PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Miss Indiana United States 2017 Courtney Mason
Introduction: Courtney Mason was raised with a passion. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois she admired her family’s love for all things beauty. Her favorite childhood memories involve greeting clients at her grandfather’s salon. Mason moved to the Hoosier State at age 8 . Courtney is a go getter and spends most 25 percent of her time meeting with community influencers, 50 percent planning events, and 25 percent admiring her puppies Malibu and Gemini.
How did you get involved in pageants?
I got involved in pageants during a very scary time in my life. I didn’t have a sense of direction but I knew I had to make a difference somehow in this world. I started pageantry with an ambassador title for suicide prevention , and then found my home with American Royal Beauties. I love community service so Miss United States was the next natural step for me to pursue!
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss United States?
I think the definition of passion get misconstrued a lot. For me, passion is taking responsibility for your place in this world. As a titleholder I get to use stories from not only myself but the community about how they exhibited an unhealthy passion and turned it around. There is no greater reward than seeing a 180 turn in someone who went from worst to a brand new better version of themselves. Healthy passion fuels hearts, minds, and bodies and I want everyone to feel that.
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
I’m looking forward to all the people I will meet. My goal is to plant the seed for others to start their own philanthropic movements. How cool is it that by the time I pass the crown to the next woman we will have a nation powered by influences of healthy passion?
Tell us about your platform?
My platform is Dress Against Dating Abuse. DADA was founded after my 2 year relationship with an opiate addict. I spent this time living in fear from emotional trauma and physical threats. Sadly, my story is not unique. This happens to women nationwide and women ages 16-24 actually experience triple the national average in dating violence. Dress Against teams up with non profit organizations such as the One Love foundation to raise money and educate the community on dating violence prevention. Since our start in November 2017 we’ve more than quintupled our influence. We hold fashion shows, resale events, and self esteem workshops quarterly.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country.
If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
First of all you should come down for the next DADA event. Right outside of my hometown is where I went to highschool. I would need to take you there. The MCJROTC cadets are some of the major sponsors and volunteers for my organization. The Portage High School stage would be our second stop. Here is where I got my start and I will forever consider it my home. I’ve actually sat in every chair in that auditorium. Headed back to Valpo, dinner at my favorite restaurant, La Cabana would be a must! I always have a sweet tooth so introducing you to local bakery: Designer Desserts would be a life changing experience. I suggest the dark chocolate sea salt caramel cupcake.
What are you looking forward to the most at Miss United States?
I am looking forward to meeting all of the ladies in my sisterhood. Seriously, everytime I see an announcement I immediately go to their page, add them, and send them a happy coronation note. There’s something pretty powerful about a group of influential women ready to take on anything. First Orlando, then the nation.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
My advice would be to remember that sense of wonder you have at your first experience. When you’re a newbie there is a certain spark that we tend to lose in our pageant career. DON’T. Chances are you are truly being yourself the first time you see a judge’s panel. Be nice and make friends.
Who are your heroes?
My hero is Lin Manuel Miranda. Lin has this god given gift to take someone’s story and turn it into a worldwide phenomenon. I aim to do the same. Whenever I hear someone’s story a million ideas go through my head on how they can make a positive impact on the world.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Chihuahuas are a girl’s best friend. Every woman should live alone for a short amount of time with her pooch. My two babies Malibu and Gemini saved my life multiple times. I don’t know where I’d be without their love.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received comes from Lin Manuel Miranda’s twitter. “They’re gonna laugh. That’s okay. Keep writing.” I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve had someone laugh in my face for something I was passionate about. You have to keep going. You have to have a mission bigger than yourself.
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is not being willing to work on yourself. It breaks my heart when I see someone who has great potential and portrays themselves negatively.
Describe yourself in two words?
Fan Girl. I’m a cheerleader for so many causes and people
What makes you laugh?
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
I believe everything can be jazzed up. My grey cardigans keep me warm and are easily dressed up with a fun bright accessory,
What is one item you can’t live without?
I cannot live without a camera. Life is precious. Take pictures. Cherish memories.
Follow Courtney on social media:
Instagram – c_mazy05
Twitter – c_mazy
Facebook – Miss Indiana United States