Competing in the Miss America Organization wasn’t something that I had seriously considered. I had toyed with the idea of registering since I became eligible age-wise, but it wasn’t until I saw Nina Davuluri, Crystal Lee (former Miss California), and Rebecca Yeh on the 2014 Miss America stage that I decided to compete. Three of the five contestants were of Asian descent, and that image inspired me to be a part of the Miss America Organization.
The first local system that I competed in was Miss Silicon Valley. I was still on winter break at the time, so I had to fly out to California a couple days earlier. (I’m originally from Georgia.) Preparation was so much fun, and I learned quite a lot from previous titleholders, who were very generous in giving tips. During the competition, I remember being so nervous on stage. I ended up winning first runner-up! And I had so much fun!
I didn’t know whether I would compete again this pageant season; however, I got a Facebook message from Allison (the local executive director for Miss Redwood City-San Mateo County), and she encouraged me to compete in the Miss Redwood City-San Mateo County competition. So I did! And I won! Now I am preparing for Miss California this summer, and I am so excited. Look out for me on the California stage!
By: Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County 2017, Elizabeth Trinh