Miss Florida Teen All American
CORRECTION: I wrote the post below before I discovered that she had been Miss Florida Teen All American a couple of years ago. Because they enter each year, these girls may lose the title one year and regain it the next. The really confusing part is, there are so many pageants I don't know how anyone can remember who has what title.
I recently had the business opportunity to meet for a couple hours with one of the recent runners up for Miss Florida Teen. Michelle was kind enough to watch the kids. Since our kids get along so great (what a blessing) it was easier for her (I hope). While they were off shopping for Halloween costumes, I was meeting with this debutante. Isn't she lovely?
What surprised me was how genuine she was. She is not a snob (her mother is the most down-to-earth person that I've met in a long time) and she is very bright and artistic.
Because of where life has taken me, I've met many models and celebs in my lifetime, and some can be annoyingly self-centered. The ones that are genuine get there because they are driven to succeed. It's not exactly an ego-thing. It's more of this constant itch to top whatever you did last time.
This girl has the itch. I think she'll go far.