- Miss Florida USA 2011
- Miami , FL, United States
- Born and raised in Miami, Lissette's passion isn't only enjoying the lovely south Florida weather and beaches, but also traveling which leads to new life experiences. She has a degree in Cardiovascular Technology and later she graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in Television and Films. Lissette won the coveted title of Miss Florida USA 2011 and went on to represent her home state at the nationally televised pageant Miss USA, where she placed in the top 15. Since the tender age of 5 she also enjoyed fixing cars with her dad -- classic cars to be specific. Her passion was almost immediate, as she was able to see the beauty that a good ole' classic bestows. Working on her first car a 1972 Chevy Bel-Air with her dad, it only got bigger and better. Now she's on a new journey for a new title, MOMMY! As Lissette documents her journey through her pregnancy, feel free to leave her tips!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Well March did begin with everything speeding by in madness. Finishing MUO paperwork and turning in all pictures things are getting on their way, if you haven’t visited the pageant page, it’s now the time to log on and vote for Florida (5 stars all the way). Visit http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/profile/585147/year:2011/ and create a user name. It’s easy!
This month as been filled with great events, after ending last month with Embrace Girl Power and their etiquette class, this month began with my meetings with Don Baker (still the best), Jorge Esteban (for interview), Brooke Eneas (all about getting the fitness ready), LauRen Merola (Miss PA USA 2008, Finalist Miss USA), Dr. Carlos Morales, and the rest of the team. Of course Benizo joined us here in South Florida and the weather was acceptable for a beach shoot, so we jumped on the opportunity to shoot on the sand. The water was freezing by the way, but it was still fun none the less.
The month is still young as we are mid way, and we have begun Day Light Savings time. I must say, I did need that extra hour of sleep Sunday morning. Lol. Last Saturday was the Junior Miss Hialeah pageant which I had a little apprentice participating in. Victoria Hernandez is a family friend that I helped in her preparations for the pageant; she went on to become the new Miss Junior Hialeah 2011. Her age group was from 8 to 12, YES at 10 years old she beat the older girls! =0) LOL. She had a great time, and I was very happy that she accomplished her goal. Vicky’s won her first pageant; God only knows how far she will get in life. She is in journalism in school, the chess club, a dancer, and swimmer, plays tennis, and is looking to help the homeless during her reign.
I also had the pleasure of meeting in person Jose L. Sosa aka J*Lu Sosa from J*Lu blog. He became a great friend through the social media sight Facebook. Keeping in touch we became close friends, so a Starbucks afternoon was in the works. You can read and see his blog on www.thejlublog.com. We had a great time meeting, the afternoon was a gorgeous Miami afternoon, in the fast paced life of Brickell Ave, during lunch time seeing all the exec’s sitting and talking, as we sat and talked about our future endeavors. Well Now I sit in another Starbucks writing to you, ha! I love this place.
La Casa Hermosa will be my next stop this week, which should be a final rough draft of what you will see me in on stage. What will it be, what will it be? I know Robin has a great eye for gowns and for what I like to wear, trusting her every move and open to suggestions from the audience. Ultimately the final decision will be mine (and my mom’s), a dress that makes me feel like a million bucks! I will let you know how it goes….
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Celebrating Black History Month is how I began the month of February, literally. I enjoyed an evening tea party the girls of Embrace Girl Power. Embrace Girl Power! After School Program & Camps is a non-profit 501©3 organization established in 2001, where little girls learn to be healthy, confident, ambitious and educated young ladies. As the ladies welcomed Ford Motor Company Fund Director, Pamela G. Alexander. Their afternoon tea party was a great success, as I enjoyed hearing the girls ask Mrs. Alexander questions about "what the Freedom Sisters means to her", and "What her favorite color was?" With other great guests in attendance such has Julie Guy and Tamera G from Those two girls in the Morning, on The Coast.
Embrace Girl Power
I always enjoy hanging with the girls and answering their questions. It's an enlightening experience when you know that they are listening and being motivated by my words. Simple words, but none the less they have some one to look up too. THe benefit of it the bombarding of hugs when they see me ;-) .
A sponsor of the Miss Florida USA pageant is Maroclin Distributers...They have absolutely an amazing selection of eye wear from simple to extravagant. Roberto Cavali eye wear gave me the opportunity to wear his designs in both Sunglasses and Reading glasses.
Yes I do wear glasses and contacts, and I enjoy my eye accessories. 8-)
The Miss Florida Family has brought together a great group of sponsors, that enjoy making the title holders proud of who they are and what they represent.
Also this month I had the honor to return to the Florida Seminole Tribe festival to judge their annual Mr. and Miss. Junior Seminole Princess pageant. Boy oh Boy was this a difficult pageant to judge. Just imagine, tiny little cute Seminoles parading in their traditional clothing, talking in their high pitch voices, smiling and stumbling over themselves...How do I find a winner amongst these cuties that I just want to pinch their cheeks!!!! I haven't received the pictures, I will post as soon as I get them. But I enjoy every time I am with the tribal members. They have such a different perspective on life and on to work. They truly believe in their traditions and passing it down to the youngins', that is why this pageant is an important celebration during the festival. I learn new things every time I hang with the Florida Seminole Tribe.
I also flew to Arizona to meet with the great photographer Benizo. Boy was Arizona a nice place, and the pictures were AMAZING! =) Benizo has a very artistic view, and when he looks through the lens of his camera magic happens, and then he captures it. Ben is such a great person to work with, and he really knows how to bring out that inner beauty. A relaxed atmosphere as he plays his hits on his Ipod, but thanks to the Lauren Carter Miss Vermont USA 2011, who was with us at the shoot, we heard a few better selection of songs. HA HA! It was nice to meet Lauren and Samantha at the shoot, you know we had the girl power thing going on, Oh and my mommy went along too =).