Ole Miss Most Beautiful 2017

I had the amazing privilege of representing my sorority, Delta Delta Delta, in the 2017 Ole Miss Parade of Beauties, and I am so honored to have been crowned Ole Miss Most Beautiful 2017! I had a blast competing alongside 62 other amazing contestants. I am so excited for this phenomenal opportunity to represent the university that means so much to me this year! ❤

Recap of 2016!

2016 has been one of the best years yet! There have been some amazing new opportunities for leadership and service, participation in pageantry and a whole lot of fun as well!

At the beginning of the year, I judged the Miss Los Angeles County Pageant in California, placed in the top 10 at the Ole Miss Parade of Beauties and had the privilege of watching my little sister be crowned Miss Spirit of Arkansas Outstanding Teen! I loved these opportunities to stay plugged in with pageantry.

The spring semester was an extremely busy one with sorority and fraternity functions as well as continued involvement with Ole Miss Cru (an on campus ministry that leads students to faith), Tri Delta and the Panhellenic Council as my sorority’s Junior Panhellenic Delegate and Task Force member, and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar as one of the head Junior Counselors.

I had the most amazing summer serving as a counselor at Camp Ozark in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. I had the incredible opportunity to work on the ropes course and canopy tour everyday, mentor campers age 7-9, help share the Gospel with dozens of children, and make friends with counselors from dozens of different universities across the country. It was an extremely challenging yet overwhelmingly rewarding job that I will always be grateful for. This past semester I was able to serve as a Campus Rep at Ole Miss and help with the recruitment process for the 2017 summer!

Right after camp I headed back to school for my sophomore year, and the best time of the year had arrived- football season! It was a rough season for Ole Miss, but I loved cheering on the Rebs regardless. Hotty toddy!

In mid-October we welcomed home some precious new dolphins to the Tri Delta house! 5 amazing girls from Arkansas were in our new pledge class along with over 100 other new members. It was so exciting and rewarding seeing our hard work pay off on bid day. Shortly after rush week we elected a new slate, and I am so proud and honored to serve as our new Panhellenic Delegate!

The fun continued my first semester of sophomore year when we kicked off swap season, formals and date parties. Dressing up to the fun themes and spending time with my sorority sisters is always a blast!

2016 has been an unforgettable year with so many amazing opportunities for growth. I cannot wait to see what 2017 will hold! ❤

Shoot with LeesPhotoEmporium

One of my favorite parts of my Ole Miss experience is being in the Honors College, and that is largely because of the amazing people I have met through it. Lee Nguyen is one of these awesome people! We had our Honors 101 and 102 classes together our freshman year. Lee has been building his photography portfolio, and we decided to team up for one of the most fun shoots I have ever been a part of! We ventured all over rural Mississippi to get some killer shots. Check him out on Instagram @leesphotoemporium!

 

Endings and Beginnings

It has been a long time since I have updated, so I thought I would share what has been going on recently!

I graduated from Little Rock Central High School in May. I am so grateful for all of the amazing things that came from my time at Central, and I was honored to graduate with honors for National Honors Society, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta.

I had the phenomenal opportunity in February and then again in July to model for the Mon Cheri Le Gala, Shorts, and Paris lines as well as the Collection by Laine Berry. I learned so much and made some amazing friends throughout the process. Thank you to everyone involved that made this such a fantastic experience!

 

At the end of the summer I had my final week as Miss Teen International 2014. It was a great time spent with my sister queens, Maggi and Samantha, the International Pageant staff, and all of the contestants from around the world in Jacksonville, Florida. It has been so fun keeping up with the new titleholders, Farabe, Elise, and Jules. Congrats again girls!

Shortly after giving up my crown I began a very new chapter as a college student at the University of Mississippi! This semester has been full of so many exciting new changes, and I am having the time of my life at Ole Miss and learning so much! I have kept busy this semester as student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College by getting involved in various clubs and organizations on campus and pledging Delta Delta Delta! Hotty toddy and go rebs! I finished the semester with a 3.94 making the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. I can’t wait to make more amazing memories at this amazing school!

“Every story has an end, but in life every end is a new beginning.”

Blair Wortsmith

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

One of the biggest events on peoples’ Bucket List is to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve. It is something I have always dreamed of doing, and this year I had that chance.

happy new year

But it wasn’t just any opportunity to watch… We were VIP! Miss Florida International- Lyss Acosta-Millan, Miss NY International- Elaina Estrada, Mrs. NY International Marjorie Anglade-Vail, and Mrs. Connecticut International- Paula Mele celebrated with me, my mom, and my aunt as we rang in the New Year!

The Wounded Warrior Project is the organization we have to thank for this opportunity. Veterans and current service members joined with their friends and family in Times Square for the big day. Thank you so much to everyone with the WWP for allowing the International Pageant girls to join in on the fun!

me with service member pre party

The crowds started gathering at about 3 AM on NYE to get the best spots in Times Square for the event. I can only image how miserable it could be waiting nearly 21 hours for the ball drop! We were so fortunate to not have to wait in those long lines and crowds. The NYPD escorted our group to the closest area by the ball at about 8 PM on New Years Eve!

group photo

Nearly one million people were gathered in that area to celebrate the New Year, many traveling from around the globe to see the sight. I definitely started the year off right with a big check on the Bucket List!

one million

mom and aunt

Thank you to the Wounded Warriors Project and some of my fellow International Pageant sisters for this amazing opportunity. Being in NYC for NYE is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

confetti
If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

Empire State of Mind

My mom, aunt, and I definitely had an Empire State Of Mind as we headed to the Big Apple for New Years Eve! After visiting NYC for Spring Break a couple of years ago I definitely left a piece of my heart in this incredible city. It was so good to be back! I don’t think it would have been possible to do more sight seeing than we did in our short stay.

We started off our trip at the September 11th Memorial and Museum to pay our respects to those that suffered on this tragic day. It broke my heart when learning about the stories of both the survivors and those that passed.

me at fountain tower

Our first night in the city we saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes! Even though this holiday had already passed it was still really exciting seeing this amazing show.

radio city

It was my first time going to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty up close! It was the perfect day for a photo op with Lady Liberty herself.

Lady liberty

One of my favorite places in NYC is Chelsea Market. Every time I am there I feel like a real New Yorker shopping! It is so pretty inside and has some of my favorite local stores.

me in front of market

I went to the Empire State Building during the day and Top of the Rock at night to get both the day and nighttime view of New York. There are no words to describe the beauty of the city from the birds eye view!

top of the rock

Going to be a part of the Today Show was one of the highlights of the trip. We woke up bright and early to head to Rockefeller Plaza for the show. I had a huge sign that said, “Miss Teen International Loves Today.” I made it on air a few times, and I was so excited to be able to recognize the International Pageants on national television!

today show

Central Park is one of the most interesting parts of New York. It is literally a big park smack in the middle of a ginormous city! It was so beautiful walking through and taking in the nature amidst the hustle and bustle!

central park

Stay tuned in my next blog for more details about New Years Eve in Times Square for the ball drop!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014