Monday, October 14 2013, 09:19 AM MDT
Person 2 Person: Miss Utah Marissa Powell
Earlier this year Miss Utah, Marissa Powell was asked a question about fair pay for women during the Miss USA competition in Las Vegas. Unfortunately she lost focus and gave an incoherent answer. Instead of letting this mishap get her down Marissa turned it into a life-lesson and has since gone on to share what she learned with others. This week on Person 2 Person Shauna Lake sat down with 21 year old Marissa Powell to hear about her plans for the future.
Below is a transcript of Shauna's interview with Marissa Powell:
Shauna Lake: Thank you so much for doing this with us. I'm so excited to meet you. What was that pageant like for you? I mean what was it like to walk across the stage and be representing Utah in that way?
Marissa Powell: It was an unbelievable experience. I mean there is nothing really that I can relate to it. I had worked so hard to get there and I had so many people supporting me and backing me up to be there that finally getting there on that stage and working so hard with all my sponsors I was so proud to be there and so proud to be representing Utah.
Shauna Lake: Have pageants always been something you had been interested in?
Marissa Powell: No actually my first pageant was last year I decided to do the Miss Utah pageant kind of on a whim. I'm more of a sports girl I grew up doing sports and I played volleyball for one year at Westminster College. I had such a great experience that I had to come back this year
Shauna Lake: Talk about that moment. Did life did just kind of stop? I imagine that it was kind of one of those moments when everything is just kind of in slow motion.
Marissa Powell: Really thinking back its just kind of a haze because it was one of those surreal moments for me where I was like I knew something crazy was happening but there was nothing I could do about it. I mean I was up there and I remember the last thing I was thinking was okay where's my family? I haven't seen my family yet and Im looking out at the posters and then all of a sudden I come to and Im like Im speaking right now. There's words coming out of my mouth and I don't even remember the question. I remember like bits and pieces of it and I was like okay I guess I better just wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up.
Shauna Lake: What have you learned about yourself since then?
Marissa Powell: Well, I think for me the biggest thing I took away from it was realizing that it's okay to not be perfect. It's okay to mess up. Unfortunately mine was in front of millions of people.
And it was hard for me because I felt like I had let myself down. I felt like I had let my family down just because I had worked so hard to get there but you know it was a big wake up call and realization that its ok to not be perfect. It's okay to mess up and it's what you do afterwards that matters most. that was something I am excited to talk about that now. That is something that has taken me a couple months to settle into and to be okay with. Im excited to share that message with people now. I think that people can really relate to someone who falls down and get back up.
Shauna Lake: You get emotional talking about it. It must have hurt when that happened.
Marissa Powell: Yeah I had never been through anything like that personally, especially on that big of a stage. On a national level to have people mocking you and treating you like your an airhead or your stupid. And thats something Ive worked my whole life to be smart. My parents my whole life have focused on my grades and academics and that's been really what I focused on my whole life
Shauna Lake: Don't you think you've got a lot more play from what happened even if you had been crowned Miss USA? I mean your almost more famous for what happened than you would have been if you would have gotten the crown.
Marissa Powell: It's been amazing. It really has. I mean I could have never pictured everything happening the way that it has but Ive met so many amazing people. So Im grateful to jimmy and the today show and 20/20, enews for allowing me to be on their show and say this is the real me. I messed up but it's okay.
Shauna Lake: So tell me about what you're doing now. What projects are ahead of you?
Marissa Powell: Well, my sister and I sing we have been singing for quite some time now and I am excited to take that journey now, hopefully with music. I met with a lot of different modeling agency and acting agencies so I love the industry. I'm excited for it. I'm excited to see what happens next.
Shauna Lake: And you have a love interest? A lot of people would be very disappointed to hear. You have a pretty serious boyfriend?
Marissa Powell: I do. We've been dating on and off for the past couple of years and he's been great. He's been really supportive. He's pushed me up and helped me in his own way.
Shauna Lake: And he's kind of known in his own right. His name is?
Marissa Powell: He is Kyle, Kyle Van Noy; the outside linebacker for BYU.
Shauna Lake: Are you really busy as Miss Utah? What are some of your responsibilities on a day to day basis?
Marissa Powell: I have been really busy this year and Im actually really happy about that. Ive been blessed to take every opportunity. I've worked a lot with the best buddys organization. I've been an ambassador for healing hands for Haiti. I was able to go on a trip to Haiti for a week and work in disabled orphanages; which was fascinating. It was unbelievable. I cant even explain it. It's hard to explain it. It was so emotional the first couple of days getting there and realizing the conditions that these people are living in. And then by the end of the week youre just so grateful that you get to be there and it was unbelievable to see their happiness and the light that they gave even though that was what they were living in.
Shauna Lake: Last question is a really frivolous question but what is the number one beauty secret you learned from being in pageants?
Marissa Powell: There is one that I really like that Ive used quite a bit but that I would have never thought of before. Its when I brush my teeth Ill just afterwards Ill just wash my toothbrush off and then Ill scrub my lips a little bit and it exfoliates them and makes them really smooth and shiny. That's one I really like.
Shauna Lake: Marissa Miss Utah, thank you so much it's been so nice to get to know you person to person.
Follow Marissa Powell on Twitter at @RealMissUTUSA
-Written and Produced by Angie Denison
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