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Fil-Am Tawny Fajardo: Beauty Queen, a Crown with a Heart

Growing up in a Filipino-American, medical specialist family, Tawny was exposed to a profession whose main mission is to care.

Her father, Dr. Renato Fajardo, is an urgent care doctor and her mother, Natividad Fajardo, is a nurse. She has a sister named Abbey and a cat, Mochi. Her parents didn’t need to push her in the medical direction.

Tawny, a Registered Nurse, specializes in plastic surgery and is trained in injectable treatment like Botox and lip augmentation. She is also on the road to becoming a surgeon being a Post-Baccalaureate student at Seattle University and completing her pre-requisites to medical school.

The medical muse was crowned as Miss Washington United States 2017.

She is a heart health advocate and a Legacy Leader of the American Heart Association, inspired by her family especially her dad, she plans to extend her influence through her own social media campaign #CrowntheHeart to spread awareness of what good cardiovascular health is. She is currently preparing for another life changing moment in her life – the Miss United States competition happening this summer.

Indeed, she has the beauty and the brain, she owns the crown, and she is also full of heart.

How did you prepare for the pageant?

“Pageantry is more than what people may see on stage – it’s a challenge to demonstrate confidence in one’s character, authenticity, and balance in life.”

I started to prepare for this pageant several months in advance when I decided to compete again. I focused on everything from health and fitness to interview skills & public speaking to ensure I was going to perform the best I could! I think the most important aspect of my preparation was prayer and reflection. Pageantry is more than what people may see on stage – it’s a challenge to demonstrate confidence in one’s character, authenticity, and balance in life. I wanted to show who I truly am on that stage, and I felt very confident this year about my performance.

Was there a Q and A portion? What was the question and what was your answer?

“I am most grateful for my mentors. They have shaped me into who I am today and I aspire to become a positive role model and teacher for others, as well.”

I did compete with an On Stage Question this year. My question was, “For what in your life are you most grateful for?” In that moment I saw my mom in the audience. My parents have been supporting me from day one. My mom also competed in beauty pageants when she was younger. Today, she is my mentor. I told the judges that I am most grateful for my mentors. They have shaped me into who I am today and I aspire to become a positive role model and teacher for others, as well.

What is your greatest lesson in joining this pageant?

“…strive to inspire and empower women of all ages to be confident in who they are, feel beautiful in their own skin, and transform into some of the strongest leaders in our communities.”

What I have learned from my experience in competing in this pageant (and all pageants) is the importance of empowering women and how pageants empower the woman in all aspects of life. I have seen my own sash sisters change each year and return to the stage stronger and more confident than the year before. I have seen this in myself also, when I look back at old photos and see my own development. I was reminded this year as I was crowned how important it is to be representing an organization that strives to inspire and empower women of all ages to be confident in who they are, feel beautiful in their own skin, and transform into some of the strongest leaders in our communities. I feel so humbled to be representing Washington State in the Miss United States Organization this year and am determined to make a memorable difference.

What is your message to girls/females who wants to follow their dreams?

“Throughout this journey, do not worry about another girl’s pathway, but your own. We all have our own road to success and it will be different. Embrace it! The only person you should be competing against is the person you were yesterday.”

The message I want to share with other girls who have big dreams is to never give up. The persistence is worth it. Sometimes we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, but often times, though we cannot see, we are one step away from the finish line. Throughout this journey, do not worry about another girl’s pathway, but your own. We all have our own road to success and it will be different. Embrace it! The only person you should be competing against is the person you were yesterday.

Facebook page: @MissWashingtonUS!
Instagram: @tawnynoelle

[This article was submitted by guest writer Agnes Montalbo  of the KDN/internet community. The views and opinion expressed herein are that of the original author.]