Hi everyone! My name is Andreea Dragoi. I was born in Romania and I’m currently studying as a full-time student in California. I’m 19 years old and a freshman at San Jose State University. 

Since I was 6 years old, I’ve been working so hard to achieve all my goals and make my dreams become my reality. I was a very active kid, with a lot of energy so my mom put me in a lot of activities consisting of swimming lessons, modeling lessons, ballet lessons, and dancing. As I got older and started having more schoolwork, I had to organize my time to be more efficient. After many years of hard training, meets, and many ups and downs, I realized how grateful I was for never giving up on swimming. As this journey is what made me the person I am today. A strong, ambitious, confident woman that can overcome obstacles that the little girl in her never thought she would.

It has always been a dream to come to California, and now here I am.

I want to inspire everyone out there to start believing in themselves and do everything they’ve set their mind to. Everything and anything is possible, all it takes is trust, putting the work in, and always loving what you’re doing. 

Shortly after I moved here, I started getting more and more modeling jobs which made me happy as modeling has always been my dream since I was a little kid, but it always felt so unreachable. Now I’m competing in pageants as well which is a new passion and experience for me.

I feel very grateful, and I cannot wait to take part in this competition as it has so much to offer and gives me the chance to do what I love the most. The concept is beautiful as it inspires females around the world to be the best version of themselves. It shows both our inner beauty and outer beauty, and how unique we all are by bringing together so many different nations.

I want to prove to everyone that did not believe in me from the start wrong and for my father that left me and my mom right before I moved across continents for college to see how successful and ambitious, I can be. I am full of positive energy, courage, fun, passion, and strength and I want to share it all with you. Remember it’s never too late to start doing what you want, take control over your life. Feeling good about yourself and feeling good in your skin and body is very important to me and I believe it’s something that makes someone more powerful.

I am a big lover of sports and modeling as you can tell, and I want to combine my biggest passions and show every other athlete or model out there that it’s possible as nowadays it’s not something very common.

My message is to go shine out there, be confident, fearless, and never look back.