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Miss McKinney 2024

Natalie DuPré Helps Others Follow Their Dreams And Grow Through Passion Project

Natalie DuPré, the current Miss McKinney 2024, is dedicated to helping others pursue their passions. As a young girl, she dreamed of a career in musical theatre and aspired to become a Broadway star. However, she later decided to change her college major and career path to broadcast journalism and Creative Media Industries. Working as Texas Tech Athletics' in-game host and then at two professional sport organizations in Oklahoma City, her journey showcases her commitment to following her passions and encouraging others to do the same.

Growing up in McKinney, Natalie takes immense pride in representing her hometown. Inspired by her mother, the first Miss McKinney in 1990, she joined the Miss Texas organization.

"This city means so much to me, and I've been truly blessed by the connections and community I have made here," Natalie says.

Through The Passion Project, Natalie advocates for others to find and pursue their passions. She says she encourages stepping out of one's comfort zone to discover new interests. Consequently, she began a podcast that focuses on people who've successfully pursued their passions.

She shares, "The Miss America organization helps women discover and follow their dreams."

Natalie adds that she believes in finding what one is passionate about and approaching it with consistency and discipline. She emphasizes the importance of trying new things and not fearing failure, as every experience leads to growth. 

"I don't have it all figured out, but pursuing passions is how you can fulfill a meaningful life, even without all the answers," Natalie states.

For Natalie, it’s not about the glitz and glam; it’s about personal and professional growth and helping the community. She believes everyone has a gift that can benefit others, and she's dedicated to helping people realize and use their unique talents for the greater good.