Jaclyn Stapp is an exceptionally talented beauty queen, philanthropist and fashion model. She is presently appearing in season 6 of VH1’s Couples Therapy. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were born in New York and was raised in Florida. You started competing in pageants since the age of 13 years. You over the years developed a broad portfolio in film, television, and print. Winning Miss New York USA propelled your professional career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of glamour and modelling. Tell us about your journey that took you to where you are now in the world of acting and modeling?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I was always a tomboy growing up, humble beginnings, one of 5 kids raised by my widowed mom, I played sports and never wore dresses as a child. My mom decided to sign me up for my first beauty pageant at our local mall at 13 years old, I didn’t win but I loved that feeling dressing up, wearing makeup for the first time and from then I knew I wanted to explore a career in modeling, acting, and ultimately my dream as a little girls was to compete in Miss USA one day.
As a teenager I did many local commercials, modeling and magazine covers and even worked at Disney World as Princess Jasmine part time after I graduated college. I moved back to NYC to continue my career and focused to compete in Miss USA. I continued working on my career and was ecstatic to have a small parts here and there like on “Sex and the City “and “Law and Order”.
I competed in Miss NY USA and won and my experience at Miss USA was unforgettable and being part of the Trump Miss USA Organization opened so many doors for me. I was very focused and knew what I wanted and where I wanted to be. I always admired Halle Barry since she started out in a local pageant and worked hard to get where she is today.
I definitely could not have made it this far without the commitment of my mom and taking me to that small beauty pageant at my local mall.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a profession of being a model and that requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: My mom gave me the initial push, once I got my feet wet in the industry I was committed and eager to know more. I learned by trial and error what to do and what not to do, my child hood days I was clueless when I started out in modeling, I had no idea what to do at an audition, I took classes and practiced. I lost many competitions before I started winning, but most importantly I didn’t let that discourage me and give up.
I was open to constructive feedback, I left each competition or audition and learned something new and it motivated me to push myself and work harder. I kept an attitude that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and that’s ok. I think my attitude going into this career helped me stay grounded, have longevity and not burn out.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: Yoga has really changed my life is so many ways, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I try to do Yoga 3-4 times a week, no matter where I am, even in hotel rooms. I also throw in various classes like extend barre, spinning and boot camp on top of Yoga to get in my strength training and cardio vascular work outs. Chasing my little ones around always keep me on my feet as well.
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