I’ve always been the stand-out, don’t care what anyone has to say kind of girl. I’ve never been afraid to go off and do my own thing, which isn’t always a good thing but it’s never entirely bad either. Some people see me as a “tom boy”, others just see me as, well me. I don’t know how to be anything else. If I had to choose just 3 words to describe me, those three words would be: Sierra. Nicole. Wright. I’m just me (Ha, another 3 words). Because I’m sooo Sierra Nicole Wright, it kind of surprised people when I was accepted into the NAM pageant as a state finalist, but I wasn’t surprised a bit. You’re only as strong and as beautiful as you think you are.
The pageant isn’t until June, but during my pageant journey I have really grown and that growth is evident in my walk, talk, smile, and speech. Even the way I stand is different now. Although those very important aspects of my life have changed (for the better), I refuse to let this pageant change who I am on the inside. When I say the my walk, talk, smile, and speech have changed, I mean that they are a lot more confident. I feel that I can actually win and I’m no longer afraid to speak in front of hundreds of people. I even feel better about speaking Spanish and I don’t care that other people may think it’s weird. This pageant has just proven that it’s actually more important than I thought it was before (and believe me when I say that Spanish is my life). One of my interviews for the pageant was in Spanish!
The theme for this years National American Miss pageant is “I am a girl with dreams”. Instead of speaking about my dreams during the talent section, I will be giving a speech about the dreams of others. Specifically, the dreams of DREAMers because their voices deserve to be heard. I am not the only one that will benefit from participating in this pageant. Not only will I spread the word about the DREAM Act to help DREAMers all across the U.S, but I will also help the homeless. Let me explain, in the state program book there is a section for advertisement for businesses or a where family and friends can say congratulations. For every full page of ads that each contestant can sell, she is awarded one premium prize. One of those premium prizes include a free nights stay at the pageant’s host hotel (which is the Marriot for Indiana). One of my goals in life is to buy a hotel and open it as a homeless shelter. Until I can do that, I have decided that instead of myself staying at the Marriot, I will visit the local homeless shelter and offer each of the free night stays to the person that needs it the most.
Selling 7 full pages of ads (the equivalent to $4200) guarantees me the National Cover Girl title. So whether I win the state queen title or not, I will still have a title if I can raise the $4200. It may seem like a lot of money, but if I can get just 210 people to donate $20 to help me, I can get there. Each of the advertisers names will go in the state program book which will be distributed to hundreds of people during pageant weekend. As the National Cover Girl, I will be featured in over 30,000 state advertising books as well as inside the national pageant program books. The state advertising books will be distributed nationwide during the next pageant year. By selling 7 ad pages, I will not only become the National Cover Girl, but I will also get the official state ambassador crown, banner, and trophy.
Over the past few weeks, several people have come up to me saying they remember me. They remember the way I speak. They remember my confidence. They remember the way I carry myself apart from the other contestants. They have told me to carry my abilities to speak with me throughout the whole competition. Because I love you all so much, I’ll let you in on a secret. I wasn’t able to speak this well before. I didn’t have that confidence. But I figured, hey, if you’re going to do this you may as well show them what you’re really about. You may as well be yourself, 100%.
Pageants aren’t just about the glitz and glam of dresses, nor the beauty of the contestants. They’re about how amazing they make the contestants feel on the inside. I’m going to ask you all a huge favor. If you could please donate whatever you can to www.gofundme.com/irarg, you would all be giving me the chance to live my dream. Thank you so much!
I AM A GIRL WITH DREAMS