Welcome to prestigious international print pageant magazine World Class Beauty Queens Magazine.
Interview with Kevi L. Berger Mrs. MT US Continental 2017.
Although on hiatus from taking cases, I served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) from April 2011 – March 2015. I have been an active volunteer member of the Missoula/Granite County Buckle Up Montana Seatbelt Coalition since October 2013, as I am a 6 time car crash survivor.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Kevi L. Berger Mrs. MT US Continental 2017.
Full name: Kevi L. Berger
Title/Year: Mrs. MT US Continental 2017
Pageant System: US Continental
Zodiac sign: Leo
Hobbies: Reading, volunteering
Platform: Being the Best Me I can Be!
Years competed: 5
Countries visited: 2
Likes: Family, Theme Parks, Food & Fun
Dislikes: Disrespectful or hypocritical people
Status: Happily Married
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
Although born in Washington, I consider myself a Montana native who graduated from Charlo High School in 1991. I completed my AA degree as a Legal Secretary in 1996 and went on to earn a BS in Business Management in 2006. I then completed Middle Manager’s Training and am also a graduate of the Strom Thurmond Leadership Institute (Clemson University. I have worked for the Hospice Care Foundation for the last 10 years and am the CEO of this nonprofit. I was selected by Jake Jabs College of Business Entrepreneurship for the Nonprofit Leadership Project in 2015 as an outstanding Montana Director. I currently reside in Missoula with my husband Eric. We have three children, a grandson and four dogs.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I have competed in online and local pageants since 2012, promoting my personal platform of “Being the best me I can be!” and promoting education on seatbelt and highway safety. Past titles include:
Pageant Gal US – Online Pageant: December 2012
Mrs. Pageant Gal Montana US Lady (2012)
1st Runner Up Mrs. Pageant Gal US Lady (2012)
Pageant Gal America – Online Pageant: June 2013
Mrs. Pageant Gal Montana America (2013 – Lady Division)
Mrs. Lady Pageant Gal America 2013
1st runner up for Pageant Gal International (2013)
America’s SUPER Pageant: Entered September 2013, Nationals in June 2014
Montana’s SUPER Mrs. 2014
1st Runner Up America’s SUPER Mrs.
2nd Runner Up Int’l SUPER Mrs.
Elite Beauty USA – Entered August 2014
Summer Beauties 2014
Elite Beauty of MT (Brilliant Mrs. Division) Also Achievement of Excellence and Interview winner
Elite Beauty USA Winner (Brilliant Mrs. Division) Also: Natural Beauty, Interview & Achievement of Excellence winner
America’s SUPER Pageant: Entered June 2015, Nationals in October 2015
MT SUPER Mrs. 2015
Int’l SUPER Mrs. 2015
Interview, Platform, Photogenic, Ms. Congeniality, Pageantry Spirit Award and Evening Gown Winner
Mrs. United States Pageant: entered March 2017, Nationals in July 2017
Mrs. MT United States
Mrs. Congeniality (United States) winner
Mrs. US Continental Pageant: entered November 2017, Nationals in July 2018
Mrs. MT US Continental
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
My co-worker, Salinas, told me about a pageant whose platform was seatbelt safety. At the time, I was struggling with dealing with my anxiety diagnosis as well as the death of my Aunt, who was my Mama of choice and I was a 5 time car crash survivor. I needed a way to push myself out of my comfort zone and so became a “pageant buddy” and entered my first pageant at age 40. My goal was to learn new coping techniques, increase my own sense of self-worth and do so alongside someone I trusted who I knew would be by my side. I also wanted an interactive way to promote seatbelt safety.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
While competing at Mrs. United States, I made a new friend, my roommate from Illinois, Andrea. We were both over 40, not the typical “pageant girl” and we became instant friends. We decided that when we did another pageant, we wanted to compete together, and support one another. She had been contacted about doing US Continental and I knew a few ladies who spoke highly of the system, so when it worked with both of our schedules, we decided to enter together.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
It is the belief of this pageant system that women should be recognized for not only their strengths but the accomplishments achieved in life. They seek women of intelligence, integrity, and inner beauty with strong moral values.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
1/3 fitness, 1/3 evening gown, and 1/3 private interview. In addition, there is an on stage interview which is worth 5 points and is added to the final overall score of the delegate.
World Class Beauty Queens: How was your experience during the competition?
July the last pageant, Mrs. United States, I really just focused on being me and doing the best I could. It was a personal triumph as it was the first time in 7 years that I did not have to take my supplementary anxiety medicine before talking or appearing on stage. I had a great time of bonding with others and just focusing on the friendships and having a great time while experiencing every activity they had to offer. It must have worked as I walked away with Mrs. Congeniality which was, in my opinion, the most coveted award won.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
Although on hiatus from taking cases, I served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) from April 2011 – March 2015. I have been an active volunteer member of the Missoula/Granite County Buckle Up Montana Seatbelt Coalition since October 2013, as I am a 6 time car crash survivor. I currently serve, as one of only less than a 1,000 people nationwide to serve on the GuideStar User Advisory Panel. I also serve on the Six Flags (theme parks) Advisory Council. Since September 2016, I have also served on the Greater Giving Advisory Community.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I am honored to make several appearances each year. Thus far, I have volunteered during the Toys for Tots toy drive collection and distribution days, helped out at activities of the seatbelt coalition, attended Missoula/Granite County Buckle Up Montana Coalition Meetings, appeared on radio and tv programs sharing my story of Being Me, pageants and sharing seatbelt safety.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of you achievements?
I think my greatest achievement is just being alive and sharing my personal story of life. I am a sexual & physical abuse survivor. I lived in very poor financial conditions as a child and ended up spending four years in foster care. I have PTSD and Anxiety Disorder. I think that along with surviving 6 car crashes makes me able to accomplish being a wife, mom, grandma, CEO, friend and volunteer.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I don’t have a strategy other than to be myself. I have judged numerous pageants and I know that I look for someone who is naturally beautiful, articulate and confident. I strive to be the best version of me and hopefully that is what they are looking for at that time, for that pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Maybe it is my ability to be a team leader? I am not sure. I think that it would be my confidence in knowing that everyone has won a title and deserves to be competing but that what the judges want is someone to take the brand, the system and lead the way for the next generation of competitors. I have that ability and I believe in myself.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did it feel to hear your name as the winner?
I am always in shock because I see myself so differently than those around me. I am honored and always am quite shocked.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Simply, it means, be beautiful in all you do – in life, with others, how you think, how you act and react and to take pride in yourself and the way you look and things you do. We are a product of our upbrining, but only we can change our destiny so go out and show the world how to be beautiful inside and out.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It has given me new confidence, new friends and new ways to be a better version of myself.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It feels like hope – hope to those from small towns and from horrible backgrounds. At least, I want to give others hope to overcome their situations and know they can be whatever they want to be in life.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Oh my – I still am learning this – anyone want to share your tips?
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
First, dress must be age appropriate and second, if it makes you feel beautiful you will feel confident and the judges will see that.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be yourself. They are just humans asking another human questions, they get nervous also. This is my favorite part of the competition as they get to know me, not clothing or a walk, but the true me. Embrace this part of the pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I wish – might make that walk and taking photos easier, for sure.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?
To be the best me I can be, to share my story and to inspire others through my actions and activities.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Self-love. We cannot truly love others if we do not love ourselves. I hope that we learn to love more and become a more caring and kind nation.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Kevi L. Berger Mrs. MT US Continental 2017 for this wonderful interview.
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