MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Greek-American Maritsa Platis represented South Carolina in the Miss U.S. International Pageant and is the first from that state to win an an international pageant title, WBTW News13 reported on August 12.
She said, “I moved down here when I was 9 so I’ve grown up in the North Myrtle Beach grand strand area so holding this title means so much. I represent South Carolina and my community so I feel proud and honored to be the first,” News13 reported.
Crowned Miss U.S. International in Florida on June 26, Platis, a graduate of North Myrtle Beach High School, is not only a pageant-winner, she is also a scholar, looking forward to pursuing a career in medicine. She told News13, “I decided to go to Coastal Carolina University to pursue my career in public health and I decided to transfer this year to the University of South Carolina and I will be a pre-med student there, so I’m really excited to go and continue on to medical school one day and hope to be a neonatologist.”
Her Greek heritage helped her decide on the Miss International among the various pageants, according to the News13 report. Platis told News13 that “the Miss U.S. International organization stands for ambassadors in peace and beauty so this really coordinated with me and my heritage and who I am, I am a Greek-American so seeing that they have ambassadors and people who want to unify others was something that really resonated with me and a part of my roots.”
Platis continued, “My parents are 100 percent Greek, so I grew up with the Greek heritage my whole entire life, I went to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox church here in Myrtle Beach ever since I was little. I was on the Greek traditional dance team so I would dance in all the Greek festivals,” News13 reported.
“The Miss International competition works with UNICEF,” News13 reported, adding that Platis has “also created her own initiative.”
She told News 13, “Cradle of Love is an initiative I created to educate parents on safe sleeping and prevention of SIDS. I provided parents with cradles and cribs and I raised money so that I can go out and buy supplies that parents need.”
Platis told News13 that “her personal experience led her to start that initiative and study pre-medicine.”
“Because of this passion and drive to do so because of a family experience I had, I actually have been inspired to be a neonatologist working in the NICU so not only do I want to provide items for parents but I also want to help parents through the journey of their child becoming healthier in the hospital,” said Platis, News13 reported.
She will represent the U.S. at the Miss International competition to be held in Japan in October 2021, competing against women from 129 countries for the title of Miss International, News13 reported.
“Our motto at the U.S. International organization is cheer all women so not only do we work with ambassadors of peace and beauty but also empower women to be confident in their own skin,” Platis told News13.
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