Miss Maryland Teen USA Hannah Brewer is preparing for the Miss Teen USA pageant happening this Saturday, August 10th. Taking place at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Hannah and 50 other contestants representing all of the states plus the District of Columbia will compete for the coveted Miss Teen USA crown.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently got to catch up with Hannah about what she loves about competing in beauty pageants, her role as a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and her strong support of the military. She also opened up about how she’s a “pretty typical teen” who loves to “vine” her silly excursions with her friends!
CTS: How are you preparing for the Miss Teen USA Pageant?
Hannah: “I always try maintaining a very healthy lifestyle. However, lately I am a little more conscious of what I eat and my exercise routine, because I am preparing for the swimsuit competition. As a teen who is looked up to by other teens, it is important to portray a healthy body image. I’ve had a lot of fun choosing my wardrobe from some of my wonderful sponsors, like Déjà Vu. They gave me tons of stylish dresses to wear to many of my appearances.
I also try staying up-to-date on current events for interview and onstage questions. I think it is very important for teens to have an understanding of the world around them. I am going to be voting in a few short years, and I want to be informed and knowledgeable on the candidates and issues I will be voting for. Most importantly, I am trying to stay calm and go with the mindset that I want to have fun and make friends. I am so honored that I am one of the 51 girls who has been chosen to vie for the Miss Teen USA title this year, and I plan to enjoy every minute of it!”
CTS: How did you get your start in beauty competitions?
Hannah: “My older sister was Miss Pennsylvania in 2005, and I had the opportunity to watch her compete in Las Vegas. Although I was too young to compete at that time, I already had aspirations to follow in her footsteps. I was so proud of her and I realized that her title gave her a voice to make a difference and it opened the door to many opportunities she might not have otherwise had. She is currently a CBS morning weekend anchor in Philadelphia.”
CTS: What is your favorite part about competing in beauty pageants?
Hannah: “I certainly love the glamour…the make-up, dresses, shoes, and sparkle are all fun and exciting, but my favorite part is definitely the opportunities that I never would have had if I wasn’t a titleholder. I have been able to go into many schools and organizations to speak with children. I’ve lobbied Congress in Washington D.C. and I got to sing the National Anthem at some amazing events. Most of all, I have met such a diverse group of people, such as Generals in the Service, Congressmen and women, WWII veterans, kids battling cancer, wounded warriors, and the many others who have left a lasting impression on me.”
CTS: “You are a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Could you tell us about this role? What inspired you to join the fight against heart disease?
Hannah: “Of course. At the age of 54, my aunt’s life was taken when she suffered a massive heart attack with no visible symptoms or warning. I’ve also lost four other family members to heart disease. I quickly found out that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and it is also largely preventable. I wanted to give this message a voice as a young teen woman to other teens. If we take preventative measures by learning healthy eating and early exercise habits, we are more likely to make them a permanent way of life. If we don’t make changes, my generation will be the first generation NOT to live as long as our parents.
I got involved locally, and it snowballed from there. I have had the opportunity to attend two lobby days in Washington DC for the American Heart Association. I’ve attended several heart balls and walks. I organized two fashion show fundraisers that raised over $4000.00 for the cause. I have also had the opportunity to speak about Bill #564 on the Maryland Senate Floor. I’ve met with the new Maryland State Superintendent as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and discussed the need for physical education in all Maryland Schools for half an hour a day, every day of the week.”
CTS: You are also known for being a strong supporter of the military. Could you tell us about all the military organizations you are involved with?
Hannah: “Absolutely! I am involved with a number of local and national organizations that support our military, as well as our veterans. I am involved with Operation Welcome Home Maryland, Operation Home front, the USO, Team Red, White and Blue, Honor Flights and the National Guard Youth Program of Maryland. Being involved with all of these organizations inspired me to start my own non-profit called ‘Hannah’s Heroes, Inc.’ which is designed to provide emotional support for our current military, veterans, and their families. Through my work with these organizations, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the sacrifices made by these heroic men and women, and the safety they have provided and provide our country.”
CTS: What do you like to do in your free time when you are not preparing for a beauty pageant?
Hannah: “I would say I am a pretty typical teen. When I get free time, which isn’t too often, I really love hanging out with my friends. We go shopping, swimming, fishing, and to the movies, and we also love just hanging out at each other’s houses. I also love to vine our silly excursions when I get to hang out with them. In addition, I take voice lessons regularly, and I’m always up for a little shoe shopping “therapy.”
CTS: What is the first thing you plan to do if you win the Miss Teen USA title?
Hannah: “After I get over the initial shock, I think the first thing I will do is find something really fattening to eat and text all my friends. But after that, I think it would be an easy transition for me to get started, because I have really looked at Miss Maryland Teen USA title as a job. Since November, I have made 121 appearances in my community and around the state. My parents have given me a strong work ethic. I would want to continue being active and involved with community service, hopefully on a larger level. The Miss Universe Organization gives young women an opportunity to have a voice to make a difference. I truly believe in the Power of One; I believe one person can make a difference and I would definitely use the title and opportunity of being Miss Teen USA to make a difference.”
The 2013 Miss Teen USA Competition will be streamed live from the Atlantis, Paradise Island Saturday, August 10th at 8 p.m. EST on www.missteenusa.com. Fans can vote for their favorite contestant and help her earn a spot in the semifinals through the Miss Teen USA Fan Vote presented by Lisa B. Collection. Fans can vote online at www.missteenusa.com or through the Miss Teen USA “vote” icon on Facebook.