Lauren Bright, a senior at The Brook Hill School, will soon be vying for one of the top titles in the state, as she takes part in the upcoming Miss Texas Teen 2018 competition, to be held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26, at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel in Houston.
Bright qualified for the Miss Texas Teen 2018 competition after claiming the tiara at the Miss Dallas Teen competition, held Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, her first attempt in competing in a pageant competition.
“I’m really excited to compete in the Miss Texas Teen contest,” said Bright. “I’m excited because it’s my first time to compete, so to be able to represent both Bullard and Dallas is exciting to me. It’ll be a great experience. No matter the outcome, I’m just excited for the experience and everything that’s come out of it so far.”
According to Bright, who is also a model represented by the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, her interests in competing in pageants began recently when a friend suggested the idea.
“I have been modeling since I was about 12 years old,” said Bright. “Competing in pageants was actually a recent thing that was brought to my attention. A bunch of my friends encouraged me to compete, and I’ve grown up watching the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, as well. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve notice that almost everything that pageants entail is kind of how I live my daily life; I love working out, always try to carry myself with poise and grace, and I have a passion for helping others.”
With her first pageant win to her credit in the first competition she has ever competed in, Bright said her confidence is higher than it was before the Miss Dallas Teen event.
“I definitely know now what to expect a little bit more now that I’ve gone through the process,” said Bright. “I don’t think you can go in with super-high confidence because all of these girls have been competing for several years and are so beautiful and sweet with remarkable stories. My confidence is higher than it was when I competed for Miss Dallas Teen, but we all go into these competitions to do our best and have the confidence in ourselves to do everything we can do. It really all depends on the judging panel; they’ll choose whoever they’re looking for.”
Since winning her title as Miss Dallas Teen, Bright said she has received encouragement from those around the Dallas and Bullard areas for her accomplishment.
“It’s been such a great experience,” said Bright, “Everyone in the area has been so uplifting and encouraging to me, and I’m very thankful.”
Bright has made several public appearances donning her Miss Dallas Teen tiara, including visits to children’s hospitals and an appearance in the Starlight Parade at the State Fair of Texas this year, completing a few of the tasks assigned with her new title.
“Life as Miss Dallas Teen has been amazing,” said Bright. “I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I’m working hard to mark as many appearances as I can. I know that I don’t compete just for the crown or the beauty aspect of it; I’m in it for the community service side of it. I want to do as much as I can with my year as Miss Dallas Teen and help everyone that I can.”
With over 100 young women vying for the title of Miss Texas Teen 2018, Bright said her goal is to at least place in the event’s top 15 finalists.
“I have set a goal to hopefully finish in the top 15,” said Bright. “Besides from competing in another pageant, I think that with the Miss Texas Teen title, I would be able to help a wider variety of people and get my message out of teaching teenagers to live confidently and beautifully both inside and outside, both boys and girls. For me, it’s not just nutrition, but it’s also what you put into your body spiritually, emotionally, and mentally that affects you. SO many teens struggle in high school, and I want to be able to help them.”
In order to compete in the Miss Texas Teen 2018 contest, contestants must be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17; be a United States citizen; meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state; meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Organization; be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements; be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which they compete; and must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.
Contestants in Miss Texas’s Outstanding Teen program can compete by winning a local Outstanding Teen title in one of the official local pageants throughout Texas.
During the competition, Bright will compete in a number of events in the competition making up 100 percent of her final score, including private interview (25 percent), talent (35 percent), evening wear and on-stage question (20 percent), lifestyle and fitness (10 percent), and scholastic achievement (10 percent).
If Bright is able to bring the Miss Teen Texas crown back to Bullard, she will then go on to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2018.
“It would truly be a dream-come-true if I am able to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant,” said Bright. “If I get the opportunity, I’m definitely going and I will be 100 percent ready for it.”
Bright is the daughter of David and Shauna Bright.