The act of being selfless is just one of many lessons that she passes on to young girls, especially to those she mentors through the MAO’s Lone Star Princess program. Chandler said its purpose coincides with her “why.” “It introduces two of the four points of the crown, sisterhood, and success, to our little ones. From ages 5-12, girls are mentored by their local titleholder, spend a week with other princesses and get to witness each titleholder compete on the Miss Texas stage.”
In Chandler’s case, her little princesses got to see her not just compete but win. Beating out a field of 47 beauties from across Texas, Chandler won the overall title plus was the overall talent and interview winner. The trained flutist, who first played the violin, played a medley of “Theme from ‘Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
A month after her crowning, Chandler still has to pinch herself and can’t believe that she is Miss Texas 2019. “That was the first time I experienced an overwhelming amount of emotions at once that the only thing left for me to do was fall,” she said recalling the moment she knew she had won the coveted title. “I kept thanking God, I thought of my mother & Godmother who tirelessly invested in me, my city Houston, Texas, my girl gang KweentoQueen and all of the things I want to accomplish in just 365 days.”
She didn’t have much time to dwell on what her yearlong reign would be like as she had to immediately shift her focus from the future to the right now. “The job quickly started when I had a makeup appointment at 2 A.M. and a photoshoot that ended at 5 A.M.,” said Chandler. Since then she has been on a nonstop schedule full of interviews and appearances while she trying to get ready for another year of college at the University of North Texas.
As the new Miss Texas, Chandler received a $20,000 cash scholarship, a QX60 Infiniti, appearance wardrobe and more. Over the course of time with MAO, Chandler has racked up $40,000 in scholarship. That money coupled with prize money from her previous pageant will allow the college coed to graduate debt free and even go on to get her master's degree debt free. What a blessing!
While serving as an ambassador for MAO’s programs and mission, Chandler also hopes to grow her KweentoQueen program that she started with her sister, Klarke. The pair hopes to expand the mentoring program for young girls into schools throughout Texas.
Chandler feels extremely grateful to have had great mentors in life. Starting with her first mentors, her parents, Dexter and Courtenay Foreman, followed by her partners in crime, her siblings Klarke and Dexter Forman Jr. Without their love and support with her faith in God, Chandler says she would never have achieved as much as she has in life.
“My parents did an awesome job establishing the importance of support and encouragement from family. “ Chandler continued, “Kids need to know that they are supported by their loved ones because that is what keeps us motivated. That’s what reassures us that we are loved.”
The foundation her parents built in Chandler has made her purpose clear and she feels that it is her duty to connect, share stories with, and uplift people. Comfortable in the skin she is in with her distinctive features of a gap in her teeth, thick eyebrows, curves, and poofy hair; Chandler believes God is using her g.a.p. to stand for “God’s Anointed Purpose” where she is using her gifts to bridge the gaps in our society.
Chandler Foreman is one remarkable young lady that is a wonderful representative for Texas and young girls of all ethnicities. Her next step is to get ready for Miss America 2020. The official pageant dates and location have not been announced yet. Pageant watcher can stay in the know by following Chandler’s journey on Instagram @missamericatx and her personal page @Queenchandler.
Good luck at Miss America 2020 Chandler!