We sit down with currently reigning Miss New Mexico, Melissa-Lou Ellis, the first Jewish woman to hold that title. This fall, Melissa will become one of the few Jewish women ever to compete for the title of Miss America. In this episode, Melissa opens up to Chai Desert Radio about how Judaism has influenced her approach to competition and to her reign, what being a Jewish trailblazer and role model means to her, and how she believes young girls and their parents—both Jewish and non-Jewish—can navigate the evolving and often destructive contemporary narratives surrounding both beauty and success.