With only eight days until the launch of The Queen Next Store, I’ve been a little busy, but we’re back with our Titleholder Spotlights! This week, we’re shining a light on the achievements of Danielle Hardy.
“When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama
Danielle is the 2019 Royal International Ms. Maryland. This 25 year-old is from Waldorf, Maryland. In the past, she has held the titles of 2015 National American Miss Maryland and 2014 National American Miss Clinton. She loves Beyconce’s concerts and cookie dough, and was once a guest co-host on the national daytime talk show, The Real! How amazing is that?
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Take it away, Danielle!
I started competing in pageants at age 3. I entered my first pageant at age 3 in a local Maryland pageant and won! I have always loved pageantry, but I took a break from it until I was 14 years old to focus on other extra-curricular activities, such as piano, violin, and dance. I decided to get back involved in pageantry again because of my love of public speaking. Pageantry has given me an incredible platform to hone my public speaking skills through personal introduction and spokesmodel categories. I have always LOVED fashion, so I absolutely love the formal wear and casual wear competitions.
My favorite thing about competing in pageants is the opportunity to develop the skills that I’ve gained and refined through competing, such as public speaking and interviewing. Growing up, I was a little shy and competing in pageants really increased my confidence in public speaking in front of small and large crowds. Competition categories, such as personal introduction, enabled me to become more comfortable speaking about myself and what I am passionate about in front of crowds. Interviewing with the judges has allowed me to learn how to communicate my passions in a different way as well as gain practical job interview skills. As a recent law school graduate, I have interviewed with hundreds of top employers in the entertainment industry for internships and jobs. Because of the skills I have gained through competing in pageants, I am able to compose myself and fully explain why I am a great job candidate in job interviews.
My favorite pageant memory is spending time and bonding with my mom! My mom comes to every pageant. She and I go shopping together for all of my gowns and competition outfits. Because we’re so close, she knows me and my style very well, so I completely trust her judgment in choosing my pageant wardrobe and we love shopping together. My mom is my best friend and she is super supportive. When I am on stage, I always look out in the crowd for her smiling face and I know that I can do anything.
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I love The Queen Next Door because it is a positive platform for pageantry. In a world of social media, it’s easy for the perception of pageantry to be negative or misinterpreted because of the narrative that is often shared. I love The Queen Next Door because it always highlights pageant queens doing amazing and positive things in their communities. As a queen, it’s important to have a sisterhood and lift each other up even when others are not. The Queen Next Door is awesome!
This intelligent, loyal, and creative queen will be competing for the title of Royal International Ms. this July! The Queen Next Door can’t wait to cheer her on all week in Orlando, Florida. It’s not too late to sign up for 2019 Royal International Miss Internationals! Royal International Miss is a great system for first-timers and pageant pros. Read more about the system here.
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