The way things are going for Kami Lauture, sooner or later she’ll either end up as an anchor on CNN, NBC or she just might have her own network. At 19, she was voted Miss Black Massachusetts, and now at 20, she’s the Vice President of Babson TV, Babson University’s broadcasting network. Watching her interact with guests and interviewees, and taking note of how articulate she is, you’d think the Brockton-raised daughter of Haitian parents had decades of broadcasting experience under her belt.
Being voted Miss Black Massachusetts was just the beginning of spectacular things in store for Kami. World, watch out for her; she has on her armor and sword. She’s out to conquer thee.
Kreyolicious: First and foremost, how does it feel to be a beauty queen, girl?
I am very grateful to have been given the title of Miss Black MA USA 2014. I have always dreamt of being a titleholder. Having a title has helped me achieve some of the goals I have always had growing up. I have enjoyed inspiring people to embrace the champion within themselves, and raising awareness about heart disease in support of the Heart Truth campaign. I was also in a parade for the first time during my reign! That was very exciting.
Kreyolicious: When were you the most confident about your looks? Elementary, middle, high school, or college?
I did not have confidence in my looks until I started college. Growing up, I was teased because of my looks. I was darker than most of my friends and I did not have the best hair. At the time, that made me very insecure. However, as I grew older I started to push myself out of my comfort zone and do things that I knew would help me gain confidence. I had a vision of the woman I wanted to be, so I made every effort towards bringing that vision to life. Pageants were one of the things that helped me with that.
Kreyolicious: On that point, what is your definition of beauty?
My definition of beauty is confidence and self-love. I think confidence and self-love can beat a pretty face any day and can help you achieve a successful and happy life.
Kreyolicious: I think it’s so cool that you are the VP of Babson TV. Congrats on this accomplishment.
Thank you so much!
Kreyolicious: You’re truly a leader. What are some of the things that go into this role?
As VP of Babson TV, I do my best to assist the president of the organization and keep the team engaged and excited about being a member. We are a very creative and passionate team. We are also a fairly new organization so I am constantly generating ideas on how to improve and expand.
Kreyolicious: What would you tell those out there who feel like they’re stuck in a rut?
I think many people at some point in their life have felt like they are stuck in a rut. I experienced that when I was about 10 and that lasted for quite a while. I remember just always thinking my life was just too mundane, and that I wanted something more to life. I wanted purpose, excitement, and adventure. When I entered into high school, I started pushing myself to do the things that I always dreamt about doing. I was a very shy girl, and the dreams that I wanted to fulfill required confidence. So I took a risk one day and joined drama club my sophomore year of high school. Then, my junior year I tried out for the cheerleading team and made the team. My senior year I was so happy to be chosen as one of the cheer captains! Taking risks has benefited me in so many ways and has helped me grow and develop into the person I am today.
Kreyolicious: What has life taught you about goals?
Life has taught me to set my goals, work hard, stay determined, and most of all have faith in God. God is everything to me. Having faith in God and allowing him to guide my decisions has helped me come a long way. I am not afraid to go after what I want because I know that God has a greater plan for me and that every challenge, mistake, opportunity, and achievement I have are all a stepping stone towards greatness.
Kreyolicious: How do you stay connected to Haitian culture? Do you go to Haiti often?
I went to Haiti when I was very young so I do not remember much about the trip. However, I do plan to go back some time in the near future. I am lucky to have family members that educate me about my roots and cook delicious Haitian food! And I am so happy that your website can keep me connected to my roots as well!
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Kreyolicious: Thank you…Someone who’s looking at you from a distance would probably say that you’re destined for great things. What’s next for you?
My title will be up by the end of January which makes me a little sad but I feel confident in whatever God has planned for me next. In May, I will be completing my Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College. I have managed to graduate college in 3 years which I am very proud of. Also, just recently I was hired by a startup company called Jossle and I am editor in chief of their online magazine. I will be working with this company after college—which I am very excited about.