The Ms. America Pageant Selects Terri McDonald to Participate in the 2022 Competition

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 17, 2022 - PRLog -- Ms. California Terri McDonald is honored to announce that she will be running for Ms. America at the Ms. America Pageant live streaming from the Curtis Theatre in Brea, California on October 29th. Terri McDonald is a Nurse, Philanthropist, and Model. In our interview, she talks about pageants, why her platform is so important and much more!

Can you tell us more about the Ms. America pageant?

The Ms. America® Pageant is for women over 26.The Ms. America pageant is based on four areas of competition: Evening Gown, Interview, Sportswear and Finalist On-Stage Question. The pageant will be held on Oct 29, 2022 , Red Carpet 6:30 pm; Pageant door opens at 6:30 pm; Pageant starts at 7:30 pm; Where: Curtis Theater, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea,  92821

Your platform is Heart Awareness. What influenced you to choose this platform?

I chose congenital heart defect and heart awareness because I recently found out I was born with a congenital heart defect and didn't know about it until September 2022.

Congenital heart defects are one of the most common types of birth defects, however rare. Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year are born with a CHD and most people are unaware of it. Types of defects can include Defective vessels, Leaky Valve, hole in the heart. I have lived a very healthy lifestyle and on September 19th I went in for a double cardiac catheter ablation. I still need to watch my heart rate but before it would go up from 150-200.

How has your life changed since you became a part of the pageant world?

You will fail, For years, I have competed and not won the title I desired. However, I realize that along the journey, I met the most amazing people, learned more about myself and cultivated more confidence by continuing to get back out there. Instead of getting so cozy with success, try being a little more comfortable with failure. Then as a result, you won't be afraid of failure.

Is there anything you wish you had known about pageants that you would like to share?

I had no idea what I was doing when I first competed and I made countless mistakes Right now, your main focus might be on winning that next beauty pageant. But the skills that you'll learn and self-awareness that you'll develop will enrich your life long after you stop competing. One thing I wish I would have known or done during my first pageant was get a coach. I highly suggest this being anyone's first pageant.

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