Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Next Miss USA? Haley O'Brien, Miss Minnesota USA

Ready for the Job

Haley O’Brien can hardly believe she really is Miss Minnesota USA. The night she was crowned was a surreal moment for her and she still wears her crown around the house.

The reigning Miss Minnesota USA is not your typical beauty queen. A self-professed nerd who is out to prove that beauty queens can be both beautiful and smart. Not only is she studying to be a doctor but she also finds opportunities to go after her passion of modeling. Haley has modeled for Sherri Hill and had the privilege to model a gorgeous collection of gowns she wishes she could take home. Her ultimate modeling job would to walk 
in the iconic Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

It is evident that a stigma is held that pageant girls are not very smart and have a misconception that it is like Toddlers and Tiaras. A down to earth, sensible woman, Haley is out to prove that titleholders can be just as smart as they are beautiful. She is proud that she enjoys pageantry and not afraid to prove that beauty and brains can go together. Growing up people never thought that she would do pageants because she loved Math and Science, so Haley is determined to break the “dumb pageant girl” stereotype.

Not only is Haley is out to break pageant stereotypes but she is ready to break gender stereotypes as well. Haley has her sights on being a reconstructive facial surgeon and doesn't feel that being in a male profession should determine what you want to do. “Do what you love and it doesn't matter what gender you are, it matters what you are passionate about.”

Miss Minnesota Teen USA

A former Miss Minnesota Teen USA, Haley doesn't feel that’s what won her the Miss crown since the
two pageants are not the same in the level of preparation. She practiced and prepared as much as she could for the Miss Minnesota USA title because she knew the stakes would be even higher. This year marks a record breaking win for former's so Haley is excited to join her 2010 teen sister queens at Miss USA.

Strong is the New Skinny

A social media movement, it focuses on being the best version of you and celebrating a strong healthy, body. Haley strongly supports this movement. The vision is to focus on what is healthy and strong and not be influenced by the messages of body image in the media.

Miss USA

Haley has aspirations of going to med school, so if her plans change and she is crowned Miss USA then she is not going to compromise on either one. She would wait to go to med school and fulfill her duties as Miss USA. Haley knows without a doubt why she wants to be Miss USA. She would be the most dedicated USA, doing whatever it takes to fulfill her duties. She knows what it is like to idolize a Miss USA and what the iconic title signifies. She wants to be a role model who looks gorgeous on a stage who can take off her makeup and sit down with the girls that look up to her.

How does she juggle it all? 

Nicknamed by friends “the energizer bunny” Haley loves to be on the go and takes on a packed schedule head on. She offered some advice on how to be successful: organization is key as well as having confidence in yourself that you can accomplish the things that you set your mind to. Another good tip she gave was to label everything and pick stuff that you love-the gown, the swim suit, everything. If you love your gown, it will show!

Follow Haley’s journey to the crown by following her on Twitter at @RealMissMNUSA and on Facebook at Miss Minnesota USA 2014.

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