Ms RI Belleza Latina 2017

Hi guys! I’m happy to be back to my blog. Most of you who follow me on IG know that I was competing for an international tittle in a pageant (Belleza Latina) which led to a few weeks without blogging because I was busy getting ready for nationals. Now that I’m back from Florida and back to my normal schedule, I have so much to blog about and share with all of you. I guess I’ll start telling you guys about my pageant experience.

Photography by: Daniel Gagnon

So first of all let me tell you a little bit about Ms. Belleza Latina International, Inc. It was founded in 2000 by President & CEO, Maria Torres and is based in Troy, MI. Belleza Latina was founded to create Hispanic role models on a local and national level. Back in 2000 they opened up their system for single mothers to participate. The role of family is very important within the Hispanic community and many of those families start out with a single female heading the household. While they certainly are not proposing that young Latina women have children outside of marriage, they recognize this is prevalent in our culture and they want to offer the rewarding and uplifting experience that comes with participating in beauty pageants to women.

Two years ago I competed for the Miss RI Belleza Latina title and I placed 2nd runner up. Not bad at all! Even though it was the first time competing among so many beautiful women, it was not the first time being on stage. That’s probably why I had a great experience and fun even though I didn’t win the title. I learned so much about myself. I gained confidence, friendships and self fulfillment.

Two years later, today I’m Ms. RI Belleza Latina 2017. For me it’s and honor to represent the Latinas in my community and be a role model not just to my daughters but also women/mothers. For the past two-three months I’ve attended community events around my state, I’ve volunteered, helped with donations and I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting so many humble and inspiring people. I remembered being in one of the events and while I was taking pictures all I could hear behind me was a little girl who told her dad “Dad, I want to be like her when I get older”. And it was at that moment when I realized that a pageant a queen not only showcases her beauty but her intelligence and involvement with the community plays a big role. So I do take pride in what I do. Whether I have a crown or not, my goal has always been to inspire.

Nationals Photos by: Davila Photography

My experience at Nationals was one to remember. I’m a huge believer that when you have the opportunity to do what you love, you try to have the best time of your life while doing so and make memories. Let’s face it, nothing in life is easy. I can’t sit here and say that it was perfect since day one. At times I felt frustrated and I lacked energy because of being too tired from work. I wanted to quit a few times but since I’m not a quitter, I kept going and I don’t regret it at all. I had a good time since day one, from practicing the opening number, pajama party, white party, photoshoot and on stage. It was nice meeting the ladies in my category. We talked about our family/kids, we laughed, danced and I have to say that I never saw them as my competition. I feel like that’s the way it should be. You should be your own competition and always remain focused on yourself. I didn’t win the International title, however I placed 3rd runner up and I also won the “Single Mother Award”. So yes! I’m very proud of myself. I don’t regret entering because I challenged myself to step out of the box and again, I gained experience and knowledge. Who knows, maybe I’ll try pageants again in the future. We’ll see! All I know is that there’s no age limit for growth, success and happiness. Follow your dreams even when they seem to be impossible.

 

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Raymond

    August 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    CONGRATS Naty!!!! You are such an inspiration. Your energy and strength exudes nothing but positive motivation. You deserve this win!!! Thank you for being amazing you and sharing your journey. xoxo

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