One of the questions @realniasanchez and I answered during our IG live session today is a common one: how do I afford to compete in a pageant while on a budget? Competing can be expensive, especially if you compete more than once. We talked about a ton of strategies/solutions. One of the things I mentioned was learning to borrow from friends and rewear pieces I already owned. In fact, when I won the title of Miss North Carolina USA 2019, I was wearing the same green velvet gown I'd worn when I competed the year before. Also, I wore the same swimsuit all three times I competed at NC USA and wore clothes I already had in my closet for my interview my final year. I know that a lot of women who aspire to compete are experiencing financial strain right now and have to prioritize spending. Powering through this difficult time is what is most important right now. We are going to get through this. Once we do, if this is your dream, I hope you know that having an expensive new wardrobe each year is not required in order to win. Check out the full discussion in the video on the Miss USA Facebook page. ❤️

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