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5 Questions: Pelham native to compete for Miss USA crown

Amber Faucher, of Pelham, will compete in Las Vegas for the Miss USA title on June 16. Faucher has worked as a flair bartender in the past and cites "Cocktail" as an inspriation for the craft.

Amber Faucher, of Pelham, will compete in Las Vegas for the Miss USA title on June 16. Faucher has worked as a flair bartender in the past and cites "Cocktail" as an inspriation for the craft.

When Amber Faucher flies to Las Vegas later this month, gambling and other forms of revelry are unlikely to be at the forefront of her mind. Faucher, 22, a native of Pelham, is representing New Hampshire at this year’s Miss USA competition, airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on June 16. A former Miss New Hampshire Teen USA (2009), Faucher recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University, where she majored in forensic psychology with a minor in pre-law.

For those who don’t know, the Miss USA pageant is separate from Miss America, and, unlike the latter, does not include a talent portion. Instead, representatives from each state and the District of Columbia will compete in swimwear and evening wear categories, and answer on- and off-stage questions. The winner advances to compete for the crown of Miss Universe.

How did you enter pageantry? On accident. I was a gymnast for about 16 years and had injured myself so I took a break. I had all this extra time and wasn’t sure what to do. I got a postcard in the mail (about pageantry) saying, “This could be you.” I thought, this looks fun. My mom thought it was a random, spur-of-

the-moment thing. We knew nothing about pageants. But I showed up and placed third runner-up in Miss Teen New Hampshire. And I just fell in love with it. I couldn’t wait to do the next one. My mom is my biggest fan now. She’s a pageant fanatic. It’s the one thing we do together no matter what.

I hear that you speak often with high school students about bullying. Do you have a personal connection? It’s something I went through in high school, my freshman year. It was actually by other freshmen. Kind of my circle of friends. I had started pageantry and modeling and was really focused on that. It was very unfortunate it had to happen, but I tried to twist it into something positive. It taught me so much about myself and made me stronger. So it’s just something I feel I relate to. No one wants to come out and say they’ve been bullied, but it happens so much.

What’s something you wish people knew about pageantry? I think the biggest thing is people think that it’s just get up on stage and be pretty. I get that a lot. I wish people knew how hard each contestant works. I’ve met a lot of my competitors, and I can say we train for this for months. It’s not just about who’s the prettiest one. There’s a lot of prep that goes into it. I’ve really taken the time to getting my body in the best shape and staying healthy, practicing my walk, staying current on news.

What happens if you win? (Being Miss USA) is a full-time job. You work with a lot of organizations. I would probably do a lot with anti-bullying work, make a lot of appearances and travel a lot. You also get to compete for Miss Universe.

What do you hope to do after this? I was thinking of law school, but now I want to look into getting an internship with the FBI. I’m interested in their behavioral analysis unit.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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