My heart was pounding, my mind was racing, and my palms were sweaty while holding Miss North Oaks (Ellen Dahlquists) hand. I have never in my life felt so excited and nervous all at once, thinking over and over again how amazing it would feel to have them call out your name.
“And your Miss Minnesota International 2016 is… Miss Hastings Sabrina Astar!”
The first thing I did was just smile as largely as I can and freeze in place, not sure where to look and feeling like I'm on cloud 9. Looking at many of those pictures now I can see how silly I really did look in that moment that I was experiencing pure happiness. As I tried to gain my composure, I look up to the judges and thank them for giving me this blessing. Alexis then walks towards me to crown me and I squat down and just think for a brief second “ You are a very lucky girl, show the world that you deserve this.”
While walking my first walk as Miss Minnesota International 2016 I thought about how amazing all of the women I competed with are. Miss Eagan, Miss Minneapolis, Miss North Oaks, Miss Koochiching County and Miss Hutchinson were all such lovely women to compete with. Winning the Amity award was one of the best things about the entire weekend. To think that all the women I was lucky enough to compete with thought of me as a friend was just icing on the cake of an incredible weekend. To all of the women I got the pleasure to know, I loved learning about your platforms, they were so inspiring and I wish you all the best of luck with all that your future holds.
In my last blog I wrote about the importance of my platform “Invest in Today's Youth” with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and how so many lives have been effected by this outstanding organization. I feel beyond blessed to be able to speak about my platform throughout my reign and I cannot wait to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to the International stage in just over a month.
Winning your first pageant is a very odd and amazing thing. I felt so excited to be the owner of this title and wanted to show everyone that although I am young and new to pageantry I can make an impact. Although I talk about luck, this is not what made me win. I had an “out of this world” crew behind the scenes. Cheri Kennedy and Adam Spiker helped me to look and feel as though I could accomplish anything. My mock interview judges gave me the tools to be prepared for one on one and on stage interviews. My parents and siblings supported me, as they always have, to keep reaching for my goals. Friends were there day and night keeping me emotionally stable. In life you will do amazing things, but the people that help you get there are the real reason your life is amazing.
Next stop is Miss International at the end of July in Jacksonville! I feel ready to compete and excited to share my story with even more outstanding women!
With love and blessings,
Miss Minnesota International 2016 Sabrina Astar