New York City!
On February 4th, I eagerly boarded a plane en route to New York City for New York Fashion Week. I was looking forward to adventuring the city, getting to know my sister queens and all of the wonderful events that we would be attending throughout the week.
Shortly after I landed at LaGuardia I met Miss Teen International, Madeline, at the hotel we were staying at. We decided to spend the afternoon exploring Times Square. We particularly enjoyed seeking out the screen where our photos appeared after we were crowned the International titleholders. It was incredible standing in the exact same spot I was six months’ earlier days after I was crowned Miss International. We each took a moment to reflect on the last six months and how much our lives have changed since being crowned.
The next day was a busy one. We got up early to meet with an American Heart Association representative to talk about the evening’s show. She was so kind to meet with us and join us for so much needed coffee.
After our meeting, we decided to walk to the Empire State Building. I just couldn’t believe that one of the world’s most iconic buildings was just right down the street from where we were staying. The tour we took brought us all the way up to the 86th floor. We opted for the lower level of the tour so that we could go out to the observation deck. Although it was exceptionally cold (and that’s coming from a North Dakota girl who less than 24 hours ago was in subzero temperatures) I couldn’t help but be in awe of the views.
You could see the entire city. Cars that looked to be the size of ants, buildings as far as the eye could see and even the Statue of Liberty standing tall out in the distance. The view was utterly breathtaking.
I could not believe my ears. Shania Twain was in the house. I quickly rushed over to the curtain and there she was, ten feet away rehearsing her set for the show. I knew then that this was going to be an evening that I would never forget. She was only one of the many well know celebrities there that night.
We spent most of the evening at the step and repeat taking photos and greeting the guest as they arrived. It was fun having the opportunity to interact with the public and and getting to know the survivors who were being celebrated during the show.
One we took out seats in the VIP section the real fun started. One after the other idols of mine took the stage. Starting with Meghan Trainor. Yes, THE Meghan Trainor. She opened the show with a few of her hit singles and then all of the celebrities started waling out. One after the other big names started to hit the stage. Tamron Hall, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Madeline Stuart, Darlene Love and so many more.
Then it was time for Shania to hit the stage and finish the show. She sang a four song set that completely stole the whole show. Madeline, Robin and I could help but to dance and sing along. (sorry for those of you that were listening to our off key singing in the live videos.)
Madeline and I then decided to go visit the 9/11 memorial later in the evening. It was somber but I am so glad that we made time to see it. The memorial itself is humbling but a groundskeeper told us that they turn the main lights of the memorial off when it is foggy and leave on the outlining lights. They do this so that it creates a shadow in the sky. When I looked up I saw what looked to be an outline of the building. It was like a ghost of the original towers still standing there. It was absolutely unbelievable.
All in all, my time in New York City was a time I will never forget. There are many experiences throughout my year as Miss International that are my favorites and moments that I will forever cherish and this trip is certainly at the top of that list.
New York forever has a place in my heart.
Have courage and always be kind.
Miss International 2019