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Miss Iowa International™ 2019

Taylor Cassady


What is the First thing you notice about a person?
Financial literacy. I was very fortunate to grow up in a household in which my parents stressed the importance of being financially responsible through budgeting and planning for the future. In school, I never learned about paying student loans, how to properly utilze a credit card, or how to take advantage of the ability to plan for retirement from a young age. Financial literacy is something that I think is incredibly important for younger generations to start taking into consideration, so that would be the course I would teach.

What goals do you have for the new 5 years?
I always take the bad news first, so one of my weaknesses would be that I have a very difficult time saying no. I always want to help others so I put the needs of other people before my own which can honestly be exhausting. I have learned that we cannot take care of others if we don't care for ourselves so I'm working on that. One of my strengths would be that I am incapable of giving up on something that I am passionate about. When I was diagnosed with a rare congential spinal disorder two years ago, I was told that I would never walk on stage again. I'll see you all in Charleston!

What is the first thing you would do if you win the lottery?
To me, a titleholder should be flexible, ambitious and devoted. There are so many opportunities presented to titleholders throughout their reign so it is important that titleholders are able to adapt in every situation, whether its talking to different types of people, or singing a national anthem when the booked singer can't do it. Titleholders should be ambitious individuals to show young children that they can aspire to have a Master's degree, a career in any field, to organize their own philanthropic events, or to be the next titleholder. Finally, a titleholder needs to be devoted to the title and to every opportunity is presents and what it represents because at the end of the day, one woman walks away with the title. It is her job to ensure that she makes the most of her year knowing there are many other qualified woman who didn't get the same opportunity.

What is the most useless you have ever purchased?
It would honestly be a toss up between my eye brow pencil and my mascara because my eyebrows and my eyelashes are actually blonde! Eyebrows frame the face and mascara opens the eyes, so it's a tough choice!

What is the best way to spend a rainy afternoon?
Any time I am presented with someone who has a negative connotation of pageantry, I challenge them to walk into a room of pageant contestants and converse with them. I believe that beauty pageants have become a platform for young women to be empowered, to find their voice, and to speak and act on causes and issues that are important to them. Beauty pageants are so much more than just the day of competition. They are the summation of the blood, sweat and tears that go into prepartion. They are the entire year reign following the competition through which so much positive impact is made by titleholders. Beauty pageants are helping so many women break glass ceilings and that is something to be proud of.

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