Is your platform something you’ve worked with closely over the years?
“Actually, this is not something that I had been working with for a long time. Coming to Miss America, I knew that I had to present the platform issue I wanted to speak out on. I wanted to speak on something that hadn’t received a lot of attention and public awareness. I decided to speak out on battered women because it is such a women’s cause. We recognize child abuse. We recognize animal abuse. But we do not recognize abuse of women. This is something that we need to increase awareness of and increase funding. We need to increase legal protections and, also rehabilitation of the abusive partner.” —Marjorie Vincent, Miss America
Do you plan to continue your platform in your career?
“Yes, absolutely. Once I become a certified attorney, I would like to continue, perhaps volunteering my time as an attorney defending battered women. No matter what career, you are in, there are always opportunities to volunteer.”—Marjorie Vincent, Miss America
Why did you start your foundation?
“I have been blessed with so many opportunities. I founded this organization in hopes of helping young women develop the confidence in themselves to set goals and pursue them.” —Dr. Deborah A. Williams, Mrs. USA
Tell us about the charity foundation you have founded.
“When I won the title of Miss Venezuela, I didn’t want to just have a crown for myself. I wanted to help other people and use that crown to give money and help support people, the poor people who need me. As Miss Venezuela, I meet people who are in important places so I would like to use my position to help others.” — Carmen María Montiel, Miss Venezuela
Can you tell us about your desire to do volunteer work?
“I had a little sister who died when I was in the 10th grade. She was Down’s Syndrome and she loved me and pageants. She would sit in the audience with my family and absolutely loved it. I could see her smiling face if she came in last place — or won. She gave so much to me in the even that she was here with me that I feel like I can give something back to her by helping with the handicapped. I know the love that the need, the attention that they need.” —Susan Akin, Miss America
You are involved in the animal rights movement. Can you tell us about that?
“I’ve always been very, very fond of animals. When I won, I decided that I could use my title in a very good way and help animals with it. The beauty of that cause is that I can really do a lot for them. It’s really good to do something for something that has meant so much to me all my life.” — Patricia Stavin, Miss South Africa
What is the greatest aspect of the Miss _________ program?
“I think it brings out the best in girls. It really does. The girls develop themselves to their fullest potential physically, mentally, in their alertness. It just draws it out of the girls. I can’t really explain why, but it brings out the best in everybody.” — Susan Powell, Miss America 1981
How would you promote the pageant and enhance its image?
”I think the main thing I would do is to promote the program and tell everyone what a good leadership program it is and maybe give them some insights that they don’t have about the pageant.” —Susan Powell, 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
What message would you want to give as Miss Universe?
“I would always like to tell everybody that they should work hard to try to achieve anything that they want to pursue and always to be faithful and keep on working.” — Deborah Carthy-Deu, Miss Universe 1985
Why did you decide to enter this competition?
“The thought of doing something like that never occurred to me before. But my husband and I talked it over with our children – and we decided it would be a good platform to promote what we most believe in: the family, home, and marriage.” —Sandra Earnest, Mrs. USA
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
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