ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Miss Indian World Competition kicks off this Thursday, with a new young lady wearing the crown at the end of it. Taylor Thomas, Miss Indian World 2014, shared with us this morning her experience as Miss Indian World over the last year, and how she’s accomplished her goals she set out for after winning the crown.
“We’re not leaders of tomorrow, we’re leaders of today,” is something she constantly speaks of and keeps in mind when reaching out to communities throughout the country. Along with ‘Native Pride’ Taylor works hard to promote a message of women empowering women. She especially encourages this mentality for the women competing in this year’s Miss Indian World.
After handing the crown to this year’s winner, Taylor has one more year left at Idaho State University, where she studies political science. After that she’s considering law school, but really, the sky is the limit.
Taylor also shared with us this morning details on the Generation Indigenous Conference coming to Albuquerque this week. Just last year, President Obama launched the Generation Indigenous Initiative, aiming to help improve the lives of Native American youth, removing any barriers that may stand between them and their opportunity for success.
The Generation Indigenous Initiative also acts as a challenge for Native Youth to support and encourage other youth in their communities. Taylor will be participating in the conference happening Thursday, April 23rd at the Albuquerque Convention Center.