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Alexis Smith will compete in Miss Nevada Teen USA at Symphony Hall in Phoenix July 29. (Courtesy)
By Robin Leach Niche Division of Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 28, 2017 - 5:32 am
Global recording artist, dancer, songwriter and actor Jorge Blanco will perform his smash single, “Summer Soul,” during the July 29 Miss Teen USA competition from Symphony Hall in Phoenix. Fans can also tune into the official Miss Teen USA Facebook page to watch the show.
Heidi Powell, celebrity trainer and transformation specialist, and Erin Lim, from E!’s popular Snapchat series, “The Rundown,” will host the competition.
The judges who will help determine the next Miss Teen USA are: Divya Gugnani, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Wander Beauty; Kalani Hilliker, American dancer, model and television personality from the hit show, “Dance Moms”; K. Lee Graham, Miss Teen USA 2014; current student at University of South Carolina Honors College with a focus in pre-law; Tamaya Petteway, senior vice president of Endemol Shine North America’s Brand and Licensing Partnerships Division; and Fox 10 Phoenix Emmy Award news anchor, Syleste Rodriguez.
Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexis Smith grew up as a military brat traveling all around the world and is in the business management program in her Las Vegas high school, where she is already starting to pursue her business degree. Her friends describe her as determined, classy and genuine.
Alexis loves hiking at Red Rock Canyon, modeling, trying new restaurants all around Vegas with her friends, and even has her own YouTube channel. She is very active in her community, serving as a District Youth Advisory council member, where she gets to help make decisions regarding education in her state. She is also a part of “The Thirst Project” and “Girl Nation.” An issue close to her heart is the lack of self-love amongst teenagers, today. Alexis has worked with teens in her state, teaching them to be confident in who they are, and she hopes to bring her work to a national level if she is lucky enough to be named Miss Teen USA.
Q: How did you feel the moment you knew you were selected as our state winner?
A: I was shocked when my name was announced, and it seemed as if time had completely stopped. I felt like crying, laughing and singing all at once. As soon as I spotted my family screaming and jumping up and down in the audience, reality kicked in and tears of joy immediately filled my eyes. Every time I rewatch my crowning moment video, butterflies fill my stomach. That moment was truly unforgettable.
Q: How do you feel now representing the Silver State in the national pageant?
A: I could not be more proud to represent the Silver State at nationals. I hope to bring home the crown, and with the love and support of Team Nevada, I feel 100 percent prepared to do so.
Q: What’s your platform? Do you have time for Nevada hobbies and interests? What do you want to eventually do career-wise?
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