Being in front of an audience was something Logan West was used to when she captured the title of Miss Teen USA 2012. Logan has been a passionate dancer since the age of 2 and claims the art form as well as competing in pageants has helped her to become the confident young woman she is today.
This wasn’t always the case as Logan was ruthlessly bullied growing up. She has turned her negative experiences into positives by creating the “Unite Against Bullies” program which she plans to expand nationally to educate young people about bullying.
Logan is currently studying commercial dance at PACE University and in her spare time enjoys exploring New York City and spending time with family.
Interviewing Logan was a breath of fresh air, not only does she radiate positivity, she is a beautiful role model for young girls. I love how grounded, giving and respectful she is. Her interview responses made me feel as if I was talking to my younger self, there were so many similarities. From the way she views life, believes in helping others, to even thinking we should be italian with our love for pasta (I’m talking with my hands as I say this). This young girl has a beautiful, strong, determined mind and I know she is going to be a voice for so many and impact the world. I feel grateful to share this interview with all of you and hope it leaves you both inspired and motivated to life your best life as it did myself.
BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss Teen USA Competition?
LW~ I honestly just wanted to make a difference. I saw the impact that being a title holder had on a few of my friends as well as the impact they got to make on those around them. I wanted to compete as a way of sharing my program Unite Against Bullies Today on a national platform and competing gave me the opportunity to do so.
BB411~ What did you accomplish with your title and what do you want to be remembered for?
LW~ I would say my biggest accomplishment this year would be the launch of the UAB Today ambassador program. Seeing my program in every state has been a dream of mine since I started and to finally see it happening has been amazing! I want to be most remembered for just being a normal girl! Most people think that in order to win a pageant you have to grow up in it or have a lot of training. I am simply a girl who set my mind to something, put my all into it, and had faith in the results. Most importantly I’ve stayed the same through my reign; just regular ole Logan.
BB411~ What are your plans after you pass your title on to the new Miss Teen USA on August 10th?
LW~ I’ll head right back to school! I recently signed with a modelling and entertainment agency so I will be exploring my options when it comes to that while earning my degree in school.
BB411~ You have had a passion for dance since you were a little girl, how did it influence the person you are today and what do you love most about it?
LW~ My favourite part about dance is that I can fully express myself without saying a word! I’ve always been drawn to the fact that I can make someone smile or bring them to tears all with my movement. The discipline and dedication required to dance professionally has definitely had a lot to do with the becoming of the young woman I am today.
LW~ My parents have always held high expectations for my sister and I; they never wanted us to be perfect, but they expected us to put our all into everything we did because quitting or laziness was never an option. They have always said they wanted to raise “two productive members of society” and they did everything in their power to do so. My parents are my rock. They’ve supported me and encouraged me in all that I’ve done as well as taught me that the sky really is the limit.
BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?
LW~ I believe a good role model is someone who is comfortable in their own skin! In today’s society it seems that a lot of us are worried about fitting in or looking and being a certain way. I feel a role model should encourage everyone to love the skin they’re in and appreciate themselves. I think a role model should be hard-working, genuine, and personable.
BB411~ You experienced bullying growing up, can you tell me how you dealt with it. What advice do you have for other kids going through the same situation?
LW~ At first my way of dealing with the situation was by ignoring it. I thought that if I pretended it wasn’t happening that eventually it would go away. I was wrong. I needed to speak up and say something; I couldn’t get help if no one knew I needed it. My way of coping now is by sharing my story because reliving it helps me come to terms and accept what happened. My biggest piece of advice would be to tell an adult! You’re not tattle tailing, you’re not snitching, you are helping yourself and potentially all of those around you. Get the help you deserve!
BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?
LW~ For the most part dancing is my exercise but I also enjoy running and kick boxing. I think my best way of staying fit is by trying not to let my tooth get the best of me.
LW~ Well I have always been interested, I mean I love to know and wear what’s trendy and in style but I’ve always been the kind of person that just gets whatever the mannequin has on. But I’ve had a love for beauty products for a long time! I basically hoard make up, skin care and hair care products because I just love experimenting with new things.
BB411~ Describe your style?
LW~ Casually chic. I like girly pieces but I try to rough them up a bit by matching them with leather jackets, combat boots, or edgy jewelry. I think I must have been a biker chick in a past life! I just like things that are comfortable and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.
BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?
LW~ In my opinion beauty is loving your perfect imperfections. I believe that true beauty shines from within; of course we see beautiful looking people but I believe a beautiful spirit is much more important.
BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?
LW~ Reminding myself of my goals everyday, both large and small, push me. The understanding that a day of not working towards my dreams is only putting me in the wrong direction. I am in control of my own life and that’s what pushes me.
BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?
LW~ Best Buddies is an organization very dear to my heart. Growing up, both of my parents worked in group homes for mentally disabled adults so partnering with an organization that really wants to partner people with special needs with someone who is “main stream” is absolutely incredible!
BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?
LW~ Simply put, it’s doing something for someone or something expecting nothing in return. It’s helping your community for the better of all, not just for some sort of prize.
BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?
LW~ I would tell myself not to worry so much about what other people think of me. I grew up hyper sensitive to what people would say or think about me but only lately have I realized that it prevented me from actually living. Doing things for myself rather than the opinions of others is much more fulfilling!
BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?
LW~ Genuine, articulate, dedicated
BB411~ What is your skin care regime?
LW~ Well because of my constant desire to try new things, it’s forever changing, but at the moment I am using a lot of Dr. Murad cleansers, toners, and creams and Epiduo whenever I break out. But one thing that never changes is washing my face at least twice a day!
BB411~ Top Beauty Brands you love for Makeup?
BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?
BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?
LW~ Mascara! I’m obsessed; it can totally transform your eyes.
BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?
LW~ This is going to sound gross, but I love the smell of a musty basement. My Gram was a seamstress and once she retired she kept all her fabrics in her basement and I used to look at going in there as a treat. The smell puts me at ease.
LW~ Everyone always says that I have really smooth skin, as do my mom and grandmother. We have always lotioned with all natural coco butter, it’s amazing.
BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?
LW~ I have been to Disney World 22 times!!! I will forever be a kid at heart.
BB411~ Favorite quote?
LW~ It’s better to be a first-rate version of yourself than a second-rate version of someone else.
BB411~ Favourite food?
LW~ Lasagna! I’m not Italian, but with the way I love pasta I should be!
BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?
LW~ Go skydiving…but I’ve got to work up a lot more courage before that happens.
LW~ Sleeping in, making myself a nice hot breakfast, watching a marathon of Law & Order SVU, pampering myself in every way possible and ending the night with soppy romantic movies I’ve already seen 5 times. I don’t get much alone time so when I do, that’s usually what my day looks like.
BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?
LW~ When I finished my first semester of college with straight A’s. I needed to prove to myself that I was capable of handling being on my own and that’s exactly what I did! I realized that I could enjoy my college experience, but still be totally focused on what I went there for.
BB411~ What advice would you give young girls starting out that are following their dreams?
LW~ Even when you feel stuck or like things just aren’t working in your favor, PUSH! Your dreams are only as big as you want them to be and reaching them is as simple as working towards them. If you aren’t working towards your goals you are working against them!
BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?
LW~ I’m really excited to use this next year to really get grounded; continue with school, model, really get my feel wet in the entertainment and fashion world. Five years from now I’d like to see myself dancing with Alvin Ailey and traveling the world doing what I love. Ten years from now seems a long way away, but at that time I hope to have finished law school, work in a successful firm, and hopefully be starting a family. But who knows! I’m ready to see where life takes me.
BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
LW~ When I see #lovethis I think of dance! It defines me.
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