"I am a strong, independent, and self-assured woman. I pride myself on being wise beyond my years and having a strong sense of self."
"I believe imperfections or quirks are some of the things that make women the most beautiful. Each woman should be celebrated for her own personal beauty and character."
"For us as women, the mirror is our biggest challenge today. We must come to terms with our reflection before we can hope to succeed. We should look at ourselves each day feeling empowered rather than hindered."
"Being involved in pageants has given me a different insight to just how life changing the experience can be. I've learned life-skills that are absolutely relevant, not only to winning a pageant, but to being successful in business, politics, and education."
"I have been able to appreciate how much I continue to improve intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Pageants have given me goals that keep me motivated to constantly improve myself."
"Pageantry is still relevant in today's society because it gives women a strong backbone to pursue our dreams. Not only does the pageant give us phenomenal communication skills to be leader's in today's society, but also shows the courage it takes to achieve dreams."
"Pageants build character, discipline, and poise. These characteristics build self-confidence, which is the genesis of what’s required to make the modern woman successful."
"I want the judges to know that I strongly believe my greatest accomplishments are still ahead of me. I am self-inspired with dedication and a drive to live a life that I love and am passionate about."
Pageants give young women a stage for our voices to be heard; regardless of judgment or agreement, we have a place to voice our opinions. It prepares us to be prominent in all areas of life.
"I was raised to always think before I speak and carry myself as if the whole world was constantly watching. It is my goal to leave a legacy as a Miss USA who is gracious, balanced and always positive."
Source: Miss USA