Full Name: Merlin Jacob
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Favorite Color: Maroon
Traveling to new countries and experiencing different cultures.
What are you doing presently?
I am currently going to school for Financing and working as a Underwriting Operations Support. I am also a published author and a fitness trainer on the side.
What are your future plans?
Is to travel the world and strengthen women of all cultures. Also to start a non-profit or a company, to help women out of sex trafficking.
Why do you want to participate in the pageant?
Because I want to be an encouragement to other people. I recently published a book about my life and I have sold over 5k copies. The book is meant to empower women and to show that anybody can do anything they set their mind on!
Talent you plan to do for pageant (Please include song name if doing a dance, this can be changed later)
I wanted to play piano and sing the song “Praying” by Kesha, in Hindi, English and Malayalam.
3 words that sum me up:
Determined, Compassionate and an Opportunist.
Interest fact that not many people know about me:
I like to go skydiving in every new country I visit.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
I have always wanted speed because I would love to travel around the world to feed the homeless, rebuild broken down homes and have enough time with the people I love.
If you could take three things to a deserted island what would they be and why?
)A medical book, to be able to take care of myself when needed.
2.)A hatchet for building tents, catching food, building a fire, self defense, etc.
3.) S.O.S package to get myself off the island if possible.
Most embarrassing moment:
One of my most embarrassing moments took place while I was running the Zombie 5k race. Half way through the race, I decided that I should find a shortcut to be in first place. Once I found one, I saw that the finish line was not that far. So I took a break, stretched and cool down a bit. I had music in my ears so I could not hear my surroundings. Suddenly, I saw something in the bushes move. Hoping it was a rabbit, I took my earphones out and walked towards the sound. Suddenly, someone in a Freddie Cougar mask pops up. So I elbowed him in the face and ran off as fast as I could. As I looked back, I bumped into one of the racers so fast to the point where I knocked myself out. I woke up in an ambulance describing to the medic that I saw Freddie Cougar. They laughed and said it was a gentleman who was volunteering in the race.
My biggest inspiration are the people who kept persevering despite the difficult obstacles life may have thrown at them. Whether that may be surviving from cancer, mental and physical abuse, sexual abuse, etc.
To be alive and not live my life.
If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I would give my money away to people who need it, build shelters, start a garden for the homeless, go skydiving, spend every moment with my family and friends and end the day on a hammock on top of a mountain or on the beach.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten:
You can have results or excuses, not both.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I want to be able to start a non-profit to get women out of sex trafficking in India, China and other countries where it is mostly common.
- Determined Compassionate