Finding inspiring female role models can sometimes be challenging. While there are more successful women than ever (which is wonderful), to be honest – social media images often show a lack of wholesome values. With the explosion of social media in our daily lives, the number of women that have an influence over us is rising. That’s why it’s up to us to be selective about who we follow, look up to, or are influenced by.
After connecting with Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers during NYFW, I’ve learned more about this incredible woman, and as a result, have been inspired by her ever since. Having grown up watching the Miss USA pageant, I’m especially excited to share this exclusive interview with you.
As a classic All-American beauty with an accomplished background and a heart of gold, it’s no wonder that Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers is quickly taking the nation (and the world) by storm. For all these reasons (and more), I can see why this Nebraska native stands out amongst the competition.
To encourage you to follow your dreams, pursue your passions, and create a life that inspires you, today’s special Q&A with Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers shares 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about this blonde beauty. Plus learn her secrets to getting pageant-gorgeous, what her daily diet is like, and how she stays so fit!
That’s not all… stay tuned because I&C will be doing a fun LIVE Q&A ON INSTAGRAM with Sarah Rose! We’ll chat about her favorite beauty, fitness, and diet tips; plus, I’ll be sharing questions from I&C readers and fans.
Be sure to follow @inspirencelebr8 on Instagram to watch the Live Q&A on Wednesday (10/24/18) AT 5 PM PST and to chime in on our girl chat!
Q&A with Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers
- How has winning the title of Miss USA 2018 changed your life?
After winning the Miss USA 2018 title my life has absolutely turned upside down and backwards, I never expected to become the first Miss USA from Nebraska. I anticipated returning home after The MISS USA® Competition to begin applying for jobs in child life, as I had recently passed my Child Life Certification Exam. But now I am living in New York City as Miss USA, attending events, encouraging voter registration, traveling the country, visiting military bases, children’s hospitals, and preparing to represent our powerful country at The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition in December.
- How are you using your position to inspire other young women?
I am grateful to have this opportunity to inspire other young women in a variety of ways. Whether that be through speaking to sororities about the negative effects of personal comparison, talking with younger students about choosing kindness and volunteerism, visiting patients to make them feel like queens for a day, or simply posting positive encouragement on social media.
- Since the Miss Universe & Miss USA organizations are currently promoting the #ConfidentlyBeautiful movement right now, what do you do to feel confident in your appearance (on stage or in real life)?
I am content and confident with who I am as Sarah Rose Summers. I know my strengths and my insecurities, and I am proud of all of the things that make me who I am. I take care of my body by being intentional about what I put into and on it, and through working out – which also releases happy endorphins. At the end of the day, I am confidently beautiful in more than just my outward appearance (as that is ever changing), I am confident in my heart, my purpose, and faith.
- A hot topic you’ve publicly talked about pertains to eating disorders and body-image issues. Since women often feel judged on their image, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper diet/exercise (without letting the “pressure to be thin” negatively influence you)?
I consistently remind myself and have an amazing support system of friends and family who remind me that, no one’s version of fit and healthy is the same. We all have different body types, health conditions, and genetics. We’re all made differently, and we need to share with men and women that our unique bodies and unique personalities are truly something to celebrate not criticize.
When I get hungry, I eat. When I am physically drained, I take a rest day from the gym. I listen to my body and enlist support, and thankfully for me, it’s as simple as that.
I want to take this opportunity, however, to encourage readers, that if you have distorted body views, if you’re not eating, can’t miss a workout without feeling shame, purging, binging, you are not alone and you can get help. Eating disorders are the number one fatal mental illness in this country, please take this disease seriously. Tell a friend, counselor, family member, or seek additional help on www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.
- What are your favorite types of exercise? Any tips on staying fit and healthy?
When it comes to exercise, find what you actually enjoy doing and mix it up. While in college, I became a Lagree Fitness Certified Instructor after falling in love with the precision and strength of Pilates. I love “boutique style” fitness classes, which can vary from boxing, Pilates, to hip hop dance workouts. I feel that energy is contagious, and I usually attend classes with friends. However, these workouts aren’t for everyone, so find what you enjoy doing and always have a motivating playlist!
- What’s your daily diet routine like?
Breakfast: Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. I enjoy a half of an avocado on wheat toast topped with egg whites with spinach, turmeric, and cayenne. Or a low-fat yogurt with bran buds and fruit, if I’m feelin’ fancy I may even make some protein pancakes.
Snack: Because I am often on the go, I always carry a protein bar with me to snack on between ‘meals.’ My go-to protein bars are No Cow and RX because my stomach does not digest whey protein well which many other protein bars have.
Lunch: I will have a leafy green salad with whatever protein source I am feeling that day. I try not to eat the same thing daily because I’ll get bored, which is why I prefer places you can make your own with many topping options.
Dinner: I strive to always have vegetables and protein. My easy go-to’s are baked or grilled fish with a side of chopped brussel sprout salad with lemon and parmesan. Or a ground turkey taco salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.
I also love to eat dinner out with friends in the city. I make sure to check out the menu before we select a place, but I can almost eat anywhere – you can always make healthy choices: salad, tuna tartare, cauliflower crust pizza, a burger without the bun, etc.
- What’s your everyday beauty routine like? What are your fave beauty products or treatments right now?
I exfoliate daily with cleanser followed by toner and an oil-free moisturizer or something more focused on hydration based on what my skin needs. I have eczema flares in the winter, specifically on my eyelids, so I prioritize hydration with clean products and by drinking water. Due to pollution, workouts, and my frequent travels, I also apply a facemask about three times a week. My favorite masks depending on the state of my skin is in – exfoliation, something to solve blemishes or rejuvenation.
- When women support each other, great things can happen. But we’ve all encountered “Mean Girls” every now and then. If you’ve ever dealt with mean or competitive women, how do you rise above their bad attitude and stay positive?
It’s not always easy to stay positive. If you’re in a position where the ‘mean girl’ is a ‘friend’, remove her from your life. If you have daily interactions with a ‘mean girl’, remember your reason for being in that position- what is the reason behind why you are working with her? Why are you passionate about your commonly shared job/experience? Let your ‘why’ inspire you to look past her petty disruptive personality. Find what fills your cup, reflect on where or when you experience the most joy. Do that or go there when you feel defeated.
I rely on my family, friends, music, faith, and workouts when I have to face difficult personalities. However, I have also had to be my own personal advocate when a previous female supervisor in a workplace scenario was just not supportive. I spoke with her, compiled specific negative interaction examples, and expressed my concern with our department heads. I became my own advocate, and I could not be more proud of how I was able to overcome bullying in the workplace.
- I’ve learned that you’ve become a Certified Child Life Specialist (a role in which you help children while they’re in the hospital). How are you using your crown to promote that platform?
Through my Miss USA title, I have had the opportunity to actively increase awareness to Child Life Specialist research. Doing so through media interviews, social media posts explaining the many roles of a child life specialist, and by sharing crucial child life strategies with The Miss Universe Organization’s partners including Smile Train, a nonprofit organization and charity providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.
- When you’re not working, what types of fun activities do you enjoy most?
When I’m not working I enjoy hiking with my dad, finding new workout classes, calling Bingo at my grandfather’s assisted living facility (they love their bingo), and cheering on the Nebraska Husker and Dallas Cowboys football.
If you’re interested to discover more about Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summer, be sure to tune into our LIVE Q&A on Instagram with her and follow Sarah Rose on social media. To learn more about the Miss USA pageant, visit the Miss Universe organization website.
[Images c/o Miss Universe organization. Used with permission.]