Laura Friedrich is Mrs. American Elegance 2017!
My name is Laura Friedrich, and I'm your Mrs. American Elegance 2017. My platform is H.A.N.D.S: Healing and nurturing, dedicated to serve. I am a nurse practitioner, and I truly feel God has blessed my hands to help those in need. I enjoy volunteering in Chicagoland helping people and animals in need.
The first pageant I won was Jr. Miss Mundelein. My pop question was, "If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?" I said I would want to heal people. At just the young age of 13, I knew I was meant to heal. My parents said the crowd went silent because it was such a powerful answer. I like to think of myself today as a Super Nurse.
I also take great pride in being a MRS. title holder. I like to think I represent the strengths of married women. I am very happily married to my biggest supporter, Scott Friedrich. It is important for women to know that they can still be involved in pageantry if they are over 25 and married. I had actually "retired" from pageants at age 21 when I aged out of my local fair pageant. My husband saw me watching Miss America three years ago and told me to get back out on the stage. I thought he was being silly, but I gave it a try. Since then I have won two national titles.