Miss Iowa visits Mt. Pleasant
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
Just because she misspoke during an interview for Miss America and made national news with her mistake, Miss Iowa 2012, Mariah Cary, isn’t letting that memory dampen her spirits.
“At first it wasn’t easy to ignore because I had never been world known like that before. My name had never been put on blast like that, but I realized I wasn’t going to let that take away from the fact that I just made the top five at Miss America and that’s more than I could have asked for,” said Cary.
On Friday night, Cary was at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant helping out with a Girl Scout event and was more than willing to talk about what was going through her head after the Miss America Pageant was over.
“The first week or so I kind of let that take away from the fact that I should be proud of myself. I shouldn’t be worried about that. Somebody else did something dumb the next day and the news was all over them,” she said. “I just misspoke and, of course, I beat myself up over it. It was the easiest question to me personally, because it was one I had practiced. It was just a minor slip-up, well I guess it was a major slip-up. I’ve gotten over it. I just laugh about it now. It’s over and I’m alive and well.”
Along with interview questions, Cary had a lot of other preparations to make to get ready for the Miss America pageant.
“I had mock interviews, panels of judges every day that I didn’t know, workouts every day with a trainer, Pilates three times a week with a trainer and obviously my talent was a huge portion so I spent a lot of time on that, literally every day no matter where I was. It was very time consuming,” said Cary.
Now that the pageant is done, Cary has more time to focus on her duties as Miss Iowa which includes community service events such as the Girl Scout event on Friday night as well as speaking to businesses.
“I travel a lot. I love to work with little kids like this. Last week I spoke to a group of 50 and older business people,” said Cary. “I can‘t go to school and I can’t have another job. It’s pretty time consuming. It’s a big investment, but it’s worth it. What better thing to do than take a year off for being Miss Iowa?”
Prior to being Miss Iowa, Cary was attending Southeastern Community College. She looks forward to getting a degree in public relations.