Former National American Miss California Teen, and my twin sister Nicole Hornaday, is not only a queen with a crown, but one with a heart of gold and a passion to achieve her dreams no matter what challenge she is faced with.
An All-American girl from the small town of Chino Hills California, Nicole grew up watching the Miss America pageant every year with her grandma and always dreamed to be the queen crowned on stage in front of hundreds of people. In 2008, at the age of 14 she decided to make her dreams come true and participated in her first pageant with the National American Miss program. Sitting down for an interview with Nicole, she shared with me her pageant journey throughout the years, with all of the highs and lows, and everything in between.
Sitting down for an interview with Nicole, I first asked her how she felt after competing in her very first pageant.
After competing in her first pageant and not having the outcome she had hoped for, Nicole knew what she had to do to continue chasing her dream.
When all of her hard work had payed off and she won the title her second year, Nicole was proud of her accomplishments and she shared with me how it felt to achieve the goal that she had been working towards.
Nicole has grown in many ways during her years of competing in pageants, especially through the let downs and discouragement.
Finally, Nicole share with me some advice about chasing dreams, striving to be the best you can be, and not giving up even after being discouraged.