A Message From Miss LSU-USA 2016

Hi everyone! It’s Emilie here – Miss LSU-USA 2016. I seriously cannot believe that February is here and the next Miss LSU pageant is so close. Am I getting emotional about it? Maybe. Don’t judge.
Before we start rocking & rolling with this year’s festivities, I thought I would take a step back and reflect on everything I was able to do in 2016 as Miss LSU and what I’m looking forward to in 2017. It was definitely a fun year with lots of highlights, so let’s get right to it!
One of the biggest things I preach is loving the skin you’re in and being self-confident. It was only fitting that my first event (two days after the pageant!) was the LSU Southern Smash, where women came together to smash scales to symbolize body confidence.
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It was HOT this day, but this is still one of my favorite events that I got to be a part of – the Special Olympics Track & Field competition! I got to meet with the athletes & coaches and cheer on everyone as they came through the finish line.
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Then I got to really do what I LOVE most – teach kids about living a healthy lifestyle! We talked about fruits & vegetables and staying active. Look at those guns💪
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Oh, and then I got to go to my favorite place in Baton Rouge (the Red Stick Farmer’s Market!) and do a cooking demo. Yummmmmmy.
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Being Miss LSU-USA while running my business Emilie Eats at the same time has been awesome, and they definitely complement one another. I was lucky enough to be featured in 225 Magazine’s “Best Of” edition. Momma I made it!
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The biggest thing I wanted to do as Miss LSU was help people, in any way that I could. First, I got to be a celebrity waiter to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and then I helped cooked for volunteer after our devastating floods. When times get tough, help your neighbor!
In October I had the opportunity to compete for Miss Louisiana USA (along with my best friend & former Miss LSU, Ashley Barbier). It was my last pageant ever, so it was kind of bittersweet, but still a ton of fun.
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How could we forget football season?? This was the first time in a few years that Miss Louisiana USA didn’t fall on Homecoming Weekend, so I was able to participate in all the festivities – like the parade! Nice ride, right? 😎
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Last but not least, the highlight of my year so far – being able to perform with the LSU Tiger Band in their Pixar-themed performance. Talk about stage fright!! I was shaking. But it was an experience I will never forget. 💜
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So what do I have planned for this semester? I’m judging the Miss Imani pageant and will be attending another fun Special Olympics event. I will also be attending the National Eating Disorders Awareness Walk, a cause close to my heart. Maybe you’ll also see me at a baseball game throwing the first pitch! (I’ve got to start practicing…) I’m making the most of my 2 months left as Miss LSU-USA 2016!
Thanks for being here for the journey.
Lots of love,
Emilie Hebert
Miss LSU-USA 2016

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