On Friday, beauty pageant winner Hannah Neeleman gave a pro-family response to a judge’s question during the Mrs. American contest.
Neeleman is a 33-year-old mother of seven and a farmer in Kamas, Utah. Her business, “Ballerina Farm,” sells farm-grown meat, kitchen supplies and her popular sourdough starters, and her Instagram account is popular for promoting a traditional agrarian lifestyle.
“When have you felt most empowered?” a judge asked Neeleman onstage.
“I have felt this feeling seven times now as I bring these sacred souls to the earth,” Neeleman responded. “After I hold that newborn baby in my arms, the feeling of motherhood and bringing them to the earth is the most empowering feeling I have ever felt.”
Neeleman competed as Mrs. South Dakota and won the national competition on Friday, following last year’s Mrs. American winner Krisdee Clark of South Carolina. She is expected to compete in Mrs. World 2023.
Mandy Fave of Minnesota and Jayme Perryman of Idaho took second and third place, while Sherelle Mendenhall of Nevada, Katheryn Clatterbaugh of North Carolina, and AnnMarie Gutierrez of Texas rounded out the top six finalists.
Neeleman is the former Miss New York City and a graduate of and former ballerina at famous performing arts college the Juilliard School.
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