Mia Parker

Local Title:  Northland’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Grenada, MS

Hobbies: Dance, cheer, and watching makeup tutorials

School: Grenada High School

Scholastic Ambition:  To obtain a Masters in Psychology

Scholastic Honors: Honor roll, advanced scoring in state placement tests

Talent: Lyrical dance to “Not About Angels”

Platform:  I Feel That Way, Too – Tackling the isolation of low self esteem

What makes you special and unique? Physically, my extremely fair skin. Mentally, my views

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I want everyone to be happy with their selves!

Best advice you have ever received? Not to compare the way you view yourself with the way others view you.

What can’t you live without? MUSIC

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Rotel dip

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic comedy

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Working as an adolescent psychologist and staying extremely close to my family.

Most valuable lesson learned? Do not spend any time disliking who you see in the mirror and never compare yourself to others.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My grandmother, Mimi, who is one of the strongest people I know.

What motivates you? The idea of the comfort of success

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? All high golds/elite high golds since starting dance competitions

Best compliment you have ever received? “You have a beautiful mind.”

Secret wish or dream? To become a professional dancer and singer, I also want to swim with dolphins.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was in the library taking an online test and had one of those brain freezes where I simply could not think. I stupidly asked some students sitting at the table if canine was a cat. They still meow like a cat whenever I come around.

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

What is your super power? I can work magic with a makeup brush.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? That you can compete with these wonderful girls, become best friends and support each other.

Describe yourself in one word. Unique

A Fun Family Fact? Each person in my family has their own dog to sleep with!

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.

I was born on the 2nd day of the year.  I’m thinking that being born on the first day would be so much cooler but I wasn’t.   I was whopping 8lbs 2oz.  When I look back at my baby pictures, I understand why my mom called me her little bobble head doll.  It’s okay really, because most people say I must’ve been so smart that my brain was just too big for a newborn’s body.

When I was 10 months old, I was finally able to balance my big bobble head upwards and take my first steps.  I don’t remember those days so I don’t know if I was having trouble balancing my head but I walked on my toes everywhere I went.  I can still do it to this day.  I love to see people’s reaction.  For some reason people cringe when they see me walk on the knuckles of my toes.  I think it makes me unique.

Fast forward a few years and my brother was born.  Can you believe my parents would do that to me?  Of course, I tried to be a good big sister but he was just so annoying.   I mean, he’s okay now but I didn’t realize my full potential being a big sis until my mom remarried and just like that I got not one but two little sisters.  You’re probably thinking that I might be regretting adding sisters to this complicated journey we call life but I haven’t yet.  They look up to me.  I want to be here for them.  Add a cat, 4 dogs and four horses and you probably have a good idea of what our home is like.   It’s crazy chaos!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.

When I was younger, I was just like every other little girl.  I dreamed of being Miss America and I just knew I could be one day.  But as I grew older, something happened.  I no longer looked at myself as a beautiful girl.  I saw something different.  I saw an ugly brown haired brown eyed girl.  I saw a girl that was short and fat.  I wanted to be the tall, thin, blue-eyed blond hair beauty queen that you see on the TV and in the magazines.  I didn’t know it at the time but my self-esteem was shot.  My mom noticed that I was not myself and took action immediately.  I wish I could say that the transformation happened overnight but to be quite honest it’s still a work in progress.   The more I opened up about my struggle with low self -esteem the more I heard other girls say “I feel that way, too”.  Girls that I idolized for their beauty or their talent were telling me that they feel the same way I do.