MVNU students are accustomed to raising awareness about different issues, but one student is taking a different route to educate others about her passions.
Senior, Cambree Moser competes in pageants to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and forming healthy habits.
“My dad and sister are both type 1 diabetics and I've been around it my whole life. It's scary stuff and I wanted to educate people on that, but also let people know that they aren't alone,” Moser said.
Though this is the motivating force behind Moser’s decision to be in pageants, it’s not the only factor that keeps her involved.
“I didn't know how much I would love the competition. It's exhausting, but so rewarding. Especially when you have a competitive spirit!” Moser explained.
Moser has had many positive experiences over the two years she has been competing.
“Pageants teach you to be the best, polished version of yourself. You learn poise, confidence, communication skills, discipline, and so much more,” said Moser.
“It opens up tons of doors. I was able to do so many things just because of the connections I made through competing.”
These doors provided the opportunity to be the spokesperson for multiple organizations including, The American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Chew It Campaign.
However, these ventures didn’t come without hard work, something which Moser is very accustomed to. As a softball player Moser trained extensively to compete at the collegiate level.
“I played softball pretty much my whole life, but I trained harder for pageants than I did for any sport,” Moser said.
Between perfecting interview skills, communicating eloquently, learning to walk with grace and poise, Moser trained consistently. She says the key is confidence.
In 2013 Moser won Miss Ohio International. She then went on to secure a spot in the top 10 out of 50 women at the Miss International competition.
Leading up to the competition Moser was putting in more work than is normally thought for a pageant.
“You have to train hard; I ate the cleanest I ever have in my life and did 2-a-days for a month,” Moser explained.
Yet, Moser stressed that physical appearance isn’t the only thing competitors worry about.
“You also have to get sponsors, educate people on your platform, schedule appearances, update all social media accounts, pick out your wardrobe, get head shots... it's tough. You have to be 100% dedicated. It's a job, just like anything else,” said Moser.
Continuing on in the pageant world she emcees pageants along with coaching women to get them competition ready.
Moser isn’t just a pageant girl. She has played softball at MVNU, works in the communication department, and is the Sports Editor for The Lakeholm Viewer. Moser can be found working at Happy Bean or involved with The Coffee House Initiative, as coffee is a high priority.
Moser is a down to earth girl who loves coffee and meeting new people.
One of Moser’s favorite experiences was doing PA for basketball games with Dave Parsons.
“After a few weeks, he looked at me and said "You have made me totally rethink 'pageant girls'. I never would have expected someone like you to be so down-to-earth and easy to talk to." I think that was the best compliment I have ever received,” Moser remembers.
A lover of sports, coffee and pageants, Cambree Moser is a well rounded, all-American girl.