PAGEANT Talks Presents:
Miss Minnesota United States 2017 Jamie Whitehead
Introduction: Jamie Whitehead is a 24-year-old native of Minnesota. She is a graduate of University of North Dakota, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a minor in psychology. She has worked as a cardiac nurse for almost two years. She loves her family, her dog, and her job. When she isn’t working, she can be found refurbishing old furniture, taking her dog to the dog park, or baking sweet treats. She has competed in pageants through several organizations; most recently Miss North Dakota United States 2014 and currently Miss Minnesota United States 2017.
How did you get involved in pageants?
I competed in my first pageant as a senior in high school in the small town I grew up in. It was a local town pageant that most seniors competed in. I was crowned 2nd runner up and that was when I caught the “pageant bug” as they say.
Why did you decide to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota United States?
I had the opportunity several years ago to compete at Miss United States representing North Dakota. At the time North Dakota did not have an operating state pageant, so it was similar to an “at large” title. This year, I decided I wanted to compete one more time, so I competed in a local pageant in Minnesota and won! The United States National Pageant Inc. is a unique and modern organization that I have fallen in love with. I knew that this was the organization I wanted to continue to compete within.
When you heard your name called and put on that sash what emotions or thoughts were going through your head?
I was so shocked, surprised, and excited. My ultimate goal for the pageant was to feel confident about my on-stage answer, as I had worked so hard to improve in that area of competition. I was so focused on how proud I was of myself for answering my on-stage question, that I wasn’t even thinking about being crowned Miss Minnesota!
What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
My directors had planned for a limo to pick up the winners. My sister queens and I had an amazing ride over to our “after party” held at a local restaurant. It was an amazing time for us to soak up what just happened.
What are you looking forward to during your reign?
I’m most excited to be able to work more with my platform, which encompasses recognition and appreciation of those in public service. I am hoping to make meaningful connections and relationships with my local police and fire departments.
Tell us about your platform?
My platform, “Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes: Risking Their Lives to Save Ours,” is about acknowledging and appreciating those in public service (firefighters, police officers, EMTs, 911 dispatchers, etc.). These groups have been put in a negative light in the last few years and I hope to show that these men and women risk their lives every day to protect ours.
I love traveling and exploring new cities across the country. If I were to visit your hometown where would you take me?
I’m originally from Brainerd, MN and would have to bring you out on one of our many lakes. The summers in the Brainerd Lakes Area are the perfect time for a boat ride, water activities, and a picnic of course.
What are you looking forward to the most at Miss United States?
I am extremely eager to spend a week with my Minnesota sister queens during Miss United States. Being able to travel with them and bond even more with them will be such an exciting experience. I love to travel and have never been to Orlando, so I’m also excited to explore the city.
What advice would you give to someone who was going to compete in their very first pageant?
You have to be yourself. You could compete in the same pageant with a different set of judges and the winner could be completely different than the last. Pageants are a platform for you to be able to show others who you are and what you represent.
Who are your heroes?
My mom is definitely the most significant hero in my life. She is the inspiration behind why I became a nurse. My goal has always been to live a life that my mother would be proud of.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
A pageant!! They grow your confidence like no other activity and they allow you to meet so many other amazing, smart, and talented women.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“You’ll never feel ready for the big changes in life, but you’ll always make the accommodations necessary to make the best of them.”
What’s your one biggest pet peeve?
I absolutely hate when my socks get wet. When I get ready in the morning, I don’t put my socks on until I’m ready to head out the door in fear that I might step in water before I leave.
Describe yourself in two words?
What makes you laugh?
My dog can always make me laugh! He has the goofiest personality and I always know he can make me giggle after a long day.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
My glasses-you’ll only see me without them when I have a special event!
What is one item you can’t live without?
My chapstick-I always have about 3 different chapstick tubes on me at one time; one in my purse, one in my jacket, and one in my work scrubs.
Follow Jamie on Social Media!
Instagram – @missminnesotaunitedstates
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Miss-Minnesota-United-States-623992027755181/