My name is Jenna Richardson and on May 12, 2019 I was given the honor of becoming the first ever Miss Maine for America. I feel incredibly blessed to represent the state of Maine throughout the next year and give a larger voice to my platform: Spreading Awareness about Human Trafficking through an organization called “Just Love Wordwide”. I grew up in Aroostook County, otherwise known as the “Crown of Maine”. There I learned lessons that have served me well as a young entrepreneur such as: the value of a dollar and the importance of working hard and helping each other out. Whether it was picking potatoes during Harvest in Presque Isle, Maine, earning both of my college degrees, or currently working toward my goal of one day owning my own salon, I make a conscious choice to work hard to achieve my goals.
One of my goals as a titleholder is to empower the women of Maine to chase their dreams and feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, a skill that took me a long time to master. As a hairstylist, I have spent hours behind a chair encouraging women to believe in themselves and have helped them find their best selves- even if all I needed to do was trim a few inches off their locks and listen to what they had to say. In fact, I originally joined the Miss Maine for America pageant (my first pageant ever!) as a way for me to empower myself and become more confident in who I am and what I have to offer. The best part about the pageant was meeting other women who had a similar mission to mine. Winning the title of Miss Maine for America allows me the opportunity to enhance my ability to get my message out in an even more efficient manner and I am very thankful for the opportunity to continuously affect women not only within but outside our Maine Borders as well.
I am a female of the 21st century in that I represent women through strength and perseverance and am constantly raising the bar on myself. I have the social skills to promote and represent our country with grace, integrity and courage. I am ready, willing, and able to take on the exciting challenge of becoming a national titleholder, and most importantly, continue to be a role model for all women. I’m looking forward to meeting and collaborating with women from across our great nation and bringing that famous Maine work ethic to Las Vegas! XOXO ,
Jenna Richardson - Miss Maine for America 2019