Full name: Brooke Demetri
Title/Year: Miss Long Island Teen USA 2016
Pageant System: Miss Universe
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Hobbies: Figure Skating, Singing, Performing, Reading, and Cooking
Platform: Mental Health & Eating Disorder Awareness
Years competed: 3
Countries visited: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, South America
Likes: Comforting those in need brings me happiness, which is why I love volunteering at a local hospital. I also like to read inspirational books, cook my favorite foods, and perform my favorite songs.
Dislikes: I do not like when others judge their peers based on stereotypes that pervade society, as I believe that this prevents us from forming a cohesive community and achieving a healthy atmosphere.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I recently graduated high school as a student in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and will be attending the Honors College at the State University of New York at Geneseo in the Fall of 2017. I am excited to pursue my aspirations of becoming a doctor and continue medical volunteer work to help those in need. Additionally, ever since a young age, I have been involved in many musical and theatrical performances. I was honored to sing a solo performance of “America the Beautiful” at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium for five consecutive years, and to be selected to perform in the All-State High School Honor Choir. I was also chosen to perform in the American Choral Directors Association National and Regional Honor Choirs in Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Salt Lake City, & Boston. When I am not singing, I love to pursue other passions, such as figure skating. I am a Junior Nationals figure skating competitor who has been skating for 14 years. My figure skating continues to teach me the importance of motivation and getting back on my feet when I fall, and to challenge me to defy my comfort zone and discover my strengths
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform.
Being crowned Miss Long Island Teen USA 2016 helped me launch my 501c3 non-profit organization, The Healing Hope Project, to educate others about the prevention and severity of eating disorders and importance of mental health. Eating disorders effect about 30 million people today and, although having the highest mortality risk of any mental illness, only 10 % of people are receiving proper treatment and care. The goal of The Healing Hope Project is to spread awareness about the most overlooked illness that is affecting millions today. If you or a family member needs extra support, be sure to follow The Healing Hope Project’s Instagram page (@healinghopeproject) for inspirational posts that aim to alleviate stresses caused by difficult situations, to maintain motivation to recover, and to help you or your loved ones feel not alone. Additional resources can be found at http://www.healinghopeproject.org/
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your volunteering efforts.
I am currently volunteering in the emergency department at a local hospital where I am shadowing doctors and gaining valuable experiences of the hospital’s inner workings and the daily practice of its health care providers. In addition, I have also been involved in many charitable events, including modeling in the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce Food Pantry Fashion Show Food Drive, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC, and assisting in the production of the Miss Exceptional Pageant for special needs children. I have also been involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk, National Eating Disorder Association Walk, and the 9/11 Heroes Memorial 5K Run.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did volunteering helped your life?
I tutor music to an individual who battles autism, and I am so happy that I can transform my personal attachment to singing into a therapeutic mechanism for him. I believe that engaging in my community enriches me as a person by allowing me to broaden my perspective on different aspects of society.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
My first major pageant was the 2015 Miss New York Teen USA pageant. In the summer of 2015, I competed in the Miss Long Island pageant and was crowned Miss Long Island Teen USA 2016. I then represented Long Island at the 2016 Miss New York Teen USA pageant and made top- 15 out of 53 contestants.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The Miss Universe System is the pageant system of the well known televised pageants, Miss USA and Miss Universe, as well as Miss Teen USA. The Miss Universe Organization embraces the motto, “Confidently Beautiful,” and empowers women to connect with their truest selves and engage in humanitarian efforts.
World Class Beauty Queens: What made you decide to compete for your title?
I love to perform on stage and I thought that competing in the Miss Long Island Teen USA pageant would be an amazing experience. Most of all, I wanted to compete for the title because I knew that if I had the honor to be crowned, I could use my title as a microphone to voice about my non-profit organization, The Healing Hope Project, and bring awareness to the importance of mental health in young children, adolescents, and adults.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
During the competition, the contestants are being judged on interview, swimsuit, and evening gown.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I have always watched the Miss USA/Universe pageant with my mother when I was younger and dreamed of competing on stage, so when I was old enough to compete I decided to compete in my first pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I sung a solo performance of “America the Beautiful” at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium for five consecutive years, and was selected to perform in the All-State High School Honor Choir. In addition, I was invited to perform the National Anthem on 9/11 at the Long Island Ducks baseball game, and I traveled to Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia to perform on a music tour. I have also been selected to perform in the American Choral Directors Association National and Regional Honor Choirs in Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Salt Lake City, & Boston. With regard to athletics, I am a two time Junior Nationals figure skating competitor and a United States Figure Skating Gold Medalist who has been skating for 14 years.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of the appearances that you’ve done?
Some appearances include modeling in the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce Food Pantry Fashion Show Food Drive, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC, and assisting in the production of the Miss Exceptional Pageant for special needs children. Additionally, I also made appearances at the Long Island Heart Walk, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk, National Eating Disorder Association Walk, and the 9/11 Heroes Memorial 5K Run.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any acting or modeling achievements?
I am very active in theatre performances, and some musicals/plays I have been in “Annie,” “Rent,” “Grease,” “Oliver,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music,” & “The Music Man.”
World Class Beauty Queens: How does education plays a role in your life?
As a high school graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, education plays such an important role in my life. I believe that knowledge is power, and with knowledge one can achieve her/his dreams; no matter what they may be. As an aspiring doctor, education continues to be such an integral part of my life. My love for learning and acquiring new knowledge grows everyday.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your evening gown?
My evening gown for the New York State pageant reminds me of a Greek goddess: it is cream colored with a rhinestone back and a gathering trunk.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I think just being yourself is the best way to present yourself to the judges. The judges can tell when you are trying to conform to a certain standard, so my best advice is to be true to yourself and then you will shine.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I think every girl is unique in their own beautiful way, and one of my characteristics could stand out to someone while not stand out to another. I have been described by many people as an “old soul,” as I am a deep thinker and love to discuss profound philosophical questions.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did it feel to hear your name as the winner?
In the moment, I was in shock. It felt as if all of a sudden, I was being crowed and sashed by the previous queen. It took me a minute for everything to register in my mind that I was the new Miss Long Island Teen USA. When I realized this to be true, I was so excited and honored to be given this opportunity to represent Long Island. I remember running to by mother and giving her the biggest hug. There were many tears of joy.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does the crown and sash symbolizes to you?
For me, the crown and sash symbolizes responsibility and empowerment. To wear the Miss Long Island Teen USA crown and sash is an honor, and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to give back to my community, voice my platform, and represent the beautiful and magnificent Long Island.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
For me, being a Beauty Queen comes with many responsibilities because I am a role model not only for young women, but for everyone. I have a role to carry myself with grace and humbled confidence and inspire others to be the best they can be.
World Class Beauty Queens: Competing in pageants its not always easy. What were some of your obstacles and how did you overcame them?
One of my biggest obstacles when I competed in the pageant was myself; that is, there were some times when I started to doubt myself. However, I overcame my fear by just believing in myself and enjoying every moment when I was on stage. Confidence allows your smile to shine genuinely.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants allowed me to connect with my body and embrace my uniqueness as an individual, which helped me gain more self-confidence. Additionally, preparing for the interview portion and onstage question of the pageant helped me increase my public speaking and communication skills, which inevitably made me more comfortable in giving oral presentations to an audience.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I am honored to be role model for others and it brings me so much happiness that I can be that person others look up to. In fact, the inspiration is mutual, as other girls also inspire me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2017/18 as a Queen?
As of now, I am unclear of my plans as a Queen for 2017/18.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want others to remember the importance of living life to the fullest by engaging in things that make them happy. I want to emphasize that happiness is what drives motivation to work hard to achieve dreams, and although life obstacles may temporarily hinder your ability to see the future, as long as you continue to believe in yourself, you can do it. For those who are going through difficult times, I hope I left footprints that etched frameworks of strength and hope for recovery for them to follow.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thnank you to amazing Queen, Brooke Demetri Miss Long Island Teen USA 2016 for this amazing interview.