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Hair: Eric Vaughn
“Most Likely to Become Famous” by high school vote, Daniella Rodriguez is on her way to fulfilling this perceptive prediction after winning the vote of the judges for Miss Texas USA 2016!
You could say that pageants are in this nineteen year-old beauty’s blood. With a mother and a grandmother who both won titles in their day, Daniella entered her first pageant, the Laredo Baby Pageant, at the age of seven. She went on to become Miss Texas Teen USA 2013. Although she first started because she loved to perform in front of people, she has found the pageant experience to be empowering and beneficial. She sees pageants as a vehicle to making lasting friendships, creating self-confidence, and enhancing speaking skills.
These benefits will certainly serve her well as she prepares for a career as a school counselor. Daniella is majoring in teaching at Texas A&M International University. After earning her bachelors degree, she intends to secure a masters degree in school counseling.
Judging from her resume, however, Daniella’s talents could take her in a direction more in keeping with her love of the spotlight. With good reason, she considers acting to be her greatest talent. She began acting as a child, has attended acting camps, and has appeared in independent films for the University of Texas. She won the best actress title as a participant in One-Act for her school. So it is no surprise that her dream job is to become a successful actress.
For now, Daniella’s daily life largely centers on her family. She works with her parents at their family-owned businesses. For recreation, they take trips to their ranch or to the lake, where she enjoys riding four wheelers and jet skiing. She also likes adding to the jewelry collection that her grandmother started. Daniella looks forward to one day being in the position to repay her parents for all the sacrifices they have made on her behalf.
Daniella’s advice to the next generation: “Always cherish the good times you have with your loved ones… appreciate every single moment that life gives you.”
With her golden brown hair and hazel eyes, the five-foot, nine-inch tall Texan will undoubtedly stand out when she competes for the Miss USA 2016 title next spring. -----by Linda Warriner
Photos courtesy of Select Studios