Sorry it took me sooo long to answer this I have been super busy and have rarely been on tumblr. I got started with pageants when I was 13. I found a photo album in our photo room of my mom’s with her in parades and wearing crowns, and I asked her what it was all about. She pulled out her old crowns and sashes and explained to me what pageants are. She compete in Ohio so it was very different there than in New Hampshire. When she talked about all the connections she made, the opportunities she got, and the people she was able to inspire I knew I wanted to compete. I found this picture of when she won her first title at 16 (she is in the middle).