PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Miss Kentucky United States 2017 Stephanie Ramos
How did you get involved in pageants?
I was really never into pageants growing up, and didn’t start competing until I was 17 years old. The reason why I had gotten into pageants was because during my senior year of high school I was severely cyber bullied. It was so bad that there was a point when I didn’t want to leave my house. I had no self-confidence; I didn’t want to go back to school. And one random afternoon, we had got a letter in the mail saying that I was recommended to do a pageant from an anonymous person. I had no clue what pageants were but everywhere on the letter it said it was a great opportunity for girls to gain self-esteem. At that point my mother was desperate for me to try anything that would regain my happiness and confidence, so she entered me and every since I fell in love with pageants. I always tell everyone I meet, that pageantry saved my life.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss Kentucky United States?
The Miss United States organization empowers women and embraces diversity. The look for strong powerful women, who can be a role model to young girls and who has a servant’s heart. It had always been a dream of mine to able to represent this organization and because of how different it is from all the other pageants, and what it represents is the reason why I decided to compete.
When you heard your name called and put on that sash what emotions or thought were going through your head?
This was my third year competing for the title and for the last two years I had been first runner up. So when I finally heard my name called I couldn’t believe that it, if you watch my crowning you can see that I barely had the strength to get up and get crowned. I believe in the Lord’s timing, which is why I continued to keep trying and didn’t give up. And his timing was perfect because I got crowned on my actual birthday!!
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
The pageant had ended late, so I didn’t really get to celebrate. I own a dance studio, so after I had got crowned I drove two and a half hours back home and got ready for work the next morning.
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
I just can’t wait to promote my platform “Stop The Hate Before It’s Too Late” Preventing Cyber bullying and to meet and inspire as many people as I possibly can!
Tell us about your platform?
In 2011, I became a victim of Cyber-bullying, from that point on I knew that it was my purpose to create a voice for those who have been Cyber-bullied. Through pageantry, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to shine a light on the consequences of bullying in general. During my year as Miss Kentucky United States I will continue to be a voice for those who have been not only cyber bullied, but bullied as well.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country. If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
I am from Danville KY, and Danville is known as “the city of firsts” so I would take you to the Constitution Square Historic Site, which is a park and open-air museum that show cases Kentucky’s first post office, jail and courthouse.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
Trust your gut and be yourself, many times we get caught up in thinking “what do the judges want”, that we change who we are in the process in order to please them, but in reality all the judges want is a girl who is authentic.
Who are your heroes?
The biggest heroes in my life are God and my parents. Both give me inspire me and give me the strength to continue to work hard, and set/achieve new goals.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
A pageant! If it wasn’t for pageantry I wouldn’t be able to speak in front of crowds, have had the courage to open a business at 21 years old and most importantly given me the confidence that I have today!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
My mom has always told me “Don’t wait for it to happen, go make it happen”.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
Speaking to someone who is not making eye contact with you.
Describe yourself in two words?
Tenacious and Loving
What makes you laugh?
I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters, who are constantly cracking jokes at each other!
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
My Victoria Secret workout leggings!
What is one item you can’t live without?
Follow Stephanie on Social Media!
Instagram – @misskentuckyus17
Facebook – Miss Kentucky United States 2017