Welcome to a whole month of blogs from the amazing new Atlantic Beauty Pageant Queens. To kick us off we spoke to Natasha Streatfield, our new Mrs Atlantic 2021/22.
What does your system stand for and why is this important to you?
Atlantic raises awareness and money for the charity Mind, having been diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 17 and suffered with panic attacks and anxiety from being on the wrong medication, having watched my grandad suffer a long hard battle with Alzheimer’s and have a couple of very close friends who suffer with their mental health I done some research on Atlantic and decided it was the right system for me, I haven’t looked back.
Can you tell me a bit about your chosen platform?
My platform is Alzheimer’s my grandad suffered for around Ten years and it was really tough watching a loved one decline I have also spent most of my adult life working in a nursing home with the elderly some of which suffer with Alzheimer’s and I just feel very strongly about raising awareness because it’s a really tough disease to understand sometimes.
What do Beauty Pageants mean to you and how would you define them?
Beauty pageants to me have meant learning lots of new things, I’m still learning, making new friends, raising money for a charity your very passionate about, it’s not what people first say oh you want in a bikini and have your hair done, yes but there’s lots more to it, there’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the walking in stage in a bikini bit, it’s an amazing experience and I’d recommend anyone to take part.
When did you enter your first beauty pageant and why?
I took part in my first pageant in 2020, I had always wanted to enter but something just told me don’t do it yet, then my grandad passed away in 2019 and I thought I’m going for it he would of loved to watch me and I hope his proudly watching down on me now.
What is something important you would tell a newcomer to Beauty Pageants?
Don’t compare yourself to others just be the best version of you, everyone is different so just concentrate on what your doing and your be fine.
What is the most important thing you will be doing with your current title?
Before I won my title I set up a I AM ME campaign for Alzheimer’s which has gone brilliantly so far I can’t wait to hopefully if the pandemic is looking like it’s behind us organise a picnic or bbq to bring everyone together and raise some money and awareness and also have some fun, I am also planning my next memory walk.
Do you think it is important for a queen to use her title to support her system and take part in community and charity work?
Throughout the pandemic I have spent a lot of time donating food and drinks to the local food bank, I hope now things are starting to open up a bit more I can get out and help more with local charities, having a title is important and Intend to use it to the best I can to help the community.
What qualities do you think a competitor needs to win a crown?
Everyone has different qualities which makes us all individual, we all shine in different things, as long as your being the best version of you and doing all you can every competitor has a chance, your time will come when it’s the right time.
Do you think a queen is a role model and has responsibilities connected with that?
My Nan is my queen and role model she’s hard working, dedicated, loving and caring she’s the most inspiring person I know, if I can be anything like her I’ll be happy, I think I am everyone has their own role models for different reasons, but i hope I have shown people that nothing holds me back or has stood in my way because I have a medical condition that that shows people anyone can do what ever they set there mind to.
How would you explain Beauty Pageants to someone who has never experienced one?
You don’t know what your missing, if someone was unsure I’d say just come and watch one with me and see what you think I bet you want to sign up before it’s finished, they are fun, rewarding, you make new friends there’s so many pros.
What's been your greatest learning experience from pageantry?
That I’m a stronger person than I thought, going through a pandemic but still have a pageant final approaching has really made me think outside the box on how to do things how to achieve things, I’ve learnt a lot about myself over the last year, it’s also given me a confidence boast I didn’t no I needed, I was offered a chance from crowns and sashes doing something I never thought I’d do interviewing people, I didn’t think I could do it but I started and absolutely love it.
What was running through your head when your name was announced as the winner?
Total shock my heart has never beaten so fast, I thought I messed up in my interview so didn’t stand a chance, I was totally shocked, thank you to the judges.
Who is your Beauty Pageant inspiration?
Daniele Alvarez former Miss Colombia, stunning and incredible young lady who lost her leg last year and has come back fighting and is back dancing and swimming she’s remarkable, I love following her journey.
Can you tell us more about your sister queens?
I can not wait to meet my sister queens unfortunately due to the pandemic we haven’t met yet and Atlantic was held virtually which was an incredible night, so we are all excited to meet up soon and support each other.
We look forward to watching Natasha's year ahead and congratulations on your new title.
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