Confidence Tips from the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Contestants

29 Jul

On the eve of the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition, the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Contestants shared their secret to confidence.

Miss Teen USA 2016

Valeria Podobniy, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2016 

“The advice I would give someone who seeks to gain more confidence is to love who you are! God made you beautiful the way you are and there is no one definition of beauty.”

Erin Snow, Miss Alabama Teen USA 2016
“We are all uniquely beautiful in our own way! Different is what makes us special!”
Jami Forseth, Miss Montana Teen USA 2016
“God made you just the way you are, one in billions, you are unique because you are the only you. Show off the qualities that define you, confidence is being sure in yourself and your abilities, so show them off! In order to gain confidence learn from your failures and be fiercely and unapologetically you!”
Carissa Morrow, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2016
“First, I would tell you to be yourself. Do not get caught up trying to look a certain way, act a certain way or wear a certain thing. Do what makes you happy and makes you feel confidently beautiful.”
Olivia Pura, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2016
“To gain self-esteem, I think taking a risk or trying something new works miracles! Reaching out of your comfort zone builds confidence and is lots of fun, too.”
Christiaan Prince, Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2016
“Speaking from a past of being bullied, the way to gain more confidence is to believe and love yourself. Don’t listen to all of the negative comments because in the end you are loving for you not for someone else.”
Miss Teen USA 2016
Makenzie Falcone, Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2016
“Every morning I look in the mirror and find three things I like about myself and say them out loud. It helps me keep my head high throughout the day!”
Savannah Chrisley, Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2016
“Be your own best friend and love yourself just like you would love the ones closest to you. You deserve the same love that you give to everyone else.”
Lauren Boswell, Miss Indiana Teen USA 2016
“There is NO ONE on this planet just like you. You are so special and unique in your own way, so please don’t try to be anyone but yourself. After discovering the confidence within myself, my life has been full of so much joy. The best advice I could give you is to give yourself positive affirmation every morning you wake up. Look in the mirror and tell yourself (out loud) the things you love about yourself. I promise it will make your day a little brighter.”
Gracie Smith, Miss Florida Teen USA 2016
“I would actually encourage them to compete in one of the Miss Universe Organization’s events! I believe preparing for my competition, evaluating my personal goals and inner self, and holding a preliminary and state title has taught me to be a strong, powerful, and confident young woman.”
Hellen Smith, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2016
“There’s nothing wrong with being your own cheerleader sometimes — I’d say it’s the most important thing you should do to gain more confidence. Celebrate when you’ve done a good job and remember that your opinion of yourself should always be the most positive influence on your life. So compliment yourself, give yourself a hi-five and say “I’m awesome!”
Miss Teen USA 2016
Claire Wright, Miss Washington Teen USA 2016
“Self confidence is something that everyone has the capability of achieving. Set goals for yourself, take the steps to achieve them, surround yourself with positivity and just watch your confidence grow. I’m living proof that it works! I chose to be strong and embrace who I am and learned the power of self love. I grew into the confident person I am today and you have the power within you to be confident in yourself too!”
Katy Brown, Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2016
“My advice for someone who is seeking to gain self confidence is learn how to love and respect yourself for the person you are. Don’t compare yourself to others, because you are different for a reason. Your uniqueness and what you may perceive as flaws are things that make you stand out and shine to others. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and don’t be scared of what other people think. Be your own biggest fan and be yourself no matter what because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”
Kate Pekuri, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2016
“Don’t forget to give yourself credit for all your own accomplishments, no matter how small!”
Lauren Rymer, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2016
“For someone who is seeking to gain more confidence I would tell them to accept themselves for who they are now because we are all made unique and we should love the skin we are in…. I would also let them know with motivation and determination they can conquer anything in life.”
Karlie Hay, Miss Texas Teen USA 2016
“Always be a first rate version of yourself. Everyone has their own purpose, their own beauty, and qualities that set you apart from everyone else. Embrace them.”
Unjane Wells, Miss Michigan Teen USA 2016
“Except your individuality, which is your imperfections, that’s what makes you different from everyone else, be bold, be brave, be you and confidence will blossom!”
Gracyn Blackmore, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2016
“Be yourself and trust in your abilities, because there’s only one of you. You are beautiful and unique; love yourself for everything you are. Always remember, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
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Amy Ingram, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2016
“You are already unique because there is only one of you. Don’t let someone else change that, embrace it.” 
Sydney Dolanch, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2016
“Rock it out! No matter who you are or what you’re doing just do you and love who you are. Break your box, break your comfort zone. Amazing things will follow.”
Miss Teen USA 2016

Tune in Friday July 29 at 11PM ET/8PM PT for the Preliminary Competition, followed by the Final Competition on Saturday July 30 at 8PM ET/5PM PT.  Watch live on the Miss U App.

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