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Interview with Miss Vermont, Lucy Edwards: Being a role model to younger women

April 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I am the current Miss Vermont. I’m taking time off of school right now to serve the state, and promote the four points of the Miss America Organization- scholarship, success, style, and service.

 

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

Well, I’ll be Miss Vermont for the next six months, using my title to talk about the things that matter to me. I’m really looking forward to working with Mental Fitness to talk about body image, self-esteem, mindfulness, and stress management, as these are topics that I’ve always taken an interest in.

 

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

The Miss America Organization does a fabulous job of making a healthy lifestyle the highest priority, especially in the “swimsuit” competition. There is, however, obviously pressure associated with a pageant. What gets me through it is thinking about the young women who look up to us. We have the power to change the conversation about our bodies. Whenever I want to think or say something negative about my body, I remember that there are little girls watching and listening to my every move.

Miss America Gown Photo

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you? Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

To me, bullying is almost always the sign of the bully’s own insecurities. I’ve gotten much better at not taking other peoples’ petty insults personally. When I was at Miss America, a picture was posted of me on Facebook. I had no makeup on, and my hair was set in curlers. Several people made rude comments about my appearance, and how I “wasn’t pretty” without makeup on. Instead of getting defensive, I made a joke about it. That’s how I handle that kind of situation. There’s no use getting upset about people who want to be negative no matter what. It’s not my problem, it’s theirs.

 

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc. and what it is about the mission of Mental Fitness that speaks to you?

Mental Fitness’ mission focuses on what a lot of young women in my industry deal with every day, and I’ve been searching for an organization to work with that makes healthy body image, and stress management a priority.

 

Who were the role models in your life?

My mom has always been a strong role model for me, especially concerning body image, self-esteem, and wellness. She’s great at positive self-talk, and that’s a skill she’s tried share with me.

 

What do you define as beautiful?

One of my favorite quotes is as follows, “Pretty is nice, it’s fine. Pretty can turn heads. But beauty? Beauty can change the world. Pretty is what you are, beauty is what you do with it. Pretty lifts spirits. Beauty makes them soar. So smile. Be bold. Show your beauty. Because when you put pretty into action, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

 

How do you define inner beauty?

Inner beauty is what makes you, you. And that’s different for everyone.

 

What is happiness?

You should watch my “What is real beauty?” video to find out!

 

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/about/the-real-deal-pledge/)

I would love to! I’ve actually taken a pledge like this before, and it was harder than I expected. I couldn’t use the word “fat,” or any other negative words to describe my body, for an entire week.

 

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?
I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness. Music is definitely a coping tool for me, but I’ve also been practicing yoga and meditation too. I’ve actually seen an improvement in my stress levels (and an actual decrease in my blood pressure).

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How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

The key to balance, and this is a hard one for me, is to make yourself a priority sometimes. I find that I can handle having too many things to juggle if I take a deep breath, and figure out what my priorities have to be, and ask for help when I have to.

 

 

Bio: Lucy Edwards is the current Miss Vermont. She was the S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, and math) scholarship award winner at Miss America. Lucy is a junior studying neuroscience at the University of Vermont.

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