The countdown to the Miss United States National Pageant continues with your Miss Washington United States 2016, Shelby Meader! Shelby just earned her MBA and works hard in her community to rescue dogs. In this interview, Shelby shares her beauty secrets, advice for victims of bullying, and her platform!
Hometown: Camas, Washington
Current City: Camas, Washington
Hobbies: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, & Hiking
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Three words that sum you up: Loyal, Confident, & Determined
Song you have on repeat right now: “Needed Me” – Rihanna
Dream job: Fly around the USA rescuing dogs from different situations
Beauty product you can’t live without: Chapstick
Favorite quote: “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”
Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me starts at 4.30am. I get up, go to the gym, come home and meal prep for the day. I work at Clackamas Federal Credit Union as an Assistant Branch Manager. Twice a week, I attend night school from 6-9pm as I am pursuing my MBA. My last class will be July 27th!! After all of that, I come home and usually like to relax and watch TV with my boyfriend Derek and our 6 month old Golden Retriever puppy curled up next to us.
What has been the highlight of being Miss Washington so far?
I was just named Miss Washington on June 22nd, so it is all new and exciting for me. The highlight so far has been scheduling various appearances for the year. In particular, I reached out to the Southwest Humane Society, which is my platform, and created a partnership with them. I will be attending adoption events each month and continuing to walk the dogs every Sunday. I have been volunteering weekly at the Humane Society for almost 2 years, so I am thrilled to continue working with this amazing organization.
What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
As tough as this sounds, I have been drinking a gallon of water a day prepping for the Miss United States pageant. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin, energy, and overall health. Another beauty secret of mine is using vaseline on my lips at night. I wake up with moisturized and plump lips and it keeps them soft all day long.
What is your go-to makeup look?
My go-to makeup look is very fresh faced. Because I am in business, I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup during the work day. I usually just wear mineral powder, blush, mascara, and chapstick. I love the fresh faced look because it keeps my pores clean and it is easy for me to get ready in the mornings :).
Growing up, who was your inspiration?
Growing up, my inspiration was and still is my Mother. She is the definition that handwork leads to success. She was a stay at home mom by day who take care of my brother and I, and my Dad’s paralegal by night. I have always looked up to her because she is the wife and business woman that I one day hope to be.
Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
I do. I was bullied as a kid in school. I was always underweight and was under 5 foot until I was a freshman in high school. I was as straight as a board and socially awkward. I know how it feels to bullied, and I am 100% against it. Growing up, I had this dream of becoming a successful business woman and being a model. Well fast forward to a decade later, I am Miss Washington and I just completed graduate school and received my MBA. The advice I would give would be to not give up. DO NOT let what other people say to you define who you are as a person. You are all here for a reason and are meant to do something amazing. At the time when someone is bullying, it hurts, it really does. But just know that those feelings are temporary and the bullies are only acting on their own insecurities and you are the person they happen to take it out on. Let what they say roll off your back like water on a duck. I did not let people telling me I was too ugly to ever model, too short and that my teeth were too messed up to be a beauty queen, and not strong enough to be a business woman. I just think back on those comments and I silently thank those individuals for saying I can’t, because that made me want it ever more, and now I think … I can!
Tell us about your platform:
My platform is the Humane Society. I volunteer there every week with my mom on Sundays. We walk the dogs that are up for adoption and we post our “dog of the week” on social media in hopes of getting them adopted. One thing that I appreciate about this amazing organization is that it is a no kill shelter. I made this my platform because I have always had a passion for animals and being the voice for them because they can’t have a voice themselves. As Miss Washington I want to continue spreading the message of the Humane Society and work with the organization even more than I already am. I want to one day help in the stopping of the Yulin dog meat festival. That is my biggest hope and dream.
What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
You can volunteer as a dog walker at the Humane Society or donate. Every dollar donated helps in getting food, blankets, and supplies to the shelter. Even thing is donated and it is always in need.
In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I love taking our dog to the dog park, going on hikes, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am an avid snowboarder in the winter and a wakeboarder in the summer. I am also an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker. I’m an individual that has a bucket list and likes to cross things off of it.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My cell phone. My entire life is on here and I don’t know what I would do without it. I have all of my favorite pictures and most importantly my color coded planner. If I didn’t have my planner, I really would not know what to do.
What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would say that the hardest part about competing in pageants is everything leading up to the pageant. There is so much prep work that must be done: picking the right dress, being dedicated to a gym routine, drinking my gallon of water a day, and of course putting the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream down.
What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The best part about competing in pageants is EVERYTHING. I can’t pick one part. I have met so many amazing women throughout this process, pageant friends are friends for life. I love being on stage and empowering other women to be the best that they can be. My platform is for dogs and my passion is for women empowerment and education.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Do not let negative comments that people say to you undermine who you are as a person.
Keep up with Shelby:
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Washington United States