Miss MBA

Pursuing a national title and an MBA

By Magazine staff  |  Photographs courtesy of Nicole Ortiz
Nicole Ortiz competing in Las Vegas

Crowned Miss Maryland United States in May, Nicole Ortiz will complete her MBA at Loyola in December.

Her platform, “No Body’s Perfect,” focuses on positive body image and self confidence.

“It stems from a personal battle with anorexia and bulimia. I have been in full recovery for three years. I really struggled to settle on that platform because it is very personal, but I couldn’t have imagined spending my year talking about anything else. I’m excited to work with younger girls who need to have a better self-image and collective esteem. Girls want to try on my crown and they want to wear my sash. But you get their attention and they do respect you.”

An alumna of Baltimore’s Mercy High School with an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Ortiz takes her role as Miss Maryland seriously, taking advantage of the opportunities it creates to collaborate with numerous community organizations.

“It’s been a huge exercise in work/school/pageant life balance.” In a summer internship at the World Trade Center Institute, she spearheaded an independent study on social media in the non-profit sector, and she is helping develop a Girl Scout cookie marketing program.

Her parents and boyfriend were there to support her when she lost the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas in July.

“When you’re going into an exam or a presentation, you know you’ve prepared yourself to the fullest. Fortunately business school is a little more objective than pageantry.”

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