Bio: I remember finishing my first Miss America local competition and feeling like I had finally found where I belong. It wasn’t just about how I looked or how pretty my outfit was. Miss America cared about what was inside my head and genuinely wanted to hear what I had to say. That was, and continues to be, so validating for me as an intellectual. We still have the glamour and the tradition, but we also have some of the most accomplished, well-rounded women in the nation speaking their truth and actively making a difference in the world. There is nowhere else I’d rather be.