Darby Farr

Miss Belle of the Bayou’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown:    Canton, MS

Hobbies:        Singing, Acting, Dancing, Creative Writing

School:           St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Scholastic Ambition: To graduate from high school with academic excellence, and earn an academic scholarship to college.

Scholastic Honors: Honors Student; National French Exam ranking; National Honor Society; Duke TIP Scholar

Talent:            Singing

Platform:        Fighting Hunger Feeds Hope

What makes you special and unique? My big heart and my concerns for others makes me special and unique.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? When people initially meet me, they would never immediately realize that I can be really, really silly.

Best advice you have ever received? Be careful how you treat people, because the way you treat people is the way life will treat you.

What can’t you live without? I cannot live without Maybelline or Cover Girl mascara.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I love to watch “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”  I know there is basically zero substance to the show, but it is so entertaining to me.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love Comedies, because they allow me to step away from life as I know it and laugh at the ridiculous things that would probably never happen in my life.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself doing something I love, either in the entertainment or in the medical field.

Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson that I have learned is that “This Too Shall Pass.”  Whether it is a bad hair day; a seemingly impossible assignment; or a misunderstanding with a friend, every bad situation is only temporary and most likely you will have another opportunity to get it right.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? First Lady Michelle Obama is most valued role model.  She remains graceful in every situation.  She is super smart and very caring; and her style is always on “fleek!”

What motivates you? I believe that if I work hard and do the right things, I will be able to accomplish and live my dreams, so that keeps me motivated.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? I was cast as a featured extra in the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, the 2014 Oscars Best Picture, and spent two days on location in Louisiana.  However, my scenes did not make the final cut.

Best compliment you have ever received? While in New York City last summer at the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie told me I was beautiful.  I am not sure that it is the best compliment that I’ve received, but it is definitely one of the most memorable.

Secret wish or dream? I would secretly love to take a year off before going to college to travel the world and learn about different cultures.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One day I was dancing and singing with the radio in the car, I looked up and realized the person in the car next to us was watching and laughing at me!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Skydiving

What is your super power? Mu super power is my ability to motivate my friends, to help them get over the insecurities that we all have at times, and to make them feel better about themselves.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? I have learned that the Miss Mississippi Program is so much more than a beauty pageant.  The program is designed to bring out the very best in all of the contestants.  Not only does it require competitive performances in talent, interview and evening gown, it challenges us to be aware of our civil, social and political responsibility.

Describe yourself in one word. Optimistic

A Fun Family Fact? My mom and I share the same birthday, July 5th.  We both have milestone birthdays this year – sweet 16 and the big 5-0!

Please write a short essay describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are.

 I am Darby

One of the hardest questions to answer is “Who am I?”  When I look at myself, I see so many different things.

When people first meet me, they usually think that I am shy and don’t talk much.  That’s only half true.  My close friends usually have a hard time getting me to shut up.  When I perform, I really do come out of my shell.  I love to explore different avenues of performing.  I have a YouTube channel, entitled Darby Farr.  On my channel I love to have fun and just be silly.  I discuss fashion, hair, make-up, and music.  And sometimes I even sing.  Several years ago, I attended a Disney Channel Open Casting Call in Texas, and auditioned for several Disney casting agents.  I received a call back and I read for a Disney channel pilot show, but the show was not cast or produced.  Also, I was cast as a featured extra in the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, the 2014 Oscars Best Picture.  I spend two days on location in Louisiana, but my scenes did not make the final cut.  However, just working and being on the set was the best experience ever.  So, even though I am a little quite when I meet people, I am not totally shy.

Some people think that I am “prissy” because I love hair, make-up and clothes.  But the truth is I am NOT.  Science is my favorite subject.  I love to learn about the human body.  I love to watch television shows that perform surgical procedures.  It shocks most people that I am not grossed out by procedures.  It‘s easy to imagine myself performing those same procedures one day.

I would love to win Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen 2016 because for me the crown represents hope.  I believe that as Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen, I would inspire people to dream bigger dreams.  I also believe that my passion and desire to help people would be very positive for the state of Mississippi, and it would inspire others to give more and do more.

Please write a short essay explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject.

 Fighting Hunger Feeds Hope

When I was seven or eight years old, my mom and I attended Jackson State University Homecoming parade in downtown Jackson.  We loved to watch bands perform, so we would arrive early to find a good spot, right on the street curb.  That morning, as per usual, we had not eaten breakfast before the parade, so we packed our portable chairs and our bag of snacks and drinks.  We sat on the street curb, snacked and waited for the parade to begin.  Mid-way through the parade, I noticed a man kept walking back and forward in front of us and sometimes behind us.  His behavior and appearance seemed a little out of the norm.  I was a little frightened so I asked my mom what she thought he was going to do.  My mom tried to console me and told me that there was too many people around for him to do anything to us.  My mom kept watching him, and she quickly realized that he was hungry.  He was walking back and forward to see what floats were throwing candy, and then quickly picking up the candy.  As usual, we had brought more the enough snacks and drinks so we still had items that were not opened.  When the man came back in front of us, my mom quickly got his attention and handed the snacks and drinks to him.  He took them, nodded his head, and walked off.  That was my first up-close experience with a hungry, and I assume, homeless person.  My mom and I were both silent and solemn afterwards.  My mom talked to me about the situation that day.

Since that time, I’ve often wondered how the United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, could have people that go to bed hungry and wake up hungry every day. Since that time, I have been involved in various organizations and with various projects that have provided perishable foods to homeless shelters and food banks, and I have personally served meals to homeless individuals and families.  Just recently, I was involved in a project at my school to help stock food for the holidays for one of the local homeless shelters.  However, I know that there is so much more to be done.

If I am elected to represent MS, I would use the crown to shed a brighter light on hunger.  My platform would focus on families to make sure that no child goes to bed hungry nor wakes up hungry.  I believe that if a child’s day begins well with a nutritious breakfast, it is likely that he or she may have higher hopes for the rest of the day.  I believe that if a child sees his or her basic needs of food are met, that child may begin to have hope that other areas of his or her life could get better.   Research studies show that human life can survive without many things, but most life cannot survive without hope.  As Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen, I would use my crown to fight hunger and feed hope.