Angela Cox – Maryland Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Karen Cox Photography by Erica Land Photography Issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Angela on Project Beauty: Project Beauty really made me realize that being beautiful doesn’t mean you have no acne, the coolest clothes, and perfect teeth. Being beautiful can mean anything to you. And you only. Being beautiful doesn’t matter what others think, it is what you think when you think of yourself. Project Beauty helped me find my inner beauty and express what I had to offer on the inside and outside. Social media has really destroyed girl’s confidence because they believe they have to be perfect, but in reality, those people aren’t so perfect behind the scenes. Project beauty helped me find a better me!
Photography by Erica Land Photograph
Tell us about your dance career. When did you start, what is your favorite type of dance to perform, and what do you love most about it? I started dancing 5 years ago and I have been inseparable from it since then. I look forward to it everyday and I have no clue what I would do if someone told me I couldn’t dance anymore. I used to absolutely love hip-hop, but 2 years ago I started heels dancing and it is my favorite thing ever. Heels and ballroom bring a sense of maturity into my dancing and I feel that it totally helped me with my overall technique and I am so glad I found it. The thing I love most about dance is that I can express myself through it and just feel the movements.
What is one of your favorite memories from dance? My favorite memories from dance would have to be when I got my “little sister” this past year. All the older girls would get one of the little girls as their sister and at competitions we would give each other gifts and help them with their hair and makeup! Another one of my favorite memories is getting a tap scholarship for my first convention. This was my first time trying to tap so I didn’t have the shoes but I asked the teacher after if it was something I should try and just asked her things about it, since I was new to dancing. She saw passion in me and gave me the chance to try a new style! I went home and bought tap shoes and went to my first tap class, immediately loving it!
How are you planning for college and why do you feel like it's so important to start early? I am planning for college in my education by joining my school’s psychology club, as the class is available for tenth graders. I want to work for the FBI in the BAU and learning how the mind works is the first step to getting there! I am also planning for college in my dancing by going to conventions that are college programs. What that means is that colleges get to see the dancers at the convention, sadly online this year, and give out scholarships to older students. I think it is most important to prepare for college early because it makes everything easier in the long run.
Please share with us your experience of participating in Project Beauty and what it means to you. Project Beauty was an eye-opening experience for me. It showed me that you don’t need to be perfect to be beautiful. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Social media really takes away girls self-confidence and destroys it with these girls with perfect lives, faces, and bodies, when the reality is that off screen their lives aren’t so perfect. Project Beauty was a wonderful thing that I think every girl out there should get to see, which is why I am so excited for this feature to be in this magazine!
How did you find out about Erica Land's teen program and what about it made you want to join? What do you love best about it? I found out about Erica’s modeling team through my dance coach. Joining the team would give me the chance to meet new girls who love to model and boost each other's self-confidence. I met my best friend, Kendall through it. It also gives me wonderful opportunities, like Project Beauty.
… Advice I would give is to always work hard. Working hard has gotten me to where I am today. Setting goals is also extremely important. Something I like to say is I’m not where I want to be but thank god I’m not where I used to be. I think that this really shows the definition of working hard. I also think it is important to give yourself credit for everything you have done and look back on your progress because it really helps!
The first would be to make it on my high school poms team if we go back to school. The second would be to be in a music video. My last one would be to have kids because I’ve always wanted to be a mom.
The person I find the most inspiring is my mom. She works so hard at her job to provide for us and still comes home to plan these amazing dinners, activities, and unforgettable memories for me and my brothers! She is also always there when I need her and I can count on her for everything, which is why she is my best friend.
The thing that has helped me the most with keeping myself organized is definitely having a planner where I can write everything I need to do for that day and the assignments I need to complete. It helps me focus on what I have to do that day and what I have planned.
I just wanted to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity! It is something I will never forget!
Look for Angela in Issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!