Meet the woman that takes the term Supermom to a whole new level! As a Lead Mental Health Therapist, cheerleading coach, mother, wife, Mrs. Florida United States 2014 and Mrs. Fort Lauderdale International 2015, we feel lucky to grab a few moments of Vida Hargrett’s time for a Lady Code interview.
Vida Hargrett was born and reared in the illustrious “World’s Whitest Beaches” of Pensacola, Florida, and prides herself on being a lifetime Floridian. The youngest of six, Hargrett is at ease with being a mother of one dapper prince and the most precious princess you will ever come into contact with. Vida has been married to her college sweetheart and Track and Field Olympic Trial Finalist for the past four years and she describes her marriage as anything but ordinary! Read on as Vida shares her journey to the crown, advice to those that are bullied, and what to expect from her in the future!
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Book: Bible
Favorite Workout: Cardio with my double stroller
Education: Masters Degree in Mental Health Therapy
Occupation: Lead Mental Health Therapist
Hobbies: Drive In Movies, Coaching High School Cheerleading, and Event Planning
Congratulations on being Mrs. Florida United States 2014 and Mrs. Fort Lauderdale International 2015! Can you tell us how you got involved with pageantry?
I started a life long relationship with the world of pageantry during my high school years when I was crowned Miss Woodham High School and concluding the pageant one of judges sought me out and encouraged me to continue with this journey. After competing and capturing my city and state title I sort of received the “Pageant Bug” and the rest is history!
What would you say to a woman who may be on the line about competing in a pageant?
The beauty of pageantry is that you are able to be authentically you and truly learn to embrace your imperfections. On a daily basis I find myself encouraging others to step outside of their comfort zone besides, you are only confined by the walls you build yourself.
What is the most rewarding thing about pageants? Every individual has a personal connection as to why they have an interest in pageantry but for me it’s the spiritual connection that keeps me engaged. As a woman of God I am a firm believer of using my life to benefit the lives of others. As a titleholder you are awarded the opportunity to utilize your crown as a vehicle to spread awareness, showcase the characteristics of a tang
ible role model, and connect with some of the most dynamic individuals across the globe.
Tell us about your platform: My platform is entitled P.U.S.H. (Persist Until Something Happens) and its centered around Mesothelioma and the ban of Asbestos usage. Mesothelioma made an unwelcome appearance into my family’s life in 2012. Many are oblivious to the dynamics of Mesothelioma. It’s hard to pronounce, yet unforgettable. As a potential Mrs. Florida International my mission is to continue to unite asbestos victims, educate the public and medical community about asbestos related diseases, support research that leads to early detection, prevention and a cure, protect asbestos victims’ civil rights, and ultimately ban asbestos in the USA and around the world.
Do you have any advice you can offer for our readers who may be bullied? Always remember these words: You are STRONG because at times you were weak, you are FEARLESS because there were times when you were afraid, and you are WISE because at one point in your life you were foolish!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Within the next 5 years I am looking forward to launching my own private practice as a licensed mental health therapist. I absolutely love every aspect of my career and I am looking forward to taking it to the next level.
What is your greatest accomplishment so far? One of my greatest accomplishments is being the first African American woman to be crowned Mrs Florida United States. It really showcases how times have changed and to be apart of such a historic moment in time is something I will forever hold near my heart.
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