The 17-year-old will be representing California in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, the “little sister” to the Miss America contest, in Orlando, Fla. She plans to perform ballet in the talent portion of the event.
Why did you choose ballet?
Ballet has been something I’ve been doing since I was 8 years old, and it’s one of the things I love most in life. It’s my go-to talent since I’ve been through so much with ballet. I had three ankle surgeries, so it was difficult for me to continue to dance. I kept going on with it and it ended up shaping me to who I am today.
How does it feel to be in the pageant?
It feels amazing. My parents and my grandma, along with my family members in China, are very proud of me. This pageant will be able to represent who I am.
Do you have any fears as the competition approaches?
Since I am leaving for Orlando in less than three weeks, the fear I have is being away from my parents for 10 days and having to keep myself motivated and be my own support.
What are some of your other accomplishments?
I did play the role of Clara in San Francisco Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Also, I was featured in Macy’s print ads and attended Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.