Miss Texas Teen USA
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"If I set a goal for myself, I give it my all to achieve it. I never give up if I fail--I just keep trying until I am successful." It is her "refuse to fail" mindset and achievement-oriented attitude that helped Laredo native Daniella Rodriguez beat the odds--and over 100 of the best teens around the state--to become the new Miss Texas Teen USA 2013.
Bitten by the pageant bug at an early age, Daniella reveals, "My first pageant was the Laredo Baby Pageant, when I was 8-years-old. I wanted to be in it because I loved the spotlight and thought it would be fun." Her love of the spotlight was surely influenced by her family's pageant history--her mom was once Miss Zapata TX and her grandmother had been Miss Laredo TX! With the state crown on her head, Daniella has raised the bar in the Rodriguez family. But pageants are not her only interests. "Coming from a multi-cultural family is something that makes me unique and helps me be outgoing and approachable." These qualities have helped Daniella excel at other passions, including acting, dancing, singing, writing songs and playing the guitar. She has also found time to lend her support to organizations and charities close to her heart, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Pink Ribbon Awareness and Special Olympics. She also carries a special soft spot in her heart for Down syndrome and autistic children.
As the top teen in Texas, the future looks bright for the five-foot eight-inch, hazel-eyed Junior at United High School. Few teenagers nowadays could identify Sarah Bernhardt--the once-famous nineteenth century French actress--who was once called "the most famous actress the world has ever known." However, to Daniella, she is an icon. "My career goal and 'dream job' is to become a famous actress and win an Oscar!" She already has a foothold on stardom, having not only won a UIL One-Act All Star award, but also has appeared in three University of Texas pre-thesis films as well as a full-length motion picture. She has acquired quite a resume in sixteen short years.
Gratefully acknowledging her parents for being lifelong role models, Daniella also credits her older brother Daniel for being "a great influence in my life. He has always protected me and been there for me when I needed him. He is more than just my brother, he is one of my best friends." Along with her many scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments as well as the solid support she has received from her family, Daniella reveals that part of her success has come from an important belief that has been instilled in her through the years: "'To never change' has been the best advice I have ever received because it is important for me to always be myself and never let anyone or anything change me."
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