Sunday April 10th was the finals of the Miss Royalty Pageant. It was the most nerve-wracking day of my SLife. It seemed for most of the event, my heart was pounding so hard it hurt. When I was called last to the Top 3, I couldn’t believe it. The talent of the other contestants was amazing, so I was just grateful to get that far. While there will always be more to learn (which I love), I have seen myself grow during my modeling career and I have become more confident in my skills.
At the end of 2014, only a few months after graduating from modeling school, I was in Miss Virtual World and didn’t even place. It left me questioning whether or not modeling was for me. Of course through talking with people, I realized that pageants and standard modeling are different arenas, so in that respect I gained back some hope. It left me feeling like I definitely wasn’t a “pageant girl,” however. Over the next year, other pageants and contests came around. I contemplated whether or not to enter any, but just could not bring myself to commit. A lot of it had to do with disillusionment, I think. I wanted to do a pageant where I would be valued.
Some friends of mine entered Miss Royalty in its first year running. I liked that the pageant focused on true styling as well as personality. The outfits were amazing, but there was no emphasis on superficial over-the-top looks. There was also a great deal of importance placed on charitable works. It took a few good pieces from real life pageants and added unique aspects. Those are the factors that encouraged me to finally take the plunge in 2016. Right away I decided Miss Royalty would be my second and last ever pageant, no matter what happened.
It has taken me quite a few days to process everything that transpired. It hasn’t sunk in that I won Miss Royalty. Rosie keeps joking with me and calling me “queen” or “your highness.” It still doesn’t make the result feel real. There is so much work that has to be done. Already there are multiple people for me to contact. The event is going to be this summer, so any sponsors, bloggers or designers who already know they would like to assist with a charitable event should contact me.
In closing, I would like to say to you, dear reader – never lose hope. Even after the success I’ve had as a model and now in Miss Royalty, there are still shows or spreads here and there for which I don’t get cast. There will always be disappointments. There will always be condescending people that make you question yourself. But never ever let someone or something change you, especially to steer you away from your dreams. Despite all the failures and false starts in my career, I have been able to achieve goals. There is a place for you in the metaverse, one where you are meant to shine. Keep pushing forward – you WILL find it. Also, whether or not I know you, if you ever want to get feedback or ideas from me, don’t hesitate to reach out.