Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 30th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Young Women ®

Miss South Dakota International®

Barbara Bechtel

What does it mean to be a modern woman?
In my opinion, the best components that make a modern woman is a genuine heart, compassion for others, and an ability to be confident with herself and others.

When does a girl become a woman?
Conventional wisdom holds that womanhood begins at the age of 18. And while age is an important component of growing up, there is more to it than that. More broadly, a girl becomes a woman when she matures enough to realize that one person’s affirmation of their life choices does not negate her entire existence. She also becomes a woman when she is defined by her accomplishments, whatever that may mean to her.

How do you handle disappointment?
I handle disappointment by acknowledging my feelings, recognizing my unmet needs, taking better care of myself, consider speaking up or talking it over with a wiser third party, and finally, evaluating and set healthier expectations.

What's been a picture-perfect moment in your life?
The most picture-perfect moments I had experienced occurred at an unexpected time. I was laying in the hospital after the car accident surrounded by my family and closest friends. They were all joyous to hear I survived. I had the epiphany that we are fragile, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy. To surmise life is short, fragile, and does not wait for anyone.

How do you handle stress and pressure?
I allow stress and pressure to push me in the direction of my goals. Stress is a functional aspect of life because it is the basis of knowing that I am not content with the current state. Sometimes to achieve a goal that seems insurmountable, I break up the large task into multiple smaller tasks to make it seem more easily achievable.