1.Tell us why anyone would want come to your hometown?
Tallahassee, Florida's capital, is my hidden gem where the essence of Florida meets Georgia's charm. Beyond being a city, it holds a special place in my heart. Exploring historical plantations feels like stepping into a tapestry of rich history. With over 39 museums and performing arts venues, the city is culturally vibrant. Winding canopy roads, Southern cuisine, college football, and serving as the epicenter for politics create a unique blend of opportunity and small-town Southern charm. Tallahassee is more than a location; it's my story unfolding.
2.What are the (2) most important things in your closet and why?
I have a deep appreciation for vintage jewelry. My grandmother left me an incredible collection, ranging from glamorous pins she wore in the past that are now modern statement pieces. You can expect to see many of these treasures during pageant week.
Another cherished possession is our collection of photo albums. Nothing compares to having moments frozen in time. Having those moments printed is something that can't be recreated.
3.What do you love to cook and why?
Growing up with a father who's a master chef can be a bit daunting. While I may not have inherited his culinary talents, I've found joy in simple traditions. One of my favorite memories involves making peanut butter chocolate cookies together, a tradition that brings back happy childhood moments. Another cherished recipe is my grandmother's famous chili. Anything that evokes those nostalgic feelings holds a special place in my heart.
4.If you had an extra hour each day, what would you do?
I'm chuckling as I write this because I'm a girl who savors every single moment of every day. I don't need a lot of sleep, so this could be life-changing. Seriously, if there was a freebie hour in the day, I would get up every morning, just minutes before daybreak. I'd watch the sunrise over the lake and celebrate the start of a new day without racing the clock.
5.Describe the dirtiest job you have ever had to do?
Being a strength sports athlete, I've discovered joy in what some might consider dirty work. In the realm of strongman competitions, tackling the tough tasks is par for the course. Whether it's lifting 200 lb stones with tacky-covered arms, maneuvering logs, pulling trucks or sandbags – it's all part of the sport. I started out looking pretty and would finish with the belief that you can seamlessly blend pretty and strong with a bit of grit.