Interview: Miss Oregon Heads to the 2015 Miss USA Pageant
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hailing from Canby, OR, Bridget Wilmes is a 22-year-old Oregon Native.
Wilmes is a true renaissance woman who not only models, but also enjoys fitness, blogging, volunteering, and working on her mystery novel.
The young beauty has won the hearts of many through her humanitarian efforts and her passion for raising awareness about societal changes. If she wins the Miss USA title, Wilmes hopes to increase the amount of activism that she already does.
Recently, Miss Oregon took time away from her busy schedule to let us get to know her a little better and share some of what she plans to do if she takes home the crown.
GoLocalPDX: When did you decide you wanted to become a model?
Wilmes: I have always wanted to pursue a career in modeling. Growing up, I used to love watching America’s Next Top Model.
How are you preparing for the pageant?
There are many things I am doing to prepare for the upcoming pageant including appearances, practicing walking, interview preparation, keeping up to date on current events, and constantly working to improve on my fitness.
How do you maintain such great presence on the stage?
To maintain stage presence, it really helps to let go of any nerves you have and be yourself. Also, it is super important to maintain a smile.
Taking home the crown is a huge achievement with many benefits. What is exciting you the most about this possibility?
The most exciting things about the possibility of receiving the crown are doors that will open up. The experience would be so incredible and is a once in a life time opportunity that would change my life forever.
What types of things do you plan to do if you win?
If I am given the job of Miss USA, I plan to spread a message of self-acceptance and taking care of your body through our youth and promote awareness about breast cancer. I have witnessed many family members suffer with the epidemic and recently found out BRCA2 runs in our family. I chose to go through genetic testing and thankfully tested negative for the gene. I strongly believe that everyone with a family history of breast cancer should have access to affordable genetic testing and preventative treatment. Besides this, I plan to be active in the world community and prepare to make the USA proud at Miss Universe.
To watch the Miss USA Pageant, tune into NBC July 12, 2015 at 8pm eastern time.
Homepage Photo Credit: Miss Universe
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