Melissa Nicole Ocampo was born and raised in
How did you decide to join the beauty pageant?
I grew up watching pageants and, in 2007, decided to compete in one. From there, I was hooked.
How did you prepare for your most recent competition - swimsuit, talent, formal wear competition?
I competed in the Miss New York USA pageant. From past experience, I knew that the USA/ Universe system is based solely on appearance, so I focused my preparation on working out. Out of all the pageants I've competed, the Miss USA system is by far my favorite production to be a part of. However, platform-wise the International system is my favorite. That is why I wanted to compete one last time. I had a blast seeing my pageant sisters again, and being back on the stage is thrilling and exciting.
, by Jenjen Furer