Georgia has been sending strong competitors to Miss USA over the last few years. This girl, Brittany, can be the first Georgia to bring home the Miss USA crown. Brittany Sharp was former Miss Georgia Teen USA and placed as the 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 2006. She captured my eyes at the Teen USA pageant and I was hoping to see her back on the stage for Miss USA. I was ecstatic to learn that she is Miss Georgia USA 2013. I hope you will enjoy getting know her more. The more you get to know her, the more you will find her to be adoreable. It is without a doubt that she’ll win your heart just like she did mine. Please follow her on Twitter: @RealMissGAUSA and Instagram as @MissGAUSA2013.
1) Lets look back to GA Teen, What makes you decide to run for GA Teen in 2006?
My modeling agency Arlene Wilson encouraged me to enter my first pageant, Miss Georgia Teen USA, when I was 15. They thought it would provide me with many benefits including: maturing my runway walk, bettering my interview skills for auditions, and generating some publicity for my acting and modeling career. I was kind of a tomboy growing up, so the thought of competing in pageant scared me to death! I wanted to try something new and outside my comfort zone so I went for it. Beginners luck and a lot of hard work lead me to win that night and I went on to represent Georgia at Miss Teen USA 2006. Such an amazing experience!
2) What makes you decide to come back and compete for Miss GA USA 2013?
Competing on the MIss USA stage has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl! After seeing all the doors that were opened after competing at MIss Teen USA, I knew that Miss USA would do the same thing only on a much bigger level. Competing for Miss Georgia was step one in achieving my dream. I am truly honored and beyond blessed to represent my home state of Georgia at Miss USA this summer! I could not be more excited!
3) What advices would you give to girls to compete for the title and from your experience?
Advice I would give to girls that are competing for their state titles or working towards any dream in life would be to NEVER GIVE UP! It took me 3 years to win the title and even though I felt discouraged at times, I had to keep trying, pushing, and working harder than ever. I think the key is to stay focused, determined, and most importantly… TRUE TO YOURSELF along the way!
4) What was your best memory/experience as GA Teen USA 2006?
My favorite memory as Miss GA Teen USA 2006, was definitely going to Miss Teen USA! We were out in Palm Springs for about 3 weeks and I had the time of my life. When I went to Teen USA it was still a live telecast on NBC, and so the experience of getting to work side-by-side a TV crew was remarkable. The three weeks I spent out there taught me so much at such a young age and opened my eyes to the many opportunities that an experience like this can offer.
5) What was your favorite moment as Teen and GA USA?
I would have to say that my favorite moment as Miss GA Teen USA was my crowning moment, as silly as that sounds. Since GA Teen USA was my first pageant, I was just in complete and utter shock. I had a goal of making the top 15, so when I got into the 5… that already seemed like frosting on the cake to me Lol. All of the sudden they were putting a crown on my head and at that moment I had no idea the amazing year that was in store for me, but I was definitely along for the ride. So far my favorite moment as Miss GA USA has been the Chick Fila Peach Bowl Weekend in Atlanta. The weekend consisted of a “Fan Night” at the GA Aquarium, hospital visits to Egleston and Scottish Rite with the Clemson and LSU football teams, riding in the Peach Bowl Parade through downtown Atlanta, and getting to attend the Chick Fila Bowl Game at the Georgia Dome! So much fun!
6) Could you name a few role models in pageant? and why?
Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007) is one of my favorite Miss USA’s to date & definitely one of my biggest role models in the pageant world. Rachel won Miss Tennessee USA the year after I gave up my teen crown, and since we share the same director I got the chance to spend some time with Rachel as she prepared for Miss USA. She is truly a sweetheart! Being a former teen as well, Rachel showed me the strong work ethic and focus it would take to come back and compete successfully on a “Miss” level. She is an accomplished and well-rounded woman and stayed true to herself along the crazy ride of being Miss USA!
7) Have you been in touch with the girls when you compete as GA Teen?
Yes! My “Greenwood” sister Ashley Durham (TN Teen 06 & TN USA 2011) and I are still very close. As a whole, we have a Miss Teen USA 2006 Facebook Group that we all stay connected and up to date on each other’s accomplishments with. It’s awesome! It’s amazing to see all the wonderful things my 2006 sisters are doing 7 years later. 🙂
8) What is your goal as Miss GA USA and after the title?
As Miss GA USA, I want to be the best state representative that I can be this year and make Georgia proud at Miss USA! I am definitely going to take full advantage of my reign by taking every opportunity and running with it, as well as giving back to the state that has done so much for me. The crown can be used to help so many people and I plan on doing just that. As far as after I give up the title, I plan on finishing my last semester of college at the University of Georgia and starting my career as a sports broadcaster. ESPN here I come! Watch out Michelle Beadle. 🙂
9) Describe yourself as one word and why?
If I could describe myself in one word it would be POSITIVE! I am a very “glass half-full” kind of gal and try to always maintain a positive outlook on life. I am a firm believer that a positive attitude can make the biggest difference!