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A Struttin’ chat with Kenzie Leeser

 


Kenzie Leeser, Interview by Sheri Hooper, November 2012
Kenzie Leeser, November 2012 Interview with Sheri Hooper
CHARMING BELLES, 2012-2013, NATIONAL ULTIMATE ELITE QUEEN, KENZIE LEESER
ULTIMATE NATIONAL ELITE 2012-2013
National Elite Grand Overall, 8-16 Year Divisional Queen
National Overall Photogenic 0-16 Years
National Overall Stageshots Winner
National Overall Portfolio Winner
Best Dressed 0-16 Years
Best Natural Photo 0-16 Years
Prettiest Eyes 0-16 Years

Kenzie is a well rounded pageant girl with multiple interests. Although a tough competitor who is making waves in the industry, she is also a friendly, intelligent sports enthusiast with high aspirations for her future. From photographs to random questions, my definition in one word for Kenzie would be “cheerful”. Considering that she is a cheerleader too, I believe I am on the right track.

Kenzie is also a long time participant in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Mall to Mall Walk” in Pensacola, Florida. She is dedicated to this cause in honor of Mrs. Darla Bailey, the current Co-Owner and Director of the Tiny Miss Pageant Systems. You may also remember Darla from America’s Tiny Miss USA that was filmed in 2009 by TLC’s (The Learning Channel) Toddlers and Tiaras. Mrs. Bailey is a cancer Survivor and the diagnosis motivated Kenzie to help those she loved and also her community by donating the time and energy to a most worthy annual event.

Kenzie took some time out of her busy schedule for a great interview with me. I hope you to find her to be as charming as I did.

 

Q.

What is your preference to be refered as, Mackenzie or Kenzie?

A.

Kenzie

Q.

How old are you?

A.
11 years old.

Q.

At what age did you begin competing in Beauty Pageants?

A.
8 years old.

Q.

Approximately how many Pageants, Modeling and Photo Contests have you competed in over the years?

A.
About 50 or more.

Q.

You are a title winning “Strutter” who are your Coaches with them?

A.
Mrs. Donna Butts and Mrs. Victoria Harris.


-(Side Notation: Victoria Harris was Nominated and took 2 categories with Professional Pageant Coaching, for both Children and Adults, in the 2012 Scepter Awards!)

 

Q.

How often do you practice your pageant routines?

A.
I take coaching lessons once a month. About two weeks before a pageant I practice my routines longer, and the week prior to a pageant I practice everyday for an hour or more.

Q.

You are really tearing up the pageant circuit with all of your wins. Share with our Audience some of your latest 2012 “Stage Pageant” Titles.

A.
Level One, 8 & Up Supreme at Southern Beauties and Beaus National Pageant (October 2012)
Ultimate Grand Supreme at the 2nd Annual Miss Wild Thing Pageant (September 2012)
11 & Up Overall OOC Supreme at Beauties of Paradise Pageant (August 2012)
10 & Up Novice Supreme at Adorable Miss Gulf Coast National Pageant (June 2012)

Q.

Who are your “Pageant Besties?”

A.
Samantha Steele, Sloen Zieverink, Hailey Simoneaux and Jordan Sanders.

Q.

Who is your Pageant Hero and why?

A.

Madison “Tootie” Berg. I look up to her because she is nice to everyone, even her competition.

Q.

What “Stage Pageants” do you suggest for others?

A.
When first starting out, try local pageants in your area to see if you/they really want to do pageants. Even though beauty pageants are fun, it is hard work and you have to practice to be able to do your best. If this is something you like I suggest trying Adorable Miss Gulf Coast, Southern Beauties and Beaus, World Precious Children, Beauties of Paradise, Heavenly Miss, PageantFest and Tropical Dream Stars.

Q.

Your most beloved event/category to compete in?

A.
Outfit of Choice!

Q.

Finish this sentence – “I would never go to a pageant without . . . “

A.
All of my outfits, shoes and hair pieces!

Q.

Photogenics are a struggle for many new models. Your photographs are beautiful, posing confidently and camera-comfortable with flawless eye contact. What is your advice for new contestants to remain at ease and calm in front of the camera like you do?

A.
Have fun while doing it and RELAX!

Q.

What went through your mind when your name was called out repeatedly with win after win, ending with the National Ultimate Elite Title, claiming the biggest cash give-out and the largest prize box at the 2012 Charming Belles National?

A.
I was amazed and happy!

Q.

If you could work with any actor(s) in Hollywood who would they be?

A.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

Q.

Top 3 television programs.

A.
Cheer, Pretty Little Liars and iCarly.

Q.

Top 3 films.

A.
Hotel Transylvania, Madagascar 3, and Alice in Wonderland.

Q.

Favorite music/recording artists?

A.
Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Demi Lovato, and Gotye.

Q.

What is your favorite season?

A.
Summer

Q.

What is your favorite holiday?

A.
Christmas

Q.

What are your best school subjects?

A.
Math, Language and Reading.

Q.

Do you participate in any academic clubs, the arts/music, or sports?

A.
I belong to the Anti-Bullying “Take a Stand Club”. In sports I play fast-pitch softball and I am on a competitive cheerleading team “Rage”.

Q.

Your favorite books/authors?

A.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

Q.

Your personal hopes and dreams?

A.
I would like to be a model and also a marine biologist.

Q.

Complete this sentence – “I love pageants because …”

A.
I like doing the routines, seeing my pageant friends and I like winning.

Q.

Your opinion on “Pageant Bashers.”

A.
I think people shouldn’t bash pageants, they don’t really know anthing about pageants. All they know is what they see on television shows. Pageants aren’t like that at all.

Q.

Describe yourself using seven adjectives.

A.
Athletic, smart, helpful, nice, creative, talkative and outgoing!

 

 

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