Emily Elizabeth O’Rear

Miss Delta Blues

Hometown:   Oneonta, AL

Platform:      Dancers Fighting Cancer

Talent:   Vocal

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?      Mississippi State University

What is your major?   Communication- Public Relations

What is your scholastic ambition?  B.A. in Communication from Mississippi State University

List scholastic honors:    National Honor Society

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:    I won the “Spirit of Dancer’s Fighting Cancer” award three years in a row for being the top fundraiser.

What is your favorite style of music?   Broadway

What is your favorite movie genre and why?    Romantic Comedy; I’m a sucker a cute love story and a happy ending!

What is your favorite gadget?  My Echo Dot

What is your favorite blog?         N/A

What is your favorite place to visit?     New York City

What is your favorite food?   Pizza

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?     My Bible. I couldn’t survive without it!

Do you twitter?      Yes! It’s my favorite social media.

What is your favorite? 

Sport:   Football

Sports Team:   Mississippi State Bulldogs

Actor:   Ryan Reynolds

Actress:  Kristen Bell       Television Program:   The Office

Wardrobe Accessory:   Hoop earrings

Thing to do on a weekend:    Shop

Way to spend a day off:   Hanging out with friends and family

What is your hometown like?    Oneonta is a small, close-knit community whose people thrive on tradition and making everyone feel welcome. I’ve always said that I felt like I grew up in a Hallmark movie, and the older I get, the more I see it.  It truly is the most loving and supportive community and I am so thankful to have lived there for so long.

What were you like when you were a child?   In one word- sassy! I was the only   girl of the family so whether I was having a dance recital in my living room, or bossing my big brothers around, I loved being the center of attention and having all eyes on me!

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    When people first meet me, they see a bubbly, outgoing person.  However, they may not realize that I have a serious side as well that is concerned about making a difference in my community.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:           Making the decision to transfer to MSU and move to Mississippi has been a defining moment for me.  The people have embraced me and made me feel so welcome that I feel like this is where I was meant to be.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    The power of sisterhood! If I have gained anything over the past 10 years in this organization, it is an endless amount of friendships with sisters who are there to support you in all of your endeavors!

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    A former titleholder once told me that the most important thing you can ever do is make every person you come in contact with feel like the most important person in the room. During my year, my biggest goal would be to travel the state and hear the stories of the people in Mississippi and make them feel heard, loved, and important.

What is your secret wish or dream?    To be a Disney Princess…but isn’t that everyone’s?!

I’m motivated by:  My teammates, sisters, and friends! When I see others pushing themselves to be better at whatever they do, it makes me want to be the very best version of myself as well.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?    One of my closest friends, Alex, was diagnosed with cancer at age 8.  10 years ago, he started Dancers Fighting Cancer as a means of giving back to  the community that showed him so much support, and I have been on board ever since!

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? I truly think 9/11 changed the way Americans live day-to-day.  It has shaped the way we travel, our security, and even the way that Americans view outsiders.

The one thing I can’t live without: Diet Coke!  It’s my coffee.

My best friend would describe me as:    Spontaneous. I am always looking for something new to try or a new adventure to go on.

Something interesting about my family:    We all learned the French alphabet before the English one.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:              Once on a family vacation, my best friend and I kayaked into the ocean in Key West and got lost!Her dad made us sit in our kayak and wait for him to come rescue us!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:     Skydiving, it’s totally out of my comfort zone, but I’ve always wanted to have the experience.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:      Yes, I have a spunky Pomeranian named Sophie and an adorable Yorkie named Molly.