Rachel Kasang

Rachel’s Farewell:

I can’t believe it’s already time to say goodbye and pass the crown. My time as Miss Arizona USA has been unforgettable.. I’ll always remember that night in January that my life changed forever… and thinking how fortunate I’ve been, to have been chosen for this opportunity. I have the best “little” a Miss could ever ask for and have made more friendships than I can count, that will be cherished for the rest of my life. Months later it is still a crazy thought to me that in the past year I have not only grown as a person, made friendships, changed lives and helped others, but I really had the honor of representing our gorgeous state of ARIZONA at Miss USA. None of this would have been possible without the support of my family and friends.

Mom and Dad you both mean the world to me. I would not have been able to compete and be standing where I am today if it wasn’t for you both. You have raised me to be the women I am today with morals and goals that I live my life by. Your support, friendship, and love throughout this experience has helped make it everything that it could possibly be. Not to mention of course thank you to you both for joining me on all of my last minute Miss USA shopping trips, gown fittings, and days of preparing for my interview for Miss USA.

Mom you have also taught me that life isn’t always fair, if you want something you need to make it happen, and always have faith in the lord. I am so thankful for those lessons because they have helped shape me into the person I am today. I
love you so much.

Olivia, where do I even begin…You have become not only my sister but a long life friend and a joy to have in my life. From our first trip together to Vegas for the trunk show, our first shoot together in Utah with Justin Grant, our appearances, and everything else I could not have asked for a better person to spend this journey with. I love you so much and cannot wait to see where life takes you next!

Britt and Jessica: Thank you for helping me open new doors, experience new things, making me laugh, and teaching me to view life in a whole new way.

To my official and amazing sponsors it has been an honor and delight to work with you all and I’m happy to call you my friends. I look forward to following the great things that will come from your relationship with our next Miss and Teen.

Andy Biggs at Zoltons Salon: Thank you for not only giving me amazing hair throughout the year but for putting a big smile on my face every time I got to see you. You are such a positive person and great inspiration.

Scott with Scott’s Training Systems: I cannot thank you enough for preparing me for Miss USA and helping me get the results I wanted. You really know how to customize a plan that works for me!

Ashley and Danielle with Sassy Chic: I don’t even know where to start! I am so honored to have met such talented designers, beautiful women, and great friends. You gave me the dress of my dreams for Miss USA and I will cherish it forever!

Danielle, The Perfect Face: I used to think I knew how to properly do my makeup until I met you. You are the most talented makeup artist I know. I not only know how to do my makeup the correct way and make it look amazing, but your products are phenomenal! Thank you for preparing me for Miss USA.

Justin Grant: Thank you for taking such amazing photos for myself and Olivia in Utah, you are truly talented!

Joe Pier: It is always a joy to run into you at events, thank you for capturing some of the best moments of my life over the past year.

Brenna Heater: Thank you for helping me with my sexy swimsuit walk for Miss USA I enjoyed working with you, I had a blast.

Stefanie Somers: Thank you for the most AMAZING pair of earrings I have ever seen! They are so unique, sparkly, and peach (my favorite)!

Jorge Esteban: My friend, mentor, and interview coach I am so happy that I got to meet you. You have been a joy to work with leading up to Miss USA. I was so nervous about my interview until working with you.

Timily Calles: Thank you so much for making my nails look beautiful throughout the year and for Miss USA. I really appreciate your friendship and up keep with my baby nails!

Mrs. Hancock: Thank you for teaching me how to properly speak, hold myself, and present myself at the dinner table. I use everything you taught me on a weekly basis and really appreciate everything.

Dr. Trent Smallwood: Thank you for helping me get and maintain the smile I wanted! :D

Whichever lucky lady is chosen, may your time under the crown be as joyful and rewarding as mine was. This is going to be a year not only worth remembering, but continuing on for the rest of your life. You will make friendships that will last forever, memories that will make you giggle when you think about them, and connections that you will be forever grateful for. This is not only an experience, but a door opening opportunity to see and learn things you would never get the chance to otherwise. Embrace it, enjoy your time, and don’t forget to smile big!

Be Happy, Be Confident, and of course “Be the changed you wish to see in the world.” –Ghandi

Signing off, Rachel Massie – Miss Arizona USA 2013