Tasha Toombs Ms. Exceptional Empress 2021
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Tasha Toombs Ms. Exceptional Empress 2021.
Full name: Tasha Antonia Toombs Title/Year: Ms. Exceptional Empress 2021, Ms. Nation Nationals 2021, Ms. American All Star 22/23 Pageant System: Miss Nation Nationals/ Univerz-V Pageant and Worlds Miss Tourism Pageant Age: 31 Education Level: Pursuing my Master of Education in Special Education Zodiac sign: Virgo Hobbies: Shopping, reading, going to the beach, playing bingo Platform: Food Insecurity Years competed: I started when I was 4 years old and have been competing off & on ever since. Countries visited: Just the United States, but I am planning for a Missions Trip to Brazil in 2024. Likes: Helping others, volunteering, singing on the worship team, horses, anything purple, making people laugh, music, photoshoots, modeling, pageants, and traveling. Dislikes: That people go hungry, smoking, cancer, and alligators. Status: In a Relationship World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I am outgoing and passionate about helping others. I was born in Bloomington, Minnesota and moved to Florida after completing my bachelor's degree. When I am not working or studying, you can usually find me out in my community handing out food at a Free Food Distribution or serving a hot meal to those who need it. World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education. I graduated from Winona State University with my BA in Sociology. Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Education degree and my focus is on Special Education & Disability Services. Upon completion of this degree, I hope to bring Animal Assistive Therapy into more schools. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you? It means supporting women and lifting each other up. We as women have such a tough time with all the standards stacked against us, that we need to come together and be there for one another. Women empowerment is straightening someone else’s crown without telling anyone it was crooked. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. My mom introduced me to pageants when I was 4 years old. I competed in various pageants throughout my childhood and adolescence, winning a few titles here and there. In 2020 I served as the Ms. Sunshine State through the Miss American Coed Pageants, and I also had the title of Ms. North Florida with the Miss Nation Nationals Pageant. In the past, I have held the titles of Miss North Star State, Ms. Florida, Florida Hi-Point, Global Elite Miss International, Casual Runway Model, and Ms. International. I am currently the reining Ms. Nation Nationals 2021, the Ms. Exceptional Empress International 2021, and the Ms. American All Star 22/23. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? My mom! Since I was only 4 years old when I started pageants I knew nothing of the pageant world, but I am so thankful that my mom did because my years of pageantry have truly shaped me into the woman that I am today. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I chose to compete for my current title of Ms. Nation Nationals because of the pageant directors. I met Dr. Byrgundy Mallory and Dr. Octavia Mallory through another pageant system and they were so supportive and kind that I wanted to surround myself with other people like them. When I learned that they were directors for another pageant, I just knew that I had to be part of that system. Even though their National Pageant was just two weeks after the National Pageant I was already competing in, they worked with me to get everything I needed to register late and make it to the competition. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Miss Nation Nationals/ Univerz-V is all about volunteering and giving back to your community. While we pride ourselves on the amount of volunteering that we do, we also focus on building young leaders, and we celebrate diversity. Nation Nationals does not have a Non-Compete clause because they want to help you reach all of your goals and grow as a pageant Queen. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? Miss Nation Nationals’ required competitions include: Introduction/Platform Speech, Panel style Interview, Evening Wear, Glamour (Fun-Fashion Modeling), and an On-Stage Discussion Question. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. My experience was amazing! I immediately was welcomed into the group and felt like I was at home. The staff was great at helping me and giving personal advice to make me stronger in my areas of competition. During the pageant finals, all the girls were supportive and genuinely happy for whoever won the titles. I was able to create lasting friendships with women I had only known for a brief period of time. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. My platform is Food Insecurity. Food Insecurity is the lack of access to food - specifically, healthy, wholesome food. In the U.S. today, 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger. Any one of us could be just one bad month away from food insecurity, which is why I am so passionate about working within my community to provide food for those who need it. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic has started, the number of families that do not have the resources to provide food for themselves or for their children has drastically increased. One of my favorite organizations to volunteer with is called A Safe Future Foundation Inc. This organization not only provides free, healthy food for families in need, but they also provide free diapers and free feminine products to families as well. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? With my title I was able to walk in various parades, I was able to judge a few pageants including the 1st Inaugural Miss Blessing of the Fleet Pageant and I was given the opportunity to be a part of the 1st Inaugural Miss Juneteenth Pageant as well. I also spoke at the Melanin Market and was invited to walk in a charity fashion show. I have done a variety of volunteer work, such as making Valentine’s cards for people in a nursing home, serving food to my community, a charity golf tournament, teaching children in the alphabet forest at the Minnesota State Fair, sponsoring a young child from the Dominican Republic, and donating food to K9’s for Warriors. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? Some of my achievements include going back to school to get my Master of Education, graduating from McFormalsdale Christian University with a duo Doctorate Degree, rescuing my dog Marley, and learning to crochet. World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? One thing that makes me stand out is my genuine desire for inclusion. Coming from a diverse background has made me especially aware of how being different can make someone feel, so I strive to always make sure others around me feel included. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. When my name was called as the winner of the Ms. Nation National title, I was shocked! I knew that was God’s way of telling me that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I had come into the National Competition as a late participant since I had only learned of it two weeks prior, and I was worried that my outfits were not as good as the other beautiful women around me. However, hearing my name called gave me so much pride because I knew that I had been able to truly show the judges who I was and that they saw how much winning the title would mean to me. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? It is an honor! When I am crowned a Queen, I get to be a role model for women all around me, and it gives me the ability to use my platform to help others in my community. Being a Queen is being the best version of myself. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life? Competing in pageants has improved my life in so many ways. Without being in pageants, I would not have learned how to be a confident public speaker, how to be a gracious and compassionate competitor and I would not have the self-confidence and poise that I do today. Pageants have also given me the opportunity to make friends from all over the country and have opened the door to so many other opportunities as well. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self esteem and body image? I believe that by being surrounded by so many beautiful and kind women, I have learned that beauty comes in all shapes, colors and sizes and that we are all beautiful. The women I compete with are the kind of women who lift each other up and those types of women are great for your self-esteem! World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? Being an inspiration to all the girls out there feels like a dream come true! It is very humbling to know that people look up to you and want to be like you. I am so happy knowing that I am leaving a positive impact on women and girls around me. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? My strategy when I am on stage is to be myself and give it my all! When we are onstage, we only have a short time to show the judges who we are and what we stand for, so I strive to be genuine and honest. I also smile a lot because I am a happy person and I believe that smiles are contagious! World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? Any time I am going to be competing in a Pageant, I focus on my end goal first. It is helpful for me to picture myself winning the title of my dreams, before going into the competition so that I am confident. Then I like to start shopping! There are so many outfits and accessories that you need, and shopping for them all is one of my favorite parts of preparing for a pageant. It is also important to practice answers for questions the judges may ask you during the interview and to practice saying your introduction in front of a mirror while timing and recording it. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Practice, practice, practice! A great starting point for how to properly walk in a pageant is to see if you can find a video of a previous winner and watch how she walks. You can practice imitating that Queen, and then make it your own. You should also make sure you are practicing your pageant walk in the shoes you plan on wearing for your competition. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? My tip for choosing the right pageant dress is to find a color that flatters your skin tone and a dress that makes you feel beautiful. If you do not feel beautiful in the dress that you choose, the judges will notice that when you are competing. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Be yourself! Make sure to speak from your heart and let your personality shine through. Also make sure you actually answer their question, instead of talking around it. Don't forget to smile! World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? During competition you are smiling a lot. In one of my evening wear competitions my mouth started to get dry, so I stopped smiling and made this strange pouting face while trying to make my mouth less dry. It was so embarrassing when I later saw those stage shots and I looked like I was frowning at the judges! World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? It is totally natural to make mistakes. One of the common mistakes that I see is women not practicing their walk in their pageant heels. Then when they show up in heels that they normally wouldn’t wear, they don’t feel comfortable walking in them. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I am one of Nation National’s Top Ten Models and have gotten the opportunity to walk in various fashion shows, including the sold-out Model Icon Fashion Show in Chicago, IL. I have also been featured in print marketing materials for colleges, billboards, and in a few pageant magazines. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen? My plans for 2022 are to keep giving back to my community and helping young women around me. I am going to be judging a few pageants, and traveling. I am hoping to be chosen to walk in the Model Icon Fashion Show again, and to walk in NYFW. Aside from that, I am going to keep supporting my platform and working to end food insecurity. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to be remembered for always having a smile on my face even during times of trial and tribulation and for being a genuine person who loved helping others and giving back to my community. International Director: Nation Nationals - Dr. Octavia Mallory & Dr. Byrgundy Mallory World’s Miss Tourism Pageant - Teri Moore-Alexander National Director: Nation Nationals - Dr. Octavia Mallory & Dr. Byrgundy Mallory Pageant website: www.missuniverz.wixsite.com/nationnationals
Name of the Photographer and other credits: Abiding Light Photography by Chris Seetaram
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Thank you to my sponsors: Thank you to my supportive boyfriend Corbin who is always by my side, to my mom Carol for being my biggest fan, and to Maximum Entertainment for helping with fundraising and sponsorship.
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.
Tasha Toombs Ms. Exceptional Empress 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Abiding Light Photography by Chris Seetaram
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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