To me, having a title, crown and sash means being given an important job with unique responsibilities and opportunities. I have never viewed a crown as a beautiful accessory; instead, I see it as my chance for a microphone, light and message. It is a chance to touch people’s lives and to expand my future and the future of those around me.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen, Jessica Hopper Miss Indiana US Supranational 2017 and Miss Congeniality U.S. Supranational 2017.
Full name: Jessica Marie Hopper
Title/Year: Miss Indiana U.S. Supranational 2017 and Miss
Congeniality U.S. Supranational 2017
Pageant System: Miss U.S. Supranational
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Hobbies: Dance, teaching children dance, singing, modeling, cake decorating, public speaking, personal fitness, acting, smiling and pageants:)
Platform: Healing the heart of a trauma child and promoting being a Foster parent.
Years competed: 2011, 2013, 2017… and will be 2018!
Countries visited: Brazil and Canada
Likes: Working out, sparkles, crowns, the arts, smiling, my
community, pink and I love Tomatoes!
Dislikes: Dishonesty, preservatives, slow drivers.
Status: In a Relationship
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a woman who had the amazing experience of being born and raised in the state of Indiana. I am originally from a very small farm community and a town called Remington. I grew up in a community that taught me what it means to selflessly give of myself for others and genuinely care and invest in those around me. I am the oldest of
5 children and was raised by parents who taught me that hard work and perseverance will get you to your goals. I spent my K-12th school years being homeschooled and then attended Anderson University for my bachelor’s degree. I graduated with being on the
Dean’s List almost every year and was extremely involved on campus. I was involved and a part of Phi Lambda Sigma, Alumni officer for Phi Lambda Sigma, Student government, Senate Chair for SGA, Dance Team, College Mentor for kids, Student Peace initiative, Mr. AU choreographer and escort lesion. I graduated with a degree in
Psychology, a focus in Interpersonal Relationships, minor in Family Science and a minor in Dance Performance. I now work for a company called ResCare Youth Services. I am a community specialist, behavioral specialist, and the medically fragile lead. As you saw my platform above is in regards to foster parents and trauma children. I live and serve my platform every day I go to work and it has been an extremely rewarding and life changing experience. I love going to work and knowing that I am directly making a positive impact in people’s lives every day.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I competed in my local county queen pageant in 2011 and 2013. After placing in 2013, I decided to focus on my education. After graduating from college, I decided to compete in Miss U.S. Supranational. Since competing in the Miss U.S. Supranational pageant, my life has been a whirlwind. When I walked off the stage that night with the National Title of Miss Congeniality, everything changed. My swim suit photo went viral, modeling opportunities soared and I was advised to keep on competing. Therefore I will be competing in Miss U.S. International in 2018 and have been selected as a semi- finalist to compete at Miss Indiana USA in October 2017.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I have always loved being on stage, whether it was for theater, a dance performance, or when I competed in public speaking competitions. I had also competed in 4-H Fashion Revue’s for 10 years and found that pageants were very similar to modeling clothing and walking on stage. Therefore, feeling like fashion revue was similar to our local pageants, I decided to compete! And of course, I feel in love with it!
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
Since the 2013 local pageant I placed in, someone who worked for the Miss America organization saw me. She approached me when I was making an appearance in my county and told me that I had a presence and beauty that belonged on stage and in pageants. She asked me if I had considered competing in other pageants. At this time I told her that I was focusing on my education and was much too busy with school and my involvement there to compete. This woman didn’t give up though. She kept in touch with me, and encouraged me to compete. She would always say “Please, just try it, I think you can win. You have everything they want.” We finally came to the agreement that she could send pageant opportunities my way and if I had the time I would compete. So she would send me pageant opportunities often. Finally, she sent me information to look into competing in the Miss U.S. Supranational pageant. Graduating from college, I finally agreed that it was time to follow this dream of mine. Therefore, I applied and the rest was history. Now I am a full pledged pageant girl.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Emphasizing beauty and style, the Miss U.S. Supranational National Pageant is a personal development opportunity for young ladies of the United States of America. The delegates who become part of the Miss U.S. Supranational National Pageant gain confidence and poise in an increasingly competitive world. The pageant affords each delegate the opportunity to grow and advance her personal goals while acting as a role model in her community.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Delegates compete and are being judged in Evening Gown, Swimsuit, and participate in an interview.
World Class Beauty Queens: How was your experience during the competition.
My experience was beyond memorable and life changing! The pageant had great queen events each evening of the week which made it easier to get to know the other State delegates. One of the most rewarding queen events was when all of the delegates went to Disney Springs! I think what really set this pageant a part for me, was the fact that I made so many life lasting friendships while I was there. The women present at the competition were beyond words. They were genuine, ambitious, and beautiful. I speak with many of the girls regularly and miss them greatly! I came home from the competition feeling like I had won more than a National title of Miss Congeniality U.S. Supranational, but friends who would be with me forever.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have been traveling literally all over the state of Indiana as the state title holder. I attended Lilly’s Cancer fundraiser event, Indy Fringe, Volunteered in the community building at Jasper County, Motorcycles on Meridian/ Downtown Indianapolis City event, Indiana State Fair, Lebanon 4 th of July Festival, Water Tower Days Festival, Little Cousin Jasper, judge for the little Prince and Princess for the Apple popcorn Fesitval, Goodland Little 500 hundred, and many many many parades! I also have several events and appearances lined up for the upcoming months.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Some of my achievements not mentioned already are being a 4 time Grand Champion Cake Decorator, Grand champion public speaker, Grand Champion Fashion revue model, 2 nd runner up state public speaker, Elected Sophomore Senate representative, Elected Senate Chair at Anderson University 2 years, the first person ever a Anderson University to be a nominee for homecoming court all 4 years of attendance, homecoming court, Mr. AU Escort 2 years, Mr. AU choreographer, 3 time word of life scholarship holder, Grand Champion Culinary winner, Interpersonal Trainer for class two semesters. I was also at the Teens Involved competition I won and qualified for Nationals for public speaking, vocal soloist, small vocal group, drama, creative writing poetry, and creative writing prose. Dance teacher Prairie Arts Council summer art camp for three years, choreographer and dance teacher for Fendig Summer Theater. Recently I have been modeling, doing photo shoots and continuing being a pageant queen.
World Class Beauty Queens: How does education plays a role in your life?
Education is extremely important to me. I put in a lot of hard work and dedication into my education. I spent 4 years at Anderson University, being on the Dean’s List and a part of the Psi Chi (International honor Society of Psychology). I also committed to being an Interpersonal Relationships trainer for the Interpersonal Class. I helped train the class Interpersonal Skills for two semesters. I love to learn and therefore filled my college experience with as much as I could with it. I received Bachelors in Psychology, a focus
in Interpersonal Relationships, Minor in Family Science and a Minor in Dance Performance. When I graduated, I wanted to work in my field for a year and then go to Graduate School. I am currently applying to Graduate Programs for Clinical Psychology for the fall of 2018. My goal is to earn a PHD and become a Child Psychologist. Though knowing how much I love to learn, I will probably go back and earn a couple more PHD’s when I can.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your evening gown?
My evening gown for the national pageant was actually purchased at Windsor. It was a Rose Gold, sparkly dress that I fell in love with the first time I tried it on. It complimented my personality, style, and body extremely well.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
My on stage strategy is for sure letting the judges see my personality in the way I walk and smile. I don’t’ keep the same expression. I don’t want to judges to get bored with me. I show confidence, sweetness, and boldness all in the same walk. I think it is important for the judges to see you… and there is more to a girl then just one look or expression. I believe that they see this when they see the way I smile, present myself on stage, and capture the audience.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
There are two parts of an answer to this question for me. First, I work for every pageant I am in. I work extremely hard to support myself to pay for pageants and competitions, sometimes barely making it. I have to say no to pageants that I want to do all the time because of the cost. I believe because I work so hard just to earn the opportunity to compete, I value you it so much more. Second, What makes me most unique is my ability to persevere through anything set before me. My parents have always labeled me as the
“Golden Child.”Ever since I was little, they would tell me that whatever I touched seemed to turn to gold.They said this because I had many challenges growing up that I shouldn’t have been able to overcome, but I did. This spurred my passion and drive to never give up on my goals, no matter how hard it might become for me.If I set my mind to something, whether it is following a dream or helping someone in need, I don’t stop until that goal is met. I have this rare perseverant ability that allows me to inspire others,
accept challenges, and set a positive example. Plus, I always smile.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did it feel to hear your name as the winner?
Being my State representative was a huge honor, but when they called my name for Miss Congeniality at the national pageant, I was breathless. I felt like I had just been awarded the most affirming title I could have. I always wanted to leave a positive impact on people’s lives and I felt like when I was awarded that title by being picked by my peers, it was fulfilling what my everyday life is to be. After I heard my name called and received my reward, I couldn’t stop smiling ear to ear for weeks straight. To be honest, I still haven’t stopped smiling. I think about the moment when I heard my name over and over. It was a moment I well cherish forever. I felt honored and truly blessed.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does the crown and sash symbolizes to you?
To me, having a title, crown and sash means being given an important job with unique responsibilities and opportunities. I have never viewed a crown as a beautiful accessory; instead, I see it as my chance for a microphone, light and message. It is a chance to
touch people’s lives and to expand my future and the future of those around me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To me, being a beauty queen is more beneficial than just a crown. Instead it can be preparation for another contest, great training for a dream job, a performance, professional interview, or maybe meeting someone who changes your life forever. The benefits of being a beauty queen are endless. Such an honor teaches us what being the best version of ourselves looks like. We gain confidence and communication skills that can help build professional careers.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Pageants are a place where I can train for key roles in society. They make me aware and engage in different social issues and problems. Pageants are here for women like myself to express themselves, educate, and bring hope to others. It’s a chance for women to be positive and active role models in their communities. A place where we can show others what true inner beauty looks like. For me, competing in Pageants build futures.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
The first thought I have is that I feel honored. I spent my life wanting to inspire young women to never give up no matter what life throws in their way. I was a victim of many forms of abuse growing up and I have never wanted another young woman to feel that same pain. Unfortunately, it happens every day and I want to help those young girls heal from the pain and trauma. I want them to look at me and find hope. I want them to see where I am, hear my story, and know that life is what we make it and that they will find their hope as well. I am a living miracle, and want every young woman in this life to know that no matter who they are or what they have faced, they are beyond beautiful and worth fighting for their worth. And I want to help fight for them.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2017/18 as a Queen?
I have many events lined up for the remainder of my reign with this title and in 2017 I will be starting my reign as Miss Indiana U.S. International! Events include, fall festivals, more parades, Foster parent awareness, charity events, Riley Children’s hospital events, and much much more!
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Winning the honor of a crown and sash means having the chance to leave an unforgettable legacy. A chance to show and inspire young girls, who have had rough lives, that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I am a living everyday example of this and I was born for opportunities such as this; presenting myself as a light and hope for others. With or without a crown, my life purpose is to inspire others to follow their dreams. Winning a title and crown just gives me a rare and life changing way to do this. I believe my legacy will live on forever, because I invest in those around me, and those who feel that inspiration pass it on.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Jessica Hopper Miss Indiana US Supranational 2017/ Miss Congeniality U.S. Supranational 2017 for this amazing interview!
Interview by Owner/Editor in Chief Derek Toakrzewski