Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less. We want to know one or two things that you'd want someone to know about you?
I am an outgoing, fun-loving, ambitious woman who loves to make other people smile and laugh. I accomplished my dream of moving to Los Angeles and I continue to strive for more happiness and adventure.
What are you most grateful for in life?
I am most grateful for my roommates/friends and my family members who are so supportive of my dreams. I try to recognize all the benefits I have in life, even the ones we typically take for granted.
Who do you find beautiful – and what makes them beautiful to you?
I find people who genuinely care for others beautiful. People who are driven to do the best for themselves and use that success to bring a better world to other people. Looking pretty or handsome is great, but inner beauty shines on the outside as well.
Was there ever a time that you felt ugly? What happened and how did you react?
There was one time that a kid in seventh grade told me my teeth were yellow. Luckily, that was the worst of the bullying I had in grade school, but I never forgot about it. Fortunately I did not get upset, but rather reflected on if this opinion mattered and if I should do anything about it. He wasn't wrong - I avoided brushing my teeth as a kid because I didn't like it. But I started taking care of my teeth much better.
Based on the time above, when did you realize that you were beautiful?
I still believed I was beautiful at that time, but I felt less beautiful. I was brushing every day and being more careful. I went to the dentist recently and he kept telling me how great they looked and how my smile is a smile that people would pay to have. I felt so beautiful that not only my teeth looked good, but I was a happy person who still always smiled.
What makes you beautiful?
Self-awareness. Knowing what I love about myself and owning it. But also recognizing that no one is perfect and that I am the best me in all ways that I can.
How has your idea of beauty changed over the years?
Beauty and make up/clothes/hair has changed along with me. I am slowly learning how to use MUAH tools and I want to continue learning how to best accentuate my best features. I feel beautiful with no make up/sweat pants but I also love to dress up and get glam. It's all about confidence and self-love in the end!
If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stop and breathe. Be patient and don't rush when making decisions.