PEMBROKE — A member of the Lumbee Tribe will represent the state for the next year as Miss Indian North Carolina.
Kayla Jean Oxendine, 26, of Pembroke, was crowned March 9 in Charlotte.
“Miss Indian North Carolina really celebrates native women’s empowerment and cultural empowerment,” Oxendine said.
The competition starts with an interview before the night of the pageant. Other competition segments are evening gown, talent and traditional regalia.
The evening gown competition includes contestants’ platform speeches. Talent routines must embrace American Indian traditions, such as storytelling, dancing, tobacco tying, or basket weaving. In her talent phase, Oxendine told the story of the creation of the strawberry.
The final phase of competition is modeling American Indian regalia, describing its significance, and answering a question.
The judges asked Oxendine to define integrity and tell how she would honor it as Miss Indian North Carolina.
“I told them that integrity wasn’t just about telling the truth; integrity wasn’t just about showing up on time, it was more about holding your word as your bond, making what you say be your truth,” Oxendine said.
Oxendine is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013 and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2016. She is a 2008 graduate of Purnell Swett High School.
The platform during her reign will be the importance of loving one’s self.
“I’m a huge advocate for self-love and so my intention as Miss Indian North Carolina is that every person I come across…
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