Lexie HarperMiss Northeast Mississippi
Platform: Dress for Success
Talent: Jazz Dance
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Mississippi
What is your major? Integrated Marketing and Communications with a minor in Business
What is your scholastic ambition? To graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications with a minor in business.
List scholastic honors:
-National Honor Society
-Scholar Student Athlete 3.0+ Club
-Intelligence and Security Studies Program
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: My whole life I have wanted to compete in Miss Mississippi. Winning Miss Northeast Mississippi would have to be my greatest non-academic accomplishment. Other than winning my local title, becoming a member of the Rebelettes was a dream come true.
What is your favorite style of music? I listen to country and Christian music the most. It is hard to pick a favorite between the two.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I am a fan of all comedy movies because laughing is one of my most favorite things to do.
What is your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget is the Alexa!
What is your favorite blog? My favorite blog is Savvy Shields blog called savvyjanine.
What is your favorite place to visit? Gatlinburg, TN is my favorite place to visit. My family and I take trip there almost every year.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is chicken spaghetti.
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? ”Everybody Always,” by Bob Goff is the book I would want with me on a deserted island.
Do you twitter? I do have a twitter, but I do not use it as often as I use other social media accounts.
What is your favorite?
Sport: Besides dance, baseball is my favorite sport. Sports Team: Ole Miss is my favorite sports team.
Actor: Chad Michael Murray Actress: Julianne Hough
Television Program: One Tree Hill
Wardrobe Accessory: A dress would have to be my favorite.
Thing to do on a weekend: When I am not cheering on the Rebels, I love to go home and see my family.
Way to spend a day off: I do not get many days off, but when I do, I love to relax and hang out with my friends.
What is your hometown like? Meridian is very special to me because my entire family, for many generations, have lived there. Not only do I have deep roots in Meridian, but also the nutcracker ballet is held in Meridian at the Temple Theatre once a year. I was honored to be able to be a part of this ballet for many years before I went to college. I am very proud to call this small, unique town my home.
What were you like when you were a child? I loved being in the spotlight and performing self-choreographed routines in front of everyone. I even made my brothers learn the routines and perform them with me as well.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom is definitely the most influential person in my life. She sacrifices so much for my brothers and I to attend school and be involved in all the activities that we have. I hope I am half the person, wife and mother she is one day.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I am a very selfless person and love to help others solve their problems.
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior was the most defining moment in my life. I am who I am today because of the lessons I have learned through many situations that God has allowed me to go through.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? I have learned how to confidently be my very best self all the time. Some girls think that to be a part of a pageant, you have to be someone you are not, but being a part of the Miss America Program, I have learned how to be the best version of myself.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I want to bring greater awareness to women in poverty and help raise money and collect more clothes for my platform, Dress for Success. Throughout my life I have learned to love everybody always and serve others before myself, but being crowned Miss Mississippi would give me an even bigger platform to share those experiences.
What is your secret wish or dream? I would love to try out for the Dallas Mavericks dance team or Dallas Cowboys dance team. I have watched their teams through social media, and I love their style and the girls’ personalities.
I’m motivated by: People who challenge themselves to be better versions of themselves. That is why I love the Miss America Program because I am surrounded by young women who challenge me constantly and help me grow as an individual.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? My grandfather grew up in poverty and managed to make something of himself with a little help from a lady and her family who ended up being his wife and my grandmother. Dress for Success helps women in poverty achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in the workplace and in life. My grandmother and her family helped my grandfather get through college where he successfully earned a teaching degree. I only hope that I make an impact in the lives of the women that come to Dress for Success just like my grandmother did for my grandfather.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Besides getting the opportunity to compete for the job of Miss Mississippi, being on the Rebelettes dance team was always a goal of mine. I was honored to be chosen to be member of the Rebelettes for three years now, and this opportunity significantly changed my life.
The one thing I can’t live without: My siblings! I have two brothers and one half-sister, and I would never be able to live without them.
My best friend would describe me as: Loyal, kind, generous, consistent, and trustworthy. Someone who is always available and ready to help and who has leadership qualities far beyond her years.
Something interesting about my family: My brother cut his thumb off at the age of 5 and almost passed away from the amount of blood loss. Doctors told him he would never be able to throw a baseball again without his thumb, but after 13 years, he has signed to play college baseball at the best junior college in Mississippi.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: At the age of 5, I performed my first solo to “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley at Dance USA in Panama City. I was so excited and confident, but once I got on stage I forgot the whole dance and ran off stage in tears. Thank goodness for the sweet directors of the competition who encouraged me to go back out there and do it again.
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: I would really like to go skydiving. I am not a huge fan of heights, but skydiving is definitely on my bucket list.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names: Yes, I have three dogs. Aubie (Sherman Shepard), Drake (Lab) and Swayze! Swayze is my puppy, and he is the smartest, sweetest dog ever. He is a Shih Tzu poodle mix.