If you are selected as the winner you will be a symbol to young women and girls. What would you tell them?
“I would tell them to have their own personality, to always try to stand with both feet on the floor. That’s most important – to always stand with both feet on the floor, to try to make other people happy, and to help.” — Yvonne Ryding, Miss Universe
If you are Miss World, what would you like to achieve?
“I don’t know. I am only eighteen. I just think if you are beautiful, you can achieve anything! — Linor Abargil, Miss World
What would you like to do this year?
“What I would like to do is to increase awareness about domestic violence in the news. The American Medical Association recently stated in the news that domestic battering of women is the major cause of injury to women in the United States today. This is an important topic that we need to focus on. We recognize child abuse. We recognize animal abuse and other types of abuse. I would like to increase awareness of that, speak to groups, legislatures, and anyone who has influence in aiding battered women in any particular way.” — Marjorie Vincent, Miss America
What would you like to do this year?
“I would like to encourage more young women in the academic areas to enter this pageant. I feel that a lot of times, that intellectual people and young women of our communities feel that this is a beauty pageant and I would like to convey a message that it is not. The other thing I would like to focus on is education. I feel that is the most important thing that we can we can teach our children.” — Gretchen Carlson, Miss America
In terms of voicing your opinions this what would you like to do this year?
“I hope that there are a lot of press conferences because I would like to make my views know. I hope I get a chance to speak in front of audiences a great deal, and I hope I get a lot of exposure for my songs. But more importantly, I want people to know how valuable the Miss America program is. I want young women my age to know and to become involved in the program. I’d like to be a spokeswoman for the program.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
Do you have any idea what you would do with the winner’s money?
“I would invest some of it, and I’m sure I’d have to spend quite a bit of it during my reign.” — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
What would you hope to leave as your legacy?
“I just want to show people that a Miss America is a real person. That she has feelings, that she is a warm person. I would want to make people feel comfortable, and at the same time, inform them about the pageant program.” — Elizabeth Ward, Miss America 1982
Why you wanted to be Miss Universe?
“Well, I am a from a small town in South Carolina, and being on a student’s budget, I didn’t have much chance to travel. My father was in the Air Force and did most of his traveling before I was born. I would love to see the world and all the peoples and cultures that are included in it. And I think that without the opportunity to be in Miss Universe, I would have never been able to see the many countries that are opening up to me now.” — Shawn Weatherly, Miss Universe
What does this title mean to you?
“Mrs. America is someone who reaches out to her community either as a professional or a private citizen. She’s aware of the world around her and takes an active role in it. All that is done within the framework of providing love and security for her husband and family. I think this picture represents a large segment of the public and I’m hoping that my title and what it represents will reach not only my community, but the entire country. For me, the Mrs. America title is not a stepping stone to a glamorous acting career or anything in that vein. I see myself as representing a kind of Miss America PLUS all that is part of a married woman’s life – home, family, children, career.” — Cindy Roberts, Mrs. America
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