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Miss Teen Illinois International®

Claudia Maka

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
My best friend, Emily! I've known her since I was five years old, and we have a lifetime of "inside jokes." Emily has tried to learn Polish from me and she asks me to translate the silliest things. We ended up with our own language!

What according to you is a true friend?
One thing I find unusual about myself is my unexpected use of colors. I dared to begin high school with pink highlights in my hair and I loved the look! I also love to vary my nails. Its fun to use color to express my personality.

How do you handle criticism?
My dedication to health comes from my family. During the summer, we go to the park, play tennis and take long walks. Individually, I have been playing tennis since I was ten years old. This year is my third season of playing tennis on high school team.

When was the last time you tried something new?
You cant go wrong with a pair of cute, all-American jean shorts! I enjoy them because I can dress them up with heels and bling or simply look casual in flats and a cute top. They are also articles for spring and summer, which are my two favorite seasons.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Good shoes! You cannot look good or walk well when your feet hurt, especially if you are on them for hours. I would love to buy some Converse, high heels and flats. $500 is a large amount of money, so Id get a variety then pray my feet dont grow!