More than just a 'pretty face'

Preparing for pageants isn't an easy task either, she said, because on the physical aspect she was watching what she ate by portioning out meals and working out on a regular basis.

"You have to go to the gym and I was going to the gym twice a day," she said.

She also has to exercise her brain to prepare for a contest too.

"A lot of preparation goes into it practicing for speaking and interview questions," she said. "That is probably the most stressful part because you don't know what they are going to ask you."

Through pageants she learned there is always something she can improve about herself. She also has been able to build up confidence in herself through competing, which also plays an important role in pageants.

"I was very confident, almost because you have to be," she said about her recent pageant win. "The judges look for the confidence and poise and that is what you have to feel to show it on stage."

Any doubt a contestant feels, she added, is something they have to get past too.

"Sometimes I get so nervous that I over prepare and the answers sound too rehearsed," she said.

With all the work and preparation of more than just appearance she said, "it takes more than just a pretty face to win a pageant." As far as what she will do moving on from pageants she is not sure, but she knows her time is limited on how long her reign could last.

"If I could I would be in them forever," she said. "I have to move on to something else, but I don't know what yet."

She said modeling isn't something she has been overly interested in and there isn't that many opportunities around Albany for her to do it. One opportunity she will have is to make personal appearances throughout the year promoting her title at various New York City events and ceremonies. Through making appearances she hopes to make some connections for future endeavors.

While she doesn't have a lot of free time during the day, she said she likes to relax and watch TV sometimes. On Wednesday night she has a line-up of programming she likes to watch every week.""

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