Are you pretty?
Well, I’ve been told that I am.”
Are you PRETTY?
“Well, I feel very secure.”
Are you pretty?
“Okay, Yes.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Where have you found the strength to deal with adversities in your life?
“From a very young age I had to be independent and I am a very strong person. I just knew that I had to deal with things and that if I was going to be anything in my life, it was up to me. I’m a firm believer that your attitude determines your altitude. I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today unless I went through what I’ve been through.” — Sharon Beldon, Miss World-America
Do you have any bad habits? Do you get into any temptations? Are you impatient with people, for example?
“I don’t think I’m impatient. I’d like to believe I have a great deal of patience. But the person I would be most impatient with is myself. I am a perfectionist, I’m a Virgo. That’s one of characteristics or Virgos. They are perfectionists. They are very critical of themselves.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
What is your grade point average?
“I had straight As all the way through junior high and was valedictorian of my graduating class. I went on to Stanford, and Oxford, also, in England. My cumulative grade point average is 3.6.” — Gretchen Carlson, Miss America
What achievement are you the most proud of in your life?
“My children are my proudest achievement. I had three before I finished college, I’ve had seven since then – and I hope to have more! On contest forms, I list my occupation as: ‘Preparing my children to become tomorrow’s leaders.’” — Sandra Earnest, Mrs. USA
Do you color your hair?
“Yes, I do. (Chuckles) In fact, I’ve had many problems with it. Right before my local pageant, I had it just tinted and it did way too much, and, I don’t know, it’ll be a long time before I go through that process again.” — Gretchen Carlson, Miss America
Have you ever had any setbacks in life, any disappointments?
“Ohhhh, have I got a story for you! (Chuckles). When I was applying to colleges, I had picked Williams College. I wanted to go to Williams because it was a traditionalist school. They believe in the distribution requirements, taking science, taking math, doing everything, and being a very well-rounded person. Well, they didn’t accept me at Williams. My principal called up the director of Williams and it was because I only had two years of science and math in high school. I was shattered. I had not applied to any school except Williams. I wanted to go there so badly.” —Tawny Godin, Miss America
Are you a politically-minded person?
“Well, being South African, I have to be.” — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
Tell us about your family heritage:
“I’m a descendant of John Bean, who came to New Hampshire from Scotland in 1661, but his brother Phillip was granted lands in Salem in 1637. We don’t know too much about John or his son, but Joshua, John’s grandson, had 22 children and that’s where the family tree starts. It’s one of the oldest New England families.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
How do you think you are different from other young people your age?
“I’m probably more determined, more ambitious – truly ambitious.” — Susan Akin, Miss America
How did growing up spending so much time out of the country affect you?
“I think it helped me to see the country in a whole different light. I was able to see this country in macroscopic point of view. I had friends from all over the country. My best friends are from New York and California. Therefore, I was able to combine all these different parts and aspects of the United States into one conglomeration and come up with one great America. Now, when I am here in the United States and I see the flag, I stand up straighter, I follow the flag with my whole body. When I hear the Star Spangled Banner, oh…For me, especially being outside the country and then coming back and being so proud of this country, it’s just very emotional for me.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
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