WOW!!! Just WOW! Never in my lifetime did I thought that I would ever be crowned as MISS HMONG. Thank you all so much. My crowning moment and reign is something definitely precious to me and I will cherish every moment of it forever. I'm not going to say much about what my mission is as Miss Hmong. I have an entire section on my mission in my "About" tab.
I grew up watching Miss Hmong pageants. It was really big in California, where I was from. Georgia never hosted a pageant due to the small Hmong population that we have in Georgia. Until 2014-2015, I guess the population must have increased. I was told that the pageant was announced in the summer already but I didn't find out until the end of September. After meeting with the pageant coordinator, Zuag Paj Ntxhi Kwm, Miss HSP 1st Runner-Up 2013-14, I decided not to run anymore because I knew I would have no support from my family or loved ones. No one would come watch and support me. I would only make fool out of myself. However, that didn't stop Ntxhi from stopping me. She wanted me in because I would complete six girls in the competition so she keep pushing me and wouldn't allow me to back out. Out of curtesy, I stayed. I was the last girl to be trained - I only have 1 month of training consisting of 4 full days only.
Sad to say, I was the biggest the girl. I lost hope in having a place but I've gone too far already.... just roll with it and have fun. The 1st runner up was very well fluent in Hmong as well. She had at least three sponsors. I had none. My mother had reached out to Ker Lor, Hmong Women Resource Alliance and surprisingly, she wanted to sponsor me. Many people had already knew that the competition would be between me or 1st runner up. To me, she was perfect. She had all the supporters out there while I didn't. I just knew she would bring the reign home but..... I was wrong. Finals came, I was announced "Georgia's First Miss Hmong" in history. I didn't know how I should be feeling like anymore. I must have been too excited, anxious, and nervous for a while prior to finals to when I was crowned, I was emotional-less.
Two full days of competition, I had nothing to eat. I was in high heels all day with heavy traditional Hmong clothes on. My feet was in pain. By the end of the day, end of the competition, I couldn't even feel my own feet anymore. I want to believe my blood wasn't even flowing down my legs to my feet. I wanted to cry out so bad in tears. Not to mention being hurt, I was sick too! A couple weeks prior to the competition, I had gotten sick and was left with the dry coughs. Ugh, dry coughs! I twas the worst! I coughed during my speech! Not good at all.
When I told my father that I was competing, he was really excited for me but in doubts that I would win. He and my step=mother flew down to support me. My mother remained unemployed to help me and made sure I had everything that needed to be complete for the competition. I am very thankful for them, their unconditional love and support that they have for me. Speaking of my father having doubts in me, he said to me, "Are you sure you want to compete? You cannot even speak Hmong (proper and formal). Do you know what to say?" He had been calling me and telling me what I should be saying and not be saying. I just kept telling him that just wait and watch. I will surprise him. The night and day prior to the competition, my father asked me the same exact questions again. He along with everyone was stunned! I spoke perfect formal Hmong! :) I may not speak Hmong in my daily life (probably ever) and I may not have any Hmong friends, but I am Hmong and I am proud to be Hmong.
The Miss Hmong Georgia's mission is to build experience, develop and succeed in leadership role. She will support her people and the community along with gaining continuous knowledge about her culture, language, and traditions. The elected Miss Hmong Georgia will be a recognized leader and an active advocate for the Hmong Georgia Community. She will be required to attend events and functions on behalf of the Hmong Georgia Community.