Emily O’Rear

Miss Belle of the Bayou

Hometown:   Oneonta, Alabama

Platform:  Dancers Fighting Cancer

Talent:   Dance

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

What is your major?  Communication

What is your scholastic ambition?       B.A. in Communication with duel concentrations in Public Relations and Broadcast Journalism

List scholastic honors:                                                                                                               

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:     Dancing for an SEC school

What is your favorite style of music?  Country

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  Romantic Comedies- who doesn’t love a good chick flick?

What is your favorite gadget?    My computer! I use it for everything.

What is your favorite blog?        N/A

What is your favorite place to visit?    New York

What is your favorite food?   Honey BBQ wings from Buffalo Wild Wings

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?   My bible

Do you twitter?       I do! Probably too much, actually.

What is your favorite?

Sport:            Baseball

Sports Team:  MSU Bulldogs, of course!

Actor:             Ryan Reynolds                         

Actress:        Jennifer Lawrence

Television Program:         The Office

Wardrobe Accessory:      Rings!

Thing to do on a weekend:         Go to the lake

Way to spend a day off:  Shopping with friends!

What is your hometown like?    Oneonta is the epitome of the saying, “It takes a village.” Having grown up in this small town, I witnessed firsthand the closeness of a loving community, rich in tradition.

What were you like when you were a child?    Sassy to say the very least- but when you live in a house full of boys you have to find a way to hold your own!

Who is the most influential person in your life?        My mom- I rely on her for everything from critiquing my dance routines to making sure I don’t burn cookies while baking!

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?   I grew up doing musical theatre, so ever since I was a child I have been a total Broadway buff! Nine times out of ten, showtunes are playing at maximum volume in my car.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:    Definitely competing on the Miss Alabama stage for the first time. It was something I had been dreaming of my entire life, so to be able to finally make it there was truly special.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    Perseverance! This program teaches girls the importance of goal setting and that with hard work and tenacity, it is possible to achieve those goals.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?   I recently saw a quote that said, “Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.” That is my goal: to be completely present in every situation and make each person I meet feel important and loved!

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

I’m motivated by:  Younger girls that I meet; It’s so humbling to know that little girls what to do what I do when they get older, so that pushes me to constantly be the best version of myself, for them.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?   Yes! One of my very best friends founded Dancers Fighting Cancer when he was in his first year of remission from bone cancer. I grew up dancing with him and was close to his family, so it only seemed fitting to make this my platform!

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?   The introduction of social media definitely was a game changer for my generation. It gives people the power to instantly connect with loved ones from all over the world, something that hasn’t been possible until the past couple of decades.

The one thing I can’t live without:         My watch                                                                  

My best friend would describe me as:   Probably loud, but not necessarily in a bad way! I am always talking, singing, and laughing, and once I get started it’s hard to get me to stop.

Something interesting about my family:         Although we have a pretty big age gap, both of my brothers and I all went to the same school K-12th grade and even had the same Kindergarten and First Grade teachers!

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:              During a rainy football game, I slipped in our halftime performance and completely busted it in front of a sold out crowd. I got up though, and my teammates and I laughed the entire rest of the halftime show!

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:     I am terrified of the ocean, but I would really like to go on a cruise!

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:            I have two precious dogs- an overfed Yorkie named Molly and a puffball of a Pomeranian, Sophie!