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Interview with Kristen Crawford Lifetime Ambassador, American Women of Service.
Autism Awareness has been near and dear to me as I have an adult sibling with autism and it has been difficult to find services and programs for him. While this topic will forever be close to my heart, I’m currently going through a shift in my platform to open it up to awareness for early diagnosis and education for people to better understand narcolepsy.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Kristen Crawford Lifetime Ambassador, American Women of Service.
Full name: Kristen Crawford
Title/Year: Lifetime Ambassador, American Women of Service
Pageant System: American Women of Service
Zodiac sign: Aries
Hobbies: Listening to books on Audible, traveling, learning new things, and living my best life.
Platform: Narcolepsy Awareness & Education
Years competed: 3 years
Countries visited: Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Liechtenstein, Thailand
Dislikes: This is bizarre…but, baked beans. I’ve just never been able to get myself to eat them.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
Hi all! I grew up in the beautiful state of Maine with my parents and two younger brothers, and have spent most of my adult life between Maine and New Hampshire. I’ve been living in New Hampshire for a number of years now with my husband, and we enjoy everything that New England has to offer. My husband and I met playing in an adult dodgeball league and have continued to play since we met almost 10 years ago; it is such a great way for us to have fun together after work.
I have always been one to keep busy, and I currently do development and operational work for a nonprofit that works with startup founders in New Hampshire, as well as owning my own business on the side. Outside of work I’m always taking on new challenges, whether training for a sprint triathlon, for another pageant, or pushing myself to do new things such as starting to write a book. My downtime consists of beach time, listening to Audible, and Netflix binge-watches of The Office.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
The world of pageantry was totally new to me other than passively paying attention to a few friends on Facebook who had been competing. In the past three years I’ve jumped in with both feet and I’ve competed in four pageants and have found it to be a greatly inspiring and empowering experience.
2016 Ms. Holly
2017, 1st Runner up, Ms. Maine MASP
2017 Mrs. New Hampshire, American Women of Service
2017 Ambassador, American Women of Service
2018 Lifetime Ambassador, American Women of Service
2018 Mrs. New Hampshire, Miss U.S. of America
2018 Mrs. U.S. of America
2017 MASP Senior Division Spokesmodel optional winner
2017 American Women of Service Bullying Awareness Writing Award
2017 American Women of Service Role Model Award
2017 American Women of Service Directors Award
2018 Miss U.S. of America Photogenic Award (Mrs. Division)
2018 Miss U.S. of America Ambassador Award
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was inspired to do my first pageant at the encouragement of a friend, and I decided to participate because I thought that it would be helpful for gaining confidence in being in front of crowds, and with public speaking. I have often had positions in my professional career where I’ve needed to do public speaking and it’s something that has been challenging for me, so this was my way of working to overcome those fears.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I decided to compete for American Women of Service because I really felt like I could get behind what it stands for. It is all about women empowering other women, as well as being highly engaged in civic and community service. I had started to get to know the director as she was developing the system, and I wanted to support her and her vision for the pageant system for the future. I decided to actively pursue the ambassador title because it meant a lot to me to be involved with the system from the ground up, so I gave it my all going for the divisional title and the ambassador title.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
American Women of Service is a community service based pageant, founded with a few goals in mind: To empower women across the country to become the best version of themselves possible. To encourage women who serve in their communities to share that love with others around them and inspire others to do the same. To create a positive, encouraging, empowering sisterhood of beautiful women who are interested in motivating others through community involvement and community service. Lastly, to promote anti-bullying at all ages and in all areas of life.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
I was inducted as a Lifetime Ambassador this summer at the end of my year serving as the 2017 Ambassador, but these are the areas of competition for American Women of Service:
Personal Interview – A panel style interview, designed to allow the judges to better get to know the delegates. This phase of competition accounts for 40% of the overall score.
Out on the Town Fashion – Delegates are asked to select an outfit that best exudes their personality that they would wear “Out on the Town”. Judges look for overall confidence and how the outfit compliments the delegate. This phase of competition accounts for 20% of the overall score.
Evening Gown – Delegates are asked to select a full-length evening gown of choice and to answer an onstage question. Questions are selected by the judges from questions asked during interview. Evening gown is scored on question response, poise and overall confidence. This phase of competition accounts for 30% of the overall score.
Optional Competitions – Delegates are asked to enter at least one optional competition that will account for 10% of the overall score. Delegates may wish to participate in multiple/all optional competitions which will result in the highest optional score incorporated into the overall score.
Optional competitions include: Photogenic, Role Model, Personal Platform Presentation, Positive Pageantry Writing, Non-performance Talent, Talent, Americana Theme Wear, Fitness Wear, and Speech.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I went into the interview very confident and left feeling very confident. I surprised myself a little that I wasn’t feeling as good about my onstage walks. I had practiced in my gown and shoes at home, but hadn’t been practicing for walking up steps onto a stage, and didn’t anticipate it. I did have a little snafu getting up the steps and my heel going through the bottom of my dress (whoops!), but I let it go and kept on going. I always tell myself that things are going really well when 80% works out the way you think it will.
Beyond the stages of competition, it was great finally meeting all of my new pageant sisters after months of just talking to them online via Facebook, and I made a lot of new friends over the course of that weekend.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
Autism Awareness has been near and dear to me as I have an adult sibling with autism and it has been difficult to find services and programs for him. While this topic will forever be close to my heart, I’m currently going through a shift in my platform to open it up to awareness for early diagnosis and education for people to better understand narcolepsy. Having recently been diagnosed, I’m working to educate myself on the ways to live my best life & provide support for others with narcolepsy. So far as I’ve shared this news with others there has been a lot of misconceptions about what it means to live with narcolepsy, so I want to share my story and educate the public on what it really means to have this condition.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I am just planning out appearances for the following year as I’ve been relaunching my pageant platform and finding opportunities to promote narcolepsy awareness.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
In 2018 I have been pushing myself to put myself out there and take chances and that has led to being recognized as a “10 to Watch” young professional in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire & Maine; I’ve been named as a brand ambassador for Marc Defang, and I’ve been nominated for a “Rising Star” professional award for a local nonprofit in NH. I also re-launched my personal brand strategy business; have a lot of great projects in the works and have built great partnerships with The Pageant Planet and multiple pageant systems. I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished this year.
Want to check out my shoes? Here are the “Kristen Crawford’s” by Marc Defang: https://marcdefang.com/kristen-crawford/
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
My goal is to get out there with confidence, and let my true smile shine through.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I feel like starting pageantry in my thirties has been an advantage for me. At this point I understand myself well, I have a lot of self-awareness, and I can plan well and work towards my goals. I also want to throw in a shout-out to my parents for helping me develop a great smile with four full years of having to wear braces while growing up. I couldn’t stand the braces then, but I love my smile now!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
For the 2017 Ambassador title, I had just been recognized with the director’s award, so I was shocked to hear my name after having just walked back into my place on stage. It took me a second to realize I needed to go right back to where I had just been! I was overjoyed, and was instantly excited to find out who would be joining me as pageant sisters that year in the inaugural year of American Women of Service. When being named a lifetime ambassador, I was happily emotional about the opportunity to continue my journey with American Women of Service.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
A beauty queen to me is someone who radiates inner and outer beauty and spreads positivity.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants has given me the courage to get more comfortable and confident on stage and with public speaking, and it gave me the push that I needed to start my business to work with women and girls on developing their personal brands so that they can learn to stand out as pageant contestants. You can learn more about my work at www.kristencrawford.com.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It is an honor. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be a positive role model to young women. I want people to be inspired to challenge themselves to try new things, to push themselves to get out of their comfort zone, and be open to life’s opportunities. I always want to be a great example of being able to achieve what you want when you work for it.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Practice. Practice. Practice. Also, make sure that you have an opportunity to do some test walks on the stage prior to a competition so you get used to the particular flooring, the amount of room you’ll have to walk in, etc. Every stage is a little different, so you’ll want to have a good idea of what you’re getting into before you go on stage for competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
It has to feel right. You may look gorgeous in a dress and light up a room with it, but if you don’t feel great in it, you won’t be confident in it and it will show when you go out on stage. When choosing a dress, consider not only how you look, but how you feel in it.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be genuine & authentic. Be able to really communicate who you are, what you value, and what you bring to the table as a titleholder. Pageant systems want to know that you’ll be a great ambassador for the system and brand, and you have to be able to show that you’d be a natural choice for this.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you’ve done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Sometimes it can be difficult for me to get out of my head, and get into the moment while competing. I have a desire to keep on practicing and planning even after I’ve arrived and competition is about to begin. I want to fully embrace the experience and let my practice and training take over and get me where I need to be.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Letting self-doubt creep in is something that I often see. We all need to remember to honor our journey within pageantry and commend ourselves for the courage to be there in the first place, and practice self love.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I was involved with theater from a young age, and continued this through high school. I enjoyed all aspects of this from set-design, to costume design, to acting. I always preferred smaller roles where I wasn’t in the spotlight; the fear of public speaking is something I’ve been working on from a young age.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?
Being inducted as a Lifetime Ambassador this year after serving as the 2017 Ambassador for American Women of Service has been such an honor. My plans are to continue to promote this pageant system, to support the new titleholders, and to continue to serve my community. I want more women to learn about American Women of Service and all of the great benefits of being involved.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to be remembered as someone who works to elevate others, whether through my volunteering, through promoting narcolepsy awareness, or in working with women in pageantry as a personal brand strategist to build their confidence in how they talk about and represent themselves. Being a titleholder for American Women of Service gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and start my business, and now I’m blessed to work with women of all ages in helping them stand out with their brands. I want to be remembered as someone who grew from this experience, and was able to make a difference.
National Director: Jasmine Derier
Pageant website: https://www.americanwomenofservice.com/
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Kristen Crawford Lifetime Ambassador, American Women of Service for this wonderful interview.
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