Path to the pageant

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Fishers resident heads to Miss America competition

By Holly Kline

Fishers resident Alexandra Syndram, 17, recently won Miss Indiana World pageant title. She will move on to participate in the Miss World America competition, which is the official preliminary to the prestigious Miss World international pageant. The Miss World organization promotes the idea of “Beauty with a Purpose,” and Syndram hopes to embody that message of community service by using her Miss Indiana World platform to promote her “Home for the Homeless” cause.

Syndram became Miss Indiana World on March 7 and is now focused on competing in the Miss World America pageant this July in Washington D.C. “The ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ concept shows that you want to go out and get people to volunteer,” explained Syndram, “and maybe get people who wouldn’t do it on their own.”

Syndram only recently started participating in pageants. “I just got started last year and I worked very hard,” she said. “Doing this has really brought me out of my shell.”

Sarah Glitzer, President of Spotlight Consulting in Fishers, is one of Syndram’s coaches and helped prepare her for Miss Indiana World. “Alexandra leads and speaks from her heart and the judges were likely quick to pick up on that,” said Glitzer. “Alexandra clearly has a heart for serving others. She’s a very transparent and genuine person, and she was very coachable and willing to learn and grow through the training process.”

Syndram loved her experience with Glitzer and recommends having a coach. “Coaching shows your dedication to pageants,” said Syndram. “The truth is that hard work pays and you can’t always take the easy road.”

Miss World America contestants are known as delegates and they will be judged on many topics including interview, evening gown, public speaking, sports & fitness, multimedia and more. Syndram looks forward to promoting her “Home for the Homeless” cause. “I’m passionate about it and that helps me speak from the heart,” she said. “I just want to spread my message. My goal is for people to acknowledge that person on the side of the road who has nothing. We brush by and then they fade into the background. Do small things first and just do the right thing.”

Giving back

Syndram volunteers at the Holy Family Shelter located at 907 N. Holmes Avenue in Indianapolis. Recently she spent the day there and donated boxes of kid cereal and other food. “I do drives and collect supplies,” Syndram stated. “They need cereals, blankets, canned foods and really any donations. They have several kids living there.”

Syndram’s mother Lourdes Syndram said she is glad that community service is part of the Miss World America pageant and that she thinks one of the biggest benefits to competing in these pageants is her daughter’s boost of self confidence. “I’ve seen her mature in many ways and she’s gone from a teenager to a put-together young lady,” said Lourdes. “She will have a huge advantage when it comes to doing job interviews.”

Alexandra Syndram agrees that competing in pageants has been good for her. “Definitely getting out of my comfort zone and getting people to volunteer with the community is a big benefit,” she stated. “I get a sense of peace when volunteering and I would love for people to feel that way and I think volunteering can make people feel more thankful for what they have.”

What advice would Syndram give to women who are thinking about competing in pageants? “Be prepared to work hard and to not always expect to win the first time,” she said.  “Be prepared to take criticism and let it help you become a better version of yourself.”

Syndram hopes to someday make it to the international Miss World pageant. “That’s my mission to make it on to Miss World,” she said. “It would make me the happiest person ever. It would mean that I could be a role model for women everywhere. If I won the whole thing, that happiness and the chance to get my cause out there would be great. It would also say that beauty is more than what meets the eye.”


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