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What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta


What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta and read what she’s been doing since being crowned. Here on the islands, we are very happy and proud to have one of our own representing our nation. Brianna is a truly fine young woman working to help all Hawaiians. Miss Hawaii

HONOLULU, September 8, 2013 – One of America’s fastest  rising young leaders is none other than Brianna Acosta, a recent journalism and  political science graduate who represented the Aloha State this year as Miss  Hawaii USA. In an exclusive interview, Acosta shared her unique perspective on pageantry,  life after wearing a crown and the challenges young Americans face in today’s  world.

Danny de Gracia: Brianna, since our last interview in December a lot  has happened in your career and life! You graduated from the University of  Hawaii in May and in June you competed for Miss USA. What’s it been like for you  lately and how do you feel about the whole experience of pageants and  representing Hawaii?

Brianna Acosta: It’s been a little weird for me to be  honest, transitioning into a non-competition mode. You spend months preparing  for and anxiously awaiting Miss USA in addition to your titleholder  responsibilities, so it’s a little strange having that weight lifted and just  focusing on fulfilling the rest of my year as Miss Hawaii USA and life after the  crown.

I absolutely loved my experience at Miss USA. I was especially appreciative  of all the love and support I received as I prepared to compete.  My  directors Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi were so supportive of me throughout  the entire process and are truly like family to me. They set up mock interviews,  helped plan my outfits and designed and made my custom evening gown.

I truly felt like Miss Universe in that gown.  My amazing sponsors, such  as Manuheali’i and my coach, Jenny Lynn, were also behind me 100% and I was so  humbled by their graciousness. I think pageants are a great way for women to feel empowered.  I may not  have been what they were looking for as Miss USA 2013 but I received great  feedback from the national sponsors and staff and made treasured connections and  friendships.

What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta

I was so proud to represent Hawaii, especially being from a small town like  Waialua and above all, it was definitely an empowering experience.

DDG: A lot of young people look up to you and respect  your opinions. What’s your thoughts about the direction the United States and  the world has been going lately? If you had been Miss USA, what would have been  some of the major issues you’d have liked to bring more attention to?

Acosta: The world is a scary and unpredictable place in  today’s day and age and I surely can’t say what’s to come. My belief is that the  way we can make a positive change is to be that change on a smaller scale. At Miss USA I was able to work with amazing charities such as Stop Hunger Now  and Best Buddies, which assist poverty stricken regions with food and  adolescents with disabilities, respectively.

Beautiful and brainy, Acosta says “If I had been  crowned Miss USA, I would have loved to spread my personal mission of STEM and  literacy education through FIRST Robotics.” (Photo by Fadil Berisha)

If I had been crowned Miss USA I would have loved to spread my personal  mission of STEM and literacy education through FIRST Robotics. The children and adolescents of today are those that will lead and save our  world tomorrow. I think if little girls would have seen that Miss USA was a  robotics nerd that they would think being smart and striving to achieve more  through education is pretty cool.

DDG: What do you think are some of the things that young  people in America are most concerned about today? Lately there’s been a lot of  talk about economic crisis, terrorism and wars in various places, what do young  people think about all this?

Acosta: The concern I hear about the most in my personal  life is the economic crisis and that definitely is a major concern for me. The  cost of living, especially in Hawaii, versus minimum wage isn’t such a fair  battle. I have friends with masters and law degrees struggling to find jobs in  their respective fields. I’m certainly not an economist so I don’t have the  answer to the problem but I surely appreciate every paycheck a lot more.

DDG: One of the things that I notice is that whenever  there’s a beauty pageant, there are some elements of the national media which  can just be excessively judgmental and cruel in the way they cover the  contestants, especially in the area of the way some of the young women answer  questions. What’s your feelings on this?

Acosta: I think this issue is more complex than people think  because there are young ladies that are very intelligent but get flustered under  the pressure and then there are those who simply don’t know how to answer the  question. This is not to say that the girl who doesn’t know how to answer the question  is dumb or uneducated; I think it’s more so that she doesn’t really know  herself. The questions aren’t meant to stump, but rather to see how the young  woman composes herself and can form a personal opinion. I think it’s acceptable for the public and media to judge to an extent as the  winner will go on to represent the entire United States at Miss Universe, but I  think they also need to be considerate to the woman when doing this; an answer  to a question pulled randomly out of a fishbowl does in no way determine a  woman’s worth!

DDG: The last time we spoke you mentioned maybe going to  law school, is that still an interest for you?

Acosta: It is still a great possibility. I’ve had some  potential opportunities come up post Miss USA, so for now I will see where those  lead but who knows what the future holds!

DDG: What would you say is the most important thing to  you right now?

Acosta: The most important thing to me right now is doing  some self-discovery after reflecting on my year and experience and deciding  what’s next to achieve.  Also, I can’t express enough gratitude to my  family, directors, support team, sponsors and friends – they will always be so  important to me for all they have done for me!

by Danny de Gracia

What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta, and keep going strong Brianna. All our Love to you girl…

~~Aloha Nui Loa


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