20 Questions with Nicole Moore

Featuring Marley Stokes "Miss SC Teen USA 2016"

Meet Marley

Last February, I was in dire need of a blonde model for our spring photo shoot. I reached out to an old pageant friend of mine, and she quickly came to my rescue by referring none other than Miss Marley Stokes. When she came through the door, it was like the sun came in with her. She was not only great during the shoot {and perfect for the job}, but was a absolute pleasure during our dinner to follow. So, it came as no shock to me that several months later she was crowned Miss SC Teen 2016. 

1. You won Miss SC teen on your fourth try...did you ever think about just calling it quits after attempt number three?

Not at all. For me, it wasn't about how many times, it was about letting God dictate my path on his timeframe and trusting that the opportunities that surfaced would lead me to my destiny.

Miss SC teen USA 2013

Miss SC teen USA 2013

Miss SC Teen USA 2014

Miss SC Teen USA 2014

Miss sc teen usa 2015  - Gown by Canary designs

Miss sc teen usa 2015

- Gown by Canary designs

2. Describe what it feels like to be standing on stage as part of the final two?

Well, I've been there twice so I have felt both sides of this moment and both times it's an exciting adrenaline rush that makes it so hard to gather your prayers.

3. Are you able to explain the emotions you felt when you heard your name announced as the new Miss sc teen?

I was so overwhelmed with excitement that I dropped to the ground in shock that my dream of 4 years had finally come true.

4. What's your favorite part of pageantry?

Networking and meeting new people. You never know who you may meet on an appearance.

5. What is the hardest part of being a beauty queen?

For me, the hardest thing is never having enough clothes{for appearances}. 

 

6. YOUR OPENING NUMBER OUTFIT FROM THIS PAST YEAR WAS AMAZING!!! DID YOU DESIGN IT YOURSELF? 

My mom did,  I didn't even see it until the first fitting.

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE food?

Mexican 

9. HEELS OR FLATS?

Flats! I love Vans. I have about 5 pair.

8. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Two C’s: Comfy and Chic

Marley definitely knows how to rock the two C's!

Marley definitely knows how to rock the two C's!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND OF ALL TIME?

Rompers, I have about 30 in my closet right now.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Yellow

 swimsuit by  Kandice Pelletier

 swimsuit by Kandice Pelletier

Marley, sporting a super cute black v-neck romper with fringe detail last summer on a trip to our nations capital. 

Marley, sporting a super cute black v-neck romper with fringe detail last summer on a trip to our nations capital. 

12. Name three things that can always be found in your purse?

Currently, lipgloss, signature cards and sharpies.

13. I SAW YOU RECENTLY TRAVELED TO NEW YORK TO VISIT the MISS UNIVERSE HEADQUARTERS, AS WELL AS DO A LITTLE SHOPPING. HAS THIS BEEN ONE OF THE MORE EXCITING THINGS YOU'VE DONE THUS FAR, OR IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S TAKEN THE CAKE?

So many wonderful things happened that trip. I met Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach and Julianne Hough, from Dancing with the Stars. I visited the famous Mood Fabric to select the material for my Teen USA dress. Plus, I made some of the most amazing memories with my friends and my Mom.

marley met julianne while she was making an appearance in NYC at "lord and taylor" for the launch of her  mpg activewear line "jules"

marley met julianne while she was making an appearance in NYC at "lord and taylor" for the launch of her mpg activewear line "jules"

Nothing beats a trip to  mood ! 

Nothing beats a trip to mood

14. TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THE UP COMING MISS TEEN USA PAGEANT?

The Miss Universe Office hasn't announced anything yet.

 

15. TELL US, WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT OTHERS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO LEARN?

I absolutely HATE to shop.  

16. Well, what do you like to do in your free time?

Since, I've been traveling so much by myself lately...Whatever free time I have, I try to spend it with my family and friends. I enjoy simply sitting on the couch watching a show, or just laying out by the pool. 

Marley, and a few friends enjoying a low key evening over a game of cards.

Marley, and a few friends enjoying a low key evening over a game of cards.

17. Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram? 

Instagram, because it's easiest for my followers to keep up with my journey to Miss Teen USA.  

18. What is the secret for getting you hair to curl like this?

The secret is a wand and a bit of teasing and a little hair spray.

 

19. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY? 

Thanksgiving, not only for the yummy food, but to be with family and giving thanks to God for all the wonderful things he has done for us.

 

20. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

 I would eat my weight in tacos. Eat without ever gaining weight...No explanation needed!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT More ABOUT Marley. To stay up to date on her journey for the crown, you can follow her ON INSTAGRAM AT realmissscteen.

XOXO- Nicole