FORT HALL, Idaho - For the first time ever Miss Indian World now resides in Fort Hall. She returned home Thursday after being crowned April 26.
Taylor Thomas is the 2014 Miss Indian World, and to her, the title means service.
"I'm basically getting out awareness," Thomas said. "That is my role – I'm a goodwill ambassador, so wherever I'm called throughout Indian country is where I will go."
She's the 50th Miss Indian World crowned, and she said many other tribes at the 31st annual Gathering of the Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico said they want to come to Fort Hall's pow-wow in August.
Thomas said that's just one way she thinks the title will be great for Fort Hall.
"I think it's going to not only bring awareness to us but also bring hopefully an economic boost to our area," she said.
Thomas competed against 22 other young women for the title. At 21 years old, she already has a world philosophy she hopes to pass to young girls in all tribes.
"A simple act of kindness will bring about daily good in life," she said. "I believe in good energy. If you're nice to someone, they'll be nice to you. I would just encourage all of these young girls in their daily lives to just be good to people."
Thomas said she enjoys travel and with this title she'll travel wherever she is needed. She said she enjoys seeing new places and helping her people. But now her people aren't just the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, but rather all the native and indigenous people all over the world she represents.
To find out more about Thomas' journey to Miss Indian World, you can visit the Facebook page here: facebook.com/MissIndianWorld