Newcastle girl qualifies for American Miss contest

August 2, 2012

By Christina Lords

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Statewide competition win could  lead to national finals in California

Lucy Guadalupe has always had an eye for fashion, even looking up videos on YouTube for fashion-forward makeup ideas, and hopes to enter the industry via modeling.

“Fashion, it’s always something I’ve been into,” she said. “I’ve always liked dressing up rather than just throwing on a jacket and calling it good.”

Lucy Guadalupe

Now, she’s putting those interests to use.

The 12-year-old Newcastle native has qualified for National American Miss’ Miss Washington Junior Teen, her first pageant. If Guadalupe wins the competition, held this month in Tacoma at the Hotel Murano, she will win a modeling scholarship and qualify for the National American Miss finals at Disneyland.

“It’s really exciting because I never thought about getting an opportunity like this,” she said. “I never saw myself being in a pageant. It’s something that’s new.”

The contest is based on formal wear, a contestant’s personal introduction, an interview and community involvement.

“We do formal wear and business wear where we do an interview with a person who asks us questions,” she said. “There’s also a nice aspect where we donate to a charity that we can choose from. I’m going to pick the Seattle Children’s Hospital as mine.”

Guadalupe, who is also involved with dive team, soccer and other activities, said a friend’s experience inspired her to give the pageant a try.

“My friend has done it before and she said it was a really fun experience,” she said. “She got to learn a lot of new things about poise and other things, so I started to do it.”

Guadalupe, a seventh-grader at McKnight Middle School, said she enjoys school and hopes this experience will benefit her future by teaching her communication skills and poise.

“I’m really into sports,” she said. “I’m really competitive. Sports keep me entertained after school. Most people don’t like school … but I really like it. I like getting good grades.”

Kristy Guadalupe, Lucy’s mother, said participation in the pageant has been a good experience for their family.

“This has been a different experience than what I originally thought,” she said. “I’m happy that I let her go, because I’m surprised at what the commitment level is and what they’re asking for from the girls. It’s different than I had imagined.”

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