So, let's see what happens when Juliette Valle visits Section 36!
How did you celebrate winning the Miss South Florida Fair crown?
I celebrated the win of my first Miss title with my parents who came and supported me! I wanted my family and friends to come, but I was so nervous for this competition that I kept it secret to everyone except my mom and dad. By the grace of God I ended up winning, and the looks on my parents’ faces were unforgettable. Whenever I think about it I almost want to cry. Despite it being just a local title (although local titles are SO important), I treated my preparation for this competition like it was that of a state or national level. A lot of hard work, determination, and prayer went into this process, so when it all paid off, me and my family were ecstatic! Of course, afterwards I celebrated with my South Florida Fair family, my mom and dad, and my sister queen, Miss Palm Beach County 2019 (Ashley Klement), who was crowned on the same night. It was one of the best moments of my life so far and one I will cherish forever!
What has been the most pleasant surprise about your time as Miss South Florida Fair?
Every experience I have had as Miss South Florida Fair 2020 has been an absolute joy! But my favorite moment I’d have to say is participating in the parades! The South Florida Fair puts on these huge, wonderful parade spectaculars with decorative floats, performers, etc., so when I got to ride an amazing float, I was so excited! I also got to ride in the back of a vintage Mercedes convertible on my first day as the Queen of the Fair- how cool is that?!
I also got to meet the legendary Johnny Bench, who was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds for 16 years! He was the Grand Marshal for one of the parades, and meeting him was very exciting!
And lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my fair family. They made my experience what is was-truly. Every step of the way their love, enthusiasm, and support made my journey so amazing! The volunteers for the fair work tirelessly to make sure that it is unforgettable for all who attend. Their dedication to helping others have an incredible experience is so admirable. My local director, Theresa Lepore, has been volunteering for the fair for decades, she is just one of the extremely generous people that help the South Florida Fair be as magical as possible. I so admire their commitment and generosity and appreciate them more than I could ever express!
What did you learn about yourself at the Miss South Florida Fair competition that will help you when you compete for Miss Florida?
While preparing for/competing at this Miss South a Florida Fair 2020 competition, I realized how wonderful it is to be surrounded by incredibly intelligent, hard-working, and beautiful young ladies. An interesting thing about the MSFF Competition is that we had months and months of meetings, rehearsals, and preparations before the big night. We began the process of auditioning for a spot in November 2019 and the competition was in January 2020. Now, this may not sound very long, but when you meet up with the same group of girls each weekend for several hours a day, you form a bond. By the end of the pageant, I felt like I had a sisterhood behind me that I was so elated to be a part of. We all grew so close because we were all experiencing the same things- nerves, excitement, feelings of hope- and having them by my side when I won was truly an incredible feeling.
How did you select your social impact initiative, “Life is Awesome, Pass it On”?
I grew up in a family where my father is a nephrologist, which is a kidney doctor, and my mother is a transplant nurse, so I have seen firsthand just how hard a kidney transplant, or any transplant, can be to achieve. This is what inspired me to create my platform “Life is awesome, Pass it on”, which is all about promoting organ donation awareness. I feel very strongly about this cause because I know that there are currently 110,000 people waiting on the list for a transplant. If I could possibly serve as a voice for their cause and become an ally for them, help to dispel myths that people believe about organ donation, and continue to raise money to donate to organ donation charities such as Donate Life America (which I am now a partner of), then I know all my hard work will have been worth it!
I have spoken to many transplant patients who have either had
In December you released a wonderful holiday single. Will there be more musical releases from you coming along?
Winter Wonderland”. I was lucky enough to collaborate with Vanquish Studios on this wonderful project. The full album is called “The Giving Season”; Christmas is the season of giving back and spreading cheer, and since 100% of my album proceeds are going directly to charity, I knew I wanted my album centered around that concept.
I will be releasing six more songs (perhaps seven, if I add one more bonus, wink wink), and the full album will be released in the Fall of 2021. The 10 month gap between the single release and album debut is due to COVID delays; because my producer wanted to the process to be safe and comfortable during the pandemic, we pushed back recording time quite a bit. I decided to release the album in the fall of this year because I wanted it to have get all the promotion and glory it deserves! After all, the more attention it gets, the more money we raise for charity! Of course, I am anxious to get the album out, but at the same time, I am so excited to wrap up recording and start devising my marketing plan!
Please buy the album when it comes out, it’s for a great cause!
I really enjoy the “The Silver Lining” video series on your YouTube channel. What is it like to put those together?
Aw, thank you very much! That means the world to me.
In all honesty, it is a lot of work, but it is an absolute blast! It is honestly the project that got me through quarantine. The ability to connect with many inspiring and accomplished figures from across the country has been a privilege and a huge motivation for me to do better and think bigger! There is a process to making the show happen: 1. Getting the guest (usually they’re a public figure, so getting their attention can be a tad hard, but it’s so worth it!), 2. Drafting up the questions & Conducting the interview, which is always so much fun!, and 3. Editing in clips/music/captions/etc., which makes the video amazing, but takes HOURS!
“The Silver Lining Show” is like another job for me, but I absolutely adore it with all my heart and am very grateful for how it has changed my life. And as I mentioned earlier, I am producing it into a podcast format as well as a web show, so stay tuned for that announcement (early 2021)! Yay!
If you could be a Disney Character for a week, who would you choose? Why?
I love this question! I would hands-down say Princess Belle. I
have always loved her best; she loves to read, she is incredibly kind and caring, and she is extremely intelligent. I am a very outgoing person by nature, but as a child and pre-teen I felt very excluded by my classmates, so as a distraction, I would always read. When I watched “Beauty and the Beast” and could identify with the way Belle felt in her town, I felt so much more at ease. She will always have a soft spot in my heart; I am such a sucker for all things Disney!
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If you had an extra ticket to a Miami Marlins game, who would you bring with you? Why?
Definitely my amazing brother-in-law, David “Espy” Espinosa! The husband of my sister Cristin, Espy is extremely close to me and my family and has taken our existing love for baseball and increased it tenfold.
Espy was selected as First Round Draft Pick by the Cincinnati Reds as a high school senior. Since then, he had an amazing career in MiLB, spanning over 15 years. He now works for the Cincinnati Reds as their International Crosschecker, so he knows everything it takes to become a legendary baseball player. If he attended a game with me, I know he would be teaching me so much, and learning from a professional like him would be so awesome! I am so proud of him; he is an incredible athlete, but I promise you it’s his heart of gold that is the best thing about him.
Is there a feature or activity at a baseball game that you’d especially like to experience?
I know it sounds very far-fetched (because it is), but it’s always been my dream to play IN a baseball game. Yes, you read that right, no need to adjust your reading glasses. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with the movie, “A League of Their Own”, and I have always wanted to play ever since then. I am by no means a gifted athlete, but any time I watch Dottie catch a fastball with absolutely no effort, I think it is just the coolest thing! Bring female baseball leagues back- pretty please?
Now, that's what I call a goal!
As always, I want to thank Juliette for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful pictures to go with the interview.
As Juliette continues her time as Miss South Florida Fair, I encourage you to check out her Instagram account, and official Facebook page. They're great ways to keep track of everything she has going on!
I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck when she competes for the Miss Florida title. It would be wonderful to have the first Section 36 visitor wear that crown!
Thanks again Juliette, and good luck!