2022, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Idaho, International Junior Miss, Pageant, Uncategorized

My week at International Junior Miss!

a.k.a the greatest week ever!

Hi friends!! Now that I have been home for a while, am fully unpacked and back to the real world, I can settle in and write about my week competing at International Junior Miss in Orlando, Florida!

Now, for those of you who don’t know, I have competed in pageants for a while, back in MA I competed for years before being the National American Miss Massachusetts in 2017.

When I moved to Idaho, I had set a goal back in 2019 to compete again. While it took me a few years to achieve that goal, I did and it was well worth the wait!

On November 19th I set off for Orlando, Florida with 4 suitcases, one crown box and one gown bag (it had 3 gowns in it.) I arrived Saturday night, unpacked and was excited for the week ahead!

Sunday morning was check-in! I was so excited to get the week started!

Little did we know when we took this picture, that Faith would go on to win the International Junior Miss title! A very well deserved win!

Later that night (Sunday) we had kick-off and the Neon Party! The best part about competing in pageants is always meeting all of the other girls!

On Monday, I was able to have a relaxing morning, followed by the Red Carpet Correspondent Competition and then a rehearsal later that evening! Each rehearsal and event has a different theme which is always so fun to plan the outfits out!

On Tuesday we started the day with the gift exchange, each queen brought 3 gifts, one for the outgoing International queen, one for the incoming International queen, and one for another state queen. Carrington got my gift!

Later that day, I competed in the spokesmodel competition, where I spoke about defining your own success, and how WHO you are and HOW you make other people feel is what matters most.

Tuesday was my brother’s birthday, so we had a nice dinner together that night. I was so lucky that my Mom, Dad and brother all were here this week too! We had so much fun together!

Then that night we had THE fashion event of the year!! The Ashley Rene’s and Ashley Lauren’s Under the Sea Ball!! It was so much fun seeing all the amazing outfits, and spending time with these amazing women!

Wednesday was our free day! My family and I went to Epcot! Epcot is one of my favorite parks, I just love all the countries and the different food, as well as the atmosphere!

Thursday, which was Thanksgiving was a super busy day!! I was up at 5:30 a.m. for hair and makeup! For all of the required competitions I got my hair and makeup done by Makeup and Maskara and her crew! It was the best decision I made, because not only did they do an amazing job, but they make you feel so good about yourself!! It was one big hype session in there!

Thursday morning we had interview, the first required competition of the week!

The interview was so fun, all of the judges were so nice! We had 3 minutes with each judge, there was a total of 6 judges. My favorite question was Do you have any regrets with your pageant journey? My answer, I only wish I started competing sooner.

I then had an amazing photo shoot with Imagine Studios! Check out some of these shots!

I just love these photos, it was a great addition to the pageant week!!

Later that afternoon, we had the car drawing! One lucky girl won a brand new mustang convertible. I unfortunately was not that girl.

Then we had the Thanksgiving banquet! I so admired the planning and thoughtfulness in hosting this event for more than 1,000 people! Truly amazing!

I love my family SO MUCH! They are the best part of my life!

Friday, we had our final two required competitions, formal wear and fun fashion!! Here are a few of my favorite stage shots, which I’m obsessed with!

I know it may be silly, but I was very proud of myself after this! I worked with Kailyn, my coach, for months preparing for this pageant, and I told myself I wanted to just do the best that I could do. I didn’t want to compare myself to the other girls, I didn’t want to be sad or disappointed in myself when the week was over. I just wanted to do the best for me. I can confidently say I did that, and had a ton of fun!

Saturday was the final day of the pageant! We started with the pajama rehearsal in the morning, and I was so sad that the week was almost over!

The final pageant was that afternoon!

I wish I could explain in words what it felt like with these girls. I mean this when I say that every single one of these girls is going to change the world.

I was honored to be a part of this group of girls, each one so smart, so talented, so kind, so nice, so supportive, and just so amazing. The support we all showed and continue to show for each other is what this world needs.

When we were on stage and they were announcing the top 12, of course I was a little disappointed that my name wasn’t called, who wouldn’t be. But, at the same time, I was so happy for the girls whose names did get called. I was thrilled for them!

Because pageants aren’t like other competitions, every single one of those girls could have won that crown, and I mean that. And just because your name wasn’t called doesn’t make you any less worthy than the others. We all worked so hard, we all put ourselves out there, and we all did something that most are afraid to do.

And at the end of the day, there is only one girl who walks away with that International Title, and I am so happy for her! But, what I took away from this week was friendships, memories, life lessons, confidence, and fun!

I think that unless you push yourself, and do things that are hard, and surround yourself with people who are better than you, you will never grow, and that is my ultimate goal in life, to never stop growing, and learning, and pushing myself to be the best me I can be, all while supporting everyone else!

Everyone has their time to shine, and I will be supporting the girl whose time it is, knowing that when it’s mine, she will do the same!

I am thankful, grateful and truly so so lucky that I got to experience this week. I will remember it for the rest of my life!

I was honored to win Best Personality at the final pageant!

Thank you to International Junior Miss, National American Miss, and the IAM Pageant Powerhouse for this amazing week, and for helping me become who I am.


A Thank you to National American Miss

Dear, National American Miss,

I have to be honest here for a minute. I have put off writing this post. And the reason for it is because I know that once I do, the clock is ticking, and the end is really coming, and this chapter of my life will really be over.

My first pageant with N.A.M. Look how young I was!

Now, you must know that I am not a very emotional person. I get sad, or angry, but it passes quickly. I haven’t cried in two years. I just don’t get sad enough to cry. But, I really think I will cry on July 23rd. Why, you ask? Because July 23rd is the day my journey with National American Miss is really over. There will be no more state pageants, no more chances to win, no more fabulous girls to meet, no more amazing experiences on stage feeling empowered and fabulous. By the end of the day on July 23rd, it will be over. Forever. So, yeah, I’m probably going to cry.

My 3rd year! I came in the top ten at this pageant!

My first pageant was 6 years ago. And from that first moment I was hooked. I mean, I just loved every minute of it. I loved the friendships and the support I felt from everyone connected with N.A.M. I didn’t win my first year, not my second year, or even my third year. But, it wasn’t the crown and banner that mattered to me anyways. I wanted to be poised and classy and confident and I wanted to be able to walk out on stage in front of a crowd of people who have no idea who I am and introduce myself. And thanks to National American Miss, I am able to do that now. And I love it.

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All the school supplies I connected for Schools on Wheels!

The crown and banner was always my goal, but each year I set new goals, like to win a optional contest, which I did, I won Spokes-model and Top Model. I wanted people to recognize me for my personality. I wanted to feel less nervous walking into the interview and I wanted to know that it wasn’t the crown and banner that mattered, I can make a difference without them, everyone can.

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Volunteering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand

But, that didn’t mean I was going to give up. National American Miss is the best pageant system, and I really wanted to represent them and all that they stand for, even if it was just for a year. So finally, on my 4th year, I won. I won National American Miss Massachusetts 2017, and it has been the best year of my life.

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I traveled to L.A. where I competed for the National Title. I saw Disneyland. I met girls from every state. At Nationals I won Miss Personality and Miss Spirit. I was honored! And when Jordan won the National Title, all of us were in the audience cheering her on, because there was no one more deserving than her. That is a feeling I never want to forget. We were all just so happy for her!


I promoted my project, the Stay Unique, Stay Different Campaign. I volunteered at events like the Boston Children’s Hospital, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Christopher’s Haven. I had a school supply drive with Schools on Wheels. I even spent my entire spring break volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. I spent more hours with children than with people my own age, because I love to inspire them to never give up on what they wish for. I even was blessed enough to be in the Stoughton 4th of July parade, which was magical.

I miss my sisters!!

I can’t believe that in 13 days my journey with N.A.M. will be over. I am so thankful for N.A.M. for teaching me that it’s not the crown and banner that matter, it’s who you are, and what you do with your life. I don’t need a crown and banner to help others, and neither do you. NAM taught me that the journey is greater than the reward, and God’s plan is never wrong, everyone has their time to shine, I know that now.

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Miss Spirit and Miss Personality at Nationals!

My best friend Lexie!


I hope that everyone in the world never loses sight of what sets their soul on fire. I will be right there cheering you on.

Love, your 2017 National American Miss Massachusetts,

Elizabeth Hadley