Amanda Daley, 20, will represent Clifton Park in the Miss New York USA pageant in January.
continued “There’s an entry fee for the pageant so I need sponsors to help with that,” said Daley.
So far, she’s secured 16 Handles, Artique and Christina Pfister for sponsorship help. She also found a hair salon that will help her with makeup, hair and nails.
Daley has been spending a lot of time fundraising and volunteering but preparing for the pageant itself has also been a priority.
“I’ve been exercising more and trying to eat healthier, which is very hard being a college student,” said Daley.
She’s also been getting tips from those who know the pageant world best.
“We have conference calls with one of the pageant recruiters [a couple times] a month and usually we have a current state title holder from 2011 and they share tips and give ideas,” said Daley. “I’ve also been on YouTube looking at Miss USA from this past year so I can get my pageant walk down.”
Being a beauty queen isn’t all about what you see on the outside, though.
“They have to be a well-rounded person. I think they have to be the complete package. They have to want to give back, they should want to be a positive influence and role model and have self confidence, carry themselves well,” said Daley.
Daley said she’s giving herself this experience to strengthen those very qualities.
“I definitely just want to build myself as a better person; be a positive influence and role model,” said Daley. “I definitely want to make a difference. I’m hoping if I do win Miss New York I can continue to make a difference and change a child’s life and give back to the community and New York State in any way possible.”
Miss New York USA is usually held in Albany but will take place at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center in Westchester during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend this year.
“I’m extremely nervous but it’s a nervous excited. Being onstage, there will be stadium seating, it holds 2,000 people … it’s going to be completely different than anything I’ve ever done before,” said Daley. “It’s nerve-wracking.”
And what if she is crowned Miss New York?
“It would definitely be unreal … but it would mean the absolute world to me,” said Daley. “I’m speechless now thinking about it so if it actually happened it would be a dream come true and an amazing life-changing experience.”
Everything about Daley’s journey is being documented on the Facebook page she made, www.facebook.com/amandadaleymissnyusa2012.