SJ: It is a different lifestyle growing up in the public eye and not having that so-called freedom to make mistakes, and learn things the hard way, and be a normal teenager. But it also is a blessing. I get to be with a community of very strong individuals and growing up faster I kind of realize things that others don’t. And I’ve been blessed with a really good opportunity. I do miss it, though. I wish I had a little more. But I’d say it’s a pretty decent trade.
TG: In terms of that trade, what part of this experience have you loved most? What have been the most amazing experiences?
SJ: Being able to travel the world. To meet so many phenomenally interesting people, and be a part of things like this. It’s a dream job.
TG: I know our readers wanted to know if you get any say in the way you’re styled during the competition.
SJ: People kind of pick which outfits we wear on a daily basis, but we have a say in our hair and make-up. I mean they don’t want you to come out in braided pigtails or something, but you can be creative and unique in that way.
TG: How do you feel about the uniforms?
I loved the leotards this year. I feel like they’ve taken a more simplistic route. It’s just gorgeous fabric and gorgeous design of jewels and I think the more simply they are the more comfortable they are, and easier to compete in.
TG: Do they give you wedgies?
SJ: Wedgies! Yes, they’re bound to happen. But they kind of are leotard’s design is supposed to be kind of a second skin, so they’ve kind of perfected that.