PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Miss Maryland United States 2017 Dominique Davis
Introduction: My name is Dominique Mone’ Davis, I’m 22 years young and I am a junior at the illustrious Morgan State University. I am studying Fashion merchandise, with a minor in business. My hobbies include designing gowns, salsa dancing and traveling. I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, by way of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
How did you get involved in pageants?
I aspire to be a bridal and special occasion’s designer, I’ve made several gowns for clients, but I felt like I really needed a place to showcase my work. One day, I ran across an ad on Facebook for the Miss Maryland USA pageant, and I literally just dove right in! After competing for two years, I’ve turned this timid girl with a passion into this confident, runway model, wearing my gowns as well as others. By far the best transformation I’ve ever made.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss Maryland United States?
I genuinely admire how this system has not lost sight of what is really important. The Miss United states system focuses on education, building your character as an individual and giving back to the community. Ultimately, molding ladies of all ages into someone that others can look up too; which is the true beauty of pageants.
When you heard your name called and put on that sash what emotions or thought were going through your head?
I was diagnosed with Lupus almost a year ago, and focusing on my aspirations, working out, eating healthy, all in preparation for this pageant is the only thing that motivated me to keep striving, so when I heard my name being called I felt relief, and an abundance of emotions. I felt like all of my hard work, pain and tears paid off.
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
I went to the Cheesecake Factory with my family and ordered the biggest burger they had; completely devoured it!
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
Being a positive role model in my community and getting my nonprofit organization off of the ground and running, while educating and inspiring. And let’s not forget about : the glam, wearing beautiful gowns, staying fit, taking gorgeous pictures, let’s be honest, that is so cool!
Tell us about your platform?
My platform focuses on lupus awareness and research; it is very special to me because I am a lupus survivor. I plan on acting as a personal mentor and educator to those that have or know someone coping with this chronic, and sometimes fatal autoimmune disease. Living with Lupus is not easy, but I’m going help those affected realize that though they may have lupus, lupus does not have them.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country. If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
I would take you to Floyd’s which is a Caribbean/soul food restaurant in North Charlotte. Now you can’t eat this every day because it’ll give you high cholesterol, but it’s definitely worth trying at least once.
What are you looking forward to the most at Miss United States?
Making new friends, the warm weather in Orlando and struttin’ my stuff on the runway at nationals. It’s Important to remember that though this is a competition; it’s also a life-changing experience, and I am just grateful to be a part of it.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
The best advice that I can gives it to be prompt, attentive, and whatever you do, do not compare or doubt your skill and beauty. God made us all different for a reason.
Who are your heroes?
I don’t really have heroes. But I do admire Michelle Obama. She is the epitome of an influential woman; caring, intelligent, fashion forwarded, honest and true to herself.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received was to blossom wherever you are planted, everything comes in God’s time and whatever you do or put your mind too you need to commit to it.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
This is going to sound weird but I hate stepping in something wet while I have on socks. It makes me cringe!
Describe yourself in two words?
Resilient and Compassionate.
What makes you laugh?
I get a kick out of children’s movies like Shrek, Shrek is hilarious to me. Definitely one of my favorite movies!
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
I have a beautiful walk In closet, completely decked out with shoes, clothes and every accessories and one thing I will never leave the house without a cute pair of shades. No matter what the forecast is, I’m wearing shades makes me feel like a diva.
What is one item you can’t live without?
My fire stick! I am such a homebody, If I am not occupied, i’m eating honey nut cheerios and watching movies; literally the best invention ever!
Follow Dominique on Social Media!
Instagram – @_dominiquemone
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/missmdus/