On July 22, I competed in the Miss North Carolina/Miss South Carolina U.S. International and Supranational pageant, here in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm very thankful to report I walked away with the Miss North Carolina U.S. International crown, but I couldn't have done it without all of my South Carolina friends and new North Carolina friends!
Delegates are judged in the following categories: Private Interview 33%; Swimwear / Fitness 33%;
Evening Gown 34%; Each delegate responded to 1 on-stage question and that score was added to the Interview score.
My interview flew by! I sat down for two minutes with two of the judges for a quick Q&A, and then moved over to the other three judges for the second two minutes. It was a fun, light-hearted conversation. After interview, we prepared for the pageant to start.
After a short wait, it was showtime! We lined up in the back of the auditorium as the lights went down. The music starts, we make our grand entrance onto the stage.... and the emcees forget to introduce us. Oopsies!
We rolled with the punches and after the Miss North American Beauty (sister pageant) competition concluded, it was time for the U.S. International and U.S. Supranational competition to begin with on-stage questions. My on-stage question was a blur but it was about social media and relationships.
Swimsuit/Fitness was up next. We raced to the dressing rooms to change into our swimwear, quickly sprayed on some butt glue (yes, it's a real thing), tucked everything into place and backstage we went! I personally felt more prepared than ever thanks to my trainer, Andrea. We really worked hard on arms and core in the months leading up to the pageant. I also did a month unlimited at pure barre in the final 30 days, to really tone my body.
The last phase of competition was evening gown. Evening gown is where you really get to showcase everything you've worked so hard for. While I don't feel it was my best performance ever, I do LOVE my gown (thanks Pixton for jazzing it up!) and hearing my family and friends cheering really made the moment even more spectacular.
Finally, it was time for crowning. They called the runners-up first, and when they didn't call my name I had a nervous relief wash over me. "And your Miss North Carolina U.S. International is.... Emily Sapier!!!" I was beaming as I stepped forward for crowning and had I not been so tired and hungry, I would have totally cried. I've been working so hard for a state title and it was finally mine. After photos, we signed our titleholder agreements, got showered with gifts(!!!) and I (finally) made it to our dinner reservation an hour late... It's been a total whirlwind since then! I'm so thrilled to be able to represent North Carolina on a national level in June 2018, and for the fun year ahead.
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