Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen Illinois International®

Princess Aaliyah Garza Vela

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
My father. We have an amazing rapport and hilarious Father/Daughter back and forth with some pretty great comebacks on both sides. Some people may not find it humorous, but I choose to believe good humor runs in the family, and that we are both funny.

What according to you is a true friend?
Well, I am a teenager, so I am told to clean my room every now and again. Honestly, I see it as an art and multitasking genius to be able to find the order when things become chaotic and to be a little bit of both is ok.

How do you handle criticism?
If I ever walked under a flock of birds and got pooped on, I think my heart would actually stop. I think about it more often than anyone should.

When was the last time you tried something new?
Plain vanilla ice cream with a huge amount of strawberries on the top is the all American classic, and my absolute favorite way to eat ice cream.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I am always myself. I will never compromise who I am or try to be someone else. I know I will grow and change, but I will never compromise who I am. It is not truly living if you aren’t true to yourself.