Focus Carlsbad Fall 2021 | New Town, New Crown

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Paityn McBeth (8) moved with her family from Lovington to Carlsbad in October 2020.

In Lea County, she participated in Our Diamond Miss Pageant System along with fellow contestants Emily Stuard (New Mexico State Teen Miss Model) of Hobbs, Natalie Stuard (New Mexico State Teen Miss Diamond Girl) of Hobbs, Robyn Mackey (New Mexico State Elegant Miss Talent and Model) of Hobbs, Tay’shai Hopkins (New Mexico State Sweetheart) of Hobbs, and Allison Elliot (New Mexico State Supreme Model) from Lovington. Together, the girls travel from state to state to compete and volunteer in their communities. Paityn received the New Mexico State Junior Miss Model and Glamour Girl titles as well as Overall Portfolio Queen in June. Then in July in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Paityn was crowned National People’s Choice.

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Our Diamond Miss never requires the girls to volunteer; the girls do it simply because they want to change the world. Completing volunteer work for Our Diamond Miss came easily for Paityn because the McBeth family resided in Lea county for a number of years and knew the county very well; however, when her family made the move to Carlsbad, Paityn had to start her volunteer circuit from scratch and without the support of her fellow Our Diamond Miss Queens in Hobbs and Lovington.

In Carlsbad, the Our Diamond Miss Queen program did not exist before the McBeth family landed in the Pearl of the Pecos. With the help of her newly crowned queen sisters: Helen Otaga (New Mexico State Tiny Miss Model, Talent, and Overall Photogenic) and Arabella Otaga (National Overall Portfolio and Beautiful Baby) of Carlsbad, Paityn familiarized herself with her new community through volunteer opportunities. Since her reign began in July of 2021, Paityn has already volunteered in two parades, three school supply drives (one in Carlsbad with the United Way, one in Artesia, and one in Roswell), served up some free summer meals to kids twice, helped keep the community pantry in Roswell stocked, donated to the Humane society in Roswell, and picked up trash in a clean-up event. She is a fixture in the non-profit community and has only resided in Carlsbad for ten months. “I like volunteering,” she says, “because it’s something I get to do with my pageant sisters, and I help get people what they need.”

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Through the pageant system, Paityn has met many New Mexico queens from many different cities. Brooklyn Seaborn (National Junior Miss Talent) and Koraline Ray (New Mexico State Junior Miss Talent) from Otero County, Lily Martin (New Mexico State Petite Miss Model and Talent) of Lincoln County, Onyca Garcia (National Sweetheart), Vash’ti Rodriguez (New Mexico State Tiny Miss Glamor), and Maliyah Juarez (New Mexico State Grand Supreme) of Eddy County. Suddenly, the Southeastern New Mexico Counties blossomed thanks to the Our Diamond Miss Queens’ desire to change lives in their communities. These young women welcome any girls ages birth through nineteen. Those interested are asked to join the Our Diamond Miss Family. Onyca Garcia recommends the program “because it’s fun. You get close to people in your region and your state. I like making new friends. I like projects and volunteering because it makes me feel good about myself. I like to compete, dance, and sing.” Onyca received the National John Silva Community Awareness Sweetheart Award for her work in the region as last year’s Supreme Model. She has a knack for making even the grittiest of volunteering opportunities enjoyable; she laughs as she recalls, “We danced together at the last trash clean-up at Roswell’s MainStreet.” If you are interested in making friends, creating memories, or encountering an opportunity to change the world, check out the Our Diamond Miss Pageants-New Mexico group on Facebook. Join the girls who are learning social skills and self-confidence, but most of all, surround yourself with girls who love each other and want to see every girl a winner. Together, Our Diamond Miss will change the world.

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Our Diamond Miss Pageants are more than just a crown and sash—they also focus on camaraderie and sisterhood, the heart and soul of the program. Our Diamond Miss is a family. Paityn remembers fondly that the best part about competitions is, “playing with friends while waiting to perform and telling each other stories. And after all the hard work,” she says, “it’s fun to go swimming at the pool parties.”

Article written by Kaity Hirst and originally published in Focus on Carlsbad 2021 Fall edition.
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