For this week of #HBCURoyalty we have the pleasure of featuring De’Aira Johnson, a 21-year-old senior from Baltimore, Maryland majoring in Hospitality Tourism Management at UMES. She serves as the 49th Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2017-2018 academic year.
After graduation, De’Aira has goals of attending graduate school to earn my masters in Interior Design. Miss UMES enjoys helping and inspiring women in her community and on campus to seek full potential and beauty in themselves. She is a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and a Charter Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Upsilon Sigma Chapter.
During the interview, De’Aira talked about experience this past summer at the 16th Annual HBCU Kings & Queens Leadership Conference held in NOLA. “ This first session we attended as a court was led Sean Blakmore, who is an actor. He talked about how he overcame his misfortunes in life by staying positive and believing in himself even when people told him he couldn’t reach his goal. This session helped me to want to face my own obstacles to be successful, and prove the people who tell me I can’t follow my dreams just as Mr. Blakmore.”
Miss UMES also talked about her HBCU and how it impacted her personal life. “Being at an HBCU is just a vibe of its own… it is so much rich history and culture surrounding us. Knowing all that it took for us African-Americans to finally become educated, creates an appreciation like none other. We are literally paying off the debts of our ancestors.” she said.
Some words of advice Miss UMES would suggest to individuals interested in becoming an HBCU King or Queen is to be yourself and do not let the title get to your head. “You are a student paying tuition like everyone else so stay humble and remember it is not the crown that is on your head that matters but the crown in your soul.”
You can follow Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Instagram @dreamgirldee_