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Sherri Gorbett Mrs. Bend America 2024

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Sherri Gorbett Mrs. Bend America 2024.

Full Name: Sherri Gorbett

Title/Year: Mrs. Bend America 2024

Pageant System: Oregon Pageants

Age: 48

Education Level: Some College

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Hobbies: Running, Connecting with others, meditating, reading

Platform: Breast Implant Safety Alliance

Years Competed: First year

Countries Visited: 2

Likes and Dislikes: I love kindness, I dislike rudeness

Current Status: Married

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Can you share a bit about who you are? Like, what are your passions outside of the pageant world?

I am an outgoing, adventurous woman who values fun, family, and faith. In 2019, I married my husband Brett, blending our families to include five adult children currently aged from 18 26. Beyond the new world of pageants, my life is bustling. Utilizing my bookkeeping background, I launched my independent bookkeeping business in 2019, granting me the freedom to manage my own time. I cherish sunny days, camping, and the outdoors. My passion for running ignited in 2014, leading me to participate in various races, including relay races and my first marathon in 2016. Since then, I have completed 8 half marathons and numerous Ultra relay races covering approximately 200 miles with 6 runners in 24 hours. In 2018, I obtained my paraglider pilot license and enjoyed flying for two years. It's safe to say I thrive on hitting the ground running or soaring in the sky.

2. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: I’m curious about your education journey. What's it been like for you, any particular highlights or challenges?

In 1994, I completed my education at Brea Olinda High School in Southern California. Following a short stint at Fullerton College, I got married and entered full-time employment, which left me with limited time for further education. I acquired all my accounting and bookkeeping skills through hands-on experience, proving myself as a dedicated and valuable employee. From 2002 to 2005, I worked towards becoming a certified USA Gymnastics coach and successfully managed my own mobile gymnastics program until the arrival of my third child. Opting to temporarily pause my external work commitments, I stayed at home for several years to pursue my ultimate ambition: being a full-time mother.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Women's empowerment is such a key topic. What does it mean to you personally?

Personally, Women's empowerment demanded that I face and conquer numerous challenges and setbacks before embracing it wholeheartedly. By learning to love and believe in myself independently, without relying on external validation, I started embracing my individuality and growing confident in my identity. I made a deliberate choice to not allow my past obstacles to shape my future or who I am. Acknowledging my value and bravery, and sharing my journey with other women to offer support, has evolved into my genuine purpose and an incredibly empowering journey.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did you get into pageants? What sparked your interest initially?

I am new to the world of pageants, and it seems like the pageant world discovered me! Through my involvement with the nonprofit organization, Breast Implant Safety Alliance, I coordinated a fashion show fundraiser in October 2023 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some of the volunteers were pageant participants, including the 2021 Mrs. Oregon American, 2023 Mrs. Redmond, and 2023 Mrs. Cosmo’s. During the event, I shared my personal experience with breast implant illness and the FDA's safety announcement following my explant surgery. After the fundraiser, Mrs. Cosmo encouraged me to engage in pageants, recognizing the impact of my story on other women. Shortly after, Valerie Webb, our 2022 Mrs. Oregon, provided details about the American Pageant system and urged me to apply. Following her advice, I submitted my application and was surprised to receive a call from Arah, the 2021 Mrs. America. Two days later, I was thrilled to be named the 2024 Mrs. Bend America. I am embracing this new journey, learning along the way, and cherishing every moment and opportunity that comes my way.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What motivated you to participate in your first pageant? Was there a defining moment?

The pivotal moment arose when I confided in my friend about being invited to apply for Mrs. Bend. Voicing my concerns about the prospect of showcasing in a swimsuit and heels, I received a poignant response: "It's not solely about your physical appearance but the positive influence you can exert on fellow women by embracing this chance." In that instant, I grasped the profound significance of this path as the next chapter in my advocacy.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? What made it stand out for you?

I thrive on new experiences and embracing opportunities. I decided to participate in the Mrs. Bend competition because I strongly believe that raising awareness starts within our communities and through building connections. What made it particularly special to me was the chance to advocate at a statewide level in Oregon.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: I would love to know more about your pageant system. Could you explain what it’s all about?

Oregon Pageants, Inc. has nine core values. We are sisters first and beauty queens last. We are remarkable role models before fierce competitors. We hive each other attention more than advice. We converse in the light and avoid dark corners. We seek to improve our whole -self. We share in the celebration of beauty. We champion community above self-service

We have fun and work hard to keep Oregon beautiful!

We assume the best of intentions.

These values embody the culture and spirit of Oregon Pageants, Inc. and affirm our commitment to identify, define, celebrate and embody what is beauty. They keep us aligned in decision making and guide our behavior to ensure we do what’s right by our communities, our families, and our sister beauty queens.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What do you think sets your pageant director apart from others?

I have not yet had the chance to meet other pageant directors, but Chase Granger and Natalie Luttmer-Granger stand out as some of the most generous, kind, and delightful individuals I have ever encountered.

When the opportunity came up to feature in Beauty Queens Magazine, I realized I needed professional full-body photos. Chase, a photographer, quickly offered to take the photos, with expert pageant posing guidance from his wife, Natalie, the 2019 Mrs. America! Additionally, Natalie hosts in-person workshops to support our growth as women and pageant contestants. She also played a key role in coordinating the Bend Health and Beauty Expo Fashion Show in my city. Their prompt and supportive communication whenever I require assistance has been greatly appreciated. I am truly grateful for their dedication in helping me and providing an outstanding initial experience.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: During competitions, what are the key things you're judged on?

The judging is segmented into three categories: Personal Interview (50%), Swimsuit (25%), and Evening Gown/ On-stage Question (25%). The judges aim to find a woman who excels in all aspects. The ultimate winner will embody poise, personality, intelligence, and beauty.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What’s your competition experience been like? Any memorable moments or learnings?

My first competition is just around the corner! I am excited about making unforgettable memories and forming lifelong friendships.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Would you recommend your pageant system to others? If so, why?

I believe that everyone has a personal story, whether it's their own experience or someone else's, that resonates with them. I encourage individuals to seize this chance to speak up, advocate for causes they care about, and drive essential changes. The pageant system comprises exceptional women dedicated to making a positive difference. It presents an outstanding opportunity for personal growth that I wholeheartedly endorse for everyone.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell me about your advocacy or volunteer work. What causes are you passionate about?

As an advocate for women's health, I have been fortunate to set up booths at various health fairs. This has enabled me to engage with fellow women and local healthcare professionals in my community. My dedication originates from my personal journey with breast implant illness and decades of unexplained health struggles.

Through sharing my experiences and educating women, I have witnessed others gaining empowerment to research and make informed health choices. Seeing improvements in women's health after implant removal drives my commitment to advocacy. I am convinced that my story was meant to be shared to assist others.

Recognizing the current lack of safety information and awareness inspires me to push for essential changes.

This involves improving transparency, implementing crucial recall and monitoring procedures, and ensuring that every woman receives a checklist to make well-informed decisions for their health.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: With your title, what kinds of appearances or activities have you been involved in?

Given that I've held my title for just over two months, I've made use of the chance to engage in various local events. Wearing my sash, I've introduced myself, shared my platform, and discussed my advocacy work.

These events included the Bend Wedding Expo and various grand opening business events. I also have plans to attend the upcoming Bend Beauty Expo and Health Fair, as well as to support my sponsor, National Solar, by volunteering at the Bend 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon. I'm eagerly anticipating more opportunities to make appearances and volunteer.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Can you share some of your achievements, both in and outside of pageantry?

I hold a P2 pilot certification, which allows me to engage in paragliding pursuits. Additionally, I have completed the Patient Rising course. Recently, I was involved in a documentary shoot with BISA. I have been invited to a Patient’s Rising event at Capitol Hill this Spring. Moreover, I had the privilege of being interviewed twice by a local radio host, where we discussed my advocacy efforts and my position as Mrs. Bend.

Having the opportunity to share my story with numerous local doctors in the medical field, I have successfully influenced doctors in my area to include a section in their intake forms asking women about their breast implants and how long they have had them. This could potentially be the crucial missing link for some women.

Speaking about a topic as personal as breasts, which hold significant importance in women's lives, has required a great deal of courage.

However, my most treasured accomplishments revolve around motherhood. Being a mom brings me immense joy and pride, especially in my children. I see myself as a SURVIVOR. The hurdles I've encountered in different facets of my life have influenced and defined the person I am today. Conquering challenges, discovering my voice, and breaking negative patterns bring me the greatest sense of achievement and pride.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: In such a competitive field, what do you think makes you stand out?

I am proud to bring attention to breast implant illness, an untouched and unique topic in the pageant community, which sets me apart. Women's breast health is a deeply personal matter, and I am excited to take the lead in tackling this issue and making a meaningful impact for the future.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: I can only imagine how it feels to win. What was going through your mind when your name was announced as the winner?

Being named Mrs. Bend 2024 brought overwhelming joy and humility. I am thrilled to embark on a new chapter in my life and continue sharing my advocacy work.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does being a Beauty Queen mean to you?

Being a Beauty Queen, for me, involves discovering my unique journey of development and motivation. The energy I radiate externally mirrors what's within. A warm smile, an encouraging message, a heartfelt conversation - that's true beauty. It's a positive energy, positive influence, and aura that attracts others to understand me and my essence. This kind of beauty is what the world truly craves.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How have pageants impacted your life?

I have just entered the pageant system two and a half months ago. This experience has deepened my passion and commitment to supporting women on a greater scale. The fellow pageant sisters I have connected with have quickly become lifelong friends. The overwhelming love and support from numerous individuals and local businesses in the community have been truly humbling.

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

Participating in the pageant system has boosted my self-esteem and confidence, encouraging me to step up and believe in myself more and more. With a group of other passionate and uplifting women that cheer me on. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: You’re an inspiration to many. How does that feel, and what message do you want to share with others?

I wish for everyone to recognize their beauty and individuality. Each of us possesses unique strengths and weaknesses that help us learn and evolve. How we decide to utilize them will shape the next phase of our lives. Challenges will come our way, but it's crucial to keep pushing forward, as others depend on you. Never lose hope and always persevere.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What’s your strategy for captivating the judges on stage?

I don't see it as a strategy, but staying authentic is where I draw my strength. Whether I succeed or fail, I take comfort in knowing that I've touched many lives positively. A smile has the ability to inspire others, so I intend to smile and cherish every moment in the limelight. It's not about strategies; it's about embracing my genuine and transparent self.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How do you prepare for competitions? Any specific routines or practices?

Up to now, my preparations have included studying the potential questions the judges might ask, practicing walking in heels I haven't worn since I was 30, and visualizing how it will feel to be on stage.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Got any tips for nailing the perfect pageant walk?

Make use of YouTube instruction, interact with personal coaches, be confident, and above all, practice consistently. Record yourself to be able to visually see yourself. And, don't forget to smile!

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Choosing the right pageant dress can be crucial. What are your tips for making the best choice?

When you discover a dress you adore, give it a try. Experiment with all of them! Enjoy the process. Imagine yourself in the dress on stage. Does it make you feel stunning? Is it comfortable enough for sitting? Trust your instincts, and when you find the perfect dress that brings a smile to your face and almost brings tears to your eyes, then that's the one to choose. It's fine to change your mind and feel even more incredible in a different dress, but if you find yourself trying on another dress after the first one, then the first one might not be the right choice.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Interview rounds can be tricky. What are your strategies for a winning interview?

I tell myself to remember this mantra: Begin with a prayer, express gratitude to your higher power for guiding you to this moment. Relax with deep breaths, connect through eye contact with the judges, conveying your passion even before uttering a word. Speak confidently, showing admiration for your cause, and be kind to yourself if things don't go as planned. These exercises are designed to test your quick-thinking skills, which can be a bit demanding. Challenge yourself daily by selecting a question and vocalizing your response.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Do you have any experience in modeling or acting?

During my teenage years, I did some modeling for Nordstrom, but I didn't pursue it further.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your plans or goals for the upcoming year as a Queen?

If I am honored as the 2024 Mrs. Oregon America, my commitment will be to raise awareness and offer support to women, aiming to educate and empower them on a deeper level. It is crucial for women to have access to accurate information to make informed decisions for themselves. My objective is to advocate for improved transparency and monitoring measures for women's health. Each day, I acknowledge that I am a Queen guided by a higher power. I trust that whatever God has planned for me surpasses my understanding, and that belief is sufficient for me.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Finally, what kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind?

I am the initial woman in history to address Breast Implant Illness within the pageantry community. This topic has touched me personally, and by speaking out about it in my community, I have already generated vital support and awareness. My goal is to spearhead this cause and establish a lasting legacy. This is the vision and heritage I aim to leave behind.

- International Director: Elaine Marmel

- National Director: Elaine Marmel

- Local Director: State director Natalie Lettmer-Granger

- Photographer and Credit Details: Chase Granger and Natalie Luttmer Granger, 2017 Mrs. America

- Sponsors Acknowledgment: Sponsors National Solar, PhysioFit, Personal sponsor trainer Jen Kjellesvik , and a special thank you for my husband Brett Gorbett and amazing friends that keep cheering me on!

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

Sherri Gorbett Mrs. Bend America 2024, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Chase Granger and Natalie Luttmer Granger Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr WorldClass 2023 Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment


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