She’s a Newark native, nutrition host and soon-to-be contestant in the 2013 Miss California Pageant.
The 25-year-old has been selected to represent her hometown of Newark in the upcoming Miss California USA competition and she’s excited about the opportunities it may bring. The competition will pit her against hundreds of women who are judged on swimsuit, gown and an interview.
While Balderston's main job is as a nutrition host for El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, her hope is to become a professional model.
Modeling professionally would be a big step from her first job.
The alumna was once an employee known as “the bean girl” at Newark’s restaurant. Her primary task was to serve beans as a side dish to all of the restaurant’s guests.
But modeling and photography has been an interest of Balderston throughout her life, she said, and three years ago is when she first began modeling.
Just this year, Balderston began doing promotional modeling – a form of modeling in which individuals are hired to interact with possible consumers for marketing purposes.
Still, Balderston has higher hopes.
She said her interest is in print modeling and that in the future, she would love to be featured in bigger-than-life advertisements such as billboards and more and hopes that the pageant will give her some exposure into the business of modeling.
She’s also asking for help in raising funds for the pageant. Contestants are required to supply their own evening gowns, swimsuits and travel fees.
Balderston plans to blog about her progression in the Miss California competition and her interests. Check back on Newark Patch’s Local Voices section for her blog posts.