For 15-year-old Morgan Moseley, the last year has been an exciting ride, but she didn’t expect the pageant train to take off so quickly.
The Science Hill High School sophomore took the Miss Tennessee Teen USA tiara at Saturday night’s competition in Clarksville.
“I was in shock,” she said Monday from her Johnson City home. “I never thought this would happen so soon. I’ve only been doing this for a year, so I was in total disbelief.”
Moseley took part in her first pageant last year, winning the teen division of the Appalachian Fair’s Little Miss Fairest of the Fair.
This year, she brought home titles in both the National Citrus Pageant and Miss Tennessee Teen International.
With the pageant experience, she hopes to propel herself in front of a camera or onto a fashion runway.
“My biggest goal is to become a model,” she said. “I want to do high-fashion and runway modeling.”
In August, Moseley got a taste of her chosen career when she posed for Atlanta dressmaker Mac Duggal.
“That was amazing,” she said of the modeling work. “It was pretty much my first job, and it was just much more than I expected.”
As Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Moseley will next travel to the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas in August to compete for the national crown of Miss Teen USA.
“I cannot wait to compete,” she said. “It’s just so exciting, because it’s something I really love to do.”
For Saturday’s competition and the upcoming national contest, Moseley prepared for interview, swimsuit and evening wear portions.
“You really have to workout for the swimsuit portion to make sure you stay healthy,” she said. “For the interviews, it took a lot of talking to people to make myself comfortable with the process. I was pretty shy coming into the pageants, but it’s definitely helped me with speaking in public.”
With her new title comes the responsibility of maintaining poise appropriate to her status and making dozens of public appearances across the state.
Later this month, Moseley will travel to Nashville for a red carpet event at the Inspirational Country Music Awards.
When handing over the tiara, Moseley said last year’s Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Emily Suttle, left her with some words of wisdom she intends to live by.
“She told me to enjoy it while I can, it goes by so fast,” she said. “And I’m going to do that. I’m going to take bunches of pictures and just take in as much as I can while I’m doing it.”