This past Sunday concluded the long awaited journey of Chasing the Crown. After weeks of practice for contestants, Miss LSU—USA crowned their new titleholder, Emilie Hebert. We caught up with Hebert to learn more about how she plans to use her title.
DIG: How did you feel when your name was announced as the new Miss LSU – USA?
Hebert: “I was in shocked. I didn’t even have words. I had this feeling of relief in a way, just knowing that all my hard work paid off, knowing that everything was worth it. I kind of felt like I had been in the moment already because I had dreamed about it for so long and thought about it so many times and me standing in that exact spot, so when it happened I was like ‘Wow this is actually the real thing.’ It was really awesome.”
DIG: What are some goals you want to accomplish during your reign as Miss LSU–USA?
Hebert: “There’s two main parts of my platform. The first part is really getting students involved in the process of saving our school as we face some of the heaviest cuts that we’ve faced in years. I want to get students to care about this university and get them involved in the legislative process. I actually work at the capitol right now, so I’m getting to see the process up close. I want to get students educated so that they know what’s going on and so they can fight for our school, because if we don’t have students fighting for the school, the legislators aren’t going to listen to us.
“The second part of my platform is promoting a healthy lifestyle. I actually have my own food blog where I share my own original recipes. I want to show people that you can eat healthy and still have a life and still have fun and the food still be really delicious. I want to get people healthy both mentally and physically.”
DIG: Are there any events you’re looking forward to the most?
Hebert: “I would say definitely being presented at the homecoming football game is going to be an experience that is really hard to top. I’m already looking forward to it. Actually, on Sunday I will be presenting students with their school rings, so that will be a fun experience. I already have things planned, so I’m really excited to see what else I will have on my calendar.”
DIG: What do you think may be some of your biggest challenges as Miss LSU – USA?
Hebert: “It will definitely be tough balancing being a full time student and the everyday responsibilities of being Miss LSU and making appearances. I also work, and try to keep a social life. Being Miss LSU is more than just a crown and a sash, it’s something that I can seriously. But at the end of the day, it’s a lot of fun and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
DIG: What was the first thing you did after the pageant?
Hebert: “Well, I got all my family on stage and took pictures. I got to thank them because without them and their support, I wouldn’t be here. But we actually went straight to Whole Foods and got whatever I wanted. Then we came back home, I kicked my heels off and watched some TV. There was a lot of relaxing after a really long day.”
DIG: Who’s your biggest role model?
Hebert: “A big role model for me is actually my grandmother on my mom’s side. She’s a big reason why I’m here in college and getting an education. She was a teacher for 40 years. When I was younger she made it a point to me that I really focus on academics and always do really well in school. I can only hope that I can handle situations with as much strength as she does, but her dedication to education is what inspires me. She’s shown me how important it is.”
DIG: What’s one of your biggest fears?
Hebert: “I absolutely hate frogs! Like if I see one less than 20 feet away from me, I would probably run away and cry. I hate them [laughs]. They are so nasty.”
DIG: What do you want people to know most about you?
Hebert: “I want people to know — and this is something I’m very proud of, I was raised this way — but, I’m very open minded. I think that’s great as Miss LSU because I will be able to relate to so many different kinds of students and different kinds of people. I just hope that I can get students to open up their minds and try to understand other people as well so we can become more unified and make this campus even better.”
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