Heather Hershkowitz, Ms. Megaverse Vermont USA 2018
Tell us something that most people don't know much about you.
I was almost fluent in Spanish when I was 19, but I lived in Germany for about 6 months. So though I learned some German, I did lose some of my Spanish speaking skills. My accent is still almost perfect.
How would you describe your country to your fellow contestants?
BIG! Haha I love how you can Travel so far without needing a passport.
What makes you a PowerWoman?
I've always been very supportive of other females. I grew up with boys and didn't have a lot of close girlfriends growing up, only about 2 close girlfriends. So I enjoy making girlfriends and building each other up. Woman can be so territorial it seems and is somewhat rare to find another woman who isn't wary of other females when they first meet. I try to be the latter.
What is your greatest strength and how did it help you to become one of the competitions world finalists today?
I am very persistent about chasing my dreams. So much so, that I actually achieved my dreams only a couple years ago. I am one of the lucky few in this world who can say that they've made it. But the coolest part about it, is that my dream was persued mostly by men. So, to say that I was able to get my dream job that thousands of men wish they had, makes me feel extremely blessed.
What quote do you live by?Marilyn Monroe
I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.
What is your idea of happiness and success?
Happiness and success, to me, is being able to look yourself in the mirror and be proud of the person you are looking at. No one hates you more than your reflection, so if you can get pass that, happiness and success will follow.
What is your secret to stay healthy and beautiful?
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. I stay as active as I can to keep healthy. Daily vitamins are a huge factor as well.And as far as beauty goes, I feel the less makeup you can wear on a daily basis, the better. That way, when you actually put in an effort for a good makeup job, people can see the difference. If you look and dress like you are about to walk down a red carpet every day, then the red carpet event doesn't seem as special.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Get dirty! It is extremely satisfying completing a blue collar job that is usually done by a man. It lifts your self-worth and puts to rest any some insecurities you may have.
I go play in the garage. Accomplishing something helps bring my spirits up. Or, if I haven't taken my dogs on a recent hike, I do that. There's nothing like being in the company of happy dogs, whether they're yours or not. I have a friend who comes over to hang out with our dogs, even if we are not home.
My new goals in life are to show woman what they are capable of, while still being cute and feminine. And in turn, my theory is that men will see that just because a woman wears heels and makeup, doesn't mean she is the typical trophy most people see them as. When I first started out as a mechanic, some of the guys thought that I was a lesbian, and woman who saw me in heels, thought I was just doing it for attention.