Today is Wednesday and do you know what that means?! Yes on Wednesdays we wear pink… but it also means its #WomanCrushWednesday! Though this started as a way for guys to brag about their girlfriends or the celebrities they had a crush on, I love that girls can post about their friends and role models too. I want to give a shout out to some of the women I have met through this organization who I have looked up to for many years now.
When I first started to compete in this program, I held the title of Miss Placentia’s Outstanding Teen. That year I was lucky enough to have Ryan Osborn as my “Miss”. If you haven’t met Ryan than you are missing out on a lot. She is so incredibly talented, sweet, caring, hilarious, and one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. When I was nervous about state she explained to me everything that would happen at Miss California since she had so much experience. Ryan would always text me and encourage me, and truly showed kindness to everyone she met during her year. She really felt like a big sister to me and showed me the ropes and I will always be thankful for that. More importantly, she taught me how to have a good attitude no matter what happened. I admire her confidence, her grace, and her ability to make others feel so at ease when they talk to her. I strive to live my year as Miss Garden Grove much like Ryan did as Miss Placentia. Though I don’t get to see her as much as I did that year, she is always supportive and helpful whenever I have Miss America questions. I know that I will always have her on my side.
My other woman crush for this week is the lovely Janet Hamada. When it came time to shop for my MCOT wardrobe, Janet was there to help me shop until I dropped! With her knowledge of the program, and of fashion, I was able to find everything I needed very quickly. A year later I ended up job shadowing her for my senior project and she showed me just a little bit of the many things she does. She owns her own online boutique called Moderne (you should check it out) and has generously sponsored me with some of the pieces she sells. After learning a little bit about that side of her career, she encouraged me to join a camp that she was the director of. Janet introduced me to Camp Footprints; little did I know I would fall in love with the organization and make it my Miss America platform. A week of seeing her love and commitment to these kids completely impacted my life. She perfectly infuses a life I want to live of success and service. I am grateful for the help that she has given me throughout my entire Miss America journey and the amazing experiences I have been a part of because of her.
This program introduces you to so many different women that become role models in your life. I wouldn’t be where I am today as Miss Garden Grove if it weren’t for these specific women, and the many ladies that I have come into contact with through my involvement. It’s hard to find good role models in a society of scandalous and provocative celebrities, but I have been blessed with a place where there are many beautiful women to look up to.
So I encourage you to find a role model if you haven’t already, and the Miss America Organization is the perfect place to look. Us women have to stick together in a society that has become crazy and overwhelming. I hope that through my role as Miss Garden Grove I will be able to serve in this capacity to the young women in my community.
XOXO Shannon Galipault #missgg15