Before we introduce the Hmoodle Beauty for 2015, we at Hmoodle would like to wish all of our readers a happy New Year. As we started off 2015, we are very proud to present you the beautiful Mia Ntshuab.
Hmoodle: We are with the newest Hmoodle Beauty, Mai NtsuabThao. Thank you for being here with us and congratulations on being selected!
Mai Ntsuab: Hello everyone and Thank You very much!
Hmoodle: Let’s first start off from the beginning. Where were you born and raised?
Mai Ntsuab: I was not born in the United States, I can tell you that! I was born in Thailand in a city called Phanat Nikhom. I was about 3 months old when we came to the United States and was raised here.
Hmoodle: How old were you when you came to the United States? Any fun memories back in Thailand? If you are too young when you came to the US, give your childhood memory in the US.
Mai Ntsuab: Again like I said, I was 3 months old; so no memories were created there. On the other hand, childhood memories in United States, there are a few! I was a pretty naughty little girl; always climb trees, hang out with the boys, and did whatever they did. But, one of the best childhood memories when I was little was being able to go fishing with my father everywhere he went. I love fishing. I could fish every weekend if I had the chance too.
Hmoodle: How was your parents like when you were growing up, are they very traditional and strict?
Mai Ntsuab: My parents …. Because I am the oldest daughter but second child,my parents are strict. They would like me to be a good role model for my younger siblings;which I have no problem with that, they are just preparing you for your future but sometimes might be a little too strict. But, to answer your traditional question, my parents are very traditional and still practice the Hmong tradition. So we are Shamans. My parents just would like for her children to continue the Hmong culture and learn about it for future purposes.
Hmoodle: Many of the younger Hmong generation are adapting to the western lifestyle and some seems to forgetting or abandon the Hmong tradition. What are your thoughts on it? Is it a good or a bad thing?
Mai Ntsuab: Honestly, I tell people, believe in what you believe in. If you don’t want to practice the Hmong culture, its fine and if you do, that’s great! I mean I wish our younger generation would take their time to learn about their own culture and yet adapt to western lifestyle as well. But, I’m not anyone to judge what they like and what they don’t like. I’m not going to force you to do or learn something you don’t want to learn. Me, on the other hand, I love Hmong and I love the culture. It is a unique culture that others don’t have. I try to learn as much as I can because I never know in the future I might put it to use. But I would really like it if they know a little about their Hmong culture. If other nationality is willing to learn our culture and we are not, that’s just disappointing, to be honest. Again, it is up to the person.
Hmoodle: What is the one thing that you would not abandon about the Hmong tradition?
Mai Ntsuab: One thing I would not abandon about the Hmong Tradition is the New Years that Hmong people host. Why? There are 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours in a year and we are just constantly working and working and working. We should take sometimes off for ourselves to enjoy what we have accomplished in a year and our hard work. It is like treating yourself! Meet new people; see old family and friends again, enjoy some foods, meet your future husband or wife. We all live in different city and state, relax and have fun.
Hmoodle: How important is family and education to you?
Mai Ntsuab: Family and Education is really important to me. But I would say my family is first for me then education. Education, you can get is whenever you like, it is not going anywhere but family, once they are gone, they are gone.
Hmoodle: Are you currently in college? What are you majoring and what really attracts you to that field?
Mai Ntsuab: I am currently in college, will be done next semester of 2015 with my Associates Degree in Electronic Business. I really don’t know what makes me attracted to business but I enjoy it. I competed once in Electronic Business, took first in regionals and decided to major in it and don’t regret it one bit.
Hmoodle: Back in 2012, you were one of the contestants for Miss. Hmong Wisconsin and took 5th place. Can you tell us how was that experienced like? Did you have to take a Hmong class before competing?
Mai Ntsuab: Honestly, the experience was great. I was able to discover myself and know my weakness and strength. I didn’t place as well as I thought but it’s okay. Like I tell people, it’s not really about the title. It is about whom you are and discovering your weakness and strength. It’s just a title. A true pageant girl comes within the kindness in heart and what you do for the community. And I didn’t have to take a Hmong class, it’s required to speak Hmong in my house, so I’m pretty fluent in it, I would say. It should be a daily language for the Hmong people.
Hmoodle: What’s your advice for the girls who want to compete in the beauty pageant during New Year?
Mai Ntsuab: My advice for the girls is, be you and have fun. Even though, you may not take a title home, at least you got the experience, the feel, knowing your weakness and strength. Don’t just go for the title and the money. Go because you want to make a difference. Compete because you want to help people. Just be true yourself. If you’re not ready, you are not ready. And let me tell you, taking the title as first, second and third is not an easy duty to take on.
Hmoodle: You are also the winner of Miss. Wisconsin Beautiful Faces. Was this via Facebook competition or an actual event in WI? How was this conducted?
Mai Ntsuab: This was an actual event in Brookfield, WI! And what Miss. Wisconsin Beautiful Faces actually was; was it’s an organization/pageant to build up girl’s confidence and they should know that they are beautiful no matter what. This wasn’t a Hmong pageant but yet an American pageant. It runs like every other pageants but there is no questions besides, “Why do you think you should be crowned Miss. Wisconsin Beautiful Faces?” You have your rounds of different themes and a lot of different categories that you were judge based upon on as well. More than the Hmong pageant categories, I would say. I took this title in 2012-2013.
Hmoodle: The majority of us are obese due to consuming all the fat delicious food out there and the lack of exercise. What’s your daily routine to keep you in shape?
Mai Ntsuab: I would have to say, I am not toned or fit. But I’m working on it. LOL! Still have some baby fats that I am slowly trying to get rid of. My daily routine consists of 4-5 days out of 7 days to work out; morning and afternoon, 3 meals a day, a lot of water, and healthy snacks and meals. It’s nothing too hard, just a lot to sacrifice but it pays off at the end. The beginning is always the hard part, but once you start seeing in results and get past that stage, you are on the go.
Hmoodle: You stated that you are the Assistant Manager at Growing Power. Is this an organic farming company or a self-help mentor group?
Mai Ntsuab: Growing Power is an urban agriculture organization headquartered in Wisconsin. Growing Power aims for sustainable food production, as well as the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens and Community Food Systems. They implement their mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance. I am currently at the moment working as the Web Manager; updating their website and do a little social media work along with the CEO.
Hmoodle: You mentioned you spend your spare time taking care of the Hmong elders, can you give us more details on your voluntarily work at the Hmong Care Community. What exactly are you doing?
Mai Ntsuab: I do! I like spending time with them, talk with them, play games with them and just relax with them. We just do things that they like.
Hmoodle: Let’s dive into a bit more intimate questions. Are you currently single?
Mai Ntsuab: I am currently single!
Hmoodle: What qualities in a man drive you wild?
Mai Ntsuab: Qualities in a man? Okay it does not drive me wild but something attractive. When they know their culture, speak Hmong, love their parents and have a good heart.
Hmoodle: Which physical feature do you most often get complimented on, and what makes you feel sexiest?
Mai Ntsuab: I get complimented on my legs a lot. I don’t know why. I just hear that they are sexy, but a woman will never know because we are so insecure about ourselves. But what makes me feel sexiest is my confidence. Having confidence in you and believing in yourself is the sexiest thing in a person.
Hmoodle: You are only 20 years old and have accomplished a lot in your life already. What are you focusing on these days?
Mai Ntsuab: At the moment I am focusing on my life and future goals. I like to be successful and feel successful. I want to accomplish more in life and I know there is much more to me than just work and school or be a future stay home wife.
Hmoodle: Do you have any messages for your family, fans, supporters, admirers or anyone?
Mai Ntsuab: My last word to everyone is, “Live life to the fullest with no regrets!” Don’t make excuses saying you can’t do this or you can’t do that. I’m 20, accomplished a lot in my life and still wanting more to accomplish. It comes within you. Believe that you can do it and you will succeed. Have faith, have confidence and never put yourself down or low. You never know what you can do, unless you try. “People who try are not failures, but people who don’t try are failures” – Gym Teacher,Mr.Rosa. A quote my gym teacher gave me when I was in 5th grade. Have a great day everyone and remember to stay positive and smile! Oh and don’t forget to tell your parents you love them, because of them you are who you are today, and they gave you life! No matter what the situation is, they will always be your parents til death.
Once again we at Hmoodle want to congratulate Mai Ntshuab for being selected as our first Hmoodle Beauty for 2015. We wish you the best of luck with whatever you do in the future.