(Oct. 3, 2014) Ocean City Today’s newest intern could be the next Miss International.
Twenty-two year old Taylor Sloan, an Ocean Pines resident, joined the paper in September. Sloan previously competed in the Miss Maryland USA competitions in Bethesda in 2012 and 2013.
“Miss Maryland USA was a lot of fun,” she said. “It taught me a lot of things. It taught me how to walk, how to speak to judges, how to compete. It’s really intense. You have to go through walking practices. We went from dance rehearsals back to walking practices – back to dance rehearsals back to walking practices.”
Shannon O’Brien, Miss Maryland International 2013, nominated Sloan to take on the Maryland title beginning next year. She completed a one-hour phone interview, and now has two months to seek sponsorships.
“I’m trying local businesses because I am local – I grew up here,” she said. “I thought it would just be easier to start locally. I’ll probably send a few emails to Baltimore businesses too. After that I start doing different appearances at different charities and local events.”
Sloan said she is training hard for the competition.
“I start my mornings with coffee, then I do bible devotion and go to the gym,” she said. “Those are the first three things I do, then I shower and get ready for the day. I thank God a lot for everything that’s going on right now.”
A transfer student from Loyola, Sloan is due to graduate from Salisbury University in December with a degree in English and a minor in communication arts. After college, she hopes to study journalism.
“I plan on staying in the area for a little bit,” she said. “I definitely want to wind up in a city. I was considering Baltimore, but with my title, I definitely want to be here for a full year.
Sloan’s platform in the pageant is as an anti-bullying advocate.
“I was bullied in middle school, high school and college,” she said. “In middle school I was kicked out of my lunch table on assigned seating day by the girls I wanted to sit with. I was cyber-bullied because I decided to play beach lacrosse, and, apparently, it was tradition to be mean to the new girl. In high school, I was just generally made fun of and teased. I was not invited to weekend parties, and no one asked me to senior prom so I didn’t go. In college, I was discussed on the college blog site College ACB. I do not believe there are any positive college blog sites nowadays.
“Bullying and cyber-bullying, especially, are easier nowadays and harder to control,” Sloan continued. “Pre-teens and teenagers have access to technology at their fingertips, and cyber-bullying is now becoming rampant.”
Sloan said she hopes to at least place in Miss International.
“Obviously, I want to become Miss International,” she said. “It’s a pageant that really stresses girls’ platforms and not so much being 6’1” and 100 pounds.”
The Miss International Pageant, which was established in 1960, is one of the big four such international events, competing with Miss Universe and Miss World, among others.
This year’s pageant will take place July 31 and Aug. 1, in Jacksonville, Fla. To donate to Sloan’s campaign visit www.crowdrise.com/missmdintl2015.