on my platform for the last 6 years. I have already put in the work, and am truly dedicated to being a voice for survivors, and that shows.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I couldn’t believe the moment I have been waiting for, for 15 years has finally come. All I could do was be so thankful that god never let me give up.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being Miss New York means the opportunity to be a representative of your respective generation of women and hold the highest honor of public service. Wearing this crown means much more than being able to go to fun events and do photoshoots. While that is what people may believe, the most important part of this title is being able to serve the community that supported you. Being awarded this title means that I will be given the opportunity to show up and support more than those who need me. It means going to schools and giving motivational speeches about self-esteem and the importance of education, volunteering to help…physically help, to rebuild homes that were destroyed in natural disasters.It is the Queen’s duty to support as many different causes as possible, while actively promoting her platform.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants has made communicating with others and performing on stage come much more naturally to me. When I give presentations for my graduate program I am more composed most, and when asked how, I respond by saying if I can answer a random on stage question in front of hundreds of people, then I can explain a topic I have thoroughly researched. Same goes for acting. I have been performing monologues on stage in pageants since I was 13, so that experience has helped me become a better actress currently in my adult years.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
When going into pageants I make a conscious choice to create the body type that I truly desire, feel comfortable in, and that is healthy. I have not fallen into to the trap of aspiring to achieve the stereotypical “swimsuit look”, and I never will. I encourage others to do the same.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It feels incredible. My lifelong dream has been to be a motivational speaker to young girls in elementary and middle schools, discussing the topics of self-esteem, goal setting and self-worth. Having little girls see me, hear my story, and know that they can achieve all they desire too, makes me know that this journey has been worth it.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Only walk in heels that you feel comfortable in. I dance in heels frequently, so walking in 5 inch heels is a piece of cake. However, if you rarely wear heels, and are new to pageants, do not wear ultra-high heels just because someone else is. Having a fierce walk in 3 inch heels will get you a higher score than a “barely made it” walk in 5 inch heels.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Wear a dress that makes you feel happy and beautiful. The dress represents your own unique style. Also beware of comparison. Don’t try and replicate something that you see a previous winner in, just because someone won in a long red dress, doesn’t mean that is the go to color for that pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be prepared, in these 3 easy steps. 1. Know what you stand for, why you stand for it, and what you have done and are going to continue to do about it. 2. Be yourself, and stay true to who you are. Don’t try to change aspects of your personality either, embrace your quirks and uniqueness. 3. Confidence is key. Speak clearly, at an even speed, and with conviction.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials and listened to pageant podcasts to learn tips and tricks, read some self-help books on personal branding and communication, and of course increased my body building routine.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Once I competed in a dress that was way too large. I ran out of time to get it fixed and decided to go on stage in it anyways. Very bad idea!
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Falling into what I call the “comparison trap”. Analyzing what other girls are wearing, how they walk etc, does not help you. All it does is make you second guess yourself and psyche yourself out. I have also seen it play out the other way where a girl will compare herself to others and feel that she is so much above everyone else and then not make it. My best advice is to stay in your lane, as it is paved for you.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
Yes! I am in an off-Broadway play, and had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Amsterdam to perform, this past March. I do modeling as well as one of my hobbies.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
To create an “It’s on Us” Chapter at my university. This organization promotes awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, and bystander intervention. I am going to meet with local legislators to discuss various policies and how they affect survivors, and give my thoughts on how we can improve legislation. There will be a campus wide domestic violence awareness month at my university, and I will continue to present at conferences and panels about my research on sexual assault on college campuses and how it relates to title IX, and the prevalence of sex trafficking of indigenous women in the Midwest.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I will be remembered for standing up for justice, doing the right thing and being able to have the hard conversations. It is not easy to discuss the topics of rape, abuse, and the selling of human’s as objects, but it is a harsh reality that deserves to addressed and given the attention and intervention it deserves. I am the voice bringing a call to action. Letting people know what they can do to intervene, insuring survivors know what their rights are, and reminding my community that we are in this together.
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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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