Hi! I am Elle Pasternik and I’ve been competing in pageants for about 4 years now and I absolutely love it! I’ve competed in NAM, UNM, IJM, and EJHC America. I was the USA National Miss California Jr.teen 2017, International Junior Miss California Jr.Teen 2019 and I am currently the USA National Miss California Teen 2020! I enjoy visiting my local elderly home, Parkview Julian Convalescent Home, where I hold a blanket drive each year! Each year I have collected over 100 blankets for the residents and it’s the best Christmas present I can give.
I have used the leadership role that comes from being crowned Miss California multiple times to start my own social media campaign, “Be YOU!” In today's society there are high, artificial standards of beauty that are unreachable without plastic surgery or photo editing. Many girls and boys my age feel pressured to be this perfect person because of these media influences. I’ve found through high school that when I’m authentically me I am the most happy. That is why I started my campaign where I post filter free, photoshop free, makeup free photos, and encourage others to do the same. My goal is to break those standards and encourage everyone to be confident and authentic. My favorite thing to post are inspiring quotes of encouragement on my story and feed. My favorite one is “be confident and be YOU!” This quote is short and sweet, but explains exactly what I’m striving for. My friends have told me that they love to wake up to my posts, because it makes them ready for the day.