Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2018

Dalaney Johnson

What state or country would you live in and why?

I have grandparents from Italy and the Island of Belize. I would love to visit both of these places because of my heritage and the amazing culture. My future college plans of studying fashion journalism hopefully include studying abroad. I'm excited to learn about new places but being so young I pride myself in where I come from, for now I’m proud to say, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is home to me.

Tell us something funny about a family vacation you have experienced.

When I was eight years old my family visited an indoor waterpark. With all the excitement the kids were running from one end of the suite to other and jumping out onto the balcony. Without my knowledge my mom closed the sliding glass door. I ran full speed and jumped into the glass door and slid down like a cartoon. To this day my mother still cannot keep a straight face while telling the story.

What is your goal if you win Miss Teen International 2018?

It would be a great opportunity to take my platform, “Positive Self Image”, further than just my backyard and making it nationwide. It's important to have a strong female presence in a girl's life. If a girl respects her body, cares about her reputation and always has a positive mindset then she can accomplish anything. Imagine what this positive movement could do for our country right now. I would be honored to be that influence.

What does beauty mean to you?

“The way you carry yourself is influenced by the way you feel inside. You must feel attractive to be attractive.” So I feel that beauty comes from within and that your energy introduces you before you even speak. To me beauty is a mindset, in order to be beautiful on the outside you must know it and feel it on the inside.