I'm Haleigh Hurst, your International Junior Miss Texas Jr Teen 2016!
I'm a 13-year-old with big dreams. My pageant experience started in 2012. I knew absolutely nothing about pageants and got a letter in the mail inviting me to a National American Miss open call. I never would have guessed how that invitation would have changed my life forever.
That year I ended up in the Top 15, so I started doing way more pageants because I enjoyed all the friendships I had made. Then I started thinking why should I do more pageants? I do pageants because it grows my confidence, self esteem, and it also gives me a chance to promote my platform, "Don't Let Your Uniqueness be a Weakness", which is an anti-bullying campaign. It gives me a chance to share my experience with bullying and helps teach younger kids about how special they are and shouldn't let people tell them otherwise.
Without pageants I wouldn't be the person I am today: a strong, intelligent, brave young woman.