Exclusive Interview With Azia Hernandez, Miss Massachusetts United States 2021

What are some major achievements or accolades that you've accumulated?  

Being called "The most stunning woman alive" by Rope Magazine is one of my biggest achievements. In their publication they said I was the perfect blend of beauty and sexy. Having been bullied as a child for being unconventional looking to now being described like this is so amazing. I used to be an awkward shy girl but I feel like I've grown up to become a confident young woman who leads through life with her heart.

How do you use your platform as an influencer to spread "What's Good" to the world and who have you impacted?  

I think the best thing we can do on social media is to be brave enough to be ourselves and be kind. I post to my story daily simply being myself unedited. I do this because I would like people to look at me and know that I am not hiding behind photoshop and filters. I am just a girl who loves my dog, spreads love, and I’m overall just living my life. I get messages every day where people thank me for posting unedited photos and it has not only helped them to be brave enough to do the same but be brave in other aspects of their life.  

I also go through social media every night and give loving encouraging comments to people I do not know but admire who they are and what they are doing. It has now become a fulfilling habit and I have even had beautiful friendships blossom from it.  

What are some projects that you are currently working on or promoting?  

I am beyond excited to announce for the first time publicly that I am releasing my own lingerie line. I cannot give too many details just yet but I am happy to give you a little of the inside scoop. it is no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am becoming a fashion designer. when I was young, I would dress my dolls in iconic outfits made of ribbon, glitter, tissue, and whatever I could find. 

Who do you have to credit for your success?  

 There are so many people and events that have helped to mould me into the person I am today but what always comes to mind is Miss Chris. I started ballet as a toddler with an incredible noteworthy instructor. I spent hours alongside other girls perfecting turns, leaps, and every movement of our body. We focused on every little detail, even the proper placement of our pinkie. It is thanks to this that I am always zeroing in on details and never shy away from putting in thousands of hours to achieve a goal.  

Even more important than that is the lesson I learnt from the saying "The show must go on." I remember on one occasion when I was 10 years old I was not feeling well. I was performing my dance, threw up backstage, ran to change costumes, and then danced again. It sounds crazy saying that now, but I loved every minute of it. I learned and truly believe to never quit especially when the odds are against you. It is times like these when you really dig deep, pull through, and give the best performance/ outcomes of your life because in those moments you have no choice and it is all you have.   

What is your ultimate goal in your career/life?  

I would like to do what I can to make people feel brave enough to lead with kindness and be themselves.