Mercedez Ellis Loreal
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2013
To my family, friends and fans,
Where do I begin? I would like to start off by saying how grateful and honored I am to be your MGLA 2013. It was a journey that began for me back in 2004 and I always knew that one day I would make it here. Throughout the years of preparing to compete for the title, I seemed to be missing something - structure! I must admit that at first I was a follower and not a leader, so I knew it was time for a reality check on life. During this task I lost many friends but gained so much more respect from and for others within this system and art form. I decided to prepare myself in 2012 as if I was already your MGLA, that way I would have a sense of the pressure and responsibility of the job - and oh my was that a challenge. I knew that once I had conquered the many obstacles placed before me I would become the next MGLA. The night of the Crowning ceremony I was so nervous I didn't know what to expect but I knew that I had given it my all. On July 26, 2013 my life changed completely. Until this day I still find myself in shock. Since that day I've met many new people who have always been a fan and those who weren't have become one. I must say it was one of my proudest moments in my life. I am so bless to have a strong support team in my corner who believe in my dream just as much as I do.
Before I say bye for now there are just a couple of people that I would like to thank. Dexacti, you have always been a true trooper and I appreciate you for always keeping it real. The year you won it felt as if we both had won (lol). I think I cried more than you that night. Thank you for all of your encouraging words and just simply being a sister, but most of all a friend. I love you!
And, of course, David Green. You are an amazing person and the best promoter that any system would be grateful and blessed to have. You have turned corners and sailed down the river for me because you believe in me. Thank you for listening when I just needed a ear or a shoulder to lean on. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Mercedez Ellis L'Oreal, MGLA 2013
Dear family and friends,
I must say it has been a truly great reign thus far, but most of all a challenging and wonderful experience. Let me say that my experience at MGA in October was life changing. I've met so many new people who had the same drive and ambition. Everyone was so very warm feeling and accepting to me, I wouldn't change that feeling for the world.
One day I would love to return back with the quest to become the next MGA, but now I am simply living out my dream - which is everything that I thought it would be and more. With big responsibilities, this system has taught me to be more responsible, dependable, and a versatile entertainer.
To all those that has taken interest into the America system - thank you, and here are a few things that I had to work on while to prepare for MGLA.
First, I had to work on my presence and my attitude. It is very important to be approachable in the America system. No one wants an entertainer with a bad attitude or is unapproachable.
Second, my appearance. I've always tried my absolute best to present myself in the most professional way.
Last, the company that I keep. I've lost many friends along my journey that did not share the same goals and dreams as I did. I don't believe in judging, but it's one of the things that we must face in life. So always be mindful of the company you keep close because, whether you like it or not, it reflects on you.
I hope that this letter helps and may God continue to bless you all.
Until next time, yours truly,
Mercedez Ellis L'Oreal, MGLA 2013
P.S. Stay tuned for more to come! :-)
Well hello again,
The prelims are quickly approaching and I'm very excited. This really has me excited to meet all of the lovely contestants that will qualify to compete for MGLA 2014. My reign has been wonderful so far, but of course it's what you make of it. Many doors and opportunities have opened for me. I have also been busy traveling and promoting the America system to take MGLA to a higher level.
I was blessed with the opportunity to be Krew of Mwindo Queen #16 (Yay!!) The ball was a lovely experience for me. Thanks to the L'Oreal family and friends who came out to show love.
In my last letter I listed a few things that helped me in preparing for this job. Some of these things are also what was shared to me by some of the formers in the America system.
Along with what I spoke about in my last letter, I would include being willing to listen and learn new things. Always stay true to yourself, but never be afraid to grow. It will set you apart and different from the ones before you. Meaning, you will have left your mark and legacy.
One of the most important key factors of being a good entertainer is to enjoy yourself and have fun. It shows in your presentation and allows your peers, the judges and audience to have fun with you.
And last, for now, never give up. Whether it's a dream or a goal, if you reach far and push hard you can accomplish anything. I remember David Green telling me "the performing is the easy part, the come down is when your prelims begin and you become the boss (lol)."
I know I'll do just fine as an administrator with the help of my sisters, Josh and you (David), I can't wait!!
March 21st at Splash will be the night that will either make or break me! :-)
Well, until next time - be blessed.
Mercedez Ellis L'Oreal
phone: (504) 717-8419