5 Questions: Michelle Evans
Mrs. America 2015
Tulsa native Michelle Evans was recently crowned Mrs. America 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. The 30-year-old Hillcrest Hospital South neonatal intensive care nurse is the first Chinese-American woman to hold the title.
1. I understand you have a personal connection to drug awareness, your platform as Mrs. America. Four years ago, I lost my brother to a prescription drug overdose. He almost lost his leg in a soccer injury, underwent several surgeries and became addicted. It has been a very difficult time for our family. A friend of mine encouraged me to enter the Mrs. Oklahoma pageant as a way I could share my story and hopefully help others avoid what happened to my brother. The pageant idea was a little frightening, but the thought of helping others tugged at my heart, so I went for it.
2. Did you have any background in pageants? Mrs. Oklahoma was my first pageant. I had never even watched one live. I did a bit of modeling when I was younger but spent most of my time playing competitive soccer.
3. What has been your favorite part of the pageant process so far? Definitely the people. The women I’ve met not only are stunning and accomplished, but they all have a passion for their cause and a passion to give back to their communities. That’s what it’s really all about.
4. How did you prepare? Most of the preparation was mental — believing in myself and letting God take control. Obviously I had to start working out again and had to get comfortable doing interviews and walking the catwalk. I’ve learned so much from this experience, and I’ve grown as a person. It’s not about the crown or the sash, although they make a shiny impression. It’s more about what it can do.
5. What is a typical day in your life as Mrs. America? Juggling being a wife, mother to a toddler, having a career and now making appearances definitely has its challenges, but I see this as an opportunity that has a limited time frame. I spend a lot of time working with my platform of prescription drug abuse and drug awareness. I travel and share my story about how I dealt with losing my brother to addiction and how it’s a growing epidemic. I try to plan these engagements during my daughter’s school days or when Grandma is available.
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Lately I’ve been reading … I wish I had time to read!
Lately I’ve been listening to … ’80s music on Pandora. My husband, daughter and I have dance parties in the living room.
My best trait is … my compassion for others. We all have a story and go through rough times. Who are we to judge someone struggling or less fortunate? You never know what someone is dealing with, so it’s good to show love to everyone.
My spouse’s best trait is … being simply wonderful. He’s an amazing husband, wonderful father, caring physician and my best friend. He’s been there for me through the darkest and brightest of my days. But it was his dance moves that got me.
Beauty is … loving yourself and being confident in your own skin.