Where Are They Now? - Q&A's With Notable Jenks Grads
Georgia Frazier - Miss Oklahoma
Here she is…Miss “Where Are They Now? Wednesday” Georgia Frazier! Since graduating from JHS in 2010, Georgia was crowned Miss Oklahoma (2015), competed in the Miss America pageant, landed a gig with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and served as an advocate for women’s health. In this week’s Q&A, Georgia reminisces about her time at Jenks, smashes stereotypes and misconceptions about pageant contestants, and offers some advice to young women. Thanks for making us proud Georgia!
What are some of your favorite memories from Jenks High School?
Frazier: I have several memories associated with Jenks High School, however being a part of the Trojanaires will always be a highlight when I look back on high school. I created friendships that are still present today and I loved performing on that stage. I also loved being a part of our musicals and plays – I was the lead in our freshman play, playing Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” Having Mr. Hurst take a chance on me and believing that I could be a lead was truly remarkable.
How did your experiences, activities, and classes at Jenks help to shape your ambitions and your career path?
Frazier: The experiences I had at Jenks High School truly did shape my ambitions and that is because at Jenks, you truly can be a part of any activity or club. It was a huge opportunity to have that many choices when trying to figure out what you want to be a part of.
When did you start competing in pageants and why?
Frazier: I started competing in pageants when I was 14 years old (8th grader at Jenks Middle School) and it was a wonderful experience. By competing in the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen Organization, one must have good grades and be involved in extracurricular activities – it was a perfect hobby for me to be apart of.
Why was it important to you to pursue the title of Miss Oklahoma?
Frazier: It was important for me to pursue the title of Miss Oklahoma because it was a dream of mine to be Miss Oklahoma. I also wasn’t an athlete like my siblings – I’m 5’5 and I’m uncoordinated so I had to figure out a way to pay for my education. Not only did I win Miss Oklahoma but over the 5 years that I competed, I was able to graduate college debt free and pursue my Master’s degree debt free as well.
How do you manage your nerves on stage?
Frazier: Haha, that is a good question. I don’t manage my nerves very well, especially when I had to sing on live television – I never really prepared for that. But I think by knowing how hard I worked and how much effort I put into those few moments on stage – I had to trust my hard work and dedication. Singing on the Miss America stage was probably my 20th time singing in front of an audience solo.
What was it like to be part of the Miss America pageant in 2016 and share the spotlight with some of the most beautiful, talented women in the entire nation?
Frazier: Miss America was a very special experience – I dreamed of competing for that title for many years and then, it was finally in my reach. It was a truly humbling experience and such an honor to represent Oklahoma on a national level. I walked away with multiple best friends and each girl at Miss America could have walked away with the title and had been an outstanding representative.
Do you have any embarrassing pageant moments you’re willing to share?
Frazier: I have MANY embarrassing pageant moments. I think the best one being that I once only packed two left shoes (they were the same shoe just different sizes) so when I went to pack I grabbed two left shoes in different sizes. It was very hard to model that night.
How do you respond to people who think pageants are old-fashioned, outdated, or demeaning to women?
Frazier: I always express how much the Miss America Organization has done for me – gave me confidence, I graduated debt-free because of this organization, and it really truly does empower young women to seek the heights and break those glass ceilings. Usually, after I share my personal story, individuals are more likely to understand why young women compete in pageants.
What are some of the most common misconceptions or stereotypes of pageants and pageant contestants, and how can those be addressed or overcome?
Frazier: The main stereotype that I seem to have to overcome is that we are not intelligent. I think due to some reality television shows it has showcased a negative light on pageants. However, most of my friends that competed in Miss America graduated with an excellent GPA and are pursuing their Master’s degree, as am I.
What is the goal behind the “Warriors for Women” platform and why does it hold such deep, personal meaning for you?
Frazier: The goal behind “Warriors for Women” was to educate, advocate and empower young women about women’s health. I was diagnosed with cancer at age 19 and I was very uneducated on women’s health. So my goal was to inspire young women to take priority in their health and to go to the doctor for annual check-ups. I love sharing my story with young women and I was able to speak to over 100,000 individuals about women’s health during my year as Miss Oklahoma.
What kind of advice would you offer to teenage girls about body image, confidence, and self-esteem?
Frazier: You know, I constantly struggle with body image issues myself, trying to figure out what’s “Georgia healthy” vs “pageant healthy” and it has and will continue to be a struggle in my personal life. But the best advice I can give to teenage girls is as long as you feel healthy and beautiful – then you’re okay. Just take care of your body and make sure you are treating it with respect – eating healthy, working out and getting enough sleep. It’s the only body you will have. You need to love yourself, your body and your heart, always.
How do you stay connected with Jenks?
Frazier: I stay connected with Jenks in multiple ways. Obviously, I follow Jenks Public Schools on all forms of social media. I now have a nephew attending Jenks so I attend all of his football games and cannot wait to grow up watching him be a part of the best high school in the nation.
What is next for you both personally and professionally?
Frazier: I’m currently getting my Master’s degree at Gonzaga in Sports Business and Administration and I love it – go Zags! I’ll continue to develop and grow as a team member for Muscular Dystrophy Association and I’m excited to give back to the Tulsa community within my career.