PAGEANT Talks Presents
Miss Rhode Island United States 2017 Ruth Orevba
Introduction: My name is Ruth Orevba and I am twenty-one years old, Nigerian American activist and model. I was born in London, England to Nigerian diplomats and raised in the United States. I was a competitive cheerleader for four years at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, where my team won multiple regional competitions. I was also Captain of the Track and Field team, leading my team to a National Championship. I am currently a senior earning my degree in Communication Studies while minoring in Leadership Studies at the University of Maryland. I am heavily involved in our Student Government Association, and an Honor Roll student. I recently began a new journey in Cumberland, Rhode Island after accepting an offer to work for Johnson and Johnson supporting CVS Headquarters in Supply Chain Management. Prior to moving to RI, I commuted to and from New York City to build my modeling portfolio and advocacy resume. I have also competed in other pageants such as Miss Maryland USA. I have appeared in local magazines and have been the face of a natural hair extension company. I am also an Alumna of the Ohio Eta chapter of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the first Fraternity for Women. Additionally, I am the Executive Vice President of the Heart Healer Foundation, a non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence. We strive to give from the heart to those in need through fund raising efforts. I am hoping as the next Miss Rhode Island United States, I can continue to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence in Rhode Island and worldwide.
How did you get involved in pageants?
I have always been involved in the modeling industry. I tried out for Miss Maryland USA last year and that was my very first pageant. The girls were absolutely wonderful and caring, which changed my entire perception of the pageant industry. I absolutely enjoyed it that I decided I would like to be more involved and that is what brought me to Miss United States the following year.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss United States?
I love Miss United States because it’s different than the other pageant circuits out there. United States National Pageants is a great representation of all age groups. From Little Miss to Ms. Woman it gives many girls an opportunity to compete. I felt more accepted and comfortable being apart of this organization that some others.
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
Definitely charity work! I am very excited to help out my community in anyway possible and spread awareness about domestic violence. With my platform, domestic violence awareness, I feel as though I have a greater capability to reach the lives of so many people and I am very grateful.
Tell us about your platform?
As Miss Rhode Island United States I would like to use my platform to support the Heart Healer Foundation. The Heart Healer Foundation is an organization that provides services such as counseling, donations, and a supportive community to individuals who have been victims of domestic abuse. This organization is very near and dear to my family because as survivors of domestic violence I have learned that speaking up is a sign of strength. The title of Miss Rhode Island United States is a great representation of empowerment. I can exercise this title to become a role model and encourage other young women and men who have been victims to speak out against domestic violence. I am able to be the voice of the voiceless that feel as though they cannot speak out about their experience. As the youngest members on the board I strive to ensure that we are capable of helping every individual who comes to us for assistance. I feel, as though domestic violence is often a situation that is overlooked, but the lives of the people who are affected are detrimental. I want to continue to provide assistance to these individuals and as Miss Rhode Island United States I believe it will allow me the best opportunity to do so.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country. If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
Newport is absolutely breathtaking especially in the summer. It is filled with a lot of history ranging back to the 1800’s. Newport is the home of the old famous mansions. These mansions are a well-known attraction and range back to the 1800’s. It’s great to be able to tour a piece of Rhode Island’s history. Furthermore, there’s a lot to do such as sailing and boat cruises. In addition the delicious clams and oysters that are caught right by the bay are to die for. Quahog “stuffies” are my absolutely favorite!
What are you looking forward to the most at Miss United States?
I can’t wait to meet all the beautiful and amazing women to learn about their background and culture. Were are all going to be coming from different walks of life and I love getting to know people and learning more about their experiences. I also have never been to Orlando before so this will be a new adventure for me.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in his or her very first pageant?
BE CONFIDENT! Don’t do what you think others want to see because you wont be your natural confident self, and it will show through. Be relaxed, talk a deep breath, and don’t be nervous, everyone there is rooting you on even the judges.
Who are your heroes?
My mom. She is an absolute inspiration to not only me but also everyone else in my family. We have gone through tremendous obstacles in our lives and my mom is always there to pick up the pieces. I remember when I was 16 years old my house burned down and we lost almost everything including hope, but my mom stayed strong and kept our family together.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Try out for a pageant! Before I tried out for my first pageant I was skeptical because of all the stereotypes and criticisms you hear from social media. When I actually complete in the pageant my entire perception completely changed. I was surrounded by the most loving, caring, and intelligent women I have ever met. I was apart of a sisterhood and made lasting friendships. Pageant girls are extremely hardworking and brave because it takes guts to get on that stage.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
This is going to sound cliché but “be yourself”. Growing up I always wanted to be that “cool girl” that everyone adores so I tried to mimic the mean girls I would see on TV shows or movies, and it wasn’t me. Later in life I realized I could only be confident when I am being myself. I can’t pretend to be someone I am not its obvious and shows through especially in the pageant world. I feel more confident when I am being my fun, sociable, and loving self.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
When strangers judge you without even getting to know you yet. I always do my best to keep an open mind and not allow social media or others to cloud my judgment on others. I want to give everyone a fair chance when I meet him or her and take it from there.
Describe yourself in two words?
Altruistic and Resilient
What makes you laugh?
This might sound embarrassing but cat memes and videos on YouTube. They remind me of my pet cat named Chia. She is always running around the apartment and getting herself stuck in between furniture. She is very adorable and loves to play.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Heels! Can’t leave the house without a pair. For every girl who’s over 5’9 and think that they would be “too tall” if they wore heels don’t believe that. Tall girls are beautiful and heels are meant to accentuate our long legs. I am 5’11 and wear heels all the time. Tall women are fearless.
What is one item you can’t live without?
My running shoes! I love going to the gym and taking long runs. It clears my mind of any stress that I may be feeling that day and gives me energy. I love working out and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
Follow Ruth you on social media:
Instagram – @missrius or @ruthorevba
Facebook – @officialmissrhodeisland
Snapchat – @missrius