PAGEANT Talks Presents:
2016 Miss Hawkeye State Teen Coed Victoria Miceli
Introduction: Hello, my name is Victoria Miceli and I am your 2016 Miss Hawkeye State Teen with Miss American Coed Pageants. I live in the heart of Iowa and am relatively new to pageantry. I am blind and have set my heart on using my crown to change stereotypes. In my free time I love volunteering with children, studying and scheming how to change the world. I aspire to be an elementary teacher and dedicate my adult life to advocating for people with disabilities.
How did you get involved in pageants?
I was watching a good friend compete at her National pageant in 2014 and six months later I was competing in the same system. As I watched her nail evening wear I kept thinking, “Has someone like me done this? Could I do this?” Eventually those thoughts changed to “I am doing this.” I was sick of hear how inspiring I was for being able to do things independently, such as walking, wearing matching clothes, or putting on makeup.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of National Miss American Co-Ed?
Well, I never saw myself going to this system but the opportunity kind of hit me unexpectedly ao I went for it and I’m so glad I did. Miss American Coed cares about you as a girl. I’m so used to a high stress environment when competing and this wasn’t one of those pageants. I had time to build amazing bonds with my sister queens and staff while keeping my focus on my goals and personal growth.
Congratulations on placing First Runner-Up at Nationals. What thoughts were going through your head when you heard your name called out?
“Where do I go again?” I got what I dreamed of when I was called for the personality award. It’s an award given to the girl who was the most helpful, friendly and fun to be around and is voted on by the other girls. My sisters are the real judges and I’m honored to have walked away with that. Just hearing my name for Top 15 made me cry. Then hearing it for First Runner-Up, I was shocked. I’ve never been so happy yet glad for waterproof makeup.
What is CO-ED? Why should girls and young women like yourself enter?
This is the most asked question I’ve received while representing this system. First off, THERE ARE NO BOYS. When the word coed is used as a noun it is referring to a female attending a college or university that educates both sexes. In 1983, when MAC was founded, they only held pageants for college bound girls. Today Miss American Coed is a pageant for today’s girl. To bring them up in a safe wholesome environment to grow into an empowered, strong, well-spoken young woman. It’s not your typical pageant, especially at nationals. They have a very family oriented program. Lastly, ANY girl can succeed in this pageant, despite your differences. I was welcomed in with my blindness and no hair (caused by an autoimmune disorder) and was never looked at differently. That’s something I value a lot.
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
Ran in my gown up to my make up artists room and screamed. Shout out to Lucia Arseni for making me look amazing and for all of the fun conversations. I ended up watching the JR teen pageant stream in her room while shopping for dresses for next year.
I am a huge fan of your evening gown! You looked very beautiful. Who designed your gown and was it love at first sight?
It’s a Sherri Hill. I have an addiction with her designs as every other girl does. It was most definitely love at first sight. I wasn’t intending on buying a dress the night I went out looking but I walked out broke and beaming.
What was your favorite moment at the national pageant? Was it meeting the other contestants, going to Disney World…what did you enjoy the most?
My favorite part would have to have been talking with the other girls during rehearsal (I promise we were listening, Miss Robin!). I loved the little moments where we were able to build relationships that will last for years.
Do you consider yourself to be a role model to other young girls who are also dealing with or going through similar issues? What advice would you give to someone who wanted to compete in pageants?
Embrace what makes you different. Three weeks before nationals I shaved my head to begin treatment for Alopecia while also having the hurdle of not being able to see. I had a choice let these things stand in my way or face them head on. You can’t let things like a disability, birthmark, hair loss, anxiety, a spray tan gone wrong, acne, or anything else stand in your way. You can do anything. I do see myself as a role model. I put myself out there with the hopes of impacting people’s views on differences. Your beauty within matters more than how you look on the outside.
Who are your heroes?
One of my heroes is Rachel Scott. She was a victim of the Columbine school shooting. How she lived her faith out loud and showed kindness in her actions is something I admire a lot. One of the quotes for her journal, which was published after her murder is “People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” Which is something I try to remember throughout life.
What should every young woman try at least once in her life?
Keeping a journal consistently. It’s a great way to clear your mind, let things go and see how far you’ve grown. I love looking back to see how life has changed.
Who is your celebrity crush?
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
When people set their cell phone down without turning it off and then wonder why the battery is run down.
What’s do you like most about the holidays?
Packing shoebox gifts with Operation Christmas Child. The gifts are sent to third world countries and given to children with the true story of Christmas. It’s something I look forward to every year.
Describe yourself in two words?
Loving and bubbly
What makes you laugh?
Kids. If I am having a bad day, I go find some children. They say the funniest things and can always bring a smile to my face. Plus who doesn’t love having a miniature human run and give you a hug.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
My chunky knit tan cardigan from forever21 with my favorite legging from LuLaRoe. It’s like getting a hug all day long.
What is one item you can’t live without?
My planner. I have enough trouble keeping my head on straight with everything I do. If I didn’t have my planner I would be in trouble.
For more information on the Miss American Coed Pageants please visit: https://www.macpageants.org