RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Magnificence pageants are sometimes evaluated on how contestants stroll, costume and smile for the judges. However Miss Riverview Teen USA is doing a lot extra.
It’s what you don’t see on stage that makes Tatyannah Santos-Lopez most proud to put on the crown.
From magnificence queen, to quarterback, to paint guard and drill staff commander, Santos-Lopez makes a variety of wardrobe adjustments.
“There’s been occasions I went to observe, had enjoyable, after which two hours later I had a photograph shoot so I needed to do hair and make-up and get right into a costume,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
The East Bay Excessive College junior has been competing in pageants since she was 4 years previous.
“I like doing them, it teaches women confidence, it teaches women how you can do interviews,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
Miss Riverview Teen USA is the sash she cherishes essentially the most.
“To start with I get to characterize my hometown, Riverview is superb, I adore it right here,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
Wanting good in a costume is only a small a part of successful a pageant. Santos-Lopez is fast to focus on the work she’s finished in the neighborhood, particularly her basis, Data Over Poverty.
“Not each child can do one thing so simple as going to the library, not each child has the chance to learn a guide,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
The 17-year-old has delivered a whole bunch of baskets full of sweet, toys and most significantly new books, to kids residing in foster care.
“My greatest message to these children is that, ‘We see you, we’re right here. The books in my room are donated from everywhere in the neighborhood and so they know the place it’s going, they know it should you guys, they love you’,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
Santos-Lopez’s dedication to service is what drives her essentially the most. She has aspirations to attend america Air Power Academy, after which a number of years later, make some historical past.
“So my final purpose is to be the primary feminine Hispanic and West Indian President, so first minority president that may be a feminine of america,” mentioned Santos-Lopez.
Earlier than hitting the marketing campaign path her subsequent pageant might be Miss Florida Teen USA this July in Orlando.