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Miss Longview makes Miss Texas USA Top 15

By Jessica Ferguson jferguson@news-journal.com
Sept. 8, 2012 at 11 p.m.


After securing a top 15 spot in the state pageant, Miss Longview USA looks forward to continued success in pageantry and a life of helping others.

Andrea Fox and her family caravanned to Houston in a quest to bring home a crown, and although she fell short, she still met her goal of earning a spot in the Top 15 among the 111 contestants.

The Spring Hill High School graduate first started her pageant career two years ago as she competed for Miss Northeast Texas 2011.

"She (Amy Haden) invited me to the pageant on Facebook," Fox said.

Fox was crowned first runner-up in the pageant and competed for Miss Texas USA 2012 as Miss East Texas.

The pageant contestant returned to vie for Miss Northeast Texas 2012 and once again sealed the title of runner-up, which afforded her the opportunity to represent Longview at this Miss Texas USA 2013 pageant this past weekend.

When Fox first competed for Miss Texas USA this past year, she did not make the finals - making her finish this year even more special.

"I had chills, and couldn't believe I made the Top 15," she said.

Fox will continue her quest to someday become Miss Texas USA and eventually Miss USA.

But for now, she has her eye on the Miss Northeast Texas 2013 crown.

"I hope to come away with the crown," she said. "Third time's a charm."

Outside of pageantry, Fox is focused on fitness and nutrition.

The 24-year-old graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University this past month with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Food and Nutrition. She is seeking an internship with the Dallas Mavericks so she can learn the ins and outs of training professional athletes.

Fox also has a passion for the fight against childhood obesity.

"I'm planning to put together a 5K run to benefit the fight against childhood obesity," she said.

For her, the fight is not only about being fit, but building confidence.

"As a child I was smaller than everyone, and I got teased a lot. I think that is a big problem for a lot of children with bullying."

Fox hopes she can help children so that they will not have to experience some of the things that she endured.

She says staying fit and participating in pageants have helped her to build confidence.

"Her confidence level has grown," her grandmother Joan Fox said. "Pageants help the girls represent themselves better."

Haden, the director of the Miss Northeast Texas pageant, agreed.

"It gives them more confidence to talk to anyone," Haden said.

This confidence is the gift Miss Longview says she hopes to give East Texas youths.

"I want to win Miss Texas USA so that other girls will know you don't have to be from a big city like Dallas or Houston to win," Fox said.

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