Interview with Miss United Nations title holder Mischaela Advani

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Miss United Nations is really focused on creating poised young leaders who support global initiatives and think like diplomats

Mischaela AdvaniWhat does being a Miss United Nations titleholder mean to you?
To me, a true Miss United Nations is a woman of the world. Many beauty pageants focus on propelling young women towards celebrity and future work as an actress or model, but Miss United Nations is really focused on creating poised young leaders who support global initiatives and think like diplomats. The title will give me a platform in order to support the United Nations campaigns that I believe in, but in a higher capacity…and to me that means the world.

What has it been like since you won your title?
I am in high gear firming up my plans for my year as Miss United Nations USA. The day after my crowning I attended a birthday party for the United Nations and was fortunate to attend a discussion with Mr. Will Davis, the Director of the United Nations Development Programme Representation office in Washington D.C. I stood behind our state Governor during a rally focused on ensuring women’s rights are considered in the new election year, and had the pleasure to meet women’s equality activist and icon Gloria Steinem. It was truly an honor to stand with them in a room full of women leaders, the energy was incredible!  I also joined members of the United Nations Association to put together the framework for a report on issues and action items in our region for the consideration of UN leaders, and we will begin writing this report in a few days. In 4 days, I’m attending my first formal event, the UNICEF Masquerade Ball chaired by the UNICEF Young Leaders board. All of this and that’s just my first week of a very long and productive year.

Has it all been UN and political work?
No, I’ve been very fortunate to have fun and attend a few great cultural events and fashion presentations. Recently, I attended a party at the home of the British Consular General and his wife, who are two of the warmest most jovial people you can imagine.  I also sat in the front row at African Fashion Week, and although I was one of the only attendees who was not of African descent…I was greeted and received so warmly as if I was everyone’s old friend. I also walked for Nicole Miller in a charity runway fashion show benefiting the Lynn Sage Foundation, an organization that focuses on finding a cure for breast cancer. Just the other day I was able to meet fashion designer Christian Siriano at his fragrance launch, and I can confirm he is one of the sweetest most energetic and outstandingly gifted people I’ve ever met. We spoke about some of his garments, and he is so invested in each one…which is incredible to see from a designer as famous as he is. He spoke at length about the construction of each piece with such passion for the craft. I admire his grit and work ethic tremendously.

What are some of your future goals?
For me, having a really successful year of new experiences, personal growth, and UN involvement is my immediate goal. I’m also looking at applying to a post-graduate program in International Relations in the near future. Beyond that I have a very exciting concept I’m in the beginning stages of working on that marries my experience in technology product management with my dedication to advancing the UN agenda.

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