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Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Is Determined To Get Rid of This Pageant Misconception (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Is Determined To Get Rid of This Pageant Misconception (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff enjoyed her entire trip to New York City last week — and these pics prove it!

Sophia took a tour of the New York Harbor, catching glimpses of her favorite sites before returning home to Kansas City afterwards.

JJJ had the chance to speak with Sophia before she left and just like us, she wants to rid everyone’s minds about one particular misconception about pageants and the people who compete in them.

“The misconception that beauty pageant winners are just beautiful and don’t have any other substance to them,” is her number one.

Sophia tells us, “I really love the direction that the Miss Universe organization is going in where they are focusing not only on the exterior but the interior as well. These girls have passions and causes that they care about and they’re intelligent and kind, wonderful people on the inside and out.”

She adds, “I can personally attain to the amount of intelligence that our Miss USA has — I mean, she’s a nuclear scientist. She is an incredible role model, not only for me, but a lot of other girls out there. Our Miss Universe is wanting to be a dental surgeon.”

“These are really, really incredible women who are making a difference in the world and I think that’s amazing.”

There's no place like home. I'm humbled and honored to return as #MissTeenUSA ??

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Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Totally Obsessed with Selena Gomez (Exclusive)

Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Totally Obsessed with Selena Gomez (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff shows off her pearly whites while heading to a new interview in New York City on Wednesday morning (August 2).

JJJ actually spoke with the new Miss Teen USA this week and got to know her so well.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff

On top of being the first Latina titleholder in a very long time, we also found out that Sophia is obsessed with Selena Gomez‘s new music.

“I’m obsessed with everything about her,’ Sophia told us. “Her new songs are just so good and she keeps coming out with a lot of new, amazing stuff lately.”

We totally agree!

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Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Proud To Be The First Latina Miss Teen USA in 10 Years (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez Heithoff is Proud To Be The First Latina Miss Teen USA in 10 Years (Exclusive)

Sophia Dominguez Heithoff was crowned the new Miss Teen USA over the weekend.

You might’ve not known it at the time, but Sophia actually makes history as one of only four former title holders to be of Latina descent and the first in 10 years.

“Most of the responses have been amazing,” Sophia told JJJ in an interview this week about her heritage. “A lot of them have been commenting on my ethnicity and saying ‘We’re so happy you’re Latina’.”

She adds, “I think that goes to show how important diversity is and how needed it is in our society today. Little girls and everyone alike wants to see people and public figures that represent them and who look like them.

“I’m very glad I can be that person for them.”

So are we Sophia!

Stay tuned for more about Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia on JJJ soon!

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