Zoe BighamMiss Rhythm and Blues
Hometown: Louisville, MS
Scholastic Ambition: graduate high school with honors then go onto Ole Miss
Scholastic Honors: A honor roll, National Honors Society, and recipient of the Mississippi Women of Agriculture Scholarship
Platform: Zoe’s Closet
What makes you special and unique? I am the middle child of nine brothers and sisters. This makes me a very patient, understanding, giving individual.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One of my legs is shorter than the other. I face challenges walking across the stage and other daily activities I encounter.
Best advice you have ever received? If you believe in yourself, put God first, and work hard you can achieve any goal you set for yourself.
What can’t you live without? I absolutely cannot live without sushi. It is my favorite food.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is white chocolate dipped strawberries.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romance, because everyone loves a good love story.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself as an honor graduate from the University of Mississippi and one of Victoria Secret’s run way models.
Most valuable lesson learned? To never glue two fake eyelashes together, or else you will end up with a hot mess.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? Asya Branch, because she shows that it is acceptable to be yourself.
What motivates you? The thought of inspiring others to become their best self and believing they can do anything they can set their mind to.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? To be able to provide warm coats and new clothing to a local elementary school.
Best compliment you have ever received? To be told that I have a giving heart.
Secret wish or dream? My wish and dream is to become an accomplished New York City model.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? When I fell down a flight of stairs at a pageant, in my evening gown, in front of a large crowd of people.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to sky dive. I feel that it would be a wonderful, exhilarating experience.
What is your super power? My super power would be to read minds, because I think it would be cool to always know what’s on other people’s minds.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Dreams are achievable. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
Describe yourself in one word. Perfectionist
A Fun Family Fact? I have two moms, two dads, and plenty of love to go around.
I am a sixteen year old sophomore at Winston Academy located in Louisville, Mississippi. I am a varsity cheerleader, and I compete with the track team. Although I cheered long before junior high and high school, I have been a part of the Winston Academy cheer team since eighth grade. I have also been a part of the track team since eighth grade competing in high jump, long jump, and triple jump.
I absolutely adore my friends and family. They all support me in everything I do. I would not be where I am without their love. I love spending time with my family and learning about what it was like when they were my age. Also, I love jamming in the car with my best friends and staying up all night.
My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the heat, sunshine, tans, ice cream, and beaches. I hope to become a life guard this summer. Spending my time in the warm weather brings me so much happiness! Being free from the cold captivities of winter is so wonderful. It is a good thing I live in Mississippi, because I would not be able to handle much colder. Dear Mississippi, I love you.
My platform’s name is Zoe’s Closet. My platform is based around helping children in bad situations or in poverty. This started out in middle school. A boy in my class’s house burned down. I felt the need to do something to help him. I gathered clothes and brought them to school for him. It filled my heart to see him smile. Ever since then I have felt a need to give back and make a difference. Recently there have been a number of house fires in my hometown leaving these children with nothing. My town and the public schools are impoverished in the first place. These fires have not helped matters, so my platform can help now more than ever.
I hope to expand the horizons of my platform by using social media and encouraging my friends to join me. Social media plays a huge role in the average life today. Social media makes it easy to get information out instantly, everywhere. Although many teens do not see the importance of giving back, I hope to share the joys this platform has brought to me with the help of this organization.